07/20/2016 5:59PM

Queen Caroline, Inconclusive wins divisions of Ta Wee Stakes

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Queen Caroline wins a division of the Ta Wee Stakes by three-quarters of a length Wednesday.

The second division of the Ta Wee Stakes was clean, with Queen Caroline stalking the pace and winning by three-quarters of a length over Havana Dream.

The $103,400 first division of the Ta Wee was messy – very messy. Nawlins Kitten, making her second start after a sharp debut score in a Churchill turf-route maiden race, finished strongly to win but was disqualified to eighth for interference in upper stretch. That made Inconclusive the winner, but only after she survived an objection lodged against her by the rider of third-place finisher All Aces for drifting in several paths during the final furlong.

Inconclusive could easily have been taken down, too, but the disqualification of Nawlins Kitty was straightforward, if unfortunate. Coming up the inside after racing from seventh place behind a moderate pace, jockey James Graham guided Nawlins Kitty off the fence at about the three-sixteenths pole before he had cleared Close the Gap directly to his outside and race favorite More Than Most in the No. 3 path.

Close the Gap’s jockey had to check to avoid a collision, while More Than Most also took a jolt. Neither horse was moving nearly as well at the time as Nawlins Kitty, who powered to the front, then held clear Inconclusive, only to have her number taken down. She remains a very fine prospect for Gunpowder Farms and trainer Buff Bradley, the connections that campaign Divisidero. The official timer had her getting one mile on firm turf in 1:37.92; Trakus timed the race in 1:37.37.

As for Inconclusive ($20), she rallied from ninth on the far outside under Miguel Mena and appeared to be going better than Nawlins Kitty at about the sixteenth pole before being turned away. Trained by Richie Scherer for Carolyn Friedberg and Jeff Larson, Inconclusive won her second straight stakes, having captured the Northern Pride Oaks last out at Canterbury, and ran her career record to 11-4-2-0. Inclusive is by Include and out of the Mr. Greeley mare Ani La and was bred in Kentucky by James Heyward.

That was race 6, and after a one-race break, the Ta Wee’s second division went off without a hitch. Fourth Watch and Frozen Hannah took up the running, setting a very moderate pace around the first turn and down the backstretch, and Alex Cintron on Queen Caroline made a good decision to get off the rail and move at the leaders even before hitting the far turn.

Queen Caroline ($8.60) had great position bending into the homestretch and finished off her race solidly to hold clear Havana Dream. Things did not work out so well for heavily favored Try Your Luck, who was buried inside near the back of the pack for most of the race and had no chance to run down the winners while closing well for third. This race got an official time off 1:37.76, while Trakus timed it in a significantly faster 1:37.10.

Trained by Michael Matz, Queen Caroline, by Blame and out of the Forestry mare Queens Plaza, is the first horse owned by Amy Moore, who bought her for $170,000 as a yearling out of the Keeneland September sale in 2014. Queen Caroline, bred in Virginia by Morgan’s Ford Farm, showed little in a pair of dirt starts last year at 2 but has come on steadily this season after being moved to turf.

Twice second to start her campaign, she won her maiden two back at Pimlico, captured a restricted stakes there last out, and moved forward again in the Ta Wee.