Sweet Catomine, who wrapped up an apparent Eclipse Award with a resounding victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, may try to add an exclamation point to a brilliant year with a final start in the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) on Dec. 19.
Trainer Julio Canani and owner-breeder Marty Wygod opened the door to the possibility Thursday at Hollywood Park.
"This filly is unbelievable," said Canani of the strapping daughter of Storm Cat
. "She's been back on the track galloping and always cleans her tub. I'd open a restaurant if everyone ate like her."
Canani expressed confidence that she would be ready for the 1 1/6-mile Starlet. Wygod only questioned whether the filly could use a longer vacation before launching her 3-year-old campaign in 2005.
"The question is whether we give her a break here before we run against the boys," said Wygod, anticipating of a clash with colts at some point next spring. The tomboy filly won the Juvenile Fillies in a faster time than the Juvenile was run in Texas.
Sweet Catomine won the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) and Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) before overcoming trouble and scoring a 3 3/4-length victory in the Juvenile Fillies.
"She's so good, different than anything I've ever had," said the veteran owner-breeder Wygod. "I just turned down an offer for her dam (Sweet Life) way above anything sold at the Keeneland sale last week."
Wygod said he also owns a yearling half sister to Sweet Catomine by Giant's Causeway and that Sweet Life is back in foal to Storm Cat.