Xtra Heat, with trainer John Salzman during BC Week, has been sold privately.

Xtra Heat, with trainer John Salzman during BC Week, has been sold privately.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Xtra Heat Sold Privately

After an unsuccessful trip through the sales ring at the Nov. 3 Fasig-Tipton November select sale, champion Xtra Heat has found a new home.

The ClassicStar partnership of S. David Plummer, Tony Ferguson, Thom Robinson, and John Parrott agreed to purchase the 4-year-old daughter of Dixieland Heat for $1.5 million from her Maryland-based owners of trainer John Salzman, Sr., Kenneth Taylor, and Harry Deitchman the day following the Fasig-Tipton sale.

ClassicStar was involved in the bidding for Xtra Heat at Fasig-Tipton until the price reached the $1-million mark. Bidding stalled at $1.7 million and Xtra Heat was returned to her owners.

Plummer said Xtra Heat would remain in training with Salzman for the next 90 days and a decision would be made as to where and when she would start again.

"We really bought her as a broodmare prospect and anything she can do for us on the track is just icing on the cake," Plummer said. "Our goal with her is to return to Dubai in March (Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) where she finished third against the boys last year)."

Xtra Heat will continue to race on the East Coast while Above Perfection, which Plummer purchased for $610,000 from the consignment of Darrell Vienna, agent, as part of the dispersal of David Milch at the Fasig-Tipton select sale, would race on the West Coast.

Xrtra Heat has won 24 of 32 career starts and earned over $2.2 million since her original owners purchased her for $5,000 at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale of horses of racing age.