Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s 2013 Purple Violet Stakes winner Bold Kitten worked an easy five furlongs Thursday morning in preparation for her probable return to stakes company next Saturday in the $100,000-added Lincoln Heritage Handicap. Going in a leisurely 1:02.60, the daughter of leading sire Kitten’s Joy was simply going through the motions nine days out from her next scheduled outing and one week after a solid near-bullet half in :48.40. Her sharp works, in addition to her excellent win in a May 22 allowance, could put the Mike Maker trainee in position to take on defending champion and expected favorite La Tia.
Speaking of Hernandez Racing Club’s multiple Illinois champion La Tia, the Armando De La Cerda trainee also worked Thursday morning – going a routine half-mile in :49 flat. Coming off arguably the best performance of her career while winning the Grade III Arlington Matron by 6¼ lengths, the granddaughter of Storm Cat will probably work once more before the Lincoln Heritage. Last year, La Tia won the race over yielding turf by an easy 3½ lengths in her typical wire-to-wire fashion at odds of 3-5.