December 10, 2021 - Fair Grounds, Race 8, Msw, USD $40,000, 1M

New Year's Eve, F, 2, 2019 by Kitten's Joy

1st Dam: Awesome Rafaela (Brz), by Elusive Quality
2nd Dam: Linda Rafaela (Brz), by Bin Ajwaad (Ire)
3rd Dam: Poli Arumba (Brz), by Executioner

Owner: Marc Detampel
Breeder: Stud TNT LLC (KY)
Trainer: Brendan P. Walsh

Marc Detampel's New Year's Eve (Kitten's Joy) was overlooked at 11-1 in this career bow, but that won't happen in her next start after a good-looking graduation at Fair Grounds Friday. Squeezed out by her neighbors at the start, the chestnut raced near the back of the pack through opening splits of :24.41 and :50.24. Swung out to the center of the course in the stretch, New Year's Eve unleashed a furious late rally, sling-shotting past her competition to win going away by 1 1/2 lengths. Missoni (Flintshire {GB}) filled the place spot.

Awesome Rafaela also has a yearling colt named Will Take Cash (Will Take Charge). She visited Volatile earlier this year. The winner's second dam is Brazilian Group 1 winner Linda Rafaela (Brz) (Bin Ajwaad {Ire}), who also produced G1 Brazilian Oaks winner Viva Rafaela (Brz) (Know Heights {Ire}).

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