HERECOMESTHEBRIDE STAKES | PURSE: $150,000 | 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES | GRADE 3 | 1 1/8 MILES
Although 8-5 favorite Tuttipaesi failed to quicken as expected in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Herecomesthebride, English-born trainer Graham Motion still came away with a victory when Kitten's Point posted the mild 6-1 upset under Edgar Prado in the nine-furlong grass test for three-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park.
Tracking the pacesetting I O Ireland in second through dawdling fractions of :25 2/5, :51 and 1:15 4/5, Kitten's Point began to apply pressure to that rival around the far turn, seized a narrow lead at the top of the stretch, and grinded her way to a neck victory over the inside-charging Tokyo Time. Kitten's Point returned $15.60, $5.20 and $3.20 after completing the distance in 1:50 1/5 on firm ground.
"I thought the mile and an eighth would be a big help to her. Actually, Edgar just jumped off and said he can't wait for her to go a little farther," Motion said of the George Strawbridge-owned homebred.
"It kind of ran like a stayer's race. I think the difference for the win between her and Tuttipaesi was that she had the trip and Tuttipaesi never got to cover up, never got to settle. You'd have to think about a race like the Ashland [at Keeneland on April 6]. I wish it was a mile and an eighth because she's run well on the synthetic. Definitely, I'll have to think about that."
Tokyo Time, the 9-5 second choice, had 1 1/4 lengths on Tittipaesi at the wire. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Coffee Clique, who was followed by Caroline Thomas and I O Ireland. Withdrawn from the race were Frege, With Sugar On Top and the main-track-only entry Sweet Shirley Mae.
Kitten's Point came from 10 lengths down to register a debut win at Presque Isle Downs last September, winning the six-furlong Tapeta dash by 2 1/2 lengths. A nose second in the Grade 3 Jessamine at Keeneland in her turf debut next out, the chestnut then broke slowly from post 1 in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita and remained near the back of that congested field, finishing 12th of 14. She reappeared for her sophomore bow in a Gulfstream allowance February 2, finishing 1 3/4 lengths second to Coffee Clique. Her record now stands at 5-2-2-0, $161,115.
A Pennsylvania foal by Kitten's Joy, Kitten's Point was produced by the Kingmambo mare Rendezvous Point, a half-sister to Grade 2 victor Five Star Day. Those two are also half-siblings to the dam of Grade 2 winner High Finance.
This extended family includes the recently deceased $2.8 million-earner Marquetry, who was a four-time Grade 1 winner, and his Group 2-winning half-sister Spain Lane.