Patrick Biancone never planned on buying Kelsey's Cross.
But as the trainer was in the process of buying a young colt from a breeder a few years ago, he was given no choice.
“I was buying another horse,” Biancone recalled, “and the breeder said, 'You can buy that horse, no problem. But there's one condition. You have to take this other filly with him.' ”
That's right. Kelsey's Cross was a free throw-in on the deal.
On Saturday, she'll try to prove her worth in the Grade 3 La Prevoyante on Gulfstream's Pegasus World Cup card. Lady Paneme is the slight 3-1 program favorite in the 1 1/2-mile turf fixture for fillies and mares. But Kelsey's Cross (8-1) could have a say in the outcome if she proves she can handle the distance. The La Prevoyante will be her first attempt at 1 1/2 miles.
“Maybe it's a bit gutsy for me to run her a mile and a half in a comeback race,” Biancone said of Kelsey's Cross, who has been off since finishing seventh in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Gr. I) at Keeneland on Oct. 12. But both of the 4-year-old filly's two career wins have come on the Gulfstream turf and Biancone said he feels she has a big future in front of her.
“I think she's going to be a very good horse in the future,” he said.
In addition to Lady Paname, who has won both of her two U.S. starts, including the Long Island (Gr. III) at Aqueduct since coming over from Europe, other horses to consider in the La Prevoyante include Get Explicit (7-2), Simply Beautiful (9-2) and Touriga (6-1).
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