Dodging raindrops, Tok Tok (Quality Road) ran home a winner in his second career race for Graham Motion after he broke his maiden over the grass sprinting at Colonial Downs by half a length July 27.
Sent off as a 5-1 shot here, the bay colt broke alertly, moved to rail and then settled third into the first turn as filly Determined Sail (Bernardini) showed the way. Under a slow half at :50.17, Tok Tok launched his bid around far turn, was hemmed in briefly, but once free, he ran on nicely to win over the surging Triple Espresso (Omaha Beach).
Out of an extended female family which includes leading sire Tapit (Pulpit) and MGISW Rubiano (Fappiano), the winner is his dam's first to the races, but he does have a yearling full-brother, while In Tune visited Curlin for next year.
KITTEN'S JOY S., $125,000, Colonial Downs, 9-9, 2yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:45.11, fm.
1–TOK TOK, 120, c, 2, by Quality Road
1st Dam: In Tune (GSW, $229,350), by Unbridled's Song
2nd Dam: Wichitoz, by Affirmed
3rd Dam: Ruby Slippers, by Nijinsky II
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O/B-Wertheimer Et Frere (KY); T-H. Graham Motion; J-Jorge Ruiz. $75,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $111,000.
2–Triple Espresso, 120, c, 2, Omaha Beach–Natural Rush, by Indian Charlie. ($325,000 RNA Wlg '21 KEENOV; $350,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable; B-Ashview Farm & Colts Neck Stables (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $25,000.
3–Determined Sail, 117, f, 2, Bernardini–Involuntary, by City Zip. 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-D Hatman Thoroughbreds; B-2500 Determined Stud (MD); T-Phil Schoenthal. $13,750.
Margins: 1 1/4, 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 5.20, 2.70, 31.50.
Also Ran: Randazzo, Because the Night, Mission Ready, Manabi, Mainstream Sellout, Massif, Blue Creek, Skellig Island, Silver Front, Sharp Tones.
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#4 Tok Tok takes the Kitten's Joy S. at Colonial Downs and stays perfect in his young career! 🏆
The 2-year-old colt gets another win for both trainer @GrahamMotion and pilot Jorge Ruiz.
— TwinSpires Racing 🏇 (@TwinSpires) September 9, 2023