Gradually stretched out by trainer Mark Hennig, Cabo Cat will get his
longest test yet in Saturday’s $150,000 Palm Beach (G3) on the
Gulfstream Park turf.
The nine-furlong Palm Beach will be the third race at the Champions
meet for Cabo Cat and first since closing to be third, beaten 1 ¼
lengths by Storming Inti and Grade 1 winner We Miss Artie in the 1
1/16-mile Kitten’s Joy on Jan. 19.
“He’s doing great,” Hennig said. “I felt like the added distance
wasn’t going to hurt him any, and if anything he would benefit from it.
I’ve kind of been pointing for this race since his last
A 3-year-old chestnut son of Kitten’s Joy, Cabo Cat rallied to be
second at odds of 37-1 in the Dania Beach (G3) at Gulfstream on Dec. 21,
2 ¾ lengths behind Mr Speaker, who returns to turf in the Palm Beach
after finishing seventh in the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull (G2) on
dirt Jan. 25.
Cabo Cat was also a half-length ahead of Pleuven in the Dania Beach.
Pleuven returns in the Palm Beach along with Chad Brown-trained
stablemate Storming Inti, the likely favorite off four straight
“I’m really pleased with the progress he’s made this winter.
Hopefully, he takes another step forward,” Hennig said. “He has really
thrived since coming here. He’s one of those horses that has really
turned the corner and done well down here.”
Owned by Lee Lewis, Cabo Cat broke his maiden at first asking going
seven furlongs on the Belmont Park turf last October. He returned 25
days later to finish sixth to Storming Inti in his stakes debut, the
“I thought his first race was very impressive. It wasn’t the quickest
race, but I was disappointed in his second race,” Hennig said. “Now
that he’s put together a string of good races, I’m very pleased. It
wasn’t like his last race unfolded perfectly for him, so I think there’s
room for improvement.”