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Catalano Expects La Song to Run Big

Trainer Wayne Catalano couldn’t help but break out in a little song when asked about Darrell and Evelyn Yates’ La Song, who will start in Friday’s $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1). The daughter of Unbridled’s Song is coming off a second in the one-mile Arlington-Washington Lassie (G3) on September 8, when Gold Edge caught her in the last few jumps to win by a neck. The rivals will meet again in the Darley Alcibiades, when Gold Edge breaks from post seven with La Song in post eight.

“She’s run a very nice race for us, and she’s doing very good,” Catalano, the leading trainer at Arlington Park, said about La Song. “We expect a big race out of her. That last race is going to help her a lot. She’s got that route race, that mile, under her belt.”

La Song, a graduate of the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and the Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, was third in her career debut at Arlington on July 26 while going 5 ½ furlongs. She then won a maiden claiming race at the same distance on August 12.

She will be ridden in the 1 1/16-mile Darley Alcibiades by Jeffrey Sanchez, who has been aboard in her previous races.

On Saturday, Catalano will send out James F. Miller’s Honey Chile in the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2). His Keeneland string also includes last year’s Darley Alcibiades winner, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Stephanie’s Kitten, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) in her next start. The 3-year-old Kitten’s Joy filly won the Lake Placid (G2) at Saratoga on August 19 in her last race, and is pointed at the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) here on October 13.

“We’re going to treat this like our Breeders’ Cup,” Catalano said about the QE II. “If she can get lucky and do well then on to the Breeders’ Cup and run against the older fillies (in the Grade 1 Filly and Mare Turf).”




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