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Zipse At The Track

Kauai Katie sizzles in Saratoga debut

It’s not often that a first time starting juvenile filly takes the spotlight away from a grade 3 stakes race for the same later in the card, but that is exactly what Kauai Katie was able to do as Saratoga drew the opening curtain for the 2012 meet. Owned by Stonestreet Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher, she won today like something special.
 
Despite a little bobble at the break, the good looking bay filly assumed the lead quickly from her rail post position under rider Rosie Napravnik. Kauai Katie set down quick fractions of :22.29 and :45.67, and from there the 9-5 favorite began to leave the rest of the seven-horse field behind. Lengthening her leading margin with every single stride down the stretch, she coasted to the wire the easiest kind of winner. 5-2 third choice, Kansas won the battle for second, but she was full 12 lengths behind the sparkling victress.
 
In comparison with the day’s other two-year-old filly races, Kauai Katie won 1.36 seconds faster than the other Md Sp Wt race on the card, and while the Grade 3 Schuylerville was run at a sixteenth farther, Katie would only have needed to dawdle through the extra half furlong in seven and four-fifths to finish in faster time that the co-feature winner, So Many Ways
 
Purchased for $490,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale as a two-year-old in training earlier this year, Kauai Katie is a daughter of the popular A.P. Indy sire, Malibu Moon, while her dam is a stakes winning daughter of More Than Ready, named More Than Pretty. The young broodmare has also produced a full brother to Kauai Katie, named Winding Way, who broke his maiden impressively last month at Hollywood Park.
 
A representative from Stonestreet used the words brilliant, super excited, and proud when talking about Kauai Katie with me after today’s race. Judging by what I saw today, I can certainly understand her enthusiasm.
 
 
 

 

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Stonestreet has made it a priority to diversify both in trainers and regional strings, Paladin.
Great looking filly, looking forward to seeing what she can do, how exciting! Let's hope a colt surfaces!
Pletcher? Doesn't Stonestreet use Asmussen anymore.
Pletcher? Doesn't Stonestreet use Asmussen anymore.
Until a horse like this overcomes pace pressure, these "running scared" baby races should be taken with a pound of salt. Still a horse does not run like that without talent.
I saw this horse break her maiden and all I could say was wow this is going to be so special Filly.
The Beyer is in ... 100. Meanwhile, So Many Ways earned a Beyer of 79 for her Schuylerville win.
Andy Serling just estimated a BSF of 98 - 100 for Kauai Katie. That's a WOW!
That was definitely the most impressive performance at the Spa today. Stonestreet loves those fillies.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
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