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HelloHotRodHELLO HOT ROD, born and raised at Dark Hollow Farm, grew up galloping the same fields as his talented year-older half-sister Hello Beautiful. The handsome dark bay son of Maryland sire Mosler, bred by Ellen Charles’ Hillwood Stables, is now charting his own sensational course. In his first trip outside of Maryland he became a New York stakes winner when taking Aqueduct’s $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-olds in dramatic fashion on Jan. 31.

In his stakes debut, HELLO HOT ROD was hustled away from the gate, set all the fractions in the seven-furlong test, and battled to the wire to win by a head. He never geared down and never gave in while recording his third victory in a row. In four starts, he has earned $113,941.

HELLO HOT ROD is trained by Brittany Russell and races in the ownership of Russell and Dark Horse Racing. They purchased the colt for $10,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale, less than a year after Russell spent $6,500 for Hello Beautiful at the Midlantic December sale. The half-siblings now boast a combined record of 10 wins from 17 starts, six of them stakes wins. Hello Beautiful has won a stakes in each of the three years she has raced, accounting for the What a Summer in January, the Safely Kept and Maryland Million Distaff Handicap last year, and the Maryland Million Lassie and Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship at 2 – all coming at Laurel. The stakes-winning duo – out of the Tiznow mare Hello Now – have combined to earn just shy of $500,000 (an average of nearly $29,000 per start).

For Dark Hollow Farm, the magic number of 50 is next on the horizon, as HELLO HOT ROD is the 49th stakes winner born and raised at the farm (and 64th stakes performer). The list is a who’s who of fantastic Maryland-bred runners, from Hall of Famer Safely Kept to additional Grade 1 winners Poseidon’s Warrior, Homeboykris and Our New Recruit (all Maryland-bred champions); from millionaire Eighttofasttocatch to the remarkable mare In the Curl. Graded winners who became graded sires – Ready’s Image, Poseidon’s Warrior and Partner’s Hero – were all products of Dark Hollow Farm.