Cater to Kitten (Kitten's Joy) defeated all of the colts and geldings in his race, but, he couldn't catch the filly Jealous Again. She sprang out of the gate like a shot, and soon put distance between herself and the boys. The closest pursuers were Supraman, the Roman Ruler colt, and Ride Cowboy Ride. Cater to Kitten took awhile to get going, but once he did he began picking up places while running wide. He couldn't catch the runaway filly, but was a good 5 lengths clear of the rest.
Cater to Kitten was a picture of calm in the paddock, according to eyewitnesses.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Showing his stuff on the race track.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Result: April 3, 2009
Keeneland Race 4
Maiden Special Weight
|Cater to Kitten
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Other Results for April 3
Kiddari (filly; Smarty Jones - La Paz by Hold Your Peace) looked poised to take the lead in her Maiden Special race at Keeneland, but Warm Shower came by and passed everyone. Kiddari ended up third.
I know that I said that I was no longer reporting on last year's offspring except for Maiden Special, Allowance, and Stakes races, but just have to mention that Singing Rose (Congaree) took the 4th race at Keeneland.
Russian Kitten is a Wild Hare in Tight Jeans
April 4, 2009
Keeneland Race 1
Maiden Special Weight
2-year old fillies
Post Time: 1:05 PM ET TVG
||Five Plus Five
Our 2nd starter, another Kitten's Joy at Keeneland. But, this time it's the filly, Russian Kitten (Kitten's Joy - Nikita by Slew City Slew). Russian Kitten is out of the winning mare Nikita, who earned $358,875. Nikita did not race at 2, but she was a debut winner at 3. Nikita is a half-sister to 5 winners. Russian Kitten had her first official work in January at Palm Beach Downs, and has recorded 6 total works. She most recently worked on March 31 at the Churchill Downs Training track, registering a time of :50.60.
Also by first-crop sires are Five Plus Five (Value Plus - Five Corners by Miswaki) and Midst (Closing Argument - Procure by Quiet American), who are both the first starters for their sires. Five Plus Five, who sold for $37,000 as a yearling is by Value Plus. Stakes winner Value Plus earned $414,595 in his career, and was a winner in his debut at 2. Five Plus Five's dam, Five Corners, was also a debut winner at 2. Five Corners has produced 2 winners. Grade III winner Closing Argument, sire of Midst, was also a debut winner at 2, and won the NATC Futurity that year. In his career, he earned $986,984. Midst sold for $40,000 as a weanling, and is a half-sister to the winner Feisty Time. Her dam, Procure, is a half-sister to 7 winners, including stakes winner Basic Trainee.
Top-seller in this group is Dreaminofjosephine (El Corredor - Kenbu (FR) by Kenmare (FR)), who brought $170,000 as a yearling. She is out of Kenbu, a group III winner at 2. Kenbu has produced 5 winners, including Sweet Orchid, a group III winner in Japan. Two of Dreaminofjosephine's siblings won at 2, and one was a debut winner at 2.
Aegean (Northern Afleet - Apt to Star by Aptitude) sold for $70,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of the mare Apt to Star, who was placed at 2. Apt to Star is a half-sister to 3 winners.
Wild Hare (Wild Zone - Rabbit by Clever Trick) is out of the winning mare Rabbit. Rabbit has produced 4 winners, including 2-year old winner Wascally Wabbit.
Tight Jeans (Meadow Monster - Carr Dot Com by Compliance) is a half-sister to stakes winner Dot Com Or Bust. Dot Com Or Bust won 2 races at 2, including the West Virginia Futurity.
Stakes winner Golden Antigua, dam of Goldie's Missile (Golden Missile - Golden Antigua by Hansel), was a debut winner at 2 and earned $309,260. Golden Antigua is the dam of 2 winners, including grade III winner Giant Gizmo. Both of her winners won at 2.
Blue Cut (Zavata - Crafty Personality by Crafty Prospector) is out of the winning mare Crafty Personality. Crafty Personality has produced 7 winners, including stakes winner Crafty Tricker. Two of Blue Cut's siblings won at 2 including Crafty Tricker, and Digital, a full-brother to Blue Cut.
Perfect Song and Al Khali Take on Illinois
Perfect Song (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Prospector's Song by Prospector's Music) and Al Khali (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Maya by Capote) enter into the Triple Crown conversations with their entries in the Illinois Derby (gr. II). Perfect Song was an impressive 6 length Maiden winner in January at Laurel. He then ran 2nd in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Turfway on February 21, where he may not have cared for the Polytrack. Most recently, he won a mile Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Laurel on March 14. Second that day was Tone It Down, who has come back to win since. The pundants say that Perfect Song will set the pace, but he has never been beyond a mile. On the other hand, Al Khali won a mile and an eighth Allowance race at Gulfstream in his last start, on March 6. His previous running was in 2008 in Peru, where he won 2 and placed 2nd once.
Favoritism in the Illinois Derby will probably go to Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) winner Musket Man (Yonaguska - Fortuesque by Fortunate Prospect), who is the only graded winner in the race. Overall, Musket Man has made 5 starts, recording 4 wins and a third. He also scored in the Pasco Stakes and finished third in the Sam F. Davis.
Finishing 4th behind Musket Man in the Tampa Bay Derby was Nowhere to Hide (Vindication - Stirring by Seeking the Gold). He also finished 4th in the Risen Star (gr. III) behind Friesan Fire.
Free Country (Big Country - Smyrna by Wild Again) also finished 4th behind Musket Man, but in the Sam F. Davis. Since then, he was 9th in the Louisiana Derby on March 14. He does have a victory at a mile and an eighth, in allowance company at Gulfstream Park.
Giant Oak (Giant's Causeway - Crafty Oak by Crafty Prospector) finished 2nd in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) as a 2-year old, and he was actually the favorite in the Risen Star before finishing 5th behind Friesan Fire (and Nowhere to Hide). He also ran against Friesan Fire in the Louisiana Derby, finishing 4th (in front of Free Country).
Toccet Rocket (Toccet - Tiy Buster by Housebuster) last ran on March 21, finishing 3rd in the Rushaway at Turfway. He was also 3rd in the John Battaglia Memorial, and 5th in the WEBN at that track.
The last one with stakes experience is His Greatness (Honour and Glory - Klair Alley by Well Decorated). After breaking his maiden in his debut, he was 7th in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) and 6th in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I). This year, he won a mile Allowance race, before finishing 7th in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) on March 14.
Lord Justice (A. P. Indy - Buy the Sport by Devil's Bag) comes into the race off of a front running victory in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Aqueduct. He would be a threat to Perfect Song on the front end, but he is also entered in the Wood at Aqueduct and is more likely to run there.
Knight Shot (Red Bullet - Joustabout by Apalachee) was 8th in his last start, an Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Oaklawn in the slop. He won his only other start, a 6 furlong Maiden race at Hawthorne on November 29.
Il Postino (Distorted Humor - Awful Smart by Black Tie Affair (IRE)) was a winner last time out by 11, in a Maiden Claiming race at Gulfstream Park.
Read more about the Illinois Derby here.
One Hot Toddy in the Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes
One Hot Toddy (Congaree - Crimson and Roses by El Prado (IRE)) takes on 7 in the 7 furlong Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes at Tampa Bay. One Hot Toddy broke her maiden in her 4th start, running 6 furlongs at Gulfstream Park on January 18. In her most recent start, she was 5th in a 5.5 furlong Allowance race at Gulfstream on March 1.
Snow Lass (Stormy Atlantic - Keri's Snowman by Frosty the Snowman) is undefeated in 2 starts, both at Tampa Bay. She broke her maiden on January 10, and then won an Allowance race on March 13.
Golden Mystery (Awesome Again - Mysterious Angel by Saint Ballado) finished 4th last time out, in the Darley Ocala Breeders' Sale Sprint Stakes on February 16 at Ocala. She was victorious in her only other start, a 6.5 furlong maiden race at Gulfstream on January 15.
Max Speed (Omega Code - Flambe' by Fortunate Prospect) has three victories to her credit, including an Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Tampa Bay on February 6. In her only previous stakes start, she was 7th in the Florida Stallion Susan's Girl Stakes on September 6.
Finishing 2nd in the February 6 Allowance/Optional Claiming race behind Max Speed was Bells of Concerto (Concerto - Bells of Shandon by Bucksplasher). She broke her maiden in her debut on November 14 at Calder, and has since finished 2nd three times. She was also finished 8th on the Calder turf on November 29 in the Live Oak GTOBA Debutante Stakes.
Cinque Bella (Full Mandate - Cole's Future by Lit de Justice) finished 6th in the Florida Stallion Susan's Girl Stakes while still a maiden. Overall, she has run 11 times, recording one win, two seconds, and three thirds. Most recently, she was 7th on the Gulfstream turf on March 13 in an Allowance race.
Brinca (Macho Uno - Bailarina by Lord Avie) broke her maiden in her third start, running 7 furlongs at Tampa Bay on January 18. Since then, she finished 5th in the Suncoast Stakes on February 14 at Tampa Bay, and 4th in the Florida Oaks on March 14 at Tampa.
Sweet Yulianna (Sweetsouthernsaint - Unique Charm by Pentelicus) broke her maiden in her fourth and most recent start, at 6.5 furlongs at Tampa Bay on March 7. She won that one by more than 5 lengths.
Mullins Beach in La Voyageuse
Mullins Beach (Speightstown - Treasure Beach by Silver Deputy) faces her fellow Ontario-breds in the 5 furlong La Voyageuse Stakes on opening day at Woodbine. She last ran on February 24 on the Fair Grounds turf in the Mardi Gras Stakes, finishing 7th. Her only previous stakes experience came in the Mazarine Stakes (Can-III) on October 5 in which she was 8th. In between those 2 stakes tries, she won a 6 furlong Allowance race on the main track at Woodbine on October 30.
Pretty Katherine (Vindication - Indigene by Deputy Minister) was a winner in her last start, a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Golden Gate on February 20. In her only other start at 3, she was 2nd in the Tiburon Stakes on January 10. At 2, she had a win and a second, and also finished 7th in the Miesque Stakes.
Double Malt (Whiskey Wisdom - Matching Sox by Tale of the Cat) and Sans Sousi (Bold Executive - Ada Dancer by Dance Brightly) met in the South Ocean Stakes on November 12 at Woodbine, Double Malt won that race and Sans Sousi was third. That was Double Malt's first race against winners. She had previously broken her maiden by 7 on October 23. Sans Sousi has made 8 total starts, winning once, finishing second twice, and finishing third three times. Among her placings were seconds in the Victorian Queen and the Fanfreluche Stakes in 2008.
The winner of the Fanfreluche Stakes was High Mist (Olmodavor - High Humidity by Petionville), who has won 3 of 4 races. Her most recent effort was a 5th in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes on November 1.
How Far Is Heaven (Chapel Royal - Shebandowana by Mt. Magazine) was a debut winner, running 6.5 furlongs at Woodbine on October 26. She then finished 4th in the Glorious Song on the November 15. Her most recent start came on December 27 in an Allowance race at Fair Grounds, where she was 8th.
Completing the field is Forcefully (Grand Slam - Talk Back by Talkin Man), who won her only start, a 5 furlong Maiden race at Woodbine on November 29.
Also in Action April 4
In Speight of It (colt; Speightstown - Honest Deceiver by Is It True) runs in race 3 at Aqueduct, a 7 furlong Allowance race for 3-year olds and up, post time 2:04 PM ET. In Speight of It last ran on March 7 at Aqueduct, finishing 5th in a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Aqueduct. Despite the Odds (colt; Speightstown - Lady Aloma by Cozzene) is also entered in this one, but since he won at Laurel on April 2, I don't think he's eligible for this first level allowance any longer.
Congar Light (filly; Congaree - Pyrite Dance by Dance Brightly) faces 6 in a mile and 70 yard Allowance race at Philadelphia Park, post time 2:31 PM ET (race 6). Congar Light was 4th in her most recent race, a 6.5 furlong Allowance race at Charles Town on March 19.
Greer Lynn (filly; Speightstown - Roll Over Baby by Rollin On Over) and French Dip (filly; Speightstown - Mayo On the Side by French Deputy) face each other and 10 others in a 7 furlong Allowance race at Keeneland, race 6. Post time is 3:35 PM ET. Greer Lynn has started 3 times, winning one. Her most recent effort was a 6th place finish in a 6 furlong Allowance race at Fair Grounds on February 9. French Dip broke her maiden in her debut on February 7, and then finished 3rd in an Allowance race at that track on March 1.
Pax (colt; Smarty Jones - Radiant Glow by War Chant) makes his 2nd start, after finishing 4th first time out at Aqueduct on February 28 while running 6 furlongs. This time, he'll go 7 furlongs in a race for 3-year olds and up at that same track (race 4). Post time is 2:36 PM ET.
Just Right (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Slewvera by Seattle Slew) makes his 5th start, going a mile and a sixteenth at Keeneland in Maiden Special Weight company (race 5). Post time is 3:05 PM ET, and he'll break from post 8. Just Right has finished 2nd in both of his 2009 starts, which were on the Fair Grounds turf. He mostly ran a mile and a sixteenth on February 23.
Bella d'Oro (filly; Medaglia d'Oro - Rangoon Belle by Alysheba) tries out the downhill turf course at Santa Anita, running in race 3, post time 4:02 PM ET. It should be in the genes, as her half-sister Belleski was queen of that course during her career. Bella d'Oro has run twice on the turf in New York, both times in 2008. She was 8th at Belmont on October 19 and 5th at Aqueduct on November 2.
Gato Roar (colt; Speightstown - Madame Roar by Roar) debuts in a 6 furlong Maiden Special race at Santa Anita, post time 5:06 PM ET. Gato Roar sold for $150,000 as a 2-year old, and is out of stakes winner Madame Roar. Madame Roar was a debut winner and has produced 2 winners from 2 to run.
Dr. Smarty Jack (colt; Smarty Jones - Hoh Buzzard (IRE) by Alhaarth (IRE)) and Dukes Alley (colt; Speightstown - Mount Hillaby by Colonial Affair) are entered in a mile turf Maiden Special Weight at Gulfstream, race 10. Post time is 5:56 PM ET for this contest for 3-year olds and up. Dr. Smarty Jack has run twice, both times on the Gulfstream turf. He was 2nd on January 28, and 4th on March 14. Dukes Alley has made 3 starts. He most recently finished 2nd in his turf debut at 5 furlongs at Gulfstream on January 31.