Kauai Katie gave Stonestreet Stables
their second straight Grade 2 Adirondack victory Sunday at Saratoga Race Course
with a front-running score on Sunday in the $200,000 race for 2-year-old
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
The daughter of Malibu Moon – a sharp 12-length debut winner on
July 20, opening day at the Spa – was third out of the gate but grabbed
the lead by the time the field had left the chute in the 6 ½-furlong race. In
front by 1 ½ lengths following an opening quarter-mile in 21.77 seconds, Kauai
Katie dismissed a pair of bids through a half-mile in 44.93, and stretched her
lead while being driven home by jockey Rosie Napravnik to register a 2 ¾-length
victory over Salamera.
The final time was 1:16.81, with undefeated Kauai Katie paying $2.80
for a $2 win wager as the 2-5 favorite.
“From the gate, I was riding with a lot of confidence,”
said Napravnik. “I knew I had a lot of horse underneath me. We were just
able to wait. The 6 ½ [furlongs] is a pretty big step from 5 ½ [furlongs] for
these babies. She just powered down the lane and she wasn’t at the
bottom. Not that I didn’t have to ask her, I did ride her down the lane.
She was obviously the best here today. At six [furlongs], I could feel them
coming, but they weren’t going to get us today.”
Last year at Saratoga,
My Miss Aurelia, owned by Stonestreet Stables in partnership with George
Bolton, broke her maiden on opening day and won the Grade 2 Adirondack. She
later posted wins in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont Park
and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and was named Champion
“We’ll let the dust settle and talk to the connections and
come up with a game plan [for Kauai Katie],” said trainer Todd Pletcher.
“[Stonestreet is] fortunate they have at least three really nice fillies,
so we’ll have to look at that.”
In addition to training Kauai Katie, Pletcher conditions Dreaming of
Julia, a Stonestreet 2-year-old filly who won by 10 ½ lengths in her debut on
August 6. Stonestreet also owns 2-year-old filly Teen Pauline, a 4 ¾-length
debut winner on July 25, who is trained by Steve Asmussen. The stable is
6-for-6 at the meet.
Stonestreet Stables is operated by Barbara Banke, who has continued the
racing operations started by her late husband, Jess Jackson. Kauai Katie is
named for their 26-year-old daughter, Katie.
“This is absolutely wonderful and
that Katie to watch her namesake run and win is very special,” said
Banke. “She was a beautiful filly at the sale. We have her full sister
[0-for-6 Malibu Cougar], who’s super fast in the morning, but hates to
race. We knew she was from a very fast family.”
Fully Living followed Salamera in third, 4 ¼ lengths behind the winner,
and was followed home by Cayllano and Vitameta.