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Brahms Cat Puts on ‘Game Face’ on for Stakes Return

Apr 20, 2017

Grade 2 Stakes-Placed Filly to Meet Seven in $75,000 Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Bluestone Thoroughbreds’ Brahms Cat is slated to return to action in Saturday’s $75,000 Game Face Stakes at Gulfstream Park after holding her own against the country’s leading 3-year-old fillies during the Championship Meet.

The 3-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir, who is set to face seven rivals, earned graded-stakes credentials with a late-closing third-place finish Feb. 4 in the $200,000 Forward Gal (G2), beaten by 1 ¾ lengths behind victorious Tequilita at seven-furlongs. The Larry Bates-trained filly came back to finish a late-closing fifth March 4 in the $200,000 Davona Dale (G2), beaten 6 ½-lengths by Miss Sky Warrior at a mile. Miss Sky Warrior and Tequilita are prime prospects for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs May 5.

“We were very pleased that she came to the point where she was capable of that [in the Forward Gal]. We had hoped she was capable of that,” Bates said. “When we ran her back in the Davona Dale, there were some tough, tough horses in there. We thought, ‘we’ll have this filly all summer; there’s no sense to keep chasing them.’ We threw a little breather in between and this is a logical place to start back.”

Brahms Cat broke her maiden in her third lifetime start and first start on dirt at Gulfstream Sept. 24 before kicking off the Championship Meet with a third-place finish in the House Party Stakes Dec. 10 and a going-away triumph in an optional claiming allowance Jan. 20.

“She likes what she’s doing. She’s an easy filly to train. I’ve been lucky with those Wildcat Heirs. The nicest horse I’ve had was Black Diamond Cat. They have the same mental makeup. They all have that same focus. They like what they’re doing,” said Bates, who campaigned Black Diamond Cat, a hard-hitting son of Wildcat Heir who earned more than $500,000 while winning multiple stakes in South Florida.

The seven-furlong Game Face, named for the Todd Pletcher-trained distaffer who captured the 2009 Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream, has attracted several lightly raced hot 3-year-old filly prospects, including Todd Pletcher-trained My Miss Tapit, a $500,000 yearling purchase who debuted at Gulfstream March 10 with a 2 ½-length victory after a troubled start; Ralph Nicks-trained Jakobs Rocket Girl, a 7 ½-length winner over a pair of next-out winners in her second start and first at Gulfstream Feb. 22; and Jason Servis-trained Actress, a daughter of Tapit who debuted at Gulfstream March 19 with a late-closing second-place finish after encountering trouble and a wide trip.

Three Illusions, Credit Alert, Rashette and Queen Roller round out the field.

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