Kitten's Point Rallies Past Ceisteach in Dowager

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October 18, 2015 02:03pm
Kitten's Point wins 2015 Dowager
Photo: Keeneland


Augustin Stable’s Kitten’s Point rallied past Ceisteach (IRE) at midstretch and went on to win the 24th running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) for fillies and mares by 1 3/4 lengths before aSunday afternoon crowd of 14,104.

The victory completed a turf marathon double for Augustin and the jockey-trainer combination of Edgar Prado and Graham Motion. On Thursday, the trio won the 1½-mile Sycamore with Holiday Star.

Kitten’s Point covered the 1½ miles on a firm turf course in 2:30.37 and gave her connections their second victories in the race. Augustin won the 2007 renewal with Omeya (CHI); Motion took the 2004 running with Humaita (GER) and Prado won the 2011 race with Senada. The Rood & Riddle Dowager marked the third stakes victory of the meet for Prado.

Early in the race, longshots Naples Gold and Honey Lake alternated on the lead through fractions of :24.69, :49.81, 1:14.82 and 1:39.93 with Kitten’s Point racing in midpack.

On the far turn, Honey Lake disposed of Naples Gold as Ceisteach quickly took up the chase with Kitten’s Point and Modernstone (GB) also on the move. At the head of the lane, Ceisteach took over as Prado shifted Kitten’s Point back toward the inside to split Honey Lake and Ceisteach. Inside the eighth pole, Kitten’s Point took over and pulled away at the wire.

Kitten’s Point, favored in the field of 10, returned $5, $3.20 and $2.60. Ceisteach, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, returned $4.80 and $3.60 with Modernstone finishing third under Paco Lopez and paying $7 to show.

Trophee (FR) finished fourth and was followed in order by Miss Chatelaine, Lady of Gold, Llanarmon, Interject, Honey Lake and Naples Gold.

Kitten’s Point is a 5-year-old Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Kitten’s Joy out of the Kingmambo mare Rendezvous Point. The $75,000 winner’s share increased her earnings to $597,565 with a record of 19-7-3-3.

Racing resumes Wednesday with an eight-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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Sunday was Heroes Day at Keeneland, which recognized the men and women who serve our country. All active and inactive members of the military, first responders – law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs – and their families received free general admission with a professional ID. Following the third race, Henry Clay High School Junior ROTC unfurled a 40’ X 60’ American flag on the main track.


Source: Keeneland Association

 

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