Dean's Kitten, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, has been installed as the lukewarm 7-2 morning line favorite in the $150,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT). Eight 3-year-olds were entered in the 1 1/8-mile turf event.
Dean’s Kitten is one of three in the Hawthorne Derby that chased Paddy O'Prado in their last start, the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park Aug. 21. Trained by Michael Maker, the son of Kitten's Joy has won just one of seven starts in 2010, taking the Lanes End Stakes (gr. II) March 27 on Turfway Park's Polytrack.
However, Dean's Kitten, who was fifth in the Secretariat, has the late-running style that should benefit from Hawthorne’s long stretch run. The chestnut colt has an overall record is 3-1-2 in 15 races with earnings of $456,715, taking two of 11 tries on turf. Victor Lebron comes in to ride and they will break from post 5 with co-high weight of 122 pounds.
The Hawthorne Derby is the eighth race on the program with a 4:58 p.m. CDT post.
Mister Marti Gras, owned by Lothenbach Stables and trained by Chris Block, is pegged at 4-1 and also totes 122 pounds. Last of six in the Secretariat, he had serious traffic problems in that race. The Belong to Me gelding finished second to Workin for Hops in the American Derby (gr. IIT), also at Arlington, prior to the Secretariat. The Chris Block trainee has regular rider Eddie Perez in the irons.
Also coming out of the Secretariat is Cherokee Lord, who set the pace at odds of 50-1 before being overtaken late and finishing fourth, beaten 2 1/4 lengths.
Call Shot (9-2) makes just his second grass start for trainer Wayne Catalono. Owned by Gary and Mary West, the Tale of the Cat colt finished third in the $100,000 Dania Beach at Gulfstream Park in his only other turf try in January.
Call Shot has been racing mostly on Polytrack and owns a two-race win streak against optional claiming competition coming into this race. Shane Sellers is in to ride.
Harvey Clark and Andrew Albstein's Yankee Fourtune has won his last three starts, all on grass, for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and will make his stakes debut. The gelded son of Yankee Gentleman is coming off a front-running 7 1/2-length romp when favored over first-level allowance foes on the Saratoga inner turf course Sept. 6.
Turf Melody, trained by Graham Motion for owner Earle Mack, is winless in six starts this year. But the son of Maria's Mon is coming off a near-miss in Saratoga's Saranac Stakes (gr. IIIT) when he was beaten a half-length by Lethal Combination after making a big move while four-wide in the stretch.
Asphalt, twice graded stakes placed this year for trainer Eddie Kenneally, and Backtrack, stretching out for his first try on turf, complete the field.
$150,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT, Race 8, 4:58 p.m.), 3-Year-Olds, 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Mister Marti Gras (KY), E E Perez, 122, C M Block
2. Asphalt (FL), C J Lanerie, 114, E Kenneally
3. Call Shot (KY), S J Sellers, 114, W M Catalano
4. Backtrack (KY), E Razo, Jr., 114, G Scherer
5. Dean's Kitten (KY), V Lebron, 122, M J Maker
6. Cherokee Lord (KY), J E Felix, 114, C Livesay
7. Turf Melody (KY), J M Campbell, 118, H G Motion
8. Yankee Fourtune (KY), V Santiago, 114, K P McLaughlin