Favored Heir Kitty Responds To Class Drop

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Posted 12.07.12 at 3:21

Garrett Gomez guides Heir Kitty to an easy victory in the Frider opener. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 7, 2012)—After three consecutive starts in graded stakes, Heir Kitty responded to softer company, easily capturing the $48,288 allowance feature (video) Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Last behind four Bob Baffert-trained males in the Grade III Hollywood Prevue Nov. 22, Heir Kitty, the 9-10 favorite, took advantage of a quick pace to win for the second time in five races.

Making her initial start without blinkers, the 2-year-old Wildcat Heir filly out of the Silver Buck mare Be Silver was outrun early, swung out for clear sailing in the stretch and had no trouble running past 17-10 second choice Imwittheblonde.

In winning by 3 ¼ lengths, the Florida bred provided jockey Garret Gomez with his first of three wins Friday.

Owned by David Bernsen and Paul Makin and trained by Peter Miller, Heir Kitty, who was second behind Know More in the Grade II Best Pal Aug. 5 at Del Mar in her initial appearance versus the opposite sex, covered six furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:10.74.

The betting choice for the first time in her career, Heir Kitty paid $3.80, $2.20 and $2.10. The $28,800 payday increased her earnings to $96,800.

Imwittheblonde, who was making her Cushion Track debut for trainer John Sadler after a decisive maiden victory Oct. 21 at Santa Anita, returned $2.40 and $2.10.

A clear leader after disposing of an early challenge from longshot Economy of Motion, the Montbrook filly finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of stablemate Spooky Lady, who paid $2.10 to show.

The five participants finished in order of their odds. Spooky Lady was 4-1, fourth place finisher Pat’s Back was 9-1 and Economy of Motion was 46-1. Wildcat Angie was scratched.

Racing will resume Saturday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 10 a.m.

The main event is the $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet, a Grade I for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.

Heading the field is Executiveprivilege, who will be trying for her third Grade I win of 2012 for Baffert and owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. The daughter of First Samurai, who is adding blinkers, has won five of six. Her sole defeat came when she was second behind Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 2.

The 10-race card also includes the $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes. Presented by the Oak Tree Racing Association, the Bayakoa is a Grade II for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track. The cast of eight includes 2011 Queen’s Plate winner Inglorious. The Bayakoa goes as the sixth race while the Starlet is the ninth.

The Pick Six will feature a guaranteed Pick Six pool of $150,000. If the pool reaches $200,000 – a figure easily exceeded the first four Saturdays of the Autumn meet – there will be $1 food and drink Happy Hour specials at Whittingham’s Pub.

Additionally, if there is a single perfect ticket in the Pick Six – purchased either on track or through Television Games Network (TVG) – the holder of the ticket will receive a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.


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