Emotional Kitten grabs Trinket in Mrs. Revere
The rallying Effie Trinket bounded to the front with a good-looking burst of speed, and soon established daylight. Further back, Emotional Kitten was suddenly beginning to unwind, and she soon went in hot pursuit of the new leader. Emotional Kitten forged a half-length ahead at the wire, finishing 1 1/16 grassy miles in 1:44 2/5 and paying $11.80 as the 9-2 third choice.
Another 1 1/2 lengths back in third came Dance Again, who had one length to spare over the deep-closing Praia. Tapicat checked in fifth, followed by Nellie Cashman, Frivolous, Keening, I'm Already Sexy, Quality Kitten, Allegheny Angel, E B Ryder, Remember Then and the tailed-off Zero Game.
Emotional Kitten advanced her scorecard to 14-4-2-3, $357,533. The chestnut dropped her first six starts as a juvenile, including a last-of-nine effort in the Cinderella at Hollywood and a fifth in the La Senorita at Retama. Dropped in class for a $75,000 maiden claimer at Gulfstream last December, she finally broke her maiden. Emotional Kitten cleared her entry-level allowance condition two starts later at Keeneland, prevailing in a photo, and came right back to get the nod in the May 17 Hilltop at Pimlico.
Shipped out west, Emotional Kitten finished second in the July 13 American Oaks at Hollywood, beaten a half-length by Emollient, and placed third to Discreet Marq and Wishing Gate in the August 17 Del Mar Oaks. She lagged too far off the pace last time in the October 12 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and left herself too much to do at Keeneland. Nevertheless, she acquitted herself respectably to close the gap to just three lengths when reporting home seventh. Channing Hill rode her that day, but Espinoza regained the mount on Saturday.
The Pennsylvania-bred is out of the stakes-winning Ghazi mare Silent Emotion, making her a half-sister to multiple stakes victress and Grade 1-placed Unspoken Word. This is the family of another Ramsey stalwart, globetrotting sprinter Cannonball. A three-time stakes hero at home in New York, he was runner-up in the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot, placed in a pair of Breeders' Cup races (the Juvenile Turf and Turf Sprint), and even garnered a Group 3 placing during his time with Gai Waterhouse in Australia.
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