Xtra Heat set a quick pace under pressure from Raging Fever and drew off approaching the stretch to lead a strung-out field to the wire in Sunday's $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II). Xtra Heat stopped the timer after running the about seven furlongs in 1:27.86 on a fast track and finished 2 3/4 lengths ahead of longshot Mountain Bird. 3-5 favorite Raging Fever was 3 1/4 lengths farther back, with Sweet Nanette and Carafe completing the order of finish.
"Approaching the wire, she threw her ears up, dropped her lead and looked around -- that's when I had to get after her," said winning jockey Rick Wilson. "She'll rate. She will come from off the pace. I took her back the first time she ran (June 30, 2000), and she just blew to the lead when I asked her."
Undefeated in sprints, Xtra Heat has now won 12 of 13 career races, with her lone defeat coming in the 1 1/16-mile Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). The Beaumont marks her 11th stakes win and third in a graded stakes. Since finishing tenth in the Breeders' Cup, Xtra Heat has reeled off six straight victories, including the Cicada Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct last month.
John E. Salzman Sr. trains the filly, who earned $155,000 for owner Kenneth Taylor, pushing her career earnings past $500,000. Xtra Heat (Dixieland Heat - Begin, by Hatchet Man) was bred in Kentucky by P. McLean Sr., P. McLean Jr., M. McLean,P. Feringa Jr., et al.
Sent off as the 3-1 second choice, Xtra Heat returned $8.40 and $4.60. 25-1 Mountain Bird paid $8.80 for the place. The winning exacta combination returned $161. There was no show wagering. (Chart, Equibase