The conditions of the Grade III Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland deem it to be a 11/2-mile turf test open for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up.
They may need to include a line clarifying that entrants from barns other than that of trainer Graham Motion need not apply.
For the third straight season, the $150,000 Bewitch was won by a Motion-trained runner as George Strawbridge's Kitten's Point reeled in Cay Dancer in deep stretch to prevail by half a length Friday on the final day of the Keeneland Spring Meet.
Motion won the 2013 edition of the race with Strathnaver and reigned again last spring when Inimitable Romanee got up by a head. In keeping her trainer's streak alive in the race, Kitten's Point earned her first graded stakes win since taking the 2013 Grade III Herecomesthebride Stakes.
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"My favorite race," Motion joked when reached by cell phone in the aftermath. "I guess it's no secret I always have a lot of these distance, turf type mares. I think the timing of this race is very good for us and our program."
Kitten's Point has knocked heads with some of the best in the turf female division over her career, facing the likes of Grade I winners Emollient, Centre Court, Hard Not to Like and Dayatthespa over the past year and a half.
The 5-year-old daughter of Kitten's Joy came into the Bewitch off a third-place run in the Grade III Orchid Stakes at Gulfstream on March 28. After rating seventh in the early going through an opening half mile in 50.53, she loomed up entering the stretch and kept driving under jockey Edgar Prado to earn her fifth win from 15 career starts.
Sent off at odds of 5-to-1, Kitten's Point covered the distance in 2:30.28 over a course rated firm. Cay Dancer held for second with Maria Maria third.