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G3 Winner Flameaway Takes to Turf in Kitten’s Joy

Jan 6, 2018
Thewayiam Has It His Way in $100,000 Ginger Brew
Piven Sprints Clear to $75,000 Limehouse Triumph
Cicatrix Remains Unbeaten in $75,000 Glitter Woman

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL –Nine weeks after making his grass debut in the Breeders’ Cup, John Oxley’s Flameaway transferred his stakes-winning form from dirt to turf with a gutsy front-running victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy at Gulfstream Park.

The sixth running of the Kitten’s Joy and the seventh renewal of the $100,000 Ginger Brew, both at 7 ½ furlongs on turf, were among five stakes for 3-year-olds worth $450,000 in purses on an 11-race program along with a pair of six-furlong sprints, the $75,000 Limehouse and $75,000 Glitter Woman.

Highlighting the card was the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man, the first of Gulfstream’s series for 3-year-olds leading up to the 67th running of the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) March 31.

Already a two-time stakes winner at 2 in races rained off the grass, including the 1 11/6-mile Bourbon (G3) last fall at Keeneland, Flameaway ($7.40) won for the fourth time in six career starts in his 3-year-old debut. He completed the distance in 1:29.78 over a firm turf course.

Jockey Julien Leparoux had Flameaway in front from their rail post through a sensible quarter-mile in 23.78 seconds and half in 48.02, with mild pressure to his outside from Mojovation and both Power of Attorney and 7-5 favorite Fast Boat battling for third in behind.

Flameaway maintained a short lead rounding the far turn and entering the stretch as Mojovation, Fast Boat and Pony Up all came to present a challenge. Flameaway briefly lost the lead in mid-stretch but surged again on the inside through the final sixteenth of a mile to emerge from a four-way photo a neck in front of Pony Up, who was a neck ahead of 30-1 long shot Renaissance Frolic.

It was another neck back to Fast Boat in fourth, followed under the line by Mojovation, Speed Franco and Power of Attorney.

“I wanted to put him in the race and he put me in front pretty easily. Coming into the stretch I started to ask him, and he’s the kind of horse who waits on the others to join him,” Leparoux said. “They actually passed me a bit and when he saw them, he began to really kick it in again. When he has competition he’s a game horse, and it was a great win.

“We won on the dirt in Keeneland where he ran similar, fighting back to win,” he added. “It was a big battle to the wire and he fought hard to win. He’s a horse that if they come up next to him he’s going to try, for sure.”

Trainer Mark Casse had wanted to get Flameway, a chestnut son of Scat Daddy out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Vulcan Rose, on the turf throughout his 2-year-old campaign but was unable to until the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) Nov. 3, where he contended for the lead before fading to eighth, beaten less than four lengths.

“He’s a cool horse. He’s a got a wealth of talent. I don’t know if he’s figured it all out yet,” said Casse’s son and assistant, Norman. “I think he got a little lost at the top of the stretch. It looked like those horses were going to run by him, but as soon as they put their heads in front he picked up the bridle again and ran on. Julien deserved the credit for a great ride. We’re looking forward to the future with him.”

Thewayiam Has It His Way $100,000 Ginger Brew

Great Point Stables, Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables’ Thewayiam had room to split horses in deep stretch and edged clear to win the $100,000 Ginger Brew for 3-year-old fillies.

Making her third North American start since joining trainer Graham Motion last fall, Thewayiam ($13) ran 7 ½ furlongs in 1:30.19. It was her second stateside win, following a second-level allowance in October at Keeneland.

Jockey Jose Ortiz saved ground rating Thewayiam behind the first flight of horses as Designing sprung from the gate and ran the opening quarter in 23.72 seconds and the half in 48.53. Crazy for Sofia gave closest pursuit, tracked by Closer Still and Delamar.

Thewayiam had moved into contention at the top of the stretch but lacked room until Ortiz forced his way between Designing and Closer Still, pulling away late to win by three-quarters of a length. Closer Still was second, a half-length ahead of narrow 3-1 favorite Andina Del Sur.

“My trip was perfect. I just followed instructions,” Ortiz said. “I dropped into the rail and tried to get her to relax and she did very well. When I asked her to go, she picked it up and is all heart. She split horses like it was nothing and gave me a great kick in the end.”

Piven Sprints Clear to $75,000 Limehouse Triumph

Derek Chin’s Piven, racing for the first time on conventional dirt in his 3-year-old debut, edged by pacesetter Reed Kan past the eighth pole and sprinted clear to a four-length victory in the $100,000 Limehouse.

Ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Canadian-based trainer Kevin Attard, Piven ($4.20) ran six furlongs in 1:11.47. It was the first win for the sophomore son of Prospective since his debut triumph last August. He was second in the Colin Stakes and fourth in the Grey (G3), all at Wooodbine.

Reed Kan, a front-running winner of both his maiden and an entry-level allowance last out on the Gulfstream turf Dec. 17, dueled through fractions of 23.06 and 46.55 seconds with Aequor and was still in front after five-eighths in 58.78. Ortiz and Piven launched their bid on the far turn and surged to the lead midway through the stretch before drawing off.

Aequor got up for second, 1 ½ lengths ahead of Empire Power, followed by Reed Kan, Dial One and Interdiction.

Cicatrix Remains Unbeaten in $75,000 Glitter Woman

Under a patient and confident ride from Julien Leparoux, Bill Witman’s Cicatrix swept past pacesetter Luzmimi Princess in mid-stretch and withstood a late run from 30-1 longshot to win the $75,000 Glitter Woman for 3-year-old fillies by a neck.

It was the second win from as many starts for Cicatrix ($8), making her sophomore debut off a 7 ¼-length romp in her Nov. 16 unveiling at Churchill Downs. The winning time for six furlongs was 1:12.20.

“She’s always shown she has some talent, this filly,” trainer Ian Wilkes said. “I want to stretch her out. I do believe she’ll go longer. I think she’ll be better going longer.”

Morning Destiny broke on top but was settled to mid-pack by jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. as Luzmimi Princess took control through an opening quarter-mile in 22.83 seconds and a half in 46.52. Leparoux had Cicatrix in the clear in fourth before moving up to a contending position on the far turn.

Leparoux set down Cicatrix for a drive after straightening for home, going five furlongs in 59.19 as Morning Destiny came with a belated rally on the outside. It was 2 ½ lengths back to Foxtrot Sally in third.

“She settled nice in a good spot and she finished good,” Leparoux said. “She’s a talented filly. She sure was very professional.”

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