04/13/2007 12:00AM

Bring the Heat a hot commodity


The weather conditions did not match the mood at Abbott Ranch in tiny Oro Grande, Calif., on Thursday afternoon.

While the wind kicked up, with gusts as high as 40 miles per hour, and a rare rain shower blew through the high desert town, ranch owner Buck Abbott was in high spirits.

Earlier in the day, across the nation, One Hot Wish, by Abbott Ranch stallion Bring the Heat, won a maiden race at Keeneland by 12 3/4 lengths, finishing 4 1/2 furlongs in the world-record time of 48.87 seconds. She will be sold Tuesday at Keeneland's 2-year-old sale.

Through the afternoon, the remarkable win was all Abbott could talk about.

"I've had five different calls in the last two hours from people who want to breed to him," Abbott said.

Bring the Heat, 9, stands for $2,500, live foal, one of four stallions at Abbott Ranch. Abbott said the stallion is owned by trainer Wesley Ward, the breeder and co-owner of One Hot Wish.

Bring the Heat has not been bred to many mares so far this year.

"I had four horses that just came in and Wesley bred a bunch of his own," Abbott said. "He's by In Excess and a big, good-looking horse."

Abbott said Bring the Heat was late getting started in the breeding season after arriving at his farm in March.

The victory by One Hot Wish is the most substantial accomplishment for Bring the Heat as a stallion. Through Thursday, Bring the Heat ranked 60th among 2007 progeny earnings for California stallions, with $101,396. The list is led by Bertrando, with $1,068,233.

Bring the Heat won 3 of 7 starts in 2001 and 2002, racing for a partnership while trained by Ward. Bring the Heat finished third in the 2001 Real Good Deal Stakes for California-breds at Del Mar, and was last of 10 in the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields in 2002, the final start of his career.

By In Excess, out of One Hot Mama, Bring the Heat is a full brother to Excessively Hot, a winner of $226,404.

The win by One Hot Wish is certain to bring more attention to the stallion, but long-term breeding plans are unclear. Abbott predicts that Ward will raise Bring the Heat's fee for 2008.

He said Ward told him on Thursday not to breed any more outside mares to Bring the Heat this year. Abbott said that may be impossible.

"I told Wesley, 'I've got five mares to breed to him,' " he said on Thursday. "I can't turn them down."

Dancing General aims for Gold Rush

Dancing General, who won her first stakes in the $107,200 Pro or Con Handicap against statebred fillies and mares on April 8, is being pointed for the $150,000 Fran's Valentine at Hollywood Park on April 29, trainer Rafael Becerra said.

The Fran's Valentine Stakes is part of the 10-race California Gold Rush program for statebreds.

Dancing General, 5, has won 4 of 10 starts and $279,720 for owner Stan Fulton. Bred by Betty Mabee, Dancing General is by General Meeting and out of the Nureyev mare Dance With Shadows.

With those bloodlines, Becerra is convinced that Dancing General wants more ground than the Pro or Con distance of a mile. The Fran's Valentine is run over 1 1/16 miles on turf.

"She can go up to a mile and a quarter," he said. "It was very important for her to win that stakes, especially since she is a mare."

Dancing General was second in the California Cup Distance Handicap over 1 1/4 miles on turf at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting in 2005.