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DIXIE KITTEN HEADS SATURDAY'S INAUGURAL TOP FLIGHT STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.-Nancy & Pierce D. Boyd's Dixie Kitten, undefeated in two trips to the post, should rule the choice when she heads a field of seven two-year-old fillies named to Saturday's inaugural running of the $75,000 Top Flight Stakes.
The six-furlong dash will serve as the prep for the upcoming Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie to be contested at one mile September 30, closing day of the Arlington season.
Dixie Kitten is a daughter of Dixie Brass who invades from Louisiana Downs. In her last start on August 3 at that Pelican State oval in non-winners of two company, the Sam David Jr. trainee made the pace going five and a half furlongs and drew off steadily in the lane to tally by eight lengths at the wire.
In her career debut before that on July 1, the Kentucky-bred pressed the early pace, took clear command leaving the backstretch and then drew off the rest of the way to score by six. Jockey Anthony Lovato, aboard for both wins, journeys to Chicago to accept the riding assignment once again.
Strong competition for Dixie Brass could come from Brian Griggs & Mike Goetz' She's a Devil Due, who also boasts a two-for-two career record, with both of her wins coming at the local oval.
The daughter of Devil His Due came from well back August 24 in non-winners of two company here going three-quarters, took command inside the furlong marker and drew clear late to win by a length and three-quarters. Although that win was over a fast track, she used the same late running tactics in her racing bow, breaking her maiden by six lengths here July 3. Leading rider Mark Guidry is named to handle the reins.
Completing the field are: Stoneway Farm's Awe That, Corey Lanerie up; James W. Orr Jr.'s Dare She Goes, Chris Emigh astride; Emily T. & Thomas E. Tabb's Foryoumylove, Ramsey Zimmerman slated for the tack; James Tafel LLC's Scoop, Ray Sibille in the irons; and Rick Scarberry's Star Engagement, Frank Lovato Jr. aboard.
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