A trio of talented 3-year-old fillies from Todd
Pletcher, including multiple graded stakes winner Kauai Katie, heads
Saturday’s 10th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Victory Ride at
The six-furlong Victory Ride will be run as race 9 on the 11-race card, immediately preceded by the 70th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 New York for turf
fillies and mares going 1 ¼ miles.
Third in the Grade 1 Acorn on May 27 behind Midnight Lucky and
Close Hatches – the latter returning to win the Grade 1 Mother Goose
last Saturday – Kauai Katie opened
her 2013 campaign with three straight victories: the Grade 3 Old Hat
and Grade 2 Forward Gal at Gulfstream Park, and the Road Princess
overnight stakes on April 21 at Aqueduct, by a combined winning margin
of 16 ¾ lengths.
In the Acorn, the Malibu Moon filly stumbled at the start and
showed some late kick to finish seven lengths behind the runaway winner.
“I didn’t think she ran badly in the Acorn from the rail,” said
Pletcher of Kauai Katie, who will be coupled with Teen Pauline in the
wagering. “She was never in a great
position and was getting a lot of dirt in her face, and she’d never
really been in that situation. I thought she ran hard; Midnight Lucky
was just too good on the day.”
Joining the Stonestreet Farm duo will be Aquino Stable’s
Fusaichiswonderful, who finished second by a half-length to So Many Ways
after an eventful journey in the Grade
3 Eight Belles on May 3 at Churchill Downs.
“She was a little unlucky with the draw [post position 2] and
she was one of the few horses in the race with an inside draw who
performed well,” said Pletcher. “She
was unlucky not to win, but ran a courageous race.”
Kauai Katie, who will tote high weight of 123 pounds including
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, drew post position 8 while Teen
Pauline, with Junior Alvarado up,
will leave from post position 3. The entry was listed at even money on
the morning line.
Fusaichiswonderful, under Javier Castellano, will leave from the rail and was tabbed at 5-2 on the morning line.
Making her graded stakes debut will be I’m Mom’s Favorite, a
winner of three of her four 2013 starts. The Tony Dutrow trainee most
recently was a come-from-behind nose
winner of the Miss Preakness on May 17 at Pimlico Race Course, and also
took an optional claimer by seven lengths on April 13 and a maiden
special on Febuary 1 at Aqueduct Race Course.
“Her last race was not at all what I expected – I thought she
would break and be close to the leaders, instead she was far back and
come on,” said Dutrow, who trains
the Indian Charlie filly for Cash is King Stable. “Saturday, I would
expect she would be a bit off the pace. It’d be fantastic is she was
able to win or place in a graded stakes.”
I’m Mom’s Favorite, 4-1 on the morning line, drew post position 6 and will get the services of Cornelio Velasquez.
Making her second start for trainer Mike Hushion is
Bridgehampton, 15-1 on the morning line off a two-length maiden win on
May 30 at
In her only other start, the daughter of Bernardini, out of the
Forestry mare Teton National, finished fifth in her debut over the
synthetic surface on May 4 at Betfair Hollywood Park
while in the care of Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale.
“I think she’s up to it,” said Hushion of Bridgehampton, who
drew post position 5 under Jose Lezcano. “I think she’s this kind of a
Rounding out the field are Baby J, second to Kauai Katie in the
Grade 2 Matron last fall at Belmont; Native One, most recently third in
an optional claimer, and Lighthouse
Bay, who returned from a third-place finish in the Miss Preakness to
win the Jostle at Parx racing.