Kauai Katie is expected to headline the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on New Year’s Day.
The Stonestreet Stable colorbearer will kick off her 3-year-old campaign in the race. The daughter of Malibu Moon, a $490,000 OBS March graduate was brilliant in winning her three starts in New York before finishing fourth to Beholder in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita.
“It wasn’t a bad race. It was probably a little farther than she wants to go,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “She’ll probably be best at sprint distances for now and this is a good spot to get started. If that goes well then we’ll look at the ($200,000) Forward Gal (G2),” referring to the seven-furlong test on Jan. 26.
Kauai Katie drilled a sharp five furlongs in :59 4/5 Wednesday morning at Palm Meadows. She won her career debut by 12 lengths at Saratoga on July 20 and followed with rather easy scores in the Adirondack Stakes (G2) at the Spa and the Matron Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park before the trip to California.
Pletcher also reported on plans for Stonestreet’s other top 2-year-old filly of 2011, Dreaming of Julia, a winner of her first three races in New York before finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Dreaming of Julia, a Kentucky homebred daughter of A.P. Indy, has not yet posted a workout since arriving at Palm Meadows from California after the Breeders’ Cup. Pletcher indicated that the first target for her will likely be the $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) going 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 23.
Pletcher has E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 4-year-old filly R Holiday Mood nominated for the $100,000 Ocala Stakes to be run at one mile on Sun., Dec. 30, a race she won last year following a seven-month layoff, but she will not be up to defending her title.
I just ran out of time with her,” said Pletcher of the Florida homebred daughter of Trippi. Following her victory in the Ocala, R Holiday Mood came right back to capture the Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) here in mid-February and finished a close-up fourth last out behind 2011 Eclipse champion Musical Romance in the Inside Information Stakes (G2) in Mar. 17.
Kauai Katie/NYRA photo