05/24/2007 11:00PM

Unusual Heat hits triple; book limited to 60 mares


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The stallion Unusual Heat was the key to finding winners at Hollywood Park on Thursday.

Unusual Heat was the sire of three winners on the eight-race program - Spenditallbaby in an optional claimer over six furlongs on turf, Unusual Beauty in an allowance race over six furlongs, and Sararah Jr. in a maiden claimer over 5 1/2 furlongs.

Such milestones are rare in Thoroughbred racing and will be even more unusual for Unusual Heat in the future. The stallion is being limited to a book of 60 mares this year, a small number in the current marketplace.

The decision to limit Unusual Heat's book was made by the stallion's owners, David and Barry Abrams, Madeline Auerbach, and Russell Wolkoff. They stand Unusual Heat at Old English Rancho in Sanger, Calif., for a fee of $15,000.

"We're being conservative," Auerbach said of Unusual Heat's book size. "I've never had a stallion before and I listen to everybody. This happens to make sense to me."

Unusual Heat's stud fee is one of the highest among the state's Thoroughbred stallions. In Excess leads the list at $25,000. In 1998, when Unusual Heat stood his first season, the fee was waived.

"The fee was please," Auerbach recalled a few years ago.

The fee was $5,000 in 2004 and has risen in recent years. Through Thursday, Unusual Heat ranked 13th on the state's stallion progeny earnings list with $887,584. Bertrando leads the list at $1,597,606.

In 2006, Unusual Heat ranked 14th on the state's stallion progeny earnings list with $1,882,879, well behind leader Swiss Yodeler, at $4,880,827.

Unusual Heat, 17, has had the support of the Abrams brothers and Auerbach through his stallion career. They raced him at the end of his career after claiming him for $80,000 in 1996. Earlier in his career, Unusual Heat, who is by Nureyev, won three stakes in Ireland.

This year, the Abrams and Auerbach sent 10 mares to the stallion, Auerbach said.

"We went outside with the others," Auerbach said.

Thursday's milestone was nearly a day of four winners. In the first race, Powerofvoodoo, trained by Barry Abrams, finished second by 1 1/4 lengths in a maiden race on turf.

"It should have been four" winners, Abrams said.

"We'll settle for three," Auerbach said.

Idiot Proof set for Carry Back

Idiot Proof, the winner of a $60,384 allowance race for 3-year-olds against open company Wednesday at Hollywood Park, will make his next start in the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes over six furlongs at Calder on July 7, trainer Clifford Sise said.

Owned by breeders Marty and Pam Wygod, Idiot Proof has yet to win a stakes. By Benchmark, Idiot Proof has won 3 of 5 starts and $147,272. He was second in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream Park in January in his stakes debut and fifth in the San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita in April. In both races, he contended for the early lead and faded in the final furlong.

"I thought he ran against a couple of pretty good horses in the San Pedro," Sise said.

In Wednesday's race, Idiot Proof stalked pacesetter Jack the Duffer for the first quarter-mile while racing on the inside, took the lead on the rail, and pulled away under jockey David Flores to win by 2 3/4 lengths without being asked.

"At least we knows he's versatile," Sise said.

Sise would like to see what the colt could do if he would draw an outside post.

"Going three-quarters, if he can get an outside post, he can rate a little better," Sise said. "He's always been drawn where he has to go early."