Rudy Rodriguez remains baffled as to why Flying Zee Racing
Stables’ Agave Kiss suffered
her first career defeat when fifth in the Grade 3 Victory Ride on July 7, but
the trainer is optimistic the 3-year-old filly will regain top form in the
Grade 1, $300,000 Prioress on August 4. On Wednesday, Agave Kiss breezed four
furlongs in 50.03 on the main track.
“So, far she’s been very good. She looks like she has
adjusted to Saratoga,”
said Rodriguez. “We’re happy with the way she is.”
Agave Kiss won the first six starts of her career for Flying Zee Racing
Stables, including the Grade 3 Cicada in March at Aqueduct Racetrack, before
she wilted in the Victory Ride.
“Your guess is as good as mine [as to why she ran poorly in the
Victory Ride],” said Rodriguez. “I’m still looking for it.
I’m going to [draw a line through the race]. Hopefully, she’ll do
it, too. That’s what we’re trying to do. We’ll pretend it was
a bad dream. It was kind of disappointing, but thankfully she came back good,
and we’ll keep our fingers crossed. Hopefully, she’ll show up when
we run her.”
In the Prioress, Agave Kiss is expected to have a rematch against Emma’s Encore, Jamaican Smoke, Tu Endie Wei, the respective top three finishers in the