D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables’ Kathmanblu swept to the lead at
the head of the stretch and drew off by 8 ½ lengths to win the 67th running
of the $163,800 Golden Rod Stakes (GII) for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday
afternoon at Churchill Downs.
by Ken McPeek and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Kathmanblu raced third in the
early stages of the 1 1/16-mile race as Gran Lioness led the field
through fractions of :24.28 and :48.85.
the midway point of the final turn, Missyoulikecrazy made the first move
at Gran Lioness with Kathmanblu just to her outside. Kathmanblu shot to the
lead at the head of the lane and never was threatened in completing the
distance on a fast main track in 1:44.48.
victory was worth $99,525 and increased Kathmanblu’s earnings to $320,731 with
a record of 3-1-1 in six starts. It was the first victory on dirt for
Kathmanblu, who had won the Jessamine at Keeneland in October and then ran
third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (GII) here on Nov. 5.
is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Bluegrass Cat out of the Devil’s Bag mare Abba
in the field of seven, Kathmanblu returned $4.60, $3 and $2.80.
Missyoulikecrazy, ridden by Robby Albarado, paid $4 and $3.40 with Suave
Voir Faire finishing 1 ¼ lengths back in third under Sal Gonzalez Jr., and
paying $6.40 to show.
Aide finished three lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by
Gran Lioness, Sweet Deal to Win and Missed the Point.
Fall Meet concludes Sunday with an 11-race program that begins at 12:40 p.m.
GOLDEN ROD QUOTES
Leparoux (jockey, Kathmanblu, winner):
“I had a good trip. She broke good; she was very relaxed laying third. And when
I asked her she finished very good. I was riding her all the way. I was waiting
for the one (Aide) to come, but I looked at the TV and she obviously won
easily. I don’t know how good she can be. That’s not my job; that’s the
trainers’ job. I think she is really good on both turf and dirt. I think she is
a very good filly on the turf. And she proved today she can run on the dirt,
too. We’ve got options.”
McPeek (trainer, Kathmanblu, winner):
“She is now a big time Oaks prospect. She’s not a big filly; she is a little
compact filly, and as the months go on she has gotten better and better. I’ll
think she will keep going as a 3-year-old. In the Breeders’ Cup she had a
troubled trip; it seemed like not a whole lot went right that day. Obviously
she is a good, talented filly. This time of year we got enough time to come
back in three weeks here and you’re going to find out if they like this surface
then you got to do it now, she was doing well so there was no hesitation at
all. We will probably put her on the shelf for a while. At this point, we will
take her to Gulfstream for the winter and take it one day at a time. She
probably won’t run until late February or early March. I like to have two races
in them before the Oaks.”
Albarado (jockey, Missyoulikecrazy, second): “She will be fine. She kicked it in there late. She ran her race.”
Kenneally (trainer, Missyoulikecrazy, second): “She ran really well, we are very happy. It was her
first time around two turns and the filly that just won the race just ran in
the Breeders’ Cup, so we are happy with the effort our filly put forward. We
had a good trip, but we just got out run. She will head down to Florida and we will look
at the races at Gulfstream.”
Gomez (jockey, Aide, fourth): “I had
a good trip. She didn’t quite have it today, but look for her down the road.”