TWO STARTS, TWO WINS

Taken from The Thoroughbred Daily News

CLOSE HATCHES (f, 3, FIRST DEFENCE--Rising Tornado, by Storm Cat) earned the"TDN Rising Star" distinction for a seven-length romp from off the pace going seven panels here Jan. 26, and was made the 4-5 choice on the stretch-out having scratched from the previous day’s Suncoast S. at Tampa.

Right to the front this time from her rail draw, Close Hatches doled out opening splits of :24.24, :48.51 and 1:12.61 while pursued by Montana Native (Yes It’s True). She shook free from that foe at the top of the lane, and had enough left in the tank to hold Kimberly Jean (More Than Ready) at bay by a measured 1 1/4 lengths. Montana Native held third. With yesterday’s score, Close Hatches increased trainer Bill Mott’s next-out record to 4-3-1-0 with his quartet of sophomore fillies tabbed ‘Rising Stars’ this meet, following Tapicat (Tapit)’s score in Tampa’s GIII Florida Oaks Feb. 2; Calistoga (Speightstown)’s facile allowance tally Thursday; and Flashy Gray (Flashy Bull)’s runner-up finish in Saturday’s GIII Honeybee S. "They’re all nominated for the [May 3 GI Kentucky] Oaks," Mott said of his formidable group of 3-year-old fillies, which also includes fellow Juddmonte colorbearer Emollient (Empire Maker), runner-up in the GII Demoiselle S. in November and a Gulfstream allowance winner Feb. 16. "There are good races for them about every two weeks and we’ll see which one’s up for which races as they come along. It is a good position to be in."

Date: 11 March 2013