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Catalano has high hopes for Sacristy

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC
Peachtree Stable’s Sacristy will celebrate the New Year and her third birthday in Saturday’s $100,000 Old Hat (G3).

Trainer Wayne Catalano hopes he can celebrate the festivities in the winner’s circle with his daughter of Pulpit.

“She really moved up on the main track last out,” Catalano said, referring to Sacristy’s 6 ¾-length maiden win in her most recent start at Churchill Downs.  “She ran well in her first two starts on the synthetics but just ran into two very nice horses.”

In her career debut at Arlington, Sacristy was sent off the even-money favorite, but checked in second, beaten nine lengths by Bet to Win.  That fellow daughter of Pulpit stepped up to win a non-winners-of-two allowance race at Keeneland in her next start at odds of 1-5.

In career start number two, Sacristy finish second, again beaten nine lengths, behind Applauding who recently wired a first-level allowance field at the Fair Grounds as the 1-10 favorite.

“She’s always trained very well,” Catalano said.  “That’s why she was so heavily bet in her first start.  But she’s never trained as well as she has since we got her down here.”

Following what Catalano hopes will be a successful start in the Old Hat, Sacristy may have some longer races in her future.

“I don’t think she’s just a sprinter,” Catalano said.  “She certainly has the pedigree to go longer.”

Sacristy’s sire Pulpit won the 1997 Fountain of Youth (G2) and Bluegrass (G2).  Her dam, Christies Treasure, won at distances up to 1 1/8 miles on turf during her career.


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