as he did in 2012, trainer Chad Brown swept both ends of the Breeders'
Cup "Win and You're In" races for juvenile turf horses on Sunday at
Belmont Park, taking the Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim with Bobby's Kitten
and the Grade 3, $200,000 Miss Grillo for fillies with French import
Kitten, the 9-5 favorite off a front-running maiden victory at Saratoga
Race Course, got an early jump on the field of nine, but then settled
in second to track Marvin's Miracle through an opening half-mile in
48.13 seconds, with three-quarters going in 1:12.26. Sent three-wide
turning for home by jockey Javier Castellano, the homebred son of
Kitten's Joy hit the top of the stretch with a five-length advantage
that he widened to 6 ¼ lengths by the time he crossed under the wire in
1:42.37 for 1 1/16 miles over the inner turf course.
win earned the Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred a fees-paid berth into the
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in November at Santa Anita Park. He likely
will be joined in that race by his stablemate, Shadow Banking, who
finished second in the Pilgrim, a half-length in front of Captain's
taking them both if they are healthy," said Brown, who trains Shadow
Banking for Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence. "Second time out,
we learned [Bobby's Kitten] was capable of leaving early and finishing.
He has speed and can carry it, which makes him dangerous. Javier came
out and worked him the other day and really liked the horse and accepted
the mount on him. He said, 'I want to go out. I'm not going to worry
what anybody else is doing. I'm going to ride my race. I'm real
confident.' He rode that way.
thought [Shadow Banking] did well," he added of the Harlan's Holiday
colt, who broke his maiden on September 11 at Belmont. "Considering the
short rest he was on - I prefer that 31-60 day window, especially with
my grass horses - he was looking a little bouncy, but he was able to
pull through a slow pace and still get up for second. Now I have a
little bit more time for his third start."
Kitten - who Brown said is named after his mentor and former boss, the
late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel - returned $5.70 for a $2 win
bet. Now 2-0-1 from three starts, he has bankrolled $185,500.
Finishing fourth was Due Diligence, who was followed in turn by Blue Pigeon, Sheldon, Marvin's Miracle, Otoy, and Sandy Point.
Rossi, making her first stakes start and her American debut, was
content to bring up the rear through the early going of the Miss Grillo
as long shot Echale Salsita towed the field of 11 fillies through an
opening half mile in 47.35 seconds and three-quarters in 1:12.05. Given
her cue by jockey Jose Lezcano at the three-sixteenths pole, Testa Rossi
briskly galloped past the field once straightened away, and had just
enough left to stave off the last-gasp charge from Sky Painter and win
by a nose.
Her time for 1 1/16 miles over the firm Widener turf was 1:41.73.
never know until you run them," said Brown, who also saddled
fourth-place finisher and beaten favorite Granny Mc's Kitten. "Testa
Rossi's works were good - they weren't great - but you know what? She's a
good-looking horse, she's got good form and every week she seems to be
improving. I have a bunch of these fillies and I picked the two I
thought would give me the best chance to win, and she was one of them."
5-1 third choice, Testa Rossi - a daughter of Dr Fong - paid $12.60 for
a $2 win wager as she extended her winning streak to four. Owned by
James Covello, Thomas Coleman and DMZ Racing Stable, she is now 4-1-0
from six starts with earnings of $175,439.
Rossi's victory gave her a fees-paid trip to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Fillies Turf at Santa Anita, a race Brown won in its inaugural running
in 2008 with Maram. Brown said he would also like to run Granny Mc's
Kitten, winner of the P. G. Johnson at Saratoga, in the Breeders' Cup
should she get in.
well, Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains the runner-up, Sky Painter, and
third-place finisher Dancing House, said the Juvenile Fillies Turf was
under consideration for his late-closing duo.
of them ran very well," he said. "We're pleased with both. We were
unlucky to lose a tough photo, but congratulations to the winning team.
We'll talk about what's next."
the order of finish behind Granny Mc's Kitten were Duff One,
Morethanawarning, Echale Salsita, Miss Frost, Bikini Beauty, Selenite,
and Sea Bubble.