By Jon Forbes | 06/19/2011 05:56 PM ET
Trainer Tom Albertrani had high expectations for Kinda Spicy, and the Darley Stable homebred did not disappoint on Sunday at Belmont Park, coming from off the pace to debut a 6 ¼-length winner.
With the victory, Kinda Spicy joins the New York Watch, which profiles up-and-comers that have recently cleared the maiden ranks at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. Her page is located at .
“I was expecting a big effort out of her today,” said Albertrani. “I liked the way she trained beforehand. She looked like she was ready to put on a good effort today.”
And she did just that, settling behind horses in fourth up the backstretch and around the far turn, splitting rivals as the field straightened for home, and drawing clear under jockey John Velazquez’s hand-ride.
“She was very impressive and did everything professionally,” said Albertrani. “She was a little nervous in the gate, but other than that I liked the way she sat off the pace. She took a lot of dirt and got a good education today. Johnny took her behind horses and felt very confident. He felt like he always had enough horse. When he pushed the button, she responded.”
While Albertrani realizes it’s a big step from maiden to graded stakes competition, he believes the Grade 1 TVG Alabama at Saratoga Race Course on August 20 is a logical long-range goal for Kinda Spicy. But first he’d like to run her in an allowance or overnight stakes before or during the early part of the Saratoga meeting.
“It was a small field and she still has to prove herself next time out,” said Albertrani. “Being optimistic, hopefully she’s going to be able to compete in the higher-level races, maybe at Saratoga. We’ll see. Maybe an Alabama-type of filly. Something like that would be nice.”
Both of Kinda Spicy’s parents were Horses of the Year in their native countries. Her sire, A.P. Indy, received those honors after winning the 1992 Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic, while her dam, Isola Piu Bella, shared the Chilean Horse of the Year title after winning four Group 1 events in 2003, including that country’s 1000 Guineas and St. Leger. She was later sent to the United States, where she won the 2005 Grade 3 Sabin Handicap at Gulfstream Park, Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne, and Obeah Handicap at Delaware Park.