All eyes were on 1-2 Ballet Diva in the $ 150,000 Three Rings division of the Florida Sires Stakes, but R Kinsley Doll ($ 13.40) took advantage of a favorable pace scenario and rallied up the center of the track. The 3-year-old daughter of champion sprinter Big Drama raced in fourth in the early stage under jockey Tyler Gaffalione before launching the winning move.
“The race set up beautifully for us,” Gaffalione said. “We intended to be close to the pace, but when we broke there were four horses lined up going for the lead. I just got her relaxed behind them and she sat really nicely behind them and I asked her for run, she really kicked home.”
Shakakan broke running from her rail post and was shadowed by Dixieland Dudes down the backstretch, with second-choice Sweet Khaleesi making her presence felt on the outside. Ballet Diva was trapped on the inside and began to lose ground on the turn. R Kinsley Doll took the overland route while five wide on the turn and maintained that momentum en route to a 1 1/4-length success. Her final time for the six-furlong Three Ring was 1:10.55. Sweet Khaleesi edged Dixieland Dudes for second.
Co-owner Jim Tipps flew in from Nashville to watch R Kinsley Doll put it all together.
“There’s nothing better than winning a big race like this,” Tipps said. “This filly has slowly improved. We thought she was sitting on a big race today. She needed to improve significantly to win in this spot and she did. She got it done. I’m tickled to death. She’ll get a figure today that’s better than anything she’s done. We’re headed on the right path.”
R Kinsley Doll, trained by Ralph Ziadie, captured her career debut over this track and trip last October, but found her first three forays into stakes company a bit daunting. She returned from a two-month break to finish a close second for a $ 30,000 tag on June 30 at Gulfstream, and had trained smartly in the interim.
“We expected that she would run good, we just didn’t know if it was going to be good enough to win,” Tipps said. “We expected her to run well. I thought it set up well for her. We’ve run her on the lead and from off the pace. She’s been a difficult horse to figure out, but Tyler got a good trip and swung her out, and she had enough to get by everybody.”
R Kinsley Doll’s Florida Sire Stakes success nearly tripled her career bankroll to $ 148,085. She is campaigned by the partnership of Averill Racing and Silver Oak Stable.
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