Hot Beach Scintillating in Limestone Victory

April 12, 2024

Hot Beach takes the Limestone under Jose Ortiz (Courtney Snow/Past The Wire)

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Keeneland Press Release

LEXINGTON, Ky.— Boardshorts Stables’ Hot Beach was first out of the starting gate and first at the finish line in posting a 4-length victory in the fifth running of the FanDuel Limestone for 3-year-old fillies.

Trained by Brian Lynch and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Hot Beach completed the 5½ furlongs over a sloppy main track in 1:05.70 after the race was moved off the turf course. It is the second victory in the race for Lynch, who won with Tobys Heart in 2021.

Hot Beach quickly established a clear advantage right out of the gate and faced no pressure in setting fractions of :22.24 and :45.16. The margin of victory was the largest in the race.

Hot Beach is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Omaha Beach out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare Hot Water. Now 5-2-2-1 in her career that includes a victory in the Debutante last summer at Ellis Park, Hot Beach increased her earnings to $320,883 with Friday’s $149,188 check.

Sent off as the favorite, Hot Beach returned $3.98, $2.80 and $2.46. Zoe’s Prime, who raced second all the way around under Tyler Gaffalione, returned $4.88 and $3.76 and finished a length in front of Kodiac Wintergreen (IRE), who paid $4.40 to show under Luis Saez.

It was another 1¾ lengths back to Big Trouble with Antique Silver, Midnight Angel, Foxxy Cleopatra and Greavette following in order.

Racing continues Saturday with an 11-race program beginning at 1 p.m. ET highlighted by the 36th running of the $600,000 Jenny Wiley (G1) for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the grass. The Jenny Wiley is the ninth race with a post time of 5:16 p.m.

Also on Saturday’s program is the 42nd running of the $400,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the main track and the 27th running of the $300,000 Giant’s Causeway (G3) for fillies and mares going 5½ furlongs on the grass. The Giant’s Causeway is the seventh race at 4:12 p.m. and the Stonestreet Lexington is the 10th at 5:48 p.m.

Quotes for the $250,000 FanDuel Limestone 

Brian Lynch (winning trainer of Hot Beach), On how he prepared Hot Beach to break from the starting gate so quickly“I tried to follow my good buddy (trainer) Wesley Ward’s instructions over the years: Leave there running. I hope (she’s gotten better); I hope she makes this transition from two to three (years old). She had a great little 2-year-old campaign, and Jose worked her a bit during the winter, so I felt very comfortable with him up on her today. It was a good result. It’s a lovely race to win here in the spring.”

Hot Beach and one Ortiz sprint to the lead. (Courtney Snow/Past The Wire)
Hot Beach and Jose Ortiz sprint to the wire (Courtney Snow/Past The Wire)

Jose Ortiz (winning rider): “She got in (the gate) and put her head down so I knew she was going to break (from the gate) quick. It was a matter of the 9 horse (Foxxy Cleopatra), if she was going to break quick as well, but she didn’t. I was very happy to go to the lead. She broke like a shot and then I just sat chilly. When I asked her to go, she responded well.”

Tyler Gaffalione (rider of runner-up Zoe’s Prime): “The filly broke alertly. She put me in a good spot. I tried to put as much pressure on the leader as I could, but she was going a little too quick for us. I believe we ran a very credible race, just second best. It wasn’t her favorite track today, but she handled it fine. I was able to get outside of (the winner) before (my filly) caught any kickback, so we had a clear face most of the race.”

Luis Saez (rider of third-place finisher Kodiac Wintergreen [IRE]): “It was good. She broke a little slow out of the gate. Maybe we could’ve finished second if we had a perfect trip.”

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