08/29/2012 4:04PM

Saratoga: Kid Kate back on best track for Big Bambu Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Kid Kate is a perfect 4 for 4 at Saratoga and will be among the favorites for Friday's $100,000 Big Bambu Stakes.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Kid Kate may not be coming into Friday’s $100,000 Big Bambu in the best form of her career, but with four victories in as many starts at Saratoga, she figures to be among the favorites in the 6 1/2-furlong overnight stakes for fillies and mares.

Kid Kate has made just two starts this season, finishing a non-threatening fifth in the Grade 2 Vagrancy when returning from a seven-month layoff June 2 and fourth in a six-furlong overnight stakes five weeks later, with both of those races at Belmont Park. By last year’s Saratoga meet, Kid Kate had already made six starts on the year and was coming off a second-place finish behind Tamarind Hall in the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap. She captured both the Rachel Alexandra and Lady Tak overnight stakes at Saratoga last year. Kid Kate also captured a second-level optional claimer here in 2010 and a maiden special weight dash when launching her career at Saratoga as a 2-year-old in 2009.

“I wish I had a more consistent campaign with her coming into this race, but she certainly shows an affinity for the main track, so I’m excited to get to run her over it,” trainer Chad Brown said. “She’s been training really well.”

Tamarind Hall is winless in seven starts since easily defeating Kid Kate in the 2011 Bed o’ Roses, including a third here a year ago in the Grade 1 Ballerina and a 10th-place finish later that season in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Tamarind Hall was transferred to trainer David Fawkes’s barn earlier this year and appears to gradually be rounding back to her best form after finishing third, a neck in front of Kid Kate, in an overnight stakes at Belmont on July 8 and second in her most recent start, which came at Mountaineer Park.

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“She didn’t run a bad race at Belmont and she backed right out of there when the dirt hit her in the face after breaking from the inside in West Virginia,” Fawkes saod. “But she really took off and made a nice run once she got in the clear and showed us we can take her back and let her settle if we want. She’s training well and I expect her to run a big race on Friday.”

Mildly Offensive also has Grade 1 experience, having finished fourth after disputing the early pace in the Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs. She will be making her first start since joining trainer Todd Pletcher’s stable earlier this summer and could be the one to catch. The 4-year-old won a second-level optional claiming dash after contesting the pace throughout at Santa Anita on April 5.

Trainer Michael Trombetta has entered a pair of fillies, Strike the Moon and Moonlit Malibu. Strike the Moon appears to be the stronger of the pair, coming off an easy 5 1/4-length victory in her local debut July 27.

Dancinginherdreams will return to the main track for the first time since being sent to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott this spring. The stretch-running filly was a Grade 2 winner on dirt at 2 with John Ward Jr.

– additional reporting by David Grening