Won at 5CALIFORNIAN S.
(gr. II , 9f , defeating Tiago, Surf Cat, Albertus Maximus ).
If Heatseeker was seeking revenge on Tiago, he certainly got it in the May 31 Californian Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park as he rolled to a 51Ú4-length victory over his rival. The last time the two met, Tiago was the victor by a head in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) April 5.
ÒWe gave him time off between the Oaklawn Handicap and (the Californian),Ó said winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. ÒWe had considered running in the Pimlico Special (gr. I), but we just thought he needed a little freshening and it seemed to work. He likes to train and he likes his workouts, so he came up to the race in real good shape.Ó
Hollendorfer trains Heatseeker for William de burgh. The 5-year-old son of GiantÕs Causeway also won the March 1 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) and lost the Feb. 9 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) by a head.
Bred in Ireland by Richard Barnes, Heatseeker began his career for his breeder in his native country and finished third in the 2005 Laing OÕRourke National Stakes (Ire-I). The winner of that race, George Washington, went on to be a multiple champion in Europe before meeting his untimely demise in the 2007 BreedersÕ Cup Classic Ð Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Heatseeker was sent to the United States in the fall of 2005, did not race for a year, and only made one start in 2006. He changed hands several times before getting back on track last year and garnered his first graded stakes victory in the 2007 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) for Hollendorfer and Deburgh.
De Burgh, a bloodstock agent who lives in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., bought HeatseekerÕs dam, Rusty Back, for $350,000 at the 2002 Keeneland November mixed sale from Eaton Sales, agent. The unraced Defensive Play mare, who was carrying Heatseeker at the time, was sent to Ireland.
Rusty Back was bred in Kentucky by Juddmonte Farms and is out of the unraced Blushing Groom mare Chain Fern. She is a half-sister to grade I winner Spanish Fern (by El Gran Senor).
Heatseeker is the first and only living foal out of Rusty Back. The mare delivered a dead foal by Green Desert in 2004; was barren to Galileo and Oasis Dream, respectively, for 2005 and 2006; and both she and her foal by Shamardal died in 2007. Rusty Back was 9.
GiantÕs Causeway is the sire of 46 stakes winners. Included in his 12 2008 added-money winners are Giant Gizmo (gr. III), Carriage Trail (gr. III), Our Giant (SAf-I), Voltmeter (Mau-I), Niagara Causeway (gr. III), Juste Momente (Aust-I), and Cowboy Cal (gr. IIIT). The 11-year-old son of Storm Cat stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $125,000.ÑA.H.D.
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