08/07/2013 3:30PM

Saratoga: Stephanie's Kitten out of Beverly D. with hind-end problem


Stephanie’s Kitten, among the leaders of the older filly and mare turf division, will skip the Grade 1 Beverly D. on Aug. 17 at Arlington Park due to a hind-end issue, her connections said Wednesday.

Trainer Wayne Catalano was not pleased with how Stephanie’s Kitten trained on Wednesday in Saratoga. On Thursday, she was to be sent by van from Saratoga to the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. for a nuclear scan.

“She wasn’t going real well, she was a little funny behind, we’ll send her out for a bone scan and see what we got,” said Catalano, who train Stephanie’s Kitten for Ken and Sarah Ramsey. “I don’t think it’s horrible; just want to know what we’re dealing with.”

Stephanie’s Kitten, 7 for 13 in her career, is a six-time stakes winner, including the Grade 1 Just a Game at Belmont earlier this year. She is coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga where she was beaten one-half length by Laughing.

Ramsey said he hopes that Stephanie’s Kitten could make it back for a race like the Flower Bowl at Belmont Park on Sept. 28.

Ramsey said that he would run Artemus Kitten, second in the Modesty Handicap, in the Beverly D.

Walter More than 1 year ago
Marketing Mix may not come to Chicago. Proctor was contemplating keeping her in CA.
papajoe Santiago More than 1 year ago
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Sorry to hear about Ms.Kitten...but who is going to beat the Mighty Marketing Mix? No one.
Perl More than 1 year ago
This division tends to take turns beating one another.
J.L. Boey More than 1 year ago
The Beverly D draws a good field every year. Duntle, 4yo Irish-bred, will be favored over Marketing Mix. The daughter of Danehill Dancer runs on any going and track configuration - she finished first on good turf in a G1 going left-handed at Leopardstown and recenty ran second in another G1 to a good one in Elusive Kate on soft turf going right-handed at Deauville. Last year Marketing Mix finished second to another Irish-bred I'm a Dreamer who's only a G3 winner in Europe. Euro-breds have won the Beverly D 11 of the last 12 years. Marketing Mix is a terrible bet to win the Beverly D at short odds. If you are against European form, a better bet at a much better price is Solid Appeal, who has following a similar schedule to the Beverly D as Marketing Mix last year.