The dark bay / brown daughter of Start up won 3 for 3 in her short career by rallying the last word at the top of the ramp for a two-way win first Classy version . The 50-point win for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 6, essentially secures her qualifying for the race.
Coach Shug McGaughey talks about a potential start in the Oaks. “We’ll see how she gets back. I’ll probably point her to the Oak (Gulfstream Park) if she gets it right. If there’s something I don’t like, we’ll wait.
“My preference is to keep her here, and not have to transport her to Ashland or something like that.”
Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) is worth $250,000 on April 2, while Ashland Central Bank $600,000 (G1) is April 8 at Keeneland.
Mi Negrita , led by Junior Alvarado, took the lead after breaking through from the gate. The unfortunate scores were set to be: 23.38 and: 46.04 when Kathleen O., the favorite 2-1 under Javier Castellano, broke through from the inside and settled. near the back.
Sweet girl Dani with driver Jose Ortiz, turned to socialize with leaders Mi Negrita and Girl with a dream three times wide. Sweet Dani Girl moved forward after six stretches in 1:10.77 and took the lead into the stretch, at which point Kathleen O. darted from behind the horse for a winning dash on the outside.
A 1:36.23 win time for one mile is good enough to beat Classy Edition and racer Irad Ortiz Jr. Cocktail moment finished 1 1/4 back length in third place under Corey Lanerie.
“I liked the way she did it today,” Castellano said of Kathleen O. “She didn’t have the speed to get close to the horses, but I liked the way she finished. Back home, I was loaded. I was just seaming and trying to separate the horses and that’s exactly what I did.”
McGaughey said he loves to watch himself being forced to wait for loopholes.
“She played pretty well today, but she didn’t have the pace to keep up with them,” said McGaughey. “I like the turn, where she’s settled in a bit and has to wait for the seam, so she can move on and finish the way she finished.”
Kathleen O., purchased for $275,000 with McGaughey as dealer last year from Niall Brennan Stables consignment for Ocala Breeders’ Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in training, was the first horse. owned by Pat Kearney of Wingate.
“I’ve never been so worried in my life about anything,” said 83-year-old Kearney in the winner’s circle. “It was just a great experience and I owe it all to Shug.”
Kathleen O. won her debut in a muddy match Aqueduct race track appeared on November 12th before rallying to win the January 1 Cash Run at Gulfstream with a length of 8 and a half in one turn. With Saturday’s win, she improved her earnings to $226,280. She was bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Thoroughbreds and Bridlewood Farm and was the first foal to escape the staking scene. Reprimand mare Quaver . The mare has an unmarked horse Tapwrit The pony named Tap Collector was purchased by PJ Campanella for $65,000 from a Stuart Morris shipment at the OBS October 2021 Promotion and features an unnamed dark stallion as Tapwrit . She was bred back to the Gainesway breed in 2022.