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Lethal Heat, daughter of Lethal Leta, faces seven in Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic


November 5, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Lethal Heat
By Karen Svea Johnson

Is it the mare? Or is it the stud? Lethal Heat’s connections might just answer “both.”

Lethal Heat is a daughter of Unusual Heat, reigning as California’s leading sire by money won this year. She is out of the Idaho-bred Synastry mare Lethal Leta, winner of 1993’s inaugural Idaho Cup Juvenile and the following year’s Idaho Cup Distaff Derby, and an ITA Hall of Fame horse.

Both sides of that mating know how to run, so look for a big effort when Lethal Heat breaks from the four hole—despite her morning odds of 20-to-1.

In discussing her chances, trainer Barry Abrams told TRJ—The Racing Journal, “She might be the longest shot on the board, but you’ll see her in the trifecta.”

Handicapper Brad Free agrees. In his race analysis in the Friday, November 6, edition of Daily Racing Form, Free writes, “consistent closer Lethal Heat could sneak along and hit the board at a big price.”

Photo courtesy of M.Auerbach, LLC, Benoit Photo, CTBA and Old English Rancho.