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Carolyn's Cat wires field in Vagrancy

ELMONT, N.Y. - Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.'s Carolyn's Cat continued to reward her owners' patience at Belmont Park on Sunday, leading all the way to post a mild upset in the 59th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap for fillies and mares.

Ridden by Alan Garcia, the four-year-old daughter of Forestry popped out on top in the field of five and rolled through fractions of 22.52 and 45.85 before drawing clear to hit the wire three and one-quarter lengths ahead of Porte Bonheur. Carolyn's Cat's winning time for the six and one-half furlongs was 1:16.34 over the fast track.

"It was a very easy trip, she broke good, and then I decided I would take advantage of my break and take the lead, and my filly just kept going," said Garcia.

It was the first victory for Carolyn's Cat in three starts this year, having come off a nearly 11-month layoff in March to finish fourth in the Missy's Mirage at Aqueduct Race Track, and returning on May 6 to finish second in an overnight stakes at Belmont Park.

"Mr. Warren has been very patient with this filly," said Artie Magnuson, assistant to winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "Last year, it was the same thing; she had time off over the winter. She seems to run herself into shape."

Porte Bonheur, who was coming off a six-month break, was four and one-quarter lengths ahead of 22-1 shot Are We Dreaming. Any Limit was fourth, while favored Game Face trailed.

Sent off as the fourth choice in the field of five, Carolyn's Cat returned $13 for a $2 win bet as she earned $90,000.

Magnuson said the next start for Carolyn's Cat had yet to be determined.

"She likes some time between her races," said Magnuson of the filly, who extended her record to 4-3-0 from 10 starts and boosted her bankroll to $304,415. "The goal is the Ballerina (Grade 1, $300,000, F&M, 7 furlongs, Aug. 29, Saratoga Race Course), so we'll look for something in between."

 

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