& J Stables & GSP Stable’s Jewel of a Cat flashed another gear
and pulled away from six rival three-year old fillies in the $75,000
Stormy Blues Stakes, the first of three stakes races at Pimlico Race
Course this afternoon.
DeCarlo rode the Benny Perkins trained daughter of Wildcat Heir to a
2-3/4 length victory in 59.09 for the five-furlong distance on the main
track. The race had been scheduled for the turf and lost three runners
to scratches when it was moved to the main track.
really had her ready,” said DeCarlo. “I had a handful of horse the
whole way. She actually was kind of waiting on the horse outside a
little bit. I thought she might get a little tired because the track is
deep and she hadn’t run in a little while. She is a lot stronger
physically and is a joy to ride. She is a stone runner.”
of a Cat is now three-of-five lifetime and has never been worse than
second. In her previous start, she rallied to finish second in the
Selima Stakes in October at Laurel Park.
has been a real nice filly for us,” said Perkins. “We bought her at
this time last year because my dad told me to buy her because she looked
exactly like Wildcat Heir. She looked a lot like him coming down the
Jewel of a Cat paid $3.60 as the 4-5 favorite. Ek Haseena ran a game second, her third runner-up finish in a stakes race.
Perkins indicated Jewel of the Cat could run next in $100,000 The Very One Stakes on Black-Eyed Susan day, Friday, May 17.