Kitcat has been a force to reckon with in her home country of Chile, going on a four-race win steak earlier this year. Included in that run was the Carlos Campino and the prestigious Club Hipico de Santiaglo Falabella, which earned her an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
“He (jockey Gonzalo Ulloa) told me he was not going to be so far back as in previous occasions, since there are so many good horses,” said owner Pedro Hurtado Vicuña of Stud Vendaval in an article for This Is Horse Racing. “The filly broke well, and although she has a complicated character, she’s docile while running. She kept in fifth and I got really excited down the stretch when I saw her coming on with so much force.”
“In the United States, the horses that run a mile are definitely the best horses they have. But, this filly is very very good at the mile, and if she acclimates well to the United States she can run a very good race.”
In her first race way from her home base at Club Hipico De Santiago, Kitcat showed she was feeling right at home while running in the Oct 8 Swingtime Stakes going a mile on the turf at Santa Anita. She conducted herself professionally in her first start in a different hemisphere, running close up throughout to finish second.
She is by sensational sire Scat Daddy, who died suddenly late last year. In addition to standing stud at Coolmore in Lexington, he shuttled to the southern hemisphere where he was the leading sire in Chile in 2013 and 2014. Kitcat, one of his leading earners in that country, has a slate of seven wins and four seconds from 14 starts.