Doc Boy Takes TAA Kitten’s Joy

DOC BOY winning the $100,000 TAA Kittens Joy (Coady)

Rick Kanter’s Doc Boy overcame a tardy start to rally wide on the second turn before taking the lead in the stretch and posting a three-quarters of a length victory in the $100,000 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Kitten’s Joy Stakes. Feargal Lynch was the winning jockey while trainer Mike Stidham picked up his first of two stakes win on the night. The son of Into Mischief covered the mile and a sixteenth on the turf in 1:43.81.

“He’s a very nice horse,” Lynch said. “He was the best horse in the race. It was just a matter of keeping it simple. That’s the key in these four-horse races, sometimes they become very tactical. You just have to be patient and just try to get him home.”

“Pleased that he was able to step right out of a maiden race right into winning a stakes,” Stidham said. “That what we were all hoping for. He still has a lot to learn. He’s a big powerful horse. He’s got a big future I think.”

“I ran a few horses at Colonial years ago but never came here in person, this is the first time we’ve had a major presence here. The (purse) money is great, both racing surfaces are fabulous. I couldn’t be happier. I wish (the meet) would never end.” — winning trainer Mike Stidham

Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, Doc Boy paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10. Cadet Connelly finished second and retuned $4 and $2.10. The Quantico Kid ran third and brought back $2.10. Majestic’s John completed the order of finish.

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), sponsor of the Kitten’s Joy Stakes, was on site at Colonial Downs on Derby Day conducting “Best Turned Out Awards” in conjunction with the Virginia HBPA for all the stakes races.

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