08/10/2012 2:34PM

Saratoga: Kauai Katie ready for encore in Adirondack

Tom Keyser
Kauai Katie scores a 12-length victory in her July 20 debut, earning a 100 Beyer.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. − When it comes to career debuts, they don’t get much better than Kauai Katie’s performance winning her maiden by a dozen lengths here July 20. Expectations will run high and the mutuel price will be low when Kauai Katie makes her stakes debut in Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack at Saratoga.

Her imposing presence limited the field for the 6 1/2-furlong Adirondack to just six juvenile fillies, but the lineup includes three other undefeated horses: Cayllano and the Calder-based duo of Vitameta and Salamera. Sweet Shirley Mae and Fully Living will also start.

In her debut, Kauai Katie led at every call despite bobbling briefly after breaking from the rail. Her final time of 1:03.66 earned her a 100 Beyer Speed Figure, easily the highest of any 2-year-old this year.

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“We were not surprised she won her first start, but we didn’t anticipate she’d win by 12 lengths or get a 100 Beyer,” said Todd Pletcher, Kauai Katie’s trainer. “It was as good as a first race can be, and she did it with style and with more in the tank at the end.”

A daughter of Malibu Moon owned by Stonestreet Stables, Kauai Katie has worked just once since her debut, breezing an easy five furlongs in 1:02.48 over the Oklahoma training track Monday.

“This race comes up a little quick, but she has handled things very well since her last race and seems to be thriving at the moment,” Pletcher said.

Rosie Napravnik will again be aboard Kauai Katie.

Vitameta was also extremely impressive in her career debut, drawing off to a seven-length maiden special weight win at Calder on July 1. Trainer David Fawkes said he had hoped to run her in the Grade 3 Schuylerville on July 20, but was forced to skip it after Vitameta got sick a few days before the race.

“She got a little mucus in her airway,” Fawkes said. “It was no big deal. We went ahead and breezed her a couple of times after that, and she’s doing well. Naturally, I was hoping Todd’s horse wouldn’t be in there, but there’s nothing I can do about the competiton, and I’ve got extra confidence having Ramon [Dominguez] riding her on Sunday.”

Vitameta will be joined in the Adirondack by fellow south Floridian Salamera, who has won her only two starts, including the J J’sdream Stakes by a neck June 30 at Calder.

Cayllano was not tested in her only two starts, which she won by a combined margin of 17 1/2 lengths for trainer Tom Amoss. Those victories came at Indiana Downs and Delaware Park, where she dominated an overnight stakes July 4.

Fully Living finished a wide-running fourth in the Schuylerville and returns off a very sharp half-mile work in 46.23. She will run with Lasix for the first time Sunday. Jose Lezcano will replace Napravnik for trainer Ken McPeek.

Sweet Shirley Mae led throughout to win her debut at Belmont Park, but finished a tiring fifth after breaking a step slowly from the inside in the Schuylerville.