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Kauai Katie photo - NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese

A year ago at Saratoga Race Course, fans caught a glimpse of the future when eventual 2-Year-Old Filly champion My Miss Aurelia captured the Grade 2 Adirondack.

The 2-5 morning-line favorite in the 2012 edition of the Adirondack is Kauai Katie, who, like My Miss Aurelia, carries the colors of Stonestreet Stables. A daughter of Malibu Moon, Kauai Katie was even more impressive in her debut than her predecessor, pulling away to a dazzling 12-length victory on July 20 that earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 100, tops among all 2-year-olds this year, male or female.

“She trained exceptionally well here all summer,” said trainer Todd Pletcher of Kauai Katie, purchased for $490,000 in March at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds in training sale in Florida. “We were excited to have her ready to run, were looking forward to it, and she exceeded our expectations.”

While Kauai Katie’s maiden victory came in front-running fashion at 5 ½ furlongs, Pletcher said her professionalism and ability to rate in the mornings should be positive factors as she stretches out in distance.

“Horses don’t always come out of the 2-year-old in training sales with that type of mentality,” he said. “We’ll continue to see how she handles added distances. She’s very strong at the end of 5 ½ [furlongs] and we’re optimistic that with her mind set, she’ll be able to carry it further.”

Rosie Napravnik will again ride Kauai Katie, who drew post position 3.

Second choice at 5-1 on the morning line is Cayllano, who ships in from Kentucky with a pair of victories including the White Clay Creek overnight stakes at Delaware Park. Trained by Tom Amoss for GoldMark Farm, the Bluegrass Cat filly launched her career with a nine-length score on June 11 at Indiana Downs.

With Javier Castellano aboard, Cayllano will leave from post position 4.

Rounding out the field are Fully Living, a supplemental entry, and Sweet Shirley Mae, fourth and fifth behind So Many Ways in the Grade 2 Schuylerville on opening day; Vitameta, seven-length maiden winner on July 1 at Calder Race Course, and Salamera, a neck winner of the J J’s Dream on June 30 at Calder.

The field for the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack:

PP

Horse

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

Odds

1

Sweet Shirley Mae (KY)

J R Velazquez

118

W A Ward

20-1

2

Fully Living (KY)

J Lezcano

118

K G McPeek

12-1

3

Kauai Katie (KY)

R Napravnik

118

T A Pletcher

 2-5

4

Cayllano (KY)

J Castellano

120

T M Amoss

 5-1

5

Vitameta (KY)

R A Dominguez

118

D Fawkes

 6-1

6

Salamera (FL)

A Castillo

120

R Garcia

10-1


















































 

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