01/09/2010 12:00AM

A Little Warm takes Spectacular Bid

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Bob Coglianese
A Little Warm (left) draws off from Wildcat Frankie to win Sarurday's Spectacular Bid at Gulfstream Park.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - It took A Little Warm a little while to catch on. But now that he has, there's no telling how far he may go.

A Little Warm posted his second straight victory on Saturday, splashing through the slop to a 1 1/2-length victory over a game Wildcat Frankie in Gulfstream Park's . Discreetly Mine, the 9-5 favorite making his first start for trainer Todd Pletcher, ran into traffic problems on the turn before fading to finish a disappointing fourth in a field of seven 3-year-olds.

The Spectacular Bid was the first of five consecutive stakes, three of them graded, decided on the inaugural Gulfstream Sprint Showcase.

A Little Warm needed four starts to win his maiden, doing so with a come-from-behind 10 3/4-length victory at Philadelphia Park in his 2-year-old finale. A homebred son of Stormin Fever owned by Edward Evans, A Little Warm used similar tactics in the Spectacular Bid, rallying five wide into the stretch before finally overtaking and edging away from Wildcat Frankie through the final sixteenth of a mile.

Wildcat Frankie, making only his second career start, controlled the pace slightly removed from the inside rail and turned back several bids before finally succumbing grudgingly to the winner near the end. Westover Wildcat, who like A Little Warm is trained by Anthony Dutrow, finished another 2 3/4 lengths further back in third.

A Little Warm covered six furlongs in 1:10.25 and paid $12.80.

"Obviously I was very concerned about having to run over the wet track, because if they haven't seen it you never know what could happen," said Dutrow. "It took this horse a little while to figure out what to do. We started taking him back and trying to get him to rate the race before he broke his maiden, and last time he finally knew what to do. He looked like he was full of run the whole way today, and he also looks like the kind of horse who will keep on going."

Dutrow said the seven-furlong Hutcheson on Feb. 20 could be next on the agenda for A Little Warm.

Pretty Prolific up late in Sugar Swirl

Pretty Prolific used late-running tactics similar to those of A Little Warm to outfinish Warbling and Tar Heel Mom to register a head decision in the .

Pretty Prolific, a 4-year-old daughter of Lion Heart trained by James Baker, posted just her third career victory and first since capturing an allowance race at Churchill last May. Owned by Tom Walters, Pretty Prolific did finish second behind Flashing last summer in the Grade 1 Test.

Under patient handling by Edgar Prado, Pretty Prolific rated at the rear of the pack while saving ground leaving the backsretch, angled four wide commencing her bid entering the stretch, then forged past the leaders nearing the end.

Pretty Prolific returned $13.60 after running six furlongs in 1:10.75.

Longshot trifecta in Old Hat

Richiegirlgonewild led a shocking and unprobable one-two-three finish in the on Saturday's Sprint Showcase program at Gulfstream when registering a one-length victory over the 48-1 Joanie's Catch in the Grade 3 stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Criolla Bonita, an 85-1 chance in the six-furlong fixture, finished third.

Richiegirlgonewild, who entered the Old Hat unbeaten in two previous starts, led throughout at 31-1 under regular rider Timothy Thornton and fended off a late challenge by Joanie's Catch. Cuff Me, undefeated and virtually untested coming into the race, had little excuse when tiring to finish fourth as the even-money favorite.

Richiegirlgonewild, a daughter of Wildcat Heir owned by Richard Ravin, was timed in 1:11.86 seconds over the sloppy track and paid $64.20.

"We were looking ahead to the OBS races but now that she's won a graded stakes that may change," said Larry Rivelli, who trains Richiegirlgonewild. "I think she'll go seven-eighths so we'll look at the Forward Gal."

The Grade 2, $150,000 Forward Gal is Jan. 31.

Hatfield wins Turf Sprint

Hatfield became the fourth horse to come out of Aqueduct's Fall Highweight Handicap to win their next start, all against stakes company, when rallying to a one-length victory over 9-5 favorite Hockeythehayman in the . The Turf Sprint was decided over a yielding course.

Hatfield, who finished third after setting the pace in the Fall Highweight, stalked the pace of longshots Red Sky Dubai and Cooper County, gained command from Elusive Warning just inside the eighth pole, then withstood Hockeythehayman. The latter was shuffled back briefly in traffic on the final bend, swung wide, and then finished willingly once clear to finish three-quarters of a length in front of Little Nick.

Hatfield returned $10.The fFinal time for the five furlongs over soft turf was 58.39 seconds.

"I loved the way he rated today after winning his last two starts on turf on the lead," said trainer Gary Contessa, who claimed Hatfield for $40,000 in the interests of owners John Morano and Jennifer Contessa. "He's a little horse and they generally handle deep going well. I think he's best on turf but obviously handles dirt so we have plenty of options."