Kinda Spicy Cashes In
Kinda Spicy debuts a winner for Albertrani
Trainer Tom Albertrani had high expectations for KINDA SPICY (A.P. Indy), and the Darley Stable homebred did not disappoint in Sunday's 4TH race at Belmont Park, coming from off the pace to debut a 6 3/4-length winner.
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'I was expecting a big effort out of her today,' Albertrani said. 'I liked the way she trained beforehand. She looked like she was ready to put on a good effort today.'
And she did just that, settling behind horses in fourth up the backstretch and around the far turn, splitting rivals as the field straightened for home, and drawing clear under jockey John Velazquez's hand ride. Kinda Spicy negotiated one mile on the fast track in 1:37.
'She was very impressive and did everything professionally,' Albertrani said. 'She was a little nervous in the gate, but other than that I liked the way she sat off the pace.
'She took a lot of dirt and got a good education today. Johnny took her behind horses and felt very confident. He felt like he always had enough horse. When he pushed the button, she responded.'
While Albertrani realizes it's a big step from maiden to graded stakes competition, he believes the August 20 Alabama S. (G1) at Saratoga is a logical long-range goal for Kinda Spicy. But first he'd like to run her in an allowance or overnight stakes before or during the early part of the Saratoga meeting.
'It was a small field and she still has to prove herself next time out,' Albertrani said. 'Being optimistic, hopefully she's going to be able to compete in the higher-level races, maybe at Saratoga. We'll see. Maybe an Alabama-type of filly. Something like that would be nice.'
Both of Kinda Spicy's parents were Horses of the Year in their native countries. Her sire, A.P. Indy, received those honors after winning the 1992 Belmont S. (G1) and Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), while her dam, Isola Piu Bella (Chi) (Rich Man's Gold), shared the Chilean Horse of the Year title after winning four Group 1 events in 2003, including that country's One Thousand Guineas and St. Leger. She was later sent to the United States, where she won the 2005 Sabin H. (G3) at Gulfstream Park, the Sixty Sails H. (G3) at Hawthorne and the Obeah H. at Delaware Park.
Unrivaled Belle will receive stall rest before heading to co-owner's farm
Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1) heroine UNRIVALED BELLE (Unbridled's Song) was resting comfortably in her stall Sunday morning, one day after she broke her withers after falling backward in the paddock while waiting to be saddled prior to the Ogden Phipps S. (G1) at Belmont Park.
The five-year-old mare, who racked up a 14-6-6-1, $1,854,706 career mark, will be retired, according to trainer Bill Mott.
'I've had horses come back from that and race and even win a stakes,' the Hall of Fame conditioner said. 'It's not an uncommon thing. But with her, the year would be practically over.'
The gray mare was entering her third season of racing this year, having been unplaced just once in her career. That came when Unrivaled Belle made her four-year-old bow a fourth-place finish in the 2010 La Canada S. (G2). Prior to that she captured the Real Prize S. and ran second in the Gazelle S. (G1), and followed her La Canada run with a pair of wins in the Rampart S. (G3) and La Troienne S. (G2).
Unrivaled Belle strung together a trio of runner-up finishes in the Ogden Phipps, Ruffian H. (G1) and Beldame S. (G1), but was in top form at Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup, running away with the Ladies' Classic by 1 3/4 lengths. She was given time off after that November 5 start, and in her two races this year posted a third in the April 2 Rampart and a second in the May 6 La Troienne while going for title defenses.
Unrivaled Belle will have several weeks of stall rest, and then will likely go to co-owner Peter Vegso's farm in Ocala, Florida, before being bred, assistant trainer Leanna Williford said.
Williford added the Mott-trained ROYAL DELTA (Empire Maker), winner of three of four starts including the Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2), will miss Saturday's Mother Goose S. (G1) with a bruised foot.
'We'll look at the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and the Alabama (G1),' Williford added.
The 1 1/8-mile CCA Oaks is on July 23 while the 1 1/4-mile Alabama is on August 20, both at Saratoga.
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