Xtra Heat Headed for Auction After Breeders' Cup

Top sprinter Xtra Heat's next appearance following the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion near Lexington, according to trainer and co-owner John Salzman Sr.

"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."

Xtra Heat faces a short field of five on Saturday in the $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park. If she wins, the daughter of Dixieland Heat will push her career earnings over the $2-million mark. The filly has won 22 of 29 career starts and earned $1,978,305.

Xtra Heat, who has been installed as the 1-5 morning line favorite, enters the Endine off a victory in the seven-furlong Straight Deal Breeders' Cup Handicap at Laurel Park. Xtra Heat has won five of seven starts on the year, including the Interborough, Barbara Fritchie, Genuine Risk, and Vagrancy handicaps, all grade II. She also finished third in the March 23 Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) in Dubai.

Salzman said the Endine could be the last start for Xtra Heat prior to the Breeders' Cup on Oct. 26 at Arlington Park.

"She will probably go on to the Breeders' Cup, but I'm looking at a 6 1/2-furlong race at Belmont," he said about the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) on Oct. 6. "It depends on how she comes out of this race. We wanted look for some soft spots and keep the weight off of her so we have something in the tank when it came for Breeders' Cup."

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."

The field for Saturday's $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. II) includes:
1 -- Xtra Heat (Harry Vega, 121)
2 -- Urban Dancer (Jeremy Rose, 118)
3 -- Bruanna (Anthony Black, 118)
4 -- Outstanding Info (Jose Caraballo, 118)
5 -- Hongkong Charley (Eibar Coa, 114)