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Updated on 02/06/2013 4:32PM
Gulfstream Park: Kimmel fillies could run one-two in turf feature
By Mike Welsch
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer John Kimmel felt that with a little luck, his Kibosh and Lady's Lunar Luck could have run one-two when launching their 2013 campaigns going a mile at Gulfstream Park. On Friday, Kimmel will give his two New York-breds a chance to run one-two again when the pair square off against 10 rivals, this time at a mile and one-sixteenth on the turf, in the afternoon’s $54,500 main event.
Kibosh finished a troubled third, beaten less than a length by Inaugurate, when making her local debut here last month. Lady’s Lunar Luck was another half-length behind her stablemate following a wide trip.
Kibosh was on the also-eligible list for Friday’s feature but drew in following the declaration of Weekend Magic, a former Grade 1-placed mare, who was scheduled to make her first start since the 2010 Del Mar Oaks. Kibosh had won three of her previous five starts prior to her unlucky run here last month when trapped in tight quarters along the rail before rallying belatedly once she finally got out near mid-stretch.
Lady’s Lunar Luck, already a four-time winner, broke from post 11 and wound up being trapped wide around both turns before rallying belatedly and making up several lengths on the leaders down the stretch.
“I thought both my fillies ran winning races last time,” said Kimmel. “Joel [Rosario] was sitting with plenty of horse but had nowhere to go until the sixteenth pole then finally went outside and made a little bit of a run at the end. The other filly got hung wide both turns after breaking from a tough post.”
Kimmel knows the trip will be the issue again on Friday, especially with Kibosh breaking from the extreme outside this time around.
“Trip becomes such an important part of the grass racing around here, unlike say Belmont Park, where they have such sweeping turns,” said Kimmel. “Down here, not only are the turns tight but once you straighten for home it’s such a short stretch. I think they’re both doing well. Hopefully they’ll work out the trips that will be good enough for them. I haven’t run too many horses down here this winter; it’s a shame these two have to wind up in the same race.”
Why Katherine is the only other member of the field aside from the Kimmel pair to have already run this year. The Canadian-bred led gate to wire en route to a 2 1/4-length maiden special weight victory over the turf on Jan. 10. The outing was the first in nearly four months for the 4-year-old daughter of Whywhywhy, who has continued to train extremely well over the main track since that performance.
Trainer Graham Motion, always dangerous with European imports in their U.S. debuts, will send out the 4-year-old Valiant Girl for her first start in North America. The Lemon Drop Kid filly won once in five tries in her native England and races on Lasix for the first time in Friday’s headliner.
Debase the Dollar, third as the tepid 2-1 choice in a key race to close out her 3-year-old campaign in November at Churchill Downs, and Composition are among the other top contenders in a wide-open contest.
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