Xtra Heat scores 11 1/2 -length win

September 30, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STANTON, Del. - Xtra Heat, trained by John Salzman at Laurel Park, cruised to victory in the $100,000 Sweet & Sassy Stakes yesterday at Delaware Park and likely will make her next start against male competitors in the $1 million, Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint on Oct. 27 at Belmont Park.

Ridden by Rick Wilson, Xtra Heat won by 11 1/2 lengths as the 1-9 favorite. Racing on the lead the entire way, the 3-year-old daughter of Dixieland Heat cut fractions of 22.29 seconds for the quarter mile and 45.64 for the half mile before completing the six furlongs in 1 minute, 10.26 seconds over a fast main track.

Also yesterday, Sassy Hound, a Maryland-bred son of Deerhound and Sassy Sue trained by Ben Feliciano Jr. at Laurel, scored a 2 1/2 -length victory in the $100,000 Wilmington Handicap, covering six furlongs in 1:10.69.

Monk's Falcon, a Maryland-bred son of Imperial Falcon and Mandy's Friend trained by Wayne Bailey at Bowie, was second.

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