You will see the heat lightning
, but you don't hear the thunder until it is on top of you.
Todd Pletcher's R Heat Lightning
won the Frizette Stakes at Saratoga last summer before finishing second in two further Grade 1s, most recently when she was behind Awesome Feather at the Breeders' Cup.
Joyful Victory Beaten over five lengths into third by A Z Warrior and R Heat Lightning in Grade 1 Frizette after winning maiden on debut.
R Heat Lightning Came off fierce early pace to win Grade 1 Spinaway over 7f.
But the two who are sure to be suited by the distance and surface are Awesome Feather and R Heat Lightning. I slightly favour the former but suggest betting both.
His four fillies are headed by R Heat Lightning
(John Velazquez), already a Grade 1 winner after taking the Spinaway at Saratoga by four lengths.
A first stakes winner by Sheikh Mohammed's Preakness Stakes hero Bernardini when taking the Prestige Stakes last month, the Brian Meehan-trained filly is out of Heat Lightning, purchased by Rosen through Hugo Merry for $1.1 million in 2005.
That broodmare band includes Icon Project, a $775,000 yearling purchase who finished fourth in the Ribblesdale Stakes for Brian Meehan before slamming the opposition in last year's Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap, and Heat Lightning, the dam of Theyskens' Theory and US champion Stevie Wonderboy, who was bought on the advice of John Stuart and Hugo Merry.
R Heat Lightning
, a 4-1 shot, was second in the Colleen Stakes last month, and Pletcher said: "She'd been training very well and got a good, favourable outside post position.
First Passage cost $1.2 million as a yearling, but Theyskens' Theory was bred by Rosen out of Heat Lightning
, a $1.1m purchase in 2005.
Theyskens' Theory, a $250,000 buyback by Andrew Rosen at Saratoga, is a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Juvenile scorer Stevie Wonderboy and out of Heat Lightning
, a daughter of Summer Squall (a half-brother to Bernardini's sire A P Indy), who was sold to Hugo Merry and Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services on behalf of Rosen for $1.1million in 2005.
Named Heat Lightning
, the 12-year-old mare by Summer Squall had produced no black type earners until her 2003 colt by Stephen Got Even won the Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity and followed up with the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Saturday.