LAUREL -- If the claiming game ever needs some advertising, yesterday's Laurel Race Course program will serve quite well.
Horses claimed from their last starts won four straight races, including He's a Hot Shot in the featured eighth race. The 5-year-old gelding won the seven-furlong race by a nose over Ligature, with favored Two Eagles an additional neck back in third.
He's a Hot Shot was nabbed for $35,000 from his last start by trainer Jack Winterbotham, then adeptly handled the raise into $50,000 claiming company.
In the two races preceding the feature, horses claimed by trainer Howard Wolfendale from their last outings were winners: Graceful Lil ($9.20) in the sixth and Be Brave ($12.20) in the seventh.
In the ninth, Anna Karenga ($3.80), ridden by Mario Pino, easily won under allowance conditions after being claimed for $16,000 by trainer Frannie Campitelli.
He's a Hot Shot ($6.20) gave Pino his second of three winners on the day and prevented Mike Luzzi from notching his fourth victory. Luzzi, with 37 winners at the 32-day-old meeting, is one victory behind Edgar Prado atop the jockey standings.
NOTES: Silent Ameri, winner of yesterday's fourth, had been claimed from his penultimate start by trainer Mike Pino, Mario's brother. . . . Turf racing is through for the season at Laurel. . . . Trainer Gary Capuano and veterinarian Randy Brandon have been fined $1,000 each after Prince Ivy tested positive for an excessive amount of Butazolidin, an anti-inflammatory analgesic, after the horse won at Laurel on Oct. 27.