07/22/2013 5:41PM

Saratoga: Kitten's Dumplings faces serious task in Lake George

Tom Keyser
Kitten's Dumplings is 4 for 7 on turf.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Kitten's Dumplings looks to continue her ascension in the 3-year-old female turf division when she seeks her third consecutive victory in Wednesday's Grade 2, $200,000 Lake George Stakes at Saratoga.

Kitten's Dumplings, a daughter of Kitten's Joy, is 4 for 7 on turf, having won her career debut here last summer and the La Senorita at Retama in November. After losing her first three starts this year, Kitten's Dumplings has recorded powerful off-the-pace victories in the Edgewood Stakes and Grade 3 Regret this spring at Churchill Downs.

"We've gotten her to settle and been able to get her back," said Mike Maker, who trains Kitten's Dumplings for Ken and Sarah Ramsey. "I think she was laying a little too close early in her career, and it took away from her finish."

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While there does appear to be ample pace on paper for Kitten's Dumplings, Maker knows that his filly is going to have to bring her best against a solid field that includes three other stakes winners.

"She's doing great," Maker said. "She's going to need to be - it's a tough race."

The last time Kitten's Dumplings lost on turf, she finished second to Tapicat in the Grade 3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs.

That was the third consecutive victory on turf for Tapicat, a $725,000 yearling purchase made by Benjamin Leon. Following the Florida Oaks, Tapicat was sent to the farm by trainer Bill Mott and returned to his Saratoga stable six weeks ago.

"She was showing the effects of the three races, and we just thought she needed to be backed off," Mott said. "She's worked well here, seems to be doing well. Right now, I'm pretty happy."

Mike Smith, who guided Royal Delta to a front-running victory in last Saturday's Grade 1 Delaware Handicap for Mott and Leon, is in to ride Tapicat as well as Profetiza in the $100,000 Broom Dance Stakes earlier on the card.

Tapicat has won all three of her races on the front end, and she figures to be confronted early by Midnight Watch, a daughter of Stormy Atlantic who has won her last two starts on the front end.

A possible pace battle would not only benefit Kitten's Dumplings, but also Watsdachances, who seeks her first win of the year from three starts.

Last year, Watsdachances won the P.G. Johnson Stakes her in her North American debut and backed that up with a win in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo at Belmont. After a second-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, trainer Chad Brown was looking for a big year from the filly. She has lost her first two starts -- both graded stakes -- as the favorite.

Brown said he wouldn't mind if forecasted showers Tuesday were to soften up the Saratoga turf course Wednesday. Watsdachances will break from the rail under Javier Castellano.
"She has a nice cozy post, good pace, perhaps a little cut in the ground. I got no excuses going into this race," he said.

Blossom's Trail, 3 for 3 in lower-level competition; Maximova, 3 for 3 including an overnight stakes victory at Belmont last out; and Fab Flowers, who tries a route after three placings in sprint stakes, complete the field.

Don Wooley More than 1 year ago
Keep an eye out for Maximova. She is undefeated. Clement is an excellent turf trainer. She is cutting back in distance. She should be sitting off of Tapicat and Midnight Watch and pounce on them in the last 16th. Blossom's Trail will be up close but was all out to win an OC65K last out.
Dave More than 1 year ago
We'll see what happens, but I think Midnight Watch may just be too quick for Tapicat early. The 7, however, appears to have enough early foot that she could challenge if she wants to. I'd take her to go gate to wire, but I'm a bit wary of Irad Ortiz. I can't find much of an excuse for Watsdachances in her first two races this year. Maximova looks like she'll be making a big run late with Kitten's Dumplings. I'll take Maximova in the upset, followed by Kitten's Dumplings, Midnight Watch and Tapicat.
Micahdog More than 1 year ago
Best price opportunity just may be 6th Race # 9 Beau Choix (22.8 inside with 22.5 outside0. Gains a pound but IF PRICE worth a shot. Ex Box with the # 7. Great day to all !!
Micahdog More than 1 year ago
Obvious contenders but what about # 3 Blossom's Choice. 29.4 with 2 lbs off. Mr Contessa and Edgar may have havea surprise for you :-)
Kell More than 1 year ago
mmmmmm...? i WONDER what Mike Smith is gonna do???? it's a grades stakes race ,,i bet he will go to the lead and run as fast and far as possible,,just like he has been doing for well over a year now,,he won't win today there is actually other runners in this race
Mark More than 1 year ago
Midnight Watch
Warren More than 1 year ago
Tapicat will be early from the #2 post with Midnight Watch from the #5 post followed by Maximova and Fab Flower to keep the pace honest .Watsdachances to get the early run on Kittens Joy on the turn for home .But Kittens Joy will prevail over Watsdachances and Tapicat.This will be her 4th win for the season
Gene More than 1 year ago
Tim More than 1 year ago
not a bad sire. tooo bad the dam has to many northern dancer, raise a native, mr prospector. I wish breeders would have put a better mare under this one
Luis Chiari More than 1 year ago
"With the input of fashionable stallions such as "Kitten's Joy", and many others, the Ransey family have revitalized the thoroughbred industry in America and Europe". On behalf of all the backstrech workers, we wish you the best of luck in tomorrow's Lake George stake, with Kitten's Dunplings.