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Saturday, January 21, 2012 |

Hat Trick's 3-year-old colt Howe Great made his stakes debut a winning one Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park with a front-running, 2 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Kitten's Joy S. Howe Great is Hat Trick's first state-side black-type winner since the 11-year-old stallion joined the Gainesway roster in late 2011. He is standing this season for $15,000 LFS&N.

Howe Great took control of Kitten's Joy right out of the gate and set a moderate pace of :48 seconds for the first half mile. With a well-measured one length lead coming into the stretch, jockey Edgar Prado had plenty left in the tank and the dark bay colt drew clear to finish the 1 1/16-miles on the turf in 1:40.42.

"I talked to Edgar before the race and we agreed that if no one else wanted the lead, we'd be happy to take it, although I don't think he's one dimensional," said winning trainer Graham Motion.

Howe Great may to join stablemate and 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom for a trip to Dubai. "It's possible we'll consider to go to Dubai (for the G2 UAE Derby Mar. 31)," Motion said. "We'll also look at the Palm Beach here later in the meet (Mar. 11). We haven't ruled out anything at this point."

Howe Great is 2-for-2 on the Gulfstream lawn - he was an impressive allowance winner on Dec. 15 - and has won three of four overall. With the $60,000 Kitten's Joy payday, he has now earned $121,500 for owner/breeder Barry Irwin's Team Valor International.