Ridden by Joe Bravo, Hotstufanthensome stalked the pacesetter Fagedaboutit Sal before inching ahead at the mile-marker. He shrugged off the slight favorite Picou at the top of the lane and powered away to a six-length victory. Hotstufanthensome covered the 11-furlong distance in 2:16.42 over a turf course rated good and paid $5.60, $3.00 and $2.40. Picou returned $2.40 and $2.10 to show, while Fagedaboutit Sal held on for third and paid $2.60.
The John Henry was a significant class drop for the 8-year-old veteran, who faced Big Brown and multiple graded stakes winners Silver Tree and Buffalo Man in his three starts prior. It also marked his first outing for Ben Perkins, his third trainer this season. In his last start on a yielding turf course, Hotstufanthensome crushed the field in the 2005 Cliff Hanger (G3) at the Meadowlands. Main Street Stable's Hotstufanthensome has now won 12 of 40 career starts and $720,320.
"He trained real well up to the race," Perkins said. "We actually had gone in a couple of allowance races that didn't go, and then as Donny [owner Donny Carroll, of Main Street Stable] mentioned he had one at this distance before. With the scratches and the smaller field, we were able to put him right where we wanted. He had a little bit of an experience edge over the others and I think it showed through the lane. He's a classy old horse."