Despite pressing torrid fractions and racing two wide until the stretch drive, Hotshot Anna had more than enough to blast clear to a five and three-quarters length victory. The filly, owned and trained by Hugh Robertson, crossed the wire in 1:20.93 for the seven furlongs. It was the fastest main-track time at that distance in Arlington’s history.
Hotshot Anna is a four-year-old filly by Trappe Shot out of the Holy Bull mare Avalos. She was bred in Kentucky by Paul Tackett; owner/trainer Hugh Robertson purchased her for $20,000 from the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2015. The chestnut filly has now won five times in eighteen lifetime starts. Her victory in the Chicago Handicap was her first victory (and her first start) in graded company; her one other stakes victory came in last year’s Northbound Pride Oaks, going a mile on Canterbury’s turf course. The $55,200 winner’s share of the purse brought her lifetime earnings to $223,640.
“She trained very well on the Polytrack,” commented Robertson after the race. “I thought she would run well, but I didn’t think she’d run quite that well. We named this filly after my oldest granddaughter. She’s really fast too.”
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