Kauai Katie Primed for Start in Vagrancy

Kauai Katie Primed for Start in Vagrancy
Photo: Coglianese Photos/Kenny Martin
Kauai Katie faces 5 in the Vagrancy Handicap.
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After finishing second in her 2014 debut, Kauai Katie appears ready for a top effort in the $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. III) May 17 at Belmont Park.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Stonestreet Stable's Kauai Katie ended a nearly nine-month layoff when she returned to action with a second-place finish to La Verdad in the Distaff Handicap (gr. II) April 19 at Aqueduct Racetrack. The 4-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon   will take aim at the fifth graded stakes win of her career and a victory in the Vagrancy would give her a third straight season of at least one graded win.

Kauai Katie will be making her first start at Belmont Park since finishing third in last year's Acorn Stakes (gr. I). In her only other start at the Elmont, N.Y. track she won the 2012 Matron Stakes (gr. II). She will be the highweight in Saturday's field at 119 pounds.

Of the six fillies and mares entered in Saturday's race, there isn't a single starter coming off a win.

Summerwind Farms and Half Hollow Racing's Five Star Momma enters off a third-place finish in the Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) March 22 at Gulfstream Park. The 5-year-old daughter of Five Star Day capped a three-race win streak last year with a pair of stakes wins and she enters off six straight top-three finishes, all stakes.

$150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. III, race 10, approximate post time 5:38 p.m. EDT) F&M, 4YO&Up, 6 1/2 furlongs
PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Lion D N A (IL), C. Velasquez, 115, R. Rodriguez
2. Merry Meadow (KY), R. Maragh, 115, M. Hennig
3. Mama Zee (KY), M. Franco, 112, R. Rodriguez
4. Kauai Katie (KY), I. Ortiz Jr., 119, T. Pletcher
5. Five Star Momma (KY), J. Ortiz, 117, J. Antonucci
6. Jane of All Trades (KY), J. Lezcano, 114, K. McLaughlin

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