Kitten's Dumplings Headlines Regret
June 12, 2013 01:33pm
Kitten’s Dumplings, an easy 3 ¾-length winner of the Edgewood at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Oaks Day undercard, headlines a field of 11 3-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 44th running of the $100,000-added Regret (GIII) at 1 1/8 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course.
The Regret, named in honor of the filly who became the first of only three members of her gender to win the Kentucky Derby in 1915, is scheduled as Race 9 at 10:11 p.m.
The Edgewood was the second career stakes victory for Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Kitten’s Dumplings, who won the La Senorita at Retama Park as a juvenile. A bay daughter of Kitten’s Joy, Kitten’s Dumplings has won half of her six turf starts and has career earnings of $246,881.
The main rivals for Kitten’s Dumplings could be Edgewood runner-up Praia, last year’s Golden Rod (GII) winner Seaneen Girl, who will be making her turf debut, and Oscar Party, winner of her 3-year-old debut by 2 ¾ lengths in an allowance on the Matt Winn Turf Course on May 25.
The field for the Regret from the rail out (with jockey and morning-line odds): Praia (Alan Garcia, 6-1), Abbey Street (Miguel Mena, 15-1), Kitten’s Dumplings (Joel Rosario, 5-2), Beverage Queen (Julien Leparoux, 10-1), Oscar Party (Norberto Arroyo Jr., 6-1), Miss Lucky Sevens (Rosie Napravnik, 10-1), Eden Prairie (Brian Hernandez Jr., 10-1), Broken Spell (Robby Albarado, 8-1), Seaneen Girl (Shaun Bridgmohan, 6-1), Intelyhente (Corey Lanerie, 8-1) and Miss Squeal (Joe Rocco Jr., 20-1).
VALIANT BOY SBFAR, winner of last year’s Texas Arabian Derby (GIII), has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite by Churchill Downs’ oddsmaker Mike Battaglia for Saturday’s second running of the $100,000-added President of the United Arab Emirates Cup.
The President of the United Arab Emirates Cup will be just the second Arabian race to be run beneath the Twin Spires. It is scheduled to go as Race 10 at 10:42 p.m. The inaugural running took place on June 18, 2011 when Sam Vasquez’s TM FRED TEXAS prevailed in the 1 ¼-mile race by 9 ¼ lengths. This year’s renewal will be contested at 1 1/16 miles.
TM FRED TEXAS was trained by Ronald Martino, who also trains VALIANT BOY SBFAR. A 5-year-old gray son of DARWEESH, VALIANT BOY SBFAR began his career in France and made his United States debut last June. Since coming to the U.S. he has won five of his nine starts. He will be ridden Saturday by Joe Rocco Jr.
SMOKE HOUSE and SO BIG IS BETTER are co-second choices at 5-2 on the morning line.
SMOKE HOUSE, winner of the Delaware Park Arabian Juvenile Championship (GIII) last year, will be making just his fourth career start in the President of UAE Cup. In his only race of 2013, he finished second behind VALIANT BOY SBFAR in an allowance at Delaware Park on May 27. SMOKE HOUSE will be ridden Saturday by Ricardo Santana Jr.
SO BIG IS BETTER is owned and trained by Mark Powell and has won 20 of his 46 career starts. In his last start, he won a six-furlong allowance race at Arapahoe Park by six lengths under Kelsi Purcell, who has the call Saturday.
The field for the President of UAE Cup from the rail out (with jockey and morning-line odds): VALIANT BOY SBFAR (Rocco Jr., 2-1), IN X HESS (Corey Lanerie, 6-1), SMOKE HOUSE (Santana Jr., 5-2), SECRET TREASOUR (Juan Torres, 15-1), SO BIG IS BETTER (Purcell, 5-2), SPIN DOCTOR (Juan Molina Jr., 20-1), VIP (Dakota Wood, 12-1) and SAND BLASTT (Martin Solis, 10-1).


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