Stealth Cat Holds Off Favored Valid Lil to Win JEH Stallion Station at LSP

(April 19, 2008) - J. Kirk Robison's 4-year-old filly Stealth Cat was a determined winner in the 12th running of the $50,000 JEH Stallion Station Stakes on Saturday at Lone Star Park. As the third choice in the wagering at 3-1, Stealth Cat burst to the lead from the gate and held off a stiff challenge through the stretch from post time favorite Valid Lil.

With the win, Stealth Cat earned $30,000 for her connections, to run her career earnings to $134,040, and gave Lone Star Park's all-time leading trainer Steve Asmussen his first victory in the JEH Stallion Stakes.

"Louie gave her a great ride, he let her do things her own way. She came home pretty quickly and I'm very proud of her race," said Asmussen.

Winning rider, Luis Quinonez, guided Stealth Cat through opening fractions of :22.66, :45.36, and 1:10.23, before stopping the timer at 1:16.87 for the six-and-a-half furlongs. Briefly headed by Valid Lil at the top of the stretch, Stealth Cat responded gamely to score a neck victory over her equally determined rival. It was another three-and-three-quarter lengths back to the Kari Craddock-trained Annie Savoy in third.

"She was ready to go and she was really alert from the gate," added Quinonez. "And once she got to the lead, I just said okay, and let her do her thing. That other mare (Valid Lil) challenged her at the top of the stretch, but she never gave up."

In winning the JEH Stallion Station Stakes, Stealth Cat paid $8.60, $4.20 and $3.00. Valid Lil returned $3.20 and $2.40. Annie Savoy paid $2.80 for show.

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