R Heat Lightning - 2010 Spinaway (G1)

Trainer Todd Pletcher broke his own Saratoga Race Course record for wins in a single season in style, sending out R Heat Lightning to victory in Sunday's 119th running of the Grade 1, $250000 Spinaway for 2-year-old fillies. Pletcher came into the Spinaway with 35 wins, and R Heat Lightning's Spinaway score catapulted him past his previous high mark, which he set in 2003 and 2004 when the meet was four days shorter than the current 40 days. R Heat Lightning, one of four entrants for Pletcher in the Spinaway, trailed the field following a quarter mile in a sharp 21.89 before launching a wide rally on the far turn. Alienation had seized a clear advantage at the top of the stretch, but R Heat Lightning made a steady run to grab the lead in the final furlong and open up to a four-length decision. Finishing third, 2 ½ lengths behind Alienation, was favored Valiant Passion, another Pletcher trainee.

 

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