Dan Lynch, Ken Sentel and Merrill Scherer’s Santo Gato,
away alertly and quickly in command, made the pace and drew off late to
capture Friday’s $49,000 allowance grass dash at Fair Grounds by two
and a half lengths.
Ridden by leading jockey
Rosie Napravnik and trained by part-owner
Merrill Scherer, Santa Gato toured the about 5 1/2-furlong distance over the firm
Stall-Wilson turf course in
1:04.72 following early splits of 23.05 and 47.14. The altered son of
Kitten’s Joy paid $23, $8 and $5.80 and increased his earnings to
$110,180 with his second victory in 18 career starts.
Ike and Dawn Thrash’s
Heir Joe found his best
stride late to gain the place, paying $3.20 and $2.80 while finishing a
head in front of Gainesway Thoroughbreds and Thoroughbred Legends Racing
Temp, who returned $6 in the show spot.