Xtra Heat Cracks $2 Million Earnings Mark: To Be Sold at Auction

Xtra Heat was extra special in the $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park Saturday.

Ridden by Harry Vega, the 4-year-old daughter of Dixieland Heat owned by Kenneth Taylor and others notched a 5-length score to go over the $2 million dollar career earnings mark to $2,068,305.

Outstanding Info, with Jose Caraballo astride, ran second and it was a length farther back to Urban Dancer, with Jeremy Rose aboard, in third.

Xtra Heat led from the gate and cut fractions of :22.12 for the quarter-mile and :45.79 for the half-mile. She completed the six furlongs in 1:10.91.

The Kentucky-bred trained by John Salzman, Sr. raised her career record to 23 wins from 29 starts.

"I want to look at the re-run and see how much she got out of it," said Salzman. "She went head-to-head with a horse, so I think she got something out of it. We are going to take a few days and decide (what's next). Chances are we just going to go to the Breeders' Cup (rather than find another race)."

Xtra Heat's next appearance following the Breeders' Cup will be the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion near Lexington, according to Salzman.

"We just thought it would be a good business decision," Salzman said. "We cannot afford to breed her because she is just worth too much money. So we will run her through the sale. The way the market is I don't know if we'll get her sold."

Salzman said ideally he and his partners Kenneth Taylor and Harry Deitchman would like to race Xtra Heat again this year, but they needed a contingency plan in case she was injured or her ability began tailing off.

"We're not rich people," Salzman said. "We want to be fair to the mare and made plans six months ago to look at the sale."

(Chart, Equibase)