BY BROCK SHERIDAN
Florida-breds Kitty’s Pretty and Let Them Watch appear to be among the favorites for the $65,000 Sharp Susan, a six-furlong test for 2-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park Sunday. The Sharp Susan also offers a $25,000 FTBOA win bonus for registered Florida-breds presented by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association.
The Sharp Susan acts as a preview for the $1.2 million FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes for nominated 2-year-olds by registered Florida stallions. The six-race series begins Sept. 9 at Gulfstream with the Desert Vixen for fillies and the open Dr. Fager, each at six furlongs and offering $100,000.
Trained by Ralph Nicks, the Stonehedge LLC homebred Kitty’s Pretty was impressive in her career debut on June 16 at Gulfstream when she dominated special weight maiden fillies over four furlongs, winning by five-and-three-quarter lengths.
The bay daughter of Journeyman Stud’s leading Florida sire Khozan is out of Pretty Miss Kitty, by With Distinction and earned $43,000 in her maiden victory.
Edwin Gonzales has the return mount on Kitty’s Pretty, and she has post three in the field of seven fillies.
Florida-bred Let Them Watch comes into the Sharp Susan off one start, a six-and-a-quarter-length victory in a five-and-a-half-furlong maiden special weight for fillies at Gulfstream Park on July 7, earning $34,000.
The daughter of Maximus Mischief is trained by Michael Maker for Case Chambers, who purchased her for $55,000 out of the Randy Miles consignment at this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale. Let Them Watch is out of My Rolex, by Proud Accolade and was bred in Florida by Tracy Pinchin. However, she is not a registered Florida-bred and thus is not eligible for the $25,000 FTBOA win bonus.
Set to break from post six, Let Them Watch will be ridden by Hector Diaz Jr.
Kiss (Left) – Coady Photo
The lone Sharp Susan starter not bred in the Sunshine State is Arindel’s Kiss, who is trained by Juan Alvarado.
A winner of a state-bred maiden special weight for fillies going five furlongs at Ellis Park on June 10, Kiss was most recently fifth in the $100,000 Prairie Gold Lassie won by Tx Women for Arts going five-and-a-half-furlongs at Prairie Meadows on July 7.
Kiss is by Army Mule out of Nasty Noozie, by Partner’s Hero and has one win in three starts with earnings of $59,195.
Kiss has post 7 and Edgard Zayas will ride.
The remainder of the field for the Sharp Susan includes Avellino with Jose Morelos in the saddle, Florindia and jockey Maikol Hernandez, Epona’s Hope with Edgar Perez up, and Jesus Rios is named on She Has Class.