Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Bobby’s Kitten, the
possible favorite for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on April 12,
worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 this morning with Marino Garcia aboard
for trainer Chad Brown.
Bobby’s Kitten worked after the break, and clockers caught him in
fractions of :11.80, :23.80, :35.40, 1:00.20 and out in 1:14.80.
“I thought he did it nice and easy,” Brown said. “We’ve been trying
to get that horse to relax, and he’s doing real well. We’ve been working
him by himself and looked like he was real comfortable with the rider
the whole way. Hopefully, he is ready to go for next Saturday.”
By Kitten’s Joy, Bobby’s Kitten has won three races from five starts –
all on turf and all with front-running performances. At 2, he won the
Pilgrim (G3) on turf at Belmont and was third in the Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Turf (G1). The colt opened his 2014 campaign March 8 with an
allowance win over a mile at Tampa Bay Downs.
Brown, who will saddle Testa Rossi (FR)
in today’s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), said the Toyota Blue
Grass has been a target for Bobby’s Kitten “pretty much since the
Breeders’ Cup last year. We wanted to give him one prep and get him in
Over the winter, Brown trained Bobby’s Kitten’s to be a more versatile runner.
“I don’t think the horse needs to be on the lead in the Blue Grass.
It depends who’s in there and what the pace is; I’ll leave it up to
(jockey) Javier (Castellano). We worked that horse behind horses at Palm
Meadows this winter and he switched off nicely, so we’re doing
everything we can and hopefully it all comes together for him.”
Also working after the break for the Toyota Blue Grass was Pablo Del Monte for trainer and part-owner Wesley Ward.
With Leandro Goncalves up and working in company with possible Toyota Blue Grass runner Chief Barker (IRE),
Pablo Del Monte worked six furlongs in 1:13. Starting and finishing
three lengths in front of his workmate, Pablo Del Monte posted fractions
of :12.20, :24.40, :36.20, :48.40 and galloped out seven furlongs in
“If the weather is like this next week, he’ll win the Blue Grass,”
Ward said of the cool temperatures, then added with a laugh, “… And if
he breaks well, gets an uncontested lead and gets away with a half in
:49 and 4.”
Two other Toyota Blue Grass hopefuls breezed elsewhere this morning.
At the Trackside Training Center in Louisville, Harry’s Holiday worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 on a fast track for trainer Mike Maker.
At Santa Anita, Dance With Fate worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 for trainer Peter Eurton. The colt is scheduled to ship to Keeneland on Wednesday.
SO LONESOME JOINS PROSPECTIVE TOYOTA BLUE GRASS CAST
Patricia Schuler’s So Lonesome has
been added to the list of probable entrants for next Saturday’s Toyota
Blue Grass (G1), according to Stakes Coordinator Scott Jones.
Trained by Tom Bush, So Lonesome finished ninth in the Palm Beach
(G3) in his lone start of 2014. So Lonesome won the Virgo Libra for New
York-breds on turf at Aqueduct to close his 2013 campaign.
Listed in order of earnings, horses under consideration for the Toyota Blue Grass are Bobby’s Kitten, Casiguapo, Asserting Bear, Dance With Fate, Vinceremos, Harry’s Holiday, Extrasexyhippzster, Coastline, Mr Speaker, So Lonesome, Gala Award, Big Bazinga, Scotland (possible), Pablo Del Monte, Danza, Coltimus Prime, Quotient (possible), Divine Oath and Chief Barker (IRE) (possible).
The Toyota Blue Grass is limited to 14 starters with preference given to graded stakes winners and then highest earnings.