Former Indiana Pacer of the Year Hot Mess Express ended her fantastic racing career Friday, Feb. 2 at The Meadowlands. As she’s done so many times, she fought her way to the wire for the win by a head in a time of 1:53.2 in the $17,000 conditioned pace.
It wasn’t an easy final trip for Hot Mess Express who began her journey from post nine with driver Anibal Borjas in the bike. She was one of four that left for the lead but was not able to get past the other three and was parked on the outside in fourth past the quarter in :28.0. She did get some time on the rail to the half in :57.1, but she was quickly and swiftly out again and moved up with a rush to challenge race leader Pattycake Mooss and David Miller. Around the final turn, she was able to move within a half length of the lead, but coming out of the turn, she lost a little ground and had to fight back once again.
In the stretch, Hot Mess Express just kept on coming and never gave up, scoring the win by a head in the last stride of her illustrious career. Pattycake Mooss finished second over Let’s Misbehave and Marvin Luna, who closed on the far outside for third.
Hot Mess Express paid $9.80 for the win. The six-year-old daughter of Panther Hanover is owned by former NBA Player Sam Bowie and trained by Tony Alagna. She has had those same connections for nearly her entire career. Amy, Madeline, and Ethan Giberson bred the mare, who is out of the Illinois sired mare My Heart Was True.
It was the third start of 2024 for Hot Mess Express. Overall, she completes five years on the track with 29 wins, nearly $950,000 in earnings, and a mark of 1:48.3 taken as a three-year-old at The Meadowlands.
Hot Mess Express began her career in a qualifier at the Illinois State Fair before venturing to Indiana for Indiana Sires Stakes action under the direction of trainer Jamaica Patton. Bowie purchased the two-year-old privately about a month into her racing career and kept her with Patton for the remainder of the year. She came back as a three-year-old under the direction of Tony Alagna and started off at The Meadowlands, winning the $110,000 Nadia Lobell and the Mistletoe Shalee, part of a five-race win streak between the Big M and Harrah’s Hoosier Park. She went on to win the $250,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final that season as well as the Pegasus and Circle City at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
It was the fourth time Borjas had driven Hot Mess Express in a race. It was only the second win for the young driver from Guatamala at The Meadowlands, who wears the Alagna Stable colors. Hot Mess Express was guided by 15 different drivers during her career and competed at 10 different tracks.
According to a press release earlier in the week, Hot Mess Express has been privately purchased by the partnership of Riverview Breeding and Hunterton Farm and will join their impressive group of brood mares for the next step in her career. She will be bred to Captaintreacherous.