05/11/2012 1:47PM

Woodbine: Griffith shows faith in Katie Get Excited by running in Selene


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Katie Get Excited will be stretching out for the first time and making her stakes debut here at Woodbine in Sunday’s 1 1/16 mile Selene Stakes. But Ricky Griffith, who trains the Kentucky-bred, said he believes Katie Is Excited is worthy of the opportunity to prove she belongs with the cream of her crop.

“I think she’s got some class,” said Griffith, who conditions Katie Get Excited for the partnership of his main client, Glenn Harvey, and Steve Duffield, who race as Debmar Stable.

Katie Get Excited, a $40,000 Keeneland yearling, was off slowly and finished eighth of 12 in her debut at five furlongs here last June. But, after adding Lasix and jockey Justin Stein for her second appearance, Katie Get Excited finished a closing second at 5 1/2 furlongs and then was a convincing winner in her next appearance at seven furlongs.

That Aug. 13 start would turn out to be Katie Get Excited’s last of the season, however.

“She had some issues to get over, so we gave her some time off,” said Griffith, 46, a former jockey who went out on his own three years ago after spending 10 years as an assistant to Mark Casse. “She trained all winter at Classic Mile.”

Katie Get Excited returned to Woodbine in late March and to the races on April 20, when she was a game winner of a difficult first-level allowance for 3-year-old fillies.

“We’d pointed for that race, ever since we saw it in the ‘proof’ for the condition book,” said Griffith. “That was her target.”

“She’s doing good, and she came out of the race good. I think she’ll go two turns so we’ll give it a shot.”