Next to last on the
turn, favored Kitten's Dumplings
launched her trademark late rally to
outkick Watsdachances in deep stretch and win the 18th
running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Lake George for 3-year-old turf fillies
on Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course, her third straight stakes
Patiently handled by
Joel Rosario, Kitten's Dumplings dropped in along the rail and sat a
dozen lengths behind Midnight Watch as that one led the field of seven
through opening fractions of 23.55 and 46.45 seconds. With Midnight
Watch yielding to Tapicat at the top of the stretch, Kitten's Dumpling
barreled up five-wide to grab the lead with 200 yards to go and hit the
wire a half-length in front.
Her winning time was 1:42.21 for 1 1/16 miles over a firm turf course.
"I was a little far
behind, but that's how she likes to run.," said Rosario, who is
three-for-three aboard Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred daughter of
Kitten's Joy. "We got the money. She has a really nice kick, but she can
hang a little bit, so I'm always careful to time it. I was hoping
they'd go quick in front, and my horse has a little bit of speed, but if
you use her early she won't give it to you turning for home."
Winless in her first
three starts of 2013, Kitten's Dumplings picked up her first victory of
the year in May at Churchill Downs, when she was allowed to drop far off
the early pace and rallied to take the Edgewood by 3 ¾ lengths. On June
15, also at Churchill, she came from 16 lengths back and finished full
of run to win the Grade 3 Regret by 2 ¼ lengths.
"On paper it looked like
there was plenty of pace," said winning trainer Michael Maker of the
Lake George. "You can't change her running style, so it worked out
The 3-2 favorite,
Kitten's Dumplings returned $5.00 for a $2 win bet and earned $120,000.
Overall, she is 5-1-0 from 10 career starts, including a maiden victory
at the Spa last summer, and has earned $433,262. Her next start, said
Ken Ramsey, likely will be the Grade 2 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid on
August 18 at the Spa.
Watsdachances finished a
neck in front of Tapicat, with Midnight Watch another 3 ¼ lengths back
in fourth. Following her under the wire were Fab Flowers, Blossom's
Trail, and Maximova.