‘Rising star TDN’ Kimari (Munnings) earned its first ranking win of the season on Wednesday as it rallied to win Saratoga’s Miss H. Honors GII. Third pick 3-1 in a four-horse racecourse, the bay broke a slow hair from the outside post, though not as slow as the second pick Frank’s Rockette (Into Mischief) in the hole a hole. Kimari sits outside the fence in third place with Frank’s Rockette on her inner wing as priority Bella Sofia (Great patriot) and outsider 8-1 Amadevil (Dominus) knocks on the front of the car. Amadevil broke through the chalk, reaching the first quarter in: 22.72. Frank’s Rockette is in gear, dashing over the fence to wrest control from her arch nemesis with Bella Sofia and Kimari together outside as they enter the distant fork. Frank’s Rockette takes command at the beginning of the ramp with Bella Sofia navigating to the fence to try to get inside and Kimari still outside. Bella Sofia never turns on the back lights and makes the most brief threats before backing up. Meanwhile, Kimari had just found her best stride in her final sixteenth game, edging past a determined Frank’s Rockette to win the first half.
“I think the race is set up for today, especially drawing the outside,” said coach Wesley Ward. “It gave Joel [Rosario] a nice easy run down the back with no objections like maneuvering to try to get there. He was there when they opened the gate. That is a key. It went very well and it’s always great to be in the winner’s circle for a sorting race at Saratoga. There’s nothing like it. “
As for what’s next, the air conditioner says, “Our ultimate goal will be [GI] Breeders ‘Cup [Filly and Mare Sprint in November at Keeneland] because that’s my way home and her way home. So we’re going to work backwards from there and partner with Coolmore and give them a few options. “
“She runs well,” said Rosario. “She is a kind horse and always tries. I’m glad we won today. Looks like there will be a lot of speed and she [Kimari] could have been closer, but we were in a good spot and she did a great job and accommodated everything I asked her to do. I thought for a second, the leader could walk away, but she kept fighting and getting the job done.”
Kimari arrested GI Madison S. at Keeneland last April and was subsequently sidelined. Reappearing in the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar seven months later, she placed seventh behind her stablemate Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) and reached the November semifinals of Fasig-Tipton two days later, grossing $2.7 million from Coolmore’s Magnier MV. Returned to Ward’s care, Kimari performed her seasonal bow during a main track event at Gulfstream on March 3, going 5 1/4 the length. Bay finished third while trying to defend her title at Madison on April 9 of this year and fifth in the GI Derby City Distaff S. at Churchill Downs on May 7.
HONORABLE MISS H.-HOLD$186,000, Saratoga, 7-27, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1: 10.78, ft.
first-KIMARI, 123, m, 5, by Munnings
Dam One: Cozze Up Lady (GSW, $407,169), by Cozzene
Second Dam: The White Lady, by Johannesburg
3rd Dam: Maha Al Iman, by Pulpit
($152,000 Ylg ’18 FTKJUL; $2,700,000 4yo ’21 FTKNOV).
‘Rising star TDN’ O-Westerberg Limited, Mrs. John Magnier,
Jonathan Poulin, Derrick Smith & Michael B. Tabor; B-China
Horse Club International Limited (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward; J-Joel
Rosario. $110,000. Lifetime record: GISW-US & G1SP-Eng,
15-8-2-2, $981,327. Nick Werk Rating: A. Click to
eNicks report & pedigree of 5 children.
2-Frank’s Rockette121, m, 5, Into Mischief – Rocket
Twentyone, by Charlie India. ‘Rising star TDN’ O-Frank
Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc.; B-Frank Fletcher (KY);
T-William I. Mott. $40,000.
3–Bella Sofia125, f, 4, Love contract – great patriotism, by
Unified person. (20,000 USD 2 years 20 OBSOPN). O-Michael Imperio,
Medal racing, Sofia Soares, Vincent S. Scuderi & Parkland
Thoroughbred; B-Two Tone Farms (KY); T-Rudy R. Rodriguez.
Margins: HF, 5 3/4, 40HF. Odds: 3.05, 2.90, 0.70.
Also Ran: Amadevil. Click to view Equibase.com chartthe PP of TJCIS.com or Free Equineline.com catalog style genealogy. VIDEO sponsored by TVG.