WOODFORD RESERVE LAKE PLACID S.-GII, $200,000, SAR, 8-19, 3yo, f, 1 1/8mT, 1:48 2/5, fm.
1--STEPHANIE'S KITTEN, 118, f, 3, by Kitten's Joy
1st Dam: Unfold the Rose, by Catienus
2nd Dam: Bail Out Becky, by Red Ransom
3rd Dam: Becky Be Good, by Naskra
($30,000 RNA yrl '10 KEESEP; $17,000 RNA 2yo '11 OBSAPR). O/B-Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey (KY); T-Wayne M Catalano; J-John R Velazquez; $120,000. Lifetime Record: GISW, 9-5-0-3, $1,104,082. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Centre Court, 122, f, 3, Smart Strike--Let, by A.P. Indy. O-G Watts Humphrey Jr; B-G Watts Jr & Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust - 2008 (KY); T-George R Arnold, II; $40,000.
3--Somali Lemonade, 118, f, 3, Lemon Drop Kid--Chic Corine, by Nureyev. O-Caroline A Forgason; B-Cina Forgason (KY); T-Michael R Matz; $20,000.
Margins: HF, 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 1.10, 3.25, 6.50.
Also Ran: Medolina, Better Lucky, Disposablepleasure.
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Stephanie's Kitten won last year's GI Darley Alcibiades S. over Keeneland's Polytrack before ending her juvenile campaign with a victory in the Nov. 4 GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She opened her sophomore campaign with a third-place effort in the Apr. 7 GI Ashland S. and returned to the winner's circle with a win in the May 4 Edgewood S. over the Churchill lawn. The bay filly lacked running room in the final furlong when fourth, beaten only a half-length, in the July 25 GII Lake George S. Stephanie's Kitten let the early pace go and saved ground along the rail while racing in mid-pack and inched closer through three-quarters in 1:13.25. She was once again forced to wait for running room in deep stretch, but this time was able to find a seam between foes and surged to the lead in the final strides. "I was on the rail the whole way," commented winning rider John Velazquez. "That's where I broke, and we planned to stay there to save the best ground we could, and I stayed there until the three-sixteenths pole and worked my way out until I finally got out at the eighth pole. When I asked, she responded right away. It was a great effort by her and an incredible last eighth. I know she has it in her, and as soon as I pulled her out and hit her with the whip, she responded right away, so I was very impressed at the way she did it." As for what is next for Stephanie's Kitten, winning trainer Wayne Catalano said, "I think [we'll go] to the [Oct. 13 GI] Queen Elizabeth II and the Breeders' Cup. I'll talk to Mr. [Ken] Ramsey. We mapped out a little plan; hopefully it all works out."