Cat by the Tale scores in San Gorgonio
Cat by the Tale rewarded her supporters with payoffs of $7.60, $3.60 and $2.80 while keying the $1 exotics worth $13.20 (exacta), $86.90 (trifecta) and $373.50 (9-3-2-8 superfecta). Despite having to deal with a slipped saddle, jockey Rafael Bejarano managed to guide Treat Gently (GB) (Cape Cross [Ire]) to a second-place finish, giving back $3.60 and $3 as the 2-1 second pick. Rosa Grace held well for third, just a head back, returning $5.40 at 16-1. Teamgeist (Arg) (Mutakddim) ran in last down the backstretch but rallied to be a nose shy of third while a nose up on fifth-placer and 2-1 favorite Diamondrella (GB) (Rock of Gibraltar [Ire]). Lavender Sky (Mt. Livermore) and Century Park completed the order under the wire.
Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1) queen Life is Sweet (Storm Cat) was withdrawn after tying up following a morning gallop, while the connections of Czechers (Indian Charlie) opted to run their charge in Sunday's Monrovia H. (G3) instead of this spot.
Cat by the Tale made her U.S. debut on April 15 over Santa Anita's turf, capturing that allowance by a neck, and has yet to finish off-the-board from six starts, including this one, since. Though she performed in handicaps in Ireland, the five-year-old didn't make her U.S. stakes bow until the Las Palmas H. (G2) in November, finishing third. She followed that up with another third, this time in the Bayakoa H. (G2), and added a first black-type win to her resume with this score, which boosted her record to 17-5-1-5, $248,563.
Bred in Kentucky by T. F. Van Meter, Doug Hendrickson and Michael Lowenbaum, Cat by the Tale passed through the Keeneland sales ring twice, bringing $75,000 as a September yearling and $52,000 at the January Horses of All Ages Sale. The chestnut mare is out of Irish Group 3 winner St Clair Ridge (Ire) (Indian Ridge), who has since produced an unnamed juvenile filly by Congaree. This is the same family as Group 2 victor and sire Superlative (Nebbiolo) as well as Group 3-placed stakes winner Yonge St. Clare (Queen's Hussar).
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