Monday, August 20 2012
STEPHANIE’S KITTEN CLAWS HER WAY TO VICTORY IN G2 WOODFORD RESERVE LAKE PLACID
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Confidently ridden by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, even-money favorite Stephanie’s Kitten burst through an opening in deep stretch and powered to a half-length victory over Centre Court in Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid at Saratoga Race Course.
Saving ground along the rail in third as Medolina led through an opening quarter-mile in 23.62 seconds, a half in 48.88 and three-quarters in 1:13.25, Stephanie’s Kitten was ready to pounce but had nowhere to go as the field of six 3-year-old turf fillies barreled down the lane. Patiently waiting behind horses, Velazquez finally spotted an opportunity inside the eighth pole and guided the Kitten’s Joy filly to the outside, where she kicked into high gear en route to the win.
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