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Quiet Kitten Kicks Off Claiming Crown With Victory In Tiara; “Promise” Shines in Glass Slipper; ‘Silver’ Lining in Distaff Dash

Dec 5, 2015
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Quiet Kitten kicked off the $1.1 million Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park with an authoritative display in the $125,000 Claiming Crown Tiara for fillies and mares on the turf. 

Confidently handled by jockey Matthew Rispoli, the 3-year-old filly took command on the backstretch and maintained her advantage to post a two-length victory. Trained by Marcus Vitali for Crossed Sabres Farm, she returned $9.20 to her backers. 

Quiet Kitten broke alertly from her wide post and settled in third as Big N Toasty showed the way in the early stages. After an opening half-mile in :50.24, she was ready to pounce and got first run on her favored main rival Wild Swava. The final time for 8 ½ furlongs was 1:48.51 over the rain-softened course. Seneca Destiny rallied on the outside to finish a clear second, with Wild Swava rounding out the trifecta. 

“Marcus and I discussed it and thought we should be up close because of the [good] turf,” Rispoli said. “She broke sharp and we just sat off horses and she let me know when it was time to go. She always does. She’s a nice filly. Coming into this race I’ve been getting on her a lot and she’s been training phenomenally.”

Vitali claimed Quiet Kitten for $25,000 on behalf of Crossed Sabres out of a successful effort at Gulfstream on January 23. The daughter of Kitten’s Joy has made plenty of noise since joining the Vitali string, recording three wins at Monmouth Park over the summer. She came into the Tiara off a runner-up performance in the Cellars Shiraz Stakes at Gulfstream Park West on Halloween.

“So far it’s been a good claim for us,” Vitali quipped. “She’s been doing really good, this filly. It seems like we’re on the right track. We gave her a little breather after shipping down and everything has gone well. The race really set up well for her with a little speed in front. We let her lay off just a little bit, and I told Matt that when it was time to make his own decision. He made the right decision today. We’ll see how she comes out of it and let her tell us when she’s ready [to run again].”

“Promise” Shines in Glass Slipper

Moonshine Promise ($12.20) recorded a double for owner Looch Racing Stables and trainer Peter Walder with her impressive display in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Glass Slipper. Ridden by leading jockey Javier Castellano, the daughter of Will He Shine ranged up ominously on the turn and required minimal urging en route to a five-length win over the sealed surface. The final time for the one-mile test was 1:37.67. My House edged longshot Roll It Gal for second.

Claimed for $12,500 at Tampa Bay Downs a year ago, Moonshine Promise had won six of her last 11 appearances while campaigning mainly at Ohio’s Thistledown racetrack. She and stablemate Runs With Bulls - hero of the Claiming Crown Iron Horse earlier on the Gulfstream card - recently joined Walder’s Florida string. 

“I’ve had her about a month. She and [Runs With Bulls] came down at the same time,” Walder explained. “She’s been training all right. She’s not as smooth a mover as the other horse, but she runs and she’s got heart. Looch was telling me that Thistledown was tougher than it used to be. These horses have been running good and they know how to win. They’ve been running good numbers. She came out of there wanting to run and Javier gave her a great ride. It’s nice to win for Looch--he puts a lot of money into the game and guys like him deserve to win.”

Silver’ Lining in Distaff Dash

The $110,000 Claiming Crown Distaff Dash showcased the versatility of Silver Sashay, a previous winner on both turf and dirt at Gulfstream Park. The five-furlong contest was originally scheduled for the grass course, but was instead run on the main track. Owned by Acclaimed Racing Stable, Silver Sashay ($11.40) was in the thick of things from the start and battled on gamely under rider Edgard Zayas for her 11th victory in 30 career starts. She stopped the clock in :57.90 over a sealed surface. Katie O. pressed Silver Sashay early, but tired and was beaten for second by Sunrise Kitty. The Distaff Dash was Silver Sashay’s first outing for trainer Alfred McIntosh.

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