Turf Sprint Division
TrainerWesley A. Ward
BreederChina Horse Club International Limited
DamCozze Up Lady
Kimari’s running style is her own idea. With her brilliant speed, she proved she can win on the lead, but the filly prefers to let her opponents do the early running. She punctuated her point when she lagged behind before circling the field to win the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland against male rivals Oct. 6.
Knowing she would likely leave the gate on her own time, trainer Wesley Ward, a former jockey, instructed exercise rider and part-time jockey Julio Garcia to hone her come-from-behind skills during morning training at Ward’s Keeneland base.
“Julio has been breezing her from behind horses, knowing that she’d probably break slow,” Ward said. “He has been sitting back and coming around horses with her and kind of been teaching her to rate.”
Ward relayed that information to jockey Mike Smith who remained confident in the Indian Summer despite her delayed start.
“He said she’ll be OK if that happens,” Smith said. “I did exactly what he told me to do. When we came off the top of the turn, I just had to show her the stick a little and she just took off.”
Kimari was purchased at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale in Lexington for $152,000. Less than a year later she flaunted her talent by cruising to a 15-length triumph during Keeneland’s April racing season.
This isn’t the first time Ward and Smith have partnered at a Breeders’ Cup with a speedy filly. The last time the World Championships was held at Santa Anita they teamed to win the Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) with Judy the Beauty.
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