Morticia Looks To Build On Keeneland Success
Keeneland Press Release
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Morticia has emerged as one of the top filly turf sprinters in the East. She will seek to enhance that status Saturday when she returns to the Keeneland grass in the 22nd running of the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway (L).
Trained by Rusty Arnold, who along with Humphrey bred the daughter of Twirling Candy, Morticia has compiled a 9-6-2-1 record on the grass. At Keeneland, she was second to La Coronel in the
1-mile Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association last spring and in the fall won the Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) at the Giant’s Causeway distance of 5½ furlongs.
“She went to the farm after the race here in October,” Arnold said. “She shipped a lot last year (six tracks) and I thought she got tired toward the end of the year.”
In her return to the races, Morticia finished second in the Captiva Island at Gulfstream Park on March 10.
“I was very happy with her first race,” Arnold said. “She got a little tired. She went :43 and change (:43.75) and the filly (Blue Bahia) of (trainer) Jason Servis that beat her had already won two races during the meet and that was our first start.”
Jose Lezcano, who has ridden Morticia to five of her victories including the Buffalo Trace Franklin County, has the mount Saturday.