09/24/2009 11:00PM

Wide-ranging options for William's Kitten


William's Kitten and The Rumor's True will head in different directions after winning the premier 2-year-old races of the Louisiana Downs meet last Saturday. William's Kitten is looking at options in Canada, Kentucky, and Texas, while The Rumor's True is being pointed for a new $250,000 stakes for Louisiana-breds at Delta Downs.

William's Kitten had to overcome a couple of significant obstacles to win the $150,000 Sunday Silence, but he made it look easy. The 1 1/16-mile race was scheduled for turf but moved to dirt, a surface over which the horse had never raced. In addition, William's Kitten was farther back than usual, trailing the field by 10 lengths at one point before going on to a more than four-length win.

"I'm glad to see that he overcame a troubled start and finished up as strong as he did," said Mike Maker, who trains William's Kitten. "He seemed to handle the dirt very well."

Maker said he is looking into two-turn stakes options at Keeneland and Woodbine, as well as at Retama Park, which conducts its $100,000 El Joven at a mile on turf Oct. 24. The Sunday Silence was designed as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, and while Maker did not completely rule out a start in that stakes for the horse, he noted Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who own William's Kitten, do have other candidates for the Juvenile Turf on Nov. 7 at Santa Anita.

The Ramseys bred William's Kitten, who is a son of Kitten's Joy. They raced the multiple Grade 1 winner and now stand the horse. To date, Kitten's Joy has two stakes winners from his first crop, his initial one coming in Puerto Rico. Prior to the Sunday Silence, William's Kitten had won his maiden and finished third in the allowance prep for the $200,000 Cradle at River Downs.

The Rumor's True to Delta

The Rumor's True is a Louisiana-bred and her trainer, Steven Duke, said she has been penciled in for a start in the $250,000 Jewel. To be run at seven furlongs, the Nov. 6 race is restricted to 2-year-old fillies bred in Louisiana.

The Rumor's True closed fast last weekend for a three-quarter length win in the $100,000 Happy Ticket at 1o1/16 miles on the main track. It was her second stakes win behind the $100,000 John Franks Memorial Sales Stakes at Evangeline Downs on July 31.

"I like her professionalism," Duke said. "She's a real calm horse. She rates well. She just does everything we've asked her to do. She's really been a pleasure to train.

"We were fortunate she won the John Franks at five and a half furlongs. I never thought of her as a sprinter. I think she's a route horse and at Delta, of course, the seven furlongs will be a two-turn race down there."

The Rumor's True is a strapping daughter of Kafwain and races for Northpointe Thoroughbreds.

Delta an option for Uh Oh Bango

Uh Oh Bango, the 2-year-old colt who last weekend put up the year's best Beyer Figure for his division, could see action at Delta. Although no concrete plans have been set for his next start, trainer Kory Owens said the horse will be considered for the $175,000 Jean Lafitte at a mile at Delta on Nov. 6.

Uh Oh Bango earned a Beyer of 102 for his more than 10-length win in the $53,000 Freshman at six furlongs at Prairie Meadows on Sept. 18. He is back at his Remington Park base now, and Owens said an option for the horse there is the $200,000 Springboard Mile on Dec. 13. Owens is also looking into races for Uh Oh Bango in Kentucky.

"We don't have anything right off hand for him," he said. "We're just starting to look."

Uh Oh Bango has raced three times, winning his maiden by eight lengths at Prairie Meadows on Aug. 11, then running second in the $50,000 Clever Trevor at Remington one start before the Freshman. He is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Ez Dreamer, whom Owens is pointing to the Grade 3 Phoenix at Keeneland.

Range War returns from key race

Range War, who runs in the sixth race Sunday at Louisiana Downs, comes out of the Clever Trevor that has produced two other next-out stakes winners in addition to Uh Oh Bango.

Man Chester Man, who was seventh in the race, came back to win the $75,000 Lafayette at Evangeline, and Lone Star Cowboy, who was eighth, won the $73,000 Hillsdale earlier this month at Hoosier.

Range War was fifth in the Clever Trevor. He will start in a first-level allowance sprint at Louisiana Downs.

* The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana will conduct its annual yearling sale Monday and Tuesday at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La.