06/03/2014 2:27PM

Jerardi: Bobby’s Kitten turned potential into reality with Penn Mile win

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Bobby's Kitten wins the $500,000 Penn Mile on Saturday at Penn National.

When Bobby’s Kitten hit the far turn in the $500,000 Penn Mile last Saturday night, it was clear that the colt was going to win, and probably win big. Javier Castellano was just waiting for the right moment.

When that moment came, Bobby’s Kitten took off like the race had just started, running the final quarter-mile in 23.58 seconds and the final eighth in 11.88. If you were at Penn National, you did not need a clock to tell you how fast the horse was running. It was obvious.

Bobby’s Kitten had star quality last year. That was potential. This looks like reality. When you beat a really good horse like Global View by nearly three lengths, more big wins in even bigger races seem more than likely. They almost seem inevitable.

“With a speedy horse like him, you’d want to keep him at middle distances,” trainer Chad Brown said. “But I do want to stretch this horse out. He’s bred to go farther than this, and if he can continue to cooperate early in his races with the jockey and rate, I think this horse has more furlongs in him. So, I am going to stretch this horse out. When and where, I don’t know yet. I’ll speak to [owner Ken] Ramsey about it, but this horse is going to try farther than a mile.”

Big day for Servis family

Jason Servis was sick Saturday and could not make the trip to Penn National to see Tightend Touchdown repeat in the Governor’s Cup. He sent word through his dad, Joe, to let everybody know that it was a Servis trifecta day. All three Servis trainers had a winner. Jason Servis obviously knew what he was doing when he re-claimed Tightend Touchdown for $35,000 on Jan. 27, 2013, after losing him for $30,000 a month before. Since that re-claim, Tightend Touchdown has won more than $500,000. And counting.

With the big grass sprints coming up this summer at Parx, Tightend Touchdown figures to add to his total, as he showed a different dimension in the Governor’s Cup by sitting well off the pace and flying by the front-runners in the stretch. He proved to be among the very best in the division last November when he finished in a dead heat for second behind repeat Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection.

Three and a half hours before the Governor’s Cup, Jason’s brother, John, won a five-furlong grass dash at Pimlico with Inspired by Grace. Half an hour before that, John’s son, Blane, trained the winner of a $12,500 claimer at Parx, Millennium Lakes. The horse won at a mile on grass.
Jocks’ agent Donna Servis, John and Jason’s cousin, pointed out that Millennium Lakes was ridden by her rider, the terrific apprentice Jose Delgadillo.

So, a really good day culminated with a really good horse winning Penn National’s race with the longest tradition for the second consecutive time.

◗ The Delaware Park meet has just started, but jockey Daniel Centeno already has separated from the competition. He is 11 for 33 (33 percent) at Delaware and has 89 wins overall this year.

◗ Pimlico’s spring meet ends Saturday. Trevor McCarthy and Victor Carrasco, two of the better young jockeys in America, are one-two in the standings. McCarthy has 43 wins to Carrasco’s 35. Carrasco had four winners at Pimlico last Saturday, while McCarthy spent the day at Monmouth Park.

◗ Back in the day, Dan Borislow used to have his own private space at Parx or one of the Turf Clubs. Basically, he got what he wanted and needed because his handle was so gigantic. I have seen his action up close a few times, so I was not shocked when I heard that he fired hard at Gulfstream’s Rainbow Pick Six on May 25 and took it down. The man has never been shy about loosening the rubber band around his bankroll.