Kid Kate made
her 4-year-old debut a winning one Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack,
getting up just in time to win the $65,000 Correction Stakes for fillies and
Patiently ridden by Ramon
Dominguez through a quarter in 22.59 and a half in 45.52, Kid Kate advanced
steadily on the outside to run down favored Meese Rocks in the shadow of the
wire and prevail by a neck.
Her final time for the six
furlongs was 1:10.30 over Aqueduct’s fast inner track.
“It felt like she came out
running pretty well,” Dominguez said. “When I saw them five lengths in front of
me, I assumed they were going too fast and hoped they’d come back to me, and I
think that was the case. They came back to me after being softened up by the
It was the third career stakes
victory for the daughter of Lemon Drop Kid, who had not run since a second place
effort in the Foil overnight stakes at Aqueduct on November 20. With the $39,000
winner’s purse in the Correction, the filly has now earned $221,929 for owner
and breeder Dell Ridge Farm, with a lifetime record of 5-2-1 from 10 starts.
“I thought Ramon timed it
perfectly, even though I was a little concerned in the stretch that she wouldn’t
get up because I think three-quarters is a touch short for her,” said trainer
Chad Brown. “My assistant up there, Cherie DeVaux, has done a really good job
The 7-5 second choice in the
field of seven, Kid Kate returned $4.90 for a $2 win wager. Purrfect Bluff
checked in third, with Honor Hymn, Brilliant Sunshine, Heaven’s Voice and Come
Sunday completing the order of finish. Five Grand Girl – who was cross-entered
in and won a starter allowance at Aqueduct on Friday – was scratched.
“It looked like she ran a hard
race, so we’ll see how she comes out of it,” Brown said. “I’ll nominate her to
everything and see how it goes, but with the Barbara Fritchie [Grade 2, February
19, Laurel Park] being seven-eighths and graded, I’d lean towards that if she
comes back in good shape.”