Tuozzo Racing’s Purely Hot, runner-up to champion Groupie Doll in the Presque Isle Downs Masters-G2 on Sept. 9, tuned up for an expected rematch in Saturday’s (Oct. 5) $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America-G2 by working a half-mile in :48.20 at Keeneland Sunday morning.
With regular rider Harry Vega aboard, Purely Hot posted fractions of :12.20, :24.40, :36.40 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01 to the satisfaction of 24-year-old trainer Nick Caruso.
“That was a second faster than she worked before the Presque Isle race,” Caruso said of the 5-year-old mare who has finished first in six of seven starts on the all-weather surface at Presque Isle. “That was a good work for her.”
Caruso claimed Purely Hot for $4,000 in January at Penn National.
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