Updated on 08/02/2014 5:53PM

Regally Ready romps in Speaker's Cup

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Alan Garcia guides Sassy Kitten, equipped with blinkers for the first time, to victory in the West Virginia Senate President's Cup for fillies and mares.

Regally Ready still has it. The winner of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint handled the dirt just fine Saturday when easily capturing the $100,000 West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Cup, the final race on the West Virginia Derby program at Mountaineer Racetrack.

Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Regally Ready waited to make his move at the quarter pole and did so with flair, winning off by himself by 12 1/2 lengths. Coalport was a distant second, followed by Present Course and Greengrassofyoming. The winner returned $7.80.

The race was moved off the turf and to dirt, leading to four scratches, which left eight older horses.

 Regally Ready, a 7-year-old gelding by More Than Ready, finished a mile and 70 yards in 1:40.92 when trying dirt for just the second time in a lengthy career. Owned by Vinery Stables, he has won 14 of 35 starts and earned nearly $1.5 million. He is trained by Steve Asmussen, who only 30 minutes earlier won the West Virginia Derby for a record fifth time when Tapiture and Napravnik were up in the final jump to defeat Candy Boy.

The $2 exacta (7-11) paid $28.80, the $1 trifecta (7-11-12) returned $190.90, and the 50-cent superfecta (7-11-12-5) was worth $347.65.

Surface switch no problem for Sassy Kitten

Sassy Kitten made a smooth transition to dirt by capturing the $100,000 West Virginia Senate President’s Cup.

Transferred from the turf to the main track, the President’s Cup was contested by a field of eight fillies and mares after four were scratched. Sassy Kitten, equipped with blinkers for the first time when ridden by Alan Garcia, got a good trip from just off the pace, taking over at will from Soft Whisper before going on to a comfortable win over 21-1 shot Femme Fatale. The winner returned $9.60 after finishing a mile and 70 yards in 1:43.64 over a fast track.

Moment in Dixie was third as the 6-5 favorite while Soft Whisper faded to fourth.

Sassy Kitten, a 4-year-old bay filly by Kitten’s Joy, is a Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred. Based at the Trackside training center in Louisville, Ky., with Mike Maker, she now has won 4 of 8 starts. The President’s Cup was her first start over a fast main track.

The $2 exacta (8-5) paid $180.80, the $1 trifecta (8-5-7) returned $268.60, and the 50-cent superfecta (8-5-7-3) was worth $1,265.25.


martymar . More than 1 year ago
that's incorrect, regally ready won 2011 turf sprint
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Hmm. If Sassy Kitten is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, why is Garcia not wearing their silks in the accompanying photo?
Laura More than 1 year ago
at Mountaineer, even in big stakes, horses wear silks according to their program number (some match the saddle towel color, some don't)
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Thanks. I knew that the caps all match the post position, but didn't know that the silks are also color coded to match the post position. Seems unfair to the owners, but if it works for the track and the bettors....
Jordan More than 1 year ago
The transformation of Regally Ready into a two-turn stakes horse has frankly stunned me. Good for him.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Always liked this horse. Been knocking around for a few years. Saw him at Woodbine in 2011 in the Nearctic stakes that he won. He hasn't won a stakes race in 3 years since the BC Turf Sprint. Well done.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
took the horse a long time recover from racing in dubai