Sunday, August 19, 2012
Stephanie’s Kitten, Hear Me Roar
Everything you need to know about today's feature race can be found at a replay center near you.
That's because today's featured Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going 9 furlongs on Saratoga's Inner Turf course is a virtual re-run of last month G2 Lake George. Five of the six fillies here come out of that event and the other from the Coaching Club American Oaks.
That filly, Disposablepleasure (8-1), has been keeping Grade 1 company on the dirt this season and finally gets back on the grass, where she made her racing debut here at 2, finishing gamely for fourth after losing much ground into the stretch.
Her recent turf breeze for her grass return was 3rd fastest that week among 40 in her peer group; she's interesting, if only for her early line odds.
However, the replay will indicate that it's Stephanie's Kitten (9-5) that looms the one to beat, considering she never, ever had a chance in the Lake George.
If it were a harness race, the comment might be "raging with pace." She was raging for sure. Johnny Velazquez kept looking for openings and wherever he went, so went the leaders.
Finally, Johnny steered her throught the needle's eye, the filly got to running, but too late. She never was was able to match the momentum of Centre Court and Better Lucky. With today's added sixteenth, the softer pace will allow him to position his filly at bit closer and she should secure running room given normal conditions.
Taking Stephanie's Kitten to win, no price restrictions, and keying her in multiples with Centre Court (2-1) and Medolina (4-1).
Running Totals: (1145) 351-220-173 Total Dollar Return: $2,411.60 [win selections only]