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
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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
The Grade 1, $300,000 Acorn on May 27 at
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
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
“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.”