|Kentucky Shipper Key to the Cat
Wins the $40,000 Katy Stakes at SHRP
(December 4, 2004) - Fillies and mares took to the Connally
Turf Course in tonight's feature at Sam Houston Race Park, the $40,000
Katy Stakes. Kentucky shipper, Key to the Cat, a 3-year-old filly
owned by Lance Robinson and trained by Stephen Margolis, emerged
The chestnut filly, sired by Tale of the Cat, has competed successfully
in Kentucky and Louisiana. She had run successfully in allowance
company in Keeneland and Marglois thought that the Katy Stakes might
be an opportunity for her to get a black-type win.
Rider Larry Taylor was aboard and took made his move as the field
entered the far turn. She responded as Taylor guided her four-wide
on the turn. The final time of the mile and one-sixteenth stakes,
over a firm turf course, was 1:47.95.
"The trip set up perfectly for us," said Taylor, who
won four races on the Saturday night card. "Steve didn't tell
me how to ride her. He just told me to let her do her own thing
and not get her in trouble. At the 5/16th pole, I was a little concerned
that I made the lead with her too soon, but I knew I had a lot of
horse left. "
"She was owned by a partnership that was dissolved through
a November breeding stock sale," said Margolis. "Lance
was nice enough to give me a chance with her. Their main objective
was to get black-type on her; she was already stakes-placed, but
winning a stakes would add value as a broodmare. I shopped around
for a stakes that I thought we might have a chance. This came up
really tough and I almost decided not to ship her, but she was doing
so well that she deserved a chance. Larry did a really good job."
The fast-closing Lady Mallory with Patrick Boxie in the irons
outran her odds of 47-1. The 4-year-old daughter of Leo Castelli
has been a fine addition to the barn of Tommie Morgan. Owned and
bred by Texan Ed Few, Lady Mallory won the Fiesta Mile on the Retama
Turf course on September 18.
"She finished real nice," commented Morgan. "She
had a good break and the turf was good. She's tough. She likes to
hang back in the pack for a while and then you just have to move
her to the finish. She's improving though. She closed real nice
Apprentice rider, Brian Hernandez, Jr. came over from Fair Grounds
to ride Fun House for trainer Steve Asmussen.
"She had a perfect trip," said Hernandez. "The
rail opened and she made a strong move to get to the lead. The course
was a bit soft, she bobbled a little going around the turn, but
I don't think that was a factor. She was giving me everything she
had at the end."
Key to the Cat, send off as the fourth betting choice, returned
$15.20, $7.60 and $5.20 across the board. The exacta with 47-1 Lady
Mallory paid $588.80 and the trifecta paid $3,768. Boomboomgirl
ran fourth followed by Tyger River, Hasty Kiss, Lost Bride, Lady
Sonya, Honorable Cat, Topango and Mexican Moonlight.
Margolis indicated that Key to the Cat would be shipped to Florida
and make her next start at Gulfstream Park.