08/26/2013 2:40PM

Saratoga: Brown has double-barreled action in P.G. Johnson

Tom Keyser
La Reine Bourbon wins her debut on Aug. 4 by 2 1/4 lengths while geared down by jockey Junior Alvarado.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Debut winner La Reine Bourbon and unlucky first-out loser Granny Mc’s Kitten give trainer Chad Brown a solid 1-2 punch as he seeks a repeat score in Wednesday’s $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes for juvenile fillies at Saratoga.

The uncoupled entry of Granny Mc’s Kitten and La Reine Bourbon head a seven-horse field in the P.G. Johnson, a race Brown won last year with Watsdachances, who went on to finish second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. The P.G. Johnson is scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the Mellon turf course.

La Reine Bourbon, a daughter of Leroidesanimaux, captured her debut here Aug. 4, rallying through an opening along the inside and winning by 2 1/4 lengths while geared down by jockey Junior Alvarado.

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“She got a really good trip, and she responded in the stretch and really powered home,” Brown said. “She went through a narrow hole, and for a first-time starter, I was very impressed with her debut. This was the logical next step for her.”

La Reine Bourbon will break from post 6 under Alvarado.

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Granny Mc’s Kitten just missed by a nose in her July 28 debut, breaking slowly and trying to close into a very soft early pace. She was defeated by Miss Frost, who inherited the lead outside the quarter pole and is back in this field Wednesday.

Two of the previous six runnings of the P.G. Johnson have been won by a maiden – May Night in 2005 and Fancy Point in 2010.

“I thought she ran a winning race. I just viewed it as if she had won her maiden. I would have went in here anyway, so let’s try her,” Brown said. “She gets a nice post. These 2-year-olds, you’re hoping they move forward in their second start. If she takes that step forward, she should be competitive in here.”

Javier Castellano, the leading rider at this meet, has the mount from the rail.

Candy Kitty got away with hard-to-believe soft fractions in winning a maiden race on the front end by 2 1/4 lengths Aug. 18. Her trainer, Todd Pletcher, was equally, if not more, impressed by Candy Kitty’s third-place finish in her first start on turf July 22.

“I think her first race was even better than it looked,” Pletcher said. “It came back a pretty highly rated race numbers-wise, and I think she backed it up with another strong performance. I’m a little concerned coming back on short rest.”

John Velazquez will ride Candy Kitty from post 4.

Miss Frost, who beat Granny Mc’s Kitten, will get Lasix for the first time in this race. She breaks from post 7 under Edgar Prado.

Chase My Tail, Duff One, and La Mejor Fiesta complete the field.

Sister State, Toating top My Flag

Earlier on the card, Sister State, and Toasting head a field of six entered in the $100,000 My Flag Stakes for 3-year-old fillies who have never won a stakes race. The race will be run at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt.

Sister State, a daughter of A.P. Indy trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, bounced back from a last-place finish in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes on June 22 with a three-quarter-length score in a first-level allowance race here July 31 at 1 1/8 miles.

Toasting finished fourth in the Mother Goose and makes her first start since then. Toasting also finished third behind Fiftyshadesofhay in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

Grande Mere, Skyfall, Profetiza, and Flash Forward complete the field.