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Our Curious Kitten Favored In Golden Poppy Stakes
The consistent filly Our Curious Kitten has been made a 2-to-1 favorite on the morning line to capture the $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Six 3-year-old fillies are set to start in the Golden Poppy, a 1 1/16-mile turf test. Our Curious Kitten will break from post position two and be ridden by French jockey Julien Couton.
Our Curious Kitten, trained by Sergio Ledezma, has finished in the money in all five of her races. The Illinois-bred won her first two starts, finished third in her next two outings, and was back in the winner’s circle following her fifth trip to the starting gate.
Our Curious Kitten, a chestnut daughter of Kitten’s Joy, scored a one-length victory in a one-mile allowance race at Golden Gate Fields in her most recent outing on March 17. Our Curious Kitten and Alec’s Moon are the only two fillies in the Golden Poppy field that are entering the race off a victory.
Alec’s Moon, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, will be seeking her third straight stakes win Saturday. Alec’s Moon made her two most recent starts in Oregon, where she defeated seven fillies in the Portland Meadows Oaks and eight male rivals in the Portland Meadows Derby.
Alec’s Moon has four wins and two seconds in eight career races and easily tops the Golden Poppy field in earnings with $115,240.
The Golden Poppy, which will be run at approximately 1:45 p.m., is the third race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.
The field for the Golden Poppy, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Windy Sails, Abel Cedillo, 5-to-2; Our Curious Kitten, Couton,
2-to-1; Alec’s Moon, Kevin Krigger, 7-to-2; Seismic Speed, Frank Alvarado, 9-to-2; Justenufappeal, Russell Baze, 6-to-1; and Unbridled Joule, William Antongeorgi, III,
20-to-1. All of the starters will carry 120 pounds.
Bonde Wins Again At Oaklawn Park -- Northern California trainer Jeff Bonde won his second stakes race at Oaklawn Park in as many days when Road Ready took the $75,000 Bachelor Stakes Friday in Hot Springs, Ark.
Road Ready’s come-from-behind victory in the Bachelor followed up Smiling Tiger’s big win for Bonde in Thursday’s Grade 3 $200,000 Count Fleet Handicap at Oaklawn. Saturday, Bonde will try to complete a stakes hat trick at Oaklawn when he sends out Sway Away in the Grade 1 $1 million Arkansas Derby.