08/27/2011 5:12PM

Saratoga: Hot Summer completes big day for Fawkes in Victory Ride

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Tom Keyser
Hot Summer (right) comes up the rail under Cornelio Velasquez to the fourth win of the day for trainer David Fawkes in the Victory Ride.

SARATOGA SPRINGS N.Y.-  Talk about your 15 minutes of fame.

Fifteen minutes after his Queen Drama registered a narrow victory in  the Susan’s Girl Stakes at Calder, trainer David Fawkes was standing in the winner’s circle at Saratoga to greet Hot Summer, who rallied from far back to a half-length decision over the pacesetting Maple Forest in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Victory Ride.

Both Queen Drama, who is a half-sister to Fawkes’s reigning sprint champion Big Drama, and Hot Summer are owned by Harold Queen. The Victory Ride and Susan’s Girl were two of four wins on the day for Fawkes, who also won a pair of maiden races earlier on the Calder card.  

Making her first start since finishing third in the nine-furlong Black-Eyed Susan in May, Hot Summer raced at the rear of the pack off a blistering early pace of 21.77 seconds and 44.23 set by Maple Forest and pressed by both the 2-1 favorite Jealous Girl and Roman Treasure. Hot Summer advanced to closer contention while saving ground around the turn, continued her bid along the rail through the final furlong, and wore down the tiring leader, who had drifted slightly off the rail near the sixteenth pole, in the final strides. Roman Treasure continued on willingly to finish third, another three-quarters  of a length behind Maple Forest.

Hot Summer, a Virginia-bred daughter of Malibu Moon, completed six furlongs in 1:10.18 over a fast track under jockey Cornelio Velasquez and paid $16.40.

“It’s unbelievable winning two stakes races like that within a matter of minutes, especially with both horses being owned by Mr. Queen,” said Fawkes. “This was the first stakes race I’ve ever won at Saratoga, which makes it even extra special, and the first time I’ve ever won four races on the same day.”

Fawkes said he gave Hot Summer some time off after the Black-Eyed Susan to give her a little R & R as well as to get over a little inflammation in her leg.

“She’s a nice filly and Cornelio rode her very well,” said Fawkes. “She’s got a strong kick and obviously the race set up perfectly for her. I wouldn’t mind seeing her go seven furlongs and she is Breeders’ Cup eligible so we’ll take a look and see how big she ran today and then decide what to do next and whether to considering pointing her for the Filly and Mare Sprint.”