Here Kittykittykitty Defends Mesilla Title
Here Kittykittykitty returns from layoff in Mesilla Handicap.
March 7, 2013
Melvin Neugebauer’s Here Kittykittykitty returns from an extended layoff to defend his title in the $85,000 Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap (RG2) for older New Mexico-breds over 350 yards on Sunday afternoon at Sunland Park.
Here Kittykittykitty (Genuine Strawfly-One Diamond Cat by Now I Know) makes his first appearance since racing to a close second-place finish, beaten by a head as the 13-10 favorite, in the Zia Handicap (RG2) at Ruidoso Downs back in July.
The 6-year-old gelding made his only other 2012 start in last year’s Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap and lived up to odds-on expectations with a late-charging win. He won by an expanding neck in :16.897 for the 350 yards with a tailwind.
Here Kittykittykitty has made only 19 starts over his four-year career, however, he has proven to be among the best of his generation among New Mexico-breds with six wins, six second-place finishes and two thirds while earning $424,924. The last time he stepped out of New Mexico-bred competition, he was fifth in the 2011 The Championship at Sunland Park (G1) behind world champion Cold Cash 123.
Chin Lee’s Sandys Jesse (Jesse James Jr-Sandys Fame by Dash Ta Fame) could be the hot horse at the right time in the Mesilla. The 3-year-old mare was second in a Sunland Park allowance race on January 25 and then came back to take the NMHBA Stakes (RG2) by one-half length on February 17.
The Paul Jones-owned and -trained Erasmus B Dragon (Stel Corona-Lady Lucchese by Spanish Boot) and Quarter Circle W Bar’s Bet On Ballou (Sum Fun To Bet-Ballou Thirty Two by Strait To The Bank) each step up to stakes competition after multiple consecutive wins against lesser company.
Erasmus B Dragon won for a $12,500 claiming tag at Zia Park on October 27 and then went to Sunland Park to take a conditioned allowance race and optional-claiming race.
Bet On Ballou, from the Giles barn, is two-for-two at Sunland Park. The 8-year-old gelding won a $40,000 optional-claiming race and then pulled away to win a $25,000 optional-claiming race.
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