12/26/2012 4:50PM

Gulfstream Park: Fear the Kitten will skip Gulfstream Park Derby


Fear the Kitten, trainer Mike Maker’s top 3-year-old prospect this winter, worked five furlongs in 1:00.30 on Wednesday but will not be among the starters in next Tuesday’s Gulfstream Park Derby. Fear the Kitten, an Illinois-bred son of Kitten’s Joy owned by Frank Irvin, won his first two career starts, including a one mile allowance race at Churchill Downs before finishing a late-running fifth in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club in his 2-year-old finale.

“We gave Fear the Kitten a little break after I picked him up following the Kentucky Jockey Club,” said Maker. “This was just his second work back since he’s been down here so he’s not ready for the stakes next week. We also want to concentrate on races that can earn him points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, if he’s good enough, so I’m looking at either the Holy Bull or the Lecomte at the Fair Grounds for his next start.”

Maker will be in action on Saturday with his recently acquired Bull Dozer, who was among just six horses entered on Wednesday for the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector. Maker claimed Bull Dozer for $62,500 for his principal owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey out of an optional claiming win here on Dec. 7. The victory was the fifth in nine starts this season for Bull Dozer and the 11th of his career.

“Mr. Ramsey and I decided to take a chance and claim him because he’s a horse who likes to win and has big numbers,” said Maker. “He’s trained well since we got him and I’m very pleased with the way he’s going into this race.”

Maker will also start Kitten’s Dumplings, a stakes winner in her 2-year-old finale, on New Year’s Day in the Ginger Brew on the turf. The win was the second in four starts for Kitten’s Dumplings, who was off the board in two graded stakes tries at 2. She worked five furlongs in 1:00.72 over the main track here Wednesday.

“I think her first race was her best when she broke her maiden at Saratoga,” said Maker. “She had trouble leaving the gate and a wide trip then circled the field on a course she didn’t handle very well. She had one disaster after another in her two graded stakes starts but rebounded nicely to win the little stakes in Texas although I’m not exactly sure what she beat in that race.”

Bull Dozer drew the rail for the six furlong Mr. Prospector. He will be ridden by Javier Castellano. The remainder of the field, in post position order, consists of Dreaming of Neno (Francisco Torres); Off the Jak (Jose Alvarez); Action Andy (John Velazquez); Partyallnightlong (Jose Lezcano), and Indiano (Luis Saez).

◗ Obviously the longer the better for Game Fair, who bided her time under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado behind the three embattled favorites before rallying from well back in the field to capture Wednesday’s 1 7/16-mile second-level optional $62,500 claiming feature at odds of 16-1. The victory was the second in a row for Game Fair, who won his entry-level allowance condition going 1 5/16 miles three months earlier at Kentucky Downs for trainer Graham Motion.

◗ Trainer Rodolfo Garcia won both ends of Wednesday’s early daily double with Naiguata and Hollywood Left, who posted his first win of the year and the 19th of his career just a week shy of his 10th birthday. Naiguata’s victory was also the first of the meet for her rider, Fernando Jara.