2017 BetAmerica Daytona550 Participant #2 – Kentucky Kat
Pat C Clement-Kentucky Jude
Record (2016/2017): 42/23-8-1-1
Kennel: Cal Holland Kennel
Owner: C. Don Godby
It has been said that it is all about early speed when it comes to stake racing. Well if that is truly the case, then Kentucky Kat is in “purrfect” position to capture the national championship in the 2017 BetAmerica Daytona 550. Kat has good box speed and a nice rush to the first turn, and once on top she is tough to catch. She is not all about early speed, though. A look at her race lines show the daughter of Pat C Clement can also run from behind.
Kat is not a stranger to prestigious stakes racing. She won the Weaver Memorial, was second in the Inaugural and a finalist in the Sprint Classic, all at Derby Lane. After taking a hard hit and falling in the first round of the Fall Sprint Stakes, she was rested for three months. The Cal Holland standout returned to the track in December and has won six of her eight starts, and recorded the season’s best time of 30.09.
Although Kat can win from on the lead or from behind, she will probably need to be up front early if she wants to give Derby Lane their second national champion. Her ability to break well and rush quickly to the turn will give her a chance to do just that …and make Cal Holland’s second trip to the BetAmerica Daytona 550 a memorable one.