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Breeders Cup 2015

Catch a Thief Blue Sparkler Favorite

Trainer Tim Hills heads into Sunday’s $75,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes with the 5-2 favorite Catch a Thief, and a little something else – lots of confidence.


“She’s the one to beat,” stated an uncharacteristically emphatic Hills.  “That’s how I see it.  When she shows up, she’s real tough.”


Tough indeed!  Catch a Thief sports five wins from 10 career starts, including three alone at the six furlong Blue Sparkler distance.  A $25,000 2-year-old purchase, the now 4-year-old Catch a Thief has earned $201,000 for her connections.  Two races back she racked up a graded stakes placing, running third in the Sabin Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park before a disappointing fourth at Belmont last out.


“The PP’s (past performances) don’t show it, but she stumbled coming out of the gate,” Hills said about his filly’s most recent outing.  “She grabbed herself pretty good, ripped her shoe half off.  The race was over for her right after that.”


That was on May 8, and since then the daughter of Flatter sports a quartet breezes at Monmouth, including a nice four furlong move on June 19 in :48 3/5.


“She’s been training great since her last race,” Hills said.  “I’m looking forward to a big performance from her.”


Catch a Thief’s main competition looks like it will come from the inside with D’wild Ride (7-2 on the line) drawing the fence and Bronx City Girl (3-1) coming from the two hole.


The Blue Sparkler goes as the ninth race on Sunday’s 12-race program.






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