Monmouth Park’s leading trainer Jane Cibelli says she
claimed D’cats Meow for $20,000 three starts back because she felt the
4-year-old filly could step up and win a non-winners-of-one allowance.
When the daughter of D’wildcat proved Cibelli correct on
July 24, the conditioner tried even tougher non-winners-of-two company next
D’cats Meow was again up for the challenge.
On Saturday, Stretch Run Racing Stable LLP’s D’cats Meow
will attempt stakes company for the first time in the $60,000 Mongo Queen.
“We’re trying the stakes because of her pedigree,” Cibelli
said. “She’s a half to [Grade 1-placed]
Pomeroy’s Pistol so to get her some black type will really increase her
value. We’ve already been offered a
large amount of money for her, and to get her some black type would just make
those offers increase.”
Paco Lopez, aboard for D’cats Meow’s two most-recent wins,
will be back aboard on Saturday.
“One of the reasons I claimed her was because I noticed that
she was being sent to the front in a lot of her races,” Cibelli said. “I wondered what would happen if we got her
to drop off the pace a little bit. That
was kind of a planned strategy from the beginning.”
D’cats Meow will face five rivals in Saturday’s Mongo Queen
and break from post position No. 5.
An earner of over $150,000 in her 16-race career, D’cats
Meow boasts a four-furlong breeze in :49 2/5 since her most-recent win on
“She’s been training excellent,” Cibelli said. “Really, really well.”