06/30/2011 3:09PM

Belmont Park: Penna gives Cool Blue Red Hot a test in Dwyer Stakes

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Cool Blue Red Hot will make his stakes debut in Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Dwyer Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Angel Penna Jr. believes that when Cool Blue Red Hot puts it all together he can be a significant player in the 3-year-old division. While Penna thinks his horse’s time may be later in the summer, he hopes to get a better line on him in Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Dwyer Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.

The Dwyer, run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, drew a field of seven, none of whom were on the Triple Crown trail. Adios Charlie, who won the Grade 2 Jerome at Aqueduct in April, is the only stakes winner in the field.

Cool Blue Red Hot, a son of Harlan’s Holiday, has run two good races at this meet already, including a solid first-level allowance victory at the Dwyer distance here May 19.

“He’s a horse that is improving,” Penna said. “I don’t think we still have [gotten] the best out of him, he’s still coming along. He’ll be a better horse probably in August. You get to a point where you have to test them a little. That’s what we’re doing without going to the acid test of a Haskell or a Travers. It’s not an easy race, but it’s not an overpowering race. Whatever happens on Saturday, you’ll know more or less where you stand.”

Penna said that Cool Blue Red Hot lost it mentally in south Florida, where he ran a distant second to Soldat in an allowance race in January and then finished fifth in another allowance event in February. Since returning to New York, Cool Blue Red Hot has shown signs of improvement.

“He’s getting better and better; he’s a classy horse,” Penna said. “He has the talent, all things are not together yet. When he gets to that point, I’m sure he’s going to be a tough sucker.”

John Velazquez rides Cool Blue Red Hot from post 6.

Rajiv Maragh, who rode Cool Blue Red Hot earlier in the year, was committed to Adios Charlie, who won the Grade 2 Jerome in April and who was beaten a head by Alternation in the Grade 2 Peter Pan in May. Trainer Stanley Hough was looking at the Pegasus at Monmouth Park for the colt, but opted to keep him in New York.

Adios Charlie figures to be prominent early from his outside post.

“He has good natural speed, so you can do whatever you want,” Maragh said.

Dominus, a son of Smart Strike, could play out as the main speed of the race. He won a seven-furlong maiden race at Santa Anita in March and then was part of a hot early pace in the Grade 3 Derby Trial in which he conceded a 1 1/2-length lead inside the final furlong, getting beat a head by Machen.

Dominus, owned by Stonestreet Stables, George Bolton, and Spendthrift Farm and trained by Steve Asmussen, will be ridden from post 2 by Julien Leparoux.

Malibu Glow, Harlan’s Hello, Tech Fall, and Rocking Out complete the field. Rocking Out would be coming back just three days after running second in a 1 1/16-mile second-level allowance race.

Celestial Kitten tops Recording Stakes

With Winter Memories waiting for Saratoga to make her next start, a group of eight 3-year-old fillies have an opportunity at stakes success in Saturday’s $60,000 Recording Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Celestial Kitten, trained by Chad Brown, was making the jump from maiden ranks to Grade 2 company when second to Winter Memories in the Grade 2 Sands Point on May 30. She finished three-quarters of a length in front of Parting Words, who has twice finished behind Winter Memories. Celestial Kitten breaks from the rail under Javier Castellano while Parting Words will break from post 2 under Ramon Dominguez.

The race appears to lack speed, which could make Triune a contender. She comes off a fourth-place finish in the Xtra Heat Stakes going seven furlongs and will appreciate stretching back out in distance, according to trainer Jimmy Jerkens.