Kevin Nish’s KMN Racing’s homebred filly Sneaking Out has not been sneaking up on anyone in her past two starts and that is one of the reasons trainer Jerry Hollendorfer shipped her to Keeneland from her Southern California base for Saturday’s 40th running of the $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) going 6 furlongs on the main track.
“This filly has won two graded stakes, and we felt like she deserved a shot against the best,” Hollendorfer said from Los Alamitos Wednesday morning. “It is an important race before the Breeders’ Cup.”
The California-bred daughter of Indian Evening won the Great Lady M (G2) at Los Alamitos on July 4 and then the Rancho Bernardo (G3) at Del Mar on Aug. 21. Both races were at 6½ furlongs.
Sneaking Out has compiled a record of 12-6-4-0, and Hollendorfer feels she is at the top of her game.
“I think so,” Hollendorfer said of Sneaking Out, whose most recent work at Los Alamitos was
6 furlongs out of the gate in 1:11.60. “Her rider (Umberto Rispoli) is very keen on her and loved her race at Del Mar.”
Rispoli, who was aboard Sneaking Out in a race for the first time at Del Mar, has the mount Saturday.
Sneaking Out arrived at Keeneland Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning took a trip through the Paddock and then jogged.
The TCA is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) to be run here Nov. 7.
“Right now, we are not looking past Saturday,” Hollendorfer said, regarding whether Sneaking Out would stay here with a victory or go back to California. “I’ll discuss it with Kevin and make a decision.”