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The very talented and very fast Bobby’s Kitten, unraced since winning the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) with a spectacular late rally, is scheduled to return to the races on August 23rd in the Play the King Stakes (gr. II) at Woodbine.
The son of Kitten’s Joy had garnered a reputation last year as a speedy front-runner that occasionally cost himself victory by going too fast too early in his races. But after a third-place finish in the Woodbine Mile (gr. I), Bobby’s Kitten cut back in distance for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and rallied from thirteen lengths behind to win by a half-length, finally delivering on the promise he had shown throughout his career.
Trained by Chad Brown, Bobby’s Kitten will face seven rivals in the Play the King Stakes, including the 2014 Play the King Stakes winner Kaigun, King Edward Stakes (gr. II) winner Tower of Texas, and the multiple graded stakes-placed runner Reporting Star. Assuming all goes well, Bobby’s Kitten will proceed on to the October 3rd Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. I) at Keeneland, with the October 31st Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I) as his ultimate goal.
The complete entries for the Play the King Stakes are as follows:
Play the King Stakes (gr. II)
PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1 Stacked Deck, D. Moran, B. Minshall
2 Tower of Texas, Eurico Da Silva, Roger Attfield
3 Passion for Action, Emma-Jayne Wilson, M. De Paulo
4 Platinum Glory, O Moreno, M. De Paulo
5 Hot Hot Heat, Alan Garcia, S. Attard
6 Reporting Star, Luis Contreras, P. Parente
7 Bobby’s Kitten, Joel Rosario, Chad Brown
8 Kaigun, Patrick Husbands, Mark Casse