01/03/2013 2:21PM

Turf Paradise: E Z Kitty looks to confirm status in Kachina

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E Z Kitty enters the Kachina on Saturday off this 4 1/2-length score in the Phoenix Stakes.

PHOENIX – By virtue of her romping win in the Phoenix Stakes at Turf Paradise on Dec. 19, E Z Kitty could lay claim to the title as the best filly or mare on the grounds. She looks to dispel any doubts in Saturday’s $35,000 Kachina Handicap. The mile main-track event for fillies and mares drew a field of seven.

E Z Kitty, owned by Mike Chambers, John Xitco, and Dan Agnew and trained by Chambers, had already proven herself a quality mare, with multiple stakes wins at Emerald Downs the past couple seasons. A 5-year-old daughter of He’s Top, E Z Kitty ran seventh when trying grass for the first time here Oct. 27 in the Queen of the Green. After that turf experiment she came back in the six-furlong Phoenix, bided her time early, and blasted home under Gallyn Mitchell to win by 4 1/2 lengths.

E Z Kitty has since posted a bullet five-furlong work of 59.40 seconds here Dec. 30 to show she holds her edge. She carries high weight of 123 pounds and Mitchell is again named, though his status is up in the air as he recuperates from injuries suffered in a Dec. 23 spill.

E Z Kitty’s main danger may come from the 6-year-old mare Unloch the Fury. Owned by Laurence De Respino and Tony Klenakis and trained by Klenakis, Unloch the Fury easily won an allowance sprint at Albuquerque Sept. 21, and like E Z Kitty ran on the grass in Queen of the Green here Oct. 27. Although she has won on grass, she managed only fifth in that race.

Unloch the Fury returned to dirt for an optional claimer at a mile Dec. 2, and after sitting back early powered past her rivals to win easily by 4 1/2 lengths under Daniel Vergara. Vergara rides again at 121 pounds.

Carrie Rose, fourth in the Queen of the Green, invades from Southern California after running fourth for $32,000 at Betfair Hollywood Park. Mundy ran third in the Queen of the Green and hasn’t raced since. She’s a question mark on this footing, however, having finished off the board in her only two dirt starts.