Updated on 09/16/2011 7:21AM

Xtra Heat wins Genuine Risk


ELMONT, N.Y. - Allen Jerkens doesn't impress easily. But after watching Xtra Heat hold off his Shine Again to win Sunday's $150,000, at Belmont Park, the Hall of Fame trainer had to pay homage to the champion filly and her trainer, John Salzman.

"She's got to be one of the best in a long time," Jerkens said. "She's so used to shipping; it doesn't even bother her. She was so cool and calm in the paddock walking around like another day in the office. Just remarkable, and he's done a remarkable job with her. Got to give him all the credit in the world."

Making her first start since finishing third in the Dubai Golden Shaheen at Nad al Sheba in the United Arab Emirates, Xtra Heat (last year's 3-year-old filly champion) picked up right where she left off when last seen in North America, flashing her brilliant speed and carrying it to her 20th victory in 26 starts. Earlier this year, Xtra Heat won the Interborough Handicap and the Barbara Fritchie Handicap.

Under Harry Vega, Xtra Heat outsprinted Dat You Miz Blue and La Galerie to the lead, set fractions of 22.27 seconds, 45.13 and 57.19 and held off Shine Again by one length while covering six furlongs in 1:10.24 over a wet track labeled good. It was 3 3/4 lengths back to La Galerie. Dat You Miz Blue, Home on the Hill and Pleasant County completed the order of finish.

Xtra Heat, spotting her five rivals nine to 14 pounds, returned $3.70 as the 4-5 favorite. A $5,000 purchase, Xtra Heat has now banked $1,733,305.

"The Dubai thing was the main thing that bothered me because there have been some horses run back out of that race and none have run any good," said Salzman, who owns the horse along with Kenneth Taylor and Harry Deitchman.

Caller One, who won the Golden Shaheen, finished last in the Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Sprint on Saturday.

"I talked to a lot of people," Salzman said. "I just talked to [Mark] Hennig and he told me he has a horse that's still not right from when he went over year before last. I said `I got to get away from you.' "

Salzman said he is strongly considering running Xtra Heat to the $400,000 Princess Rooney Stakes at Calder on July 13th. He also mentioned the $100,000 Charles Town Dash against males on July 4 and the $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont on June 9 as possible next starts.