Looking like a shopper searching for a deal on “Black Friday,” Hes So Hot scampered around the half-mile oval at Maywood Park as though he was on a mission Friday night, completely destroying seven rivals by eight and three-quarter lengths in 1:52.3 to win the $14,200 Cole Muffler Stake
Taking full advantage of their inside starting spot, driver Todd Warren sent the gelded son of Sportsmaster-Shes Redhot right to the front where he proceeded to roll through splits of :27.3, :55.3, and 1:24.1.
Despite feeling pressure from Little Pauli (John Roberts), who was parked alongside him the entire way, the Roger Welch-trained Hes So Hot put that one away heading into the final turn. Easily staving off a bid from a pocket sitting Gotta Let It Go (John De Long) with a wicked :28.2 final quarter, Hes So Hot was on cruise control as he notched his eighth win in 17 starts this season. Gotta Let It Go held on for second while TJs Rocky (Sam Widger) rallied for the show dough, over 10 lengths behind the standout winner.
Coming off a very respectable fourth place finish despite a tough trip in the Windy City Pace, Hes So Hot was backed to the near exclusion of his opponents as he returned just $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10 while running his career earnings up to $249,700 for the partnership of William C. De Long, William P. De Long & Ernest J. Miller Jr.