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Koko stars at Gulfstream

Koko stars at Gulfstream

It was fourth time lucky for Koko Star as the Kitten’s Joy colt broke his maiden at Gulfstream on Thursday, May 7.

It was a third win in the US for owners Phoenix Ladies Syndicate with the three-year-old Mike Maker trainee following in the hoofprints of barn-mate Skye Snow and the Steve Amussen inmate Majestic Queen.

The victory also provided jockey Luis Saez with his fourth on the card with the rider keeping Koko Star just off the lead in the early stages of the one-mile turf contest.  Travelling with purpose the colt’s natural momentum took him narrowly to the front on the turn for home. Entering the top of the stretch plenty of the field still had chances but under the urgings of Saez, Koko Star went into a narrowly lead. That advantage grew as the colt hit his stride in the final furlong and he’d go on to claim the victory by around two lengths.

A graduate of the 2019 OBS March Sale Koko Star is a full brother to both Graded Stakes winner Csaba and Graded Stakes placed Kitten’s Queen while also hailing from the same family of Grade One winner Very Subtle.