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Kauai Katie kicks off new year in Old Hat

  • Kauai Katie will be heavily favored in the Old Hat on New Year's Day (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Kauai Katie will be a prohibitive favorite lining up against four rivals in Tuesday's Grade 3, $100,000 Old Hat at Gulfstream Park, a six-furlong, New Year's Day test which is literally the first opportunity for the daughter of Malibu Moon to enhance her already stellar reputation as a newly turned three-year-old.

The speedy Kauai Katie, owned by Stonestreet Stables, ripped through her first three starts in New York last year. A 12-length debut winner at Belmont, the bay was an overwhelmingly popular winner of the Grade 2 Adirondack, by 2 3/4 lengths, and the Grade 2 Matron, by 7 1/2 lengths, in her next two starts.

A lukewarm 5-1 in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, perhaps due to her inexperience beyond 6 1/2 furlongs, Kauai Katie tracked in second behind eventual winner Beholder before fading through the stretch of that 1 1/16-mile fixture. Kauai Katie finished fourth, beaten 7 1/2 lengths.

"It wasn't a bad race. It was probably a little farther than she wants to go," trainer Todd Pletcher said in December. "She'll probably be best at sprint distances for now, and this is a good spot to get started."

Also expected to show early foot in the Old Hat is Cor Cor, whose winning debut at Keeneland was followed by a wire-wire score over the deeper Tampa Bay Downs strip in the December 1 Sandpiper. The daughter of Smoke Glacken opened up an early three-length lead in that six-furlong dash, but saw her margin reduced to a half-length at the wire.

Power Lady was a dominating winner of her first two starts in Pennsylvania, winning a Penn National maiden by 11 3/4 lengths and a Parx allowance by 7 3/4 lengths. Stalking for the first time in her career in the November 3 Smart Halo at Laurel, the Discreet Cat miss was forced to check at the furlong pole and had to settle for third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Lighthouse Bay.
"She was in behind a wall of horses the whole race and turning for home, she had an opening on the inside. She went for it and the horse in front came down on top of her," Servis said.
Power Lady will race on Lasix for the first time in the Old Hat.

The Old Hat field is rounded out by She's All Scat, winner of the November 24 Gin Talking at Laurel, and Cupids Messenger, who has finished unplaced in both career starts against winners.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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