08/01/2011 4:19PM

Saratoga: Kid Kate draws away in Rachel Alexandra Stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Kid Kate scores a 1 1/4-length victory in Monday’s $75,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Kid Kate kept her Saratoga record unblemished and gave trainer Chad Brown his second stakes win in three days when parlaying a quick and decisive move on the turn into a 1 1/4-length victory over Belle of the Hall in Monday’s $75,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Saratoga.

Kid Kate’s tally in the Rachel Alexandra was the fourth win in three days for Brown, who posted the first Grade 1 victory of his career when sending out Zagora to capture the Diana here Saturday.

Kid Kate, a homebred daughter of Lemon Drop Kid, sat just off a hotly contested early pace before bursting between horses to take command midway on the turn under jockey Eddie Castro. Kid Kate drew well clear near midstretch and then held a safe advantage, despite tiring some near the end of the seven-furlong Rachel Alexandra.

Belle of the Hall also took advantage of the hot pace, rallying to narrowly outfinish Katy Now by a nose to be second. Katy Now was the only survivor among the five horses who vied for the early lead, hanging on to be third in a game effort.

Both Buckleupbuttercup, the 3-2 favorite, and Lisa’s Booby Trap, who captured the imagination of the fans and national media alike when shipping from Finger Lakes to win an overnight stakes here last summer, tired badly from their early efforts and were eased to the wire along with Decelerator.

Kid Kate completed the distance in 1:24 and paid $13.

“I’m just trying to keep a good thing rolling,” said Brown when asked about his recent run of success. “This filly is three for three over the track. That’s why we took a shot in this race. It looked like there was a lot of speed in the race, and I thought she’d be in the second tier. I didn’t give Eddie many instructions. I just told him to do what he did last time with her.”

Smart and Fancy: Rice gets first win with Ahvee’s Destiny

Trainer Linda Rice, the 2009 Saratoga training champion, got her first win of the current meeting when Ahvee’s Destiny rallied from just off the pace to a three-quarter-length triumph over Legally Blanca in Monday’s $78,000 Smart and Fancy Stakes.

Strike the Bell was third, while Quebrada Shiner, the 9-5 favorite, flattened out late to finish fifth in a tightly bunched field of filly and mare turf specialists.

Ahvee’s Destiny, a 7-year-old daughter of Rizzi, paid $27.60 after completing 5 1/2 furlongs over a firm course in 1:02.17.