04/19/2013 1:41PM

Aqueduct: Kauai Katie drops in class for Road Princess Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Kauai Katie has won four graded stakes in her six-race career and drops in class for Sunday's $75,000 Road Princess Stakes.

With an eye toward some of the more prestigious one-turn races in the 3-year-old filly division this summer, Kauai Katie will drop down in class when she returns from a three-month layoff in Sunday’s $75,000 Road Princess Stakes at Aqueduct.

The Road Princess, scheduled for seven furlongs, is the closing-day feature of Aqueduct’s six-month meet. Racing on this circuit moves to Belmont Park on Friday.

Kauai Katie, who has run in five consecutive graded stakes, is using the Road Princess as a stepping-stone to the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont on May 27, according to trainer Todd Pletcher.

Kauai Katie, who has won four graded stakes, has not started since taking the Grade 2 Forward Gal by 5 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26. That win came 25 days after she won the Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes, also at Gulfstream.

There were no other sprint-stakes opportunities at Gulfstream for Kauai Katie, so Pletcher decided to give her a freshening, with races like the Acorn, Prioress and Test – the latter two being Grade 1 races at Saratoga – in mind.

“We wanted to get something to bridge the gap between her last start and the Acorn,” Pletcher said. “This seems like a good opportunity.”

Kauai Katie, a daughter of Malibu Moon owned by Stonestreet Stables, is 5 for 5 in one-turn races. Her only loss in six career starts came when she finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at 1 1/16 miles around two turns last November.

“She’s a very consistent filly,” Pletcher said. “She’s every morning ready to go. We’re pretty happy with her. She’s done well with a little bit of freshening. Everything seems to be in good order.”

Javier Castellano will ride Kauai Katie from post 4.

Rudy Rodriguez, the trainer of Road Princess entrant Kelli Got Frosty, wasn’t happy to see Kauai Katie in the field. Rodriguez had planned to run Kelli Got Frosty in the Appalachian Stakes last Thursday on turf at Keeneland, but the horse was denied entry because Rodriguez had yet to obtain a trainer’s license in Kentucky.

Kelli Got Frosty has not run since finishing third in the Beru Stakes going two turns over the inner track March 3. She is 2 for 2 over the main track, winning stakes at six furlongs and a mile.

“Seven-eighths will be very good for her,” Rodriguez said. “We got to hope Todd’s horse doesn’t bring her ‘A’ game and we can beat her.”

Cornelio Velasquez will ride Kelli Got Frosty from post 5.

Completing the field are Cubicle Queen, pulled up when last in the Dearly Precious on Feb. 17; Secret Union, a maiden winner going two turns Feb. 18; and Kimono, fourth in the Busher Stakes last out.