by Chuck Dybdal
ALBANY, Calif.–Kitty Boom Boom (Tizbud) sat just off the pace of 124-1 Tip Top Gal, put her away when she wanted and cruised home to a four-length victory in the $101,550 Campanile Stakes for 3-year-old Cal-bred fillies at one mile on the turf.
Campanile winner Kitty Boom Boom stalked as the race had faster fractions than the Silky Sullivan.
“When I saw who she was tracking, I just thought, [Tip Top Gal is] not going to pull this off,'” said Kitty Boom Boom’s owner and breeder, Pamela C. Ziebarth.
There was drama before the race as 3-2 favorite Lakerball acted up walking onto the track and for most of the post parade, forcing jockey Alonso Quinonez off her twice.
Kitty Boom Boom, who ran second to older in her previous start on April 13, left no drama in the Campanile with her strong stretch run. Hollywood Hills rallied for second, beating Apache Princess by a half-length, with Dr Wysong a nose farther back in fourth. The winning time was 1:36.81.
Kitty Boom Boom, trained by Richard Baltas, earned $60,000 for her second victory in four starts and now has earned $111,000.