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HEIR KITTY PROMINENT AMONG 14 FILLIES SET FOR TUESDAY’S $75,000 BLUE NORTHER AT MILE ON TURF
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2012)—Heir Kitty, fresh off an allowance score going six furlongs on Dec. 7, will stretch out to two turns for the first time on New Year’s Day as she looms prominent among a group of 14 3-year-old fillies engaged to contest the $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes at one mile on turf.
Trained by Peter Miller, the Florida-bred daughter of Wildcat Heir was an impressive first-out maiden special weight winner going six furlongs on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 8. Subsequently second versus colts in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 5, Heir Kitty was a well beaten fifth in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1.
In her allowance score on Dec. 7, she sat well off the early pace and won going away under Garrett Gomez, who rides her back in the Blue Norther. If she settles as readily on Tuesday as she did in her most recent start, she could be running late under Gomez again at the added distance.
Owned by Bernsen or Makin, Heir Kitty has banked $96,800 from a record of 5-2-1-0.
Scarlet Strike, who comes off an impressive third-place finish in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Hollywood Starlet on Dec. 8, will try the turf for the first time in the Blue Norther and could well be the post time favorite.
A Kentucky-bred daughter of Smart Strike, Scarlet Strike broke her maiden going a mile at Del Mar on Sept. 2 and was subsequently second, beaten 6 ½ lengths, by the highly regarded Executive Privilege in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 29.
Owned by Carver, Hollendorfer or Smith, and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Scarlet Strike will again be ridden by Joe Talamo, who guided her to stakes-placed finishes in her last three races.
Scarlet Strike, who has rallied from far off the pace in several races, will be adding blinkers for the first time in the Blue Norther and could be in closer attendance on Tuesday. Her record stands at 6-1-2-3, with earnings of $184,240.
Travesura, a gate to wire winner of the Grade III Miesque Stakes at one mile on turf Nov. 24, will be in search of her third consecutive win in the Blue Norther. Trained by Jeff Mullins, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Limehouse will be ridden again by Tyler Baze and could be tough to catch on the lead.
Owned by Val-U Chem Inc., Travesura has earnings of $95,600 from a record of 4-2-0-1.
Trainer Jim Cassidy will saddle the multiple stakes-placed Somethingabouther, who was fifth, beaten 2 ¾ lengths, by Travesura in the Miesque. Owned by Deron Pearson, Somethingabouther has earnings of $58,800, from a record of 7-1-1-2.
The complete field for the Blue Norther, to be run as the eighth on a nine-race program, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Heir Kitty, Garrett Gomez, 118; Scarlet Strike, Joe Talamo, 118; Fiftyshadesofhay, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Secret Motive, Agapito Delgadillo, 118; Wittgenstein, Mario Gutierrez, 118; Akiss Forarose Orlando Mojica, 118; Escape Act, Corey Nakatani, 118; Somethingabouther, Mike Smith, 118; Wildcat Angie, Martin Pedroza, 118; Sky High Gal, Julien Leparoux, 118, and Travesura, Tyler Baze, 122. ALSO ELIGIBLE: Moulin de Mougin, Nakatani, 118; Birdlover, Edwin Maldonado, 118, and Exclusive Story, Mario Gutierrez, 116.