After Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Big Blue Kitten and Real Solution
took to the turf to breeze five furlongs in company on Saturday at
Belmont Park, trainer Chad Brown confirmed his plans to run both horses
in the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on
Blue Kitten, winner of the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational, was
clocked in 1:02.39, one hundredth of a second slower than Real Solution,
was promoted to victory via disqualification in the Grade 1 Arlington
Million. Both the Sword Dancer and the Arlington Million were held on
planning on running them both. It's not ideal, but we're just going to
have to go with it," said Brown. "I didn't want to run them together
until the Breeders' Cup, but my hands are a bit tied. Hopefully, one of
them wins. The timing of the race should set them up for the Breeders'
Cup, and with not having to ship for your race right before the
Breeders' Cup perhaps it won't be as hard of a race on them."
On the main track, John D. Gunther's Last Gunfighter
breezed five furlongs in 1:02.24. He will make his Grade 1 debut on
Saturday in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup, Brown said. Last
Gunfighter has won seven of his past eight starts, including the Grade 3
Philip H. Iselin on August 18 at Monmouth Park.
been a very consistent horse," said Brown. "He's going to need to come
with his career-best race. He's not Grade 1 tested, but he's been a very
consistent horse at the level he's been running. He's going to have to
take a big step forward, I think."
Brown added that Readtheprospectus
exited his triumph in the Spite the Devil overnight stakes on Wednesday
in good shape and that the Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence
color-bearer likely will make his next start in the $250,000 Empire
Classic on October 19. The New York-bred has won seven straight races.
ran really good, considering the layoff and having to carry 123
pounds," said Brown. "We were using it as a prep for the Empire Classic,
and carrying that much weight off a layoff against some hard-knockers I
thought he was vulnerable to maybe have his win streak disrupted, but I
was very impressed with his race."
Also on the worktab was 2012 Grade 1 Garden City winner Samitar,
who breezed five furlongs on the turf in 1:01.77. In her most recent
start, she won the Speed Boat overnight stakes on September 1 at
Saratoga Race Course. Brown said she will make her next start in either
the Grade 1 First Lady on October 5 at Keeneland or the Grade 3 Athenia
on October 12 at Belmont.