Hot Heir Skier kicks off 2014 with Winkfield S. win

Hot Heir Skier became the first stakes winner of 2014 for Wildcat Heir with a gutsy effort to take the $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield S. for 3-year-old sprinters Monday at Aqueduct.

Wildcat Heir wrapped up 2013 as Florida’s second-leading sire, going out on a high note when Heir Kitty took the La Brea S. at Santa Anita, the final Grade 1 of the year. Wildcat Heir is standing this year at Journeyman Stud for $10,000 LFS&N.

Stuck between horses in a three-way battle for most of the trip, Hot Heir Skier shook loose in mid-stretch, before digging in to hold off a resilient Oliver Zip in the final sixteenth. The winner completed six furlongs in 1:11.25 over a fast inner track.

“Between horses he was very relaxed,” said winning rider Jose Ortiz. “He settled down very good, like an older horse. When I ask him to go, he goes, but when I hit him once, he acted a little green. I just showed him the whip, he’s a nice horse.”

It was the first stakes win in three starts for Hot Heir Skier, who is trained by Ben Perkins, Jr. for owner/breeder New Farm.

“He got squeezed a little bit at the break but he got in a good position,” said Perkins. “Going down the backside I thought he was in a good spot and (Jose) was kind of sitting on him, just waiting. I had told him he’s got a real good turn of foot when you ask him, and he did, he just ran away from those horses.”

Hot Heir Skier picked up $60,000 for the victory, upping his three-race total to $91,200. Out of the multiple stakes winner Uphill Skier, the Florida-bred colt is a full-brother to two-time stakes winner Breathoffreshheir.

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