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On Fire Baby back to winning ways in G3 Honeybee

Saturday, March 10, 2012 |

On Fire Baby captures the G3 Honeybee S.
Smoke Glacken's On Fire Baby has the look of a filly who has big things in store for her this season after her two-length victory in the $125,000 Honeybee S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park on March 10. The gray/roan filly, bred and owned by Anita Cauley, in nominated to both the 2012 Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 4 and the Kentucky Derby (G1) the following day.

Breaking from the outside post in the field of eight, On Fire Baby was forced four wide into the first turn. Nevertheless, she was up to challenge pacesetter Amie's Dini at the half-mile mark. The duo was locked together for nearly all of the rest of the trip, until On Fire Baby asserted herself in deep stretch to pull away for the win. The 1:43.64 for the mile and a sixteenth was the fastest at the distance of the meet.

“We’ll see how she comes out of this race before we decide on her next race, but it will be here (at Oaklawn),” said winning trainer Gary Hartlage. “We have options now. We have enough earnings to get into the Kentucky Derby at this point and she’s undefeated at Churchill. I’ve been training horses around here for 25 years and the last horses I’ve seen that trained like her were Curlin and Rachel (Alexandra). I know that’s saying something, but she’s just so flashy. So professional.”

Kentucky-bred On Fire Baby was making her second start of the year after finishing third against colts in the Jan. 16 Smarty Jones S. and improved her record to 4-0-1 in six starts, earning $300,329.

Cauley bred her filly from the Gilded Time mare Ornate, who has been an excellent producer. Her first foal, High Heels, won the Grade 2 Fantasy S. at Oaklawn and was third in the Kentucky Oaks. Ornate also produced French Kiss, winner of Oaklawn's Pippin S.