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Charming Kitten Caps Day for Pletcher

You just cannot deny the magic of the Todd Pletcher/John Velazquez combination at Gulfstream Park. One day after the duo split the decision of the Sunshine Millions Turf, Velazquez riding winner Teaks North and Pletcher training the runner-up Doubles Partner, the two combined to win the feature and another race on the undercard.
 
 
Three weeks after making his first start since being injured in the Tampa Bay Derby last year, Spring Hill Farm was back in the starting gate facing a familiar foe. Last time out, Spring Hill Farm gained the lead in the far turn of a mile long optional claiming race but could not hold off the top two, Swagger Jack and Ever So Lucky. A cut back in distance and a more ideal trip combined to help Spring Hill Farm exact revenge on at least one of those foes in today's fifth race at Gulfstream Park. Facing Ever So Lucky again did not phase the Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton owned colt, however. With Velazquez aboard, Spring Hill Farm broke on top and never let go of the lead despite Ever So Lucky's best efforts to get by the winner on the rail in the stretch.
 
 
Pletcher appeared pleased with his colt's effort. "We'll talk to the connections here. We'll probably look to run him here in about a month or so. We'll figure out what kind of race," Pletcher stated. "I thought he got there in pretty good shape. I know that Ever So Lucky is a nice horse. We had enough to hold him off."
 
 
Five races later, the dynamic duo was back in the winner's circle, this time for the Ramseys with Charming Kitten in the Kitten's Joy Stakes. Sent off as the heavy favorite in a field of eight, Charming Kitten did not disappoint. Coming out of the turn for home, Charming Kitten edged past pacesetting Redwood Kitten, also owned by the Ramseys, and held off Bambazonki to earn just his second career victory. After the race, Pletcher said that they would stay at Gulfstream with Charming Kitten and look at the next stake for him. 
 
 

 

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

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An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.