01/24/2015 6:25PM

Dubai Sky prevails in photo finish to win Kitten's Joy

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Barbara D. Livingston
Dubai Sky wins the Kitten's Joy Stakes in a photo finish Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – About the only one in the house who didn’t have to sweat out the photo finish for Saturday’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park was Bill Mott. That’s because the two horses involved in the tight picture, Dubai Sky and Courtier, are both trained by the Hall of Fame horseman.

In the end, it was Dubai Sky who proved a nose better than his uncoupled stablemate in the grassy Kitten’s Joy, the pair finishing one length in front of the late-running Croninthebarbarian, the 5-2 favorite in a field of 11 3-year-old turf specialists.

The two Mott runners pretty much controlled the one-mile Kitten’s Joy throughout. Courtier set the early pace before being joined by his stablemate midway down the backstretch. The pair then raced as a team through the final half-mile, the pair exchanging the lead several times inside the sixteenth pole before Dubai Sky won the head bob at the wire.

Dubai Sky, who dead-heated for first with another Mott trainee, Hard to Port, winning an entry-level allowance race here last month, is owned in partnership by Three Chimneys Farm and breeder Besilu Stables. He paid $12.60.