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Trainer Mark Hennig
Photo: NYRA

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 one.”            

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 wins.            

“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 Awad.            

“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.”                       



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