ARCADIA, Calif. (June 21, 2014)–Next to last into the Club House turn, Home Run Kitten finished like a rocket to prevail by three quarters of a length over Argyle Cut in Saturday’s $75,000 added Singletary Stakes run at one mile on turf. Ridden by Joe Talamo, the David Hofmans trainee sat behind fractions of 23.36, 46.33, 1:10.76 and 1:22.92 and finished up the mile in 1:34.89.
Named for the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, the Singletary attracted a field of nine sophomores, with Home Run Kitten the solid 9-5 favorite.
“They weren’t going too fast on the front end but they were going fast enough that it set up for us,” said Talamo. “I went a little wider than I wanted to, around the quarter pole. I saw that some horses were getting stopped so I wanted to give him a clear trip. He exploded that last quarter.”
A chestnut colt by Kitten’s Joy, Home Run Kitten followed up on a first condition allowance win on May 18 to win his second in-a-row and his third race from seven overall starts. Owned by Tarabilla Farms, he picked up $48,660 for the win, increasing his earnings to $151,800.
“I think he is a total grass horse,” said Hofmans. “A mile or a mile and an eighth is best for him. I think we’ll try him down at Del Mar…I was expecting the turn of foot he showed today.”
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Argyle Cut trailed the field into the far turn and had he not raced erratically the final sixteenth, could well have been on terms with the winner at the wire. A first condition allowance winner at Golden Gate Fields on May 3, he was off at 13-1 in the Singletary and paid $12.20 and $6.00.
“Billy (trainer, William Morey) told me he had a real light mouth on him and that he tends to want to lean out, even when he won last time,” said Nakatani. “I finessed him around there, but when I tried to slide out with him coming to the sixteenth pole, he threw his head a couple times and it cost him.”
Argyle Cut, who was gaining at the wire, finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of early pacesetter Home School, who was ridden by Elvis Trujillo. Off at 5-1, Home School paid $4.40 to show.