Hotstufanthensome is an 8-year-old by Awesome Again, and he’s pretty awesome in his own right. A professional racehorse, he’s asserted his fondness for Monmouth once again this season with a victory in an allowance event and a bang-up third in the Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes last out.
“I’m really proud of him,” said trainer Terri Pompay, who claimed the gelding for $62,500 last January in Florida. “He’s such a neat old horse.”
Hotstuf has compiled a terrific record at Monmouth with six wins, five seconds and a third in 13 starts. The only time he’s been out of the money was in the Elkwood Stakes on May 24 * his first race back after being claimed * when he was stopped and forced wide by fallen horses.
He came back to win a mile and a sixteenth allowance by a neck on July 3, and then in the Oceanport on Aug. 3 finished gamely on the outside to get beat a neck and a head by Silver Tree and Giant Wrecker.
“Those were two terrific races,” Pompay said. “Off those, he’s got a big shot in the Red Bank.
“He’s such a gritty horse. He’s not big, and he’s not much to look at, but he’s tough as they come. After he got beat in the Oceanport, he was mad. He was acting up when he came back from the spit box, like he knew he just got beat.”
Pompay claimed the horse from Norman Pointer, who campaigned Hotstufanthensome here for four seasons. The horse has had some gastric problems throughout his career, and came down with colitis and a bout of colic soon after Pompay got him. But that’s in the past.
“He’s doing very well now,” Pompay said. “He’s working good and he’s ready to go.”
The Red Bank is expected to attract several horses who have run well on Monmouth turf, including Giant Wrecker and Icy Atlantic, who won last year’s running of the Red Bank.