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Kauai Katie Prohibitive Choice at Big A

Kauai Katie photo - NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Kauai Katie returns to New York as the 1-9 morning-line favorite over four other 3-year-old fillies in Sunday’s $75,000 Road Princess overnight stakes, the featured race on closing day at Aqueduct Racetrack.

 

The Stonestreet Stables color-bearer, whose lone defeat came when stretched out to 1 1/16 miles in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last fall, enters the seven-furlong Road Princess off a pair of graded stakes wins at Gulfstream Park. She opened her sophomore campaign with an eight-length triumph in the six-furlong Grade 3 Old Hat on New Year’s Day and came back on January 26 with a 5 ½-length victory in the Grade 2 Forward Gal going seven furlongs.

 

A daughter of Malibu Moon, Kauai Katie’s average winning margin in her five career victories is more than seven lengths. She has posted two five-furlong workouts over Belmont Park’s training track since arriving from Florida: 1:03.26 on April 7 and 1:00.70 on April 14.

 

“She’s doing great,” said Michael McCarthy, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. “The plan as I understand it is to target one-turn races moving forward.”

 

The Grade 1, $300,000 Acorn on May 27 at Belmont Park likely would be the next major target, said McCarthy.

 

For the Road Princess, Kauai Katie will be ridden by Javier Castellano from post position 4 as the 123-pound highweight. Also entered were Kelli Got Frosty, the second choice at 8-1 from post position 5, and Cubicle Queen, Secret Union and Kimono from the rail out.

 

The Pletcher barn also will be represented in the first graded stakes of the Belmont Park spring/summer meet, with the lightly raced Cross Traffic making his stakes debut in the Grade 3, $150,000 Westchester on Saturday, April 27.

 

Owned by GoldMark Farm, the 4-year-old Unbridled’s Song colt broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park on January 24 and returned on March 10 to post a 7 ½-length victory in a one-mile optional claimer, earning a 97 Beyer Speed Figure in the process.

 

“He’s an exciting kind of a horse,” said McCarthy of Cross Traffic. “He had a great work the other day [5 furlongs in 1:00.45] on the training track. Last year, he couldn’t seem to get over the hump, had a couple of little things, and it was decided to regroup. The time he was here he touted himself as a pretty nice sort of horse.”

 

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