Trainer Tom Albertrani had high expectations for
Kinda Spicy, and the Darley Stable homebred did not disappoint on Sunday at
Belmont Park, coming from off the pace to debut a 6 ¼-length winner.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
With the victory, Kinda Spicy joins the New York Watch, which profiles
up-and-comers that have recently cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. Her page
is located at http://www.nyra.com/nywatch/KindaSpicy.html.
“I was expecting a big effort out of her today,” said
Albertrani. “I liked the way she trained beforehand. She looked like she
was ready to put on a good effort today.”
And she did just that, settling behind horses in fourth up the
backstretch and around the far turn, splitting rivals as the field straightened
for home, and drawing clear under jockey John Velazquez’s hand-ride.
“She was very impressive and did everything professionally,”
said Albertrani. “She was a little nervous in the gate, but other than
that I liked the way she sat off the pace. She took a lot of dirt and got a
good education today. Johnny took her behind horses and felt very confident. He
felt like he always had enough horse. When he pushed the button, she responded.”
While Albertrani realizes it’s a big step from maiden to graded
stakes competition, he believes the Grade 1 TVG Alabama at Saratoga Race Course
on August 20 is a logical long-range goal for Kinda Spicy. But first he’d
like to run her in an allowance or overnight stakes before or during the early
part of the Saratoga
“It was a small field and she still has to prove herself next time
out,” said Albertrani. “Being optimistic, hopefully she’s
going to be able to compete in the higher-level races, maybe at Saratoga. We’ll see.
Maybe an Alabama-type of filly. Something like that would be nice.”
Both of Kinda Spicy’s parents were Horses of the Year in their
native countries. Her sire, A.P. Indy, received those honors after winning the
1992 Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic, while her dam, Isola Piu
Bella, shared the Chilean Horse of the Year title after winning four Group 1
events in 2003, including that country’s 1000 Guineas and St. Leger. She was
later sent to the United States,
where she won the 2005 Grade 3 Sabin Handicap at Gulfstream
Park, Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne, and Obeah Handicap at Delaware Park.
Horses previously featured in the New York Watch series include champion
and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Uncle Mo; Boys At Tosconova, victorious
in the Three Chimneys Hopeful and second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile;
More Than Real, who took the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf;
Breeders’ Futurity hero J. B.’s Thunder; To Honor and Serve, who
swept the Nashua and Remsen; and multiple graded stakes winner Winter Memories.
Other graded stakes winners on the New York Watch list are Eightyfiveinafifty,
Position Limit, and Royal Delta.
Photo - NYRA, Adam Coglianese