Cat Cay dawdled in last place through the fast opening quarter-mile then launched a prolonged rally to easily win Sunday's $109,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. Under Pat Day, Ogden Phipps' homebred 4-year-old daughter of Pleasant Colony completed the six furlongs in 1:09.24 on a fast track.
"She (Cat Cay) broke like she always does - -- kind of lethargic and sloppy," said Day. "But, we gave her a chance to get her feet up under her. Then, three-sixteenths of a mile into the race, she started to take a hold of me and drag me into the race. At the half-mile pole, I was looking for racing room, and stayed down on the inside. She ran up on the other horses and was able to work out off the turn and she just put them away."
Spanish Glitter finished 7 1/2 lengths back in second, a head in front of Another. My Brent's Diamond rallied for fourth, followed by 6-5 favorite Miss Seffens, Crystal Sea, and Rose Frances.
Cat Cay is out of grade I winner Cadillacing, by Alydar, and a half-sister to grade I stakes winner Strolling Along. The win marks the first in a stakes for Cat Cay, who finished third in three straight stakes last year, including Keeneland's Raven Run and the First Flight Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct. Trained by Claude "Shug" McGaughey, the win marks the sixth in 18 starts for Cat Cay, who earned $67,580 Sunday.
The 16-5 second choice, Cat Cay returned $8.40, $4, and $3.20 and led a $36.60 exacta. Spanish Glitter paid $4.60 and $3.40, with Another worth $3.60 to show. (Chart, Equibase