Photo by Bob Coglianese Photos
One day after joining the Nexus roster, Solar Kitten showed off her late closing kick to take an allowance optional claiming event at Gulfstream Park on February 15. This was our first start through our partnership with Rusty Jones' Turf Stable, and Solar Kitten's explosive turn of foot allowed it to begin victoriously.
Sent off at odds of 10-1, Solar Kitten sat near the back of the pack throughout the mile and one-sixteenth event on the turf. Jockey Chris Landeros, a guest on one of our member conference calls just months ago, began to make an inside move aboard the filly around the far turn before altering course and unleashing Solar Kitten's strong closing kick on the outside through the stretch. The daughter of Kitten's Joy prevailed by a half-length in the final strides.
This was Solar Kitten's second career win. She broke her maiden on the same turf course December 1 in similar fashion.
A replay of Solar Kitten's first win for Nexus can be found here.