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Cat Moves stays unbeaten with Prioress Victory

ELMONT, N.Y. – Cat Moves, ridden by Ramon Dominguez and trained by Anthony Dutrow, made a strong late move to corral stablemate Light Green by ¾-lengths in the 62nd running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Prioress at Belmont Park on Saturday, July 4. The three-year-old filly finished the six furlongs on Belmont’s main track in 1:08.65.

Light Green, ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Todd Pletcher, sat second early behind the pacesetter Heat Ashley, who went a quarter in 21.56 and a half in 44.01. Light Green took over the lead as they entered the stretch, grudgingly giving way to her stablemate in the final 100 yards, but finishing 2-1/4 lengths clear of third-place finisher Reforestation.

The entry of Cat Moves and Light Green was sent off at even money odds and paid $4.20 to win. Cat Moves is owned by Edward P. Evans, who also owns this year’s Florida Derby winner Quality Road, currently in training at Belmont Park for his next start, which has yet to be determined.

“I came over here today thinking she was live,” said Dutrow. “I was so confident this filly was going to run a great race. I was OK all during the race – I didn’t know if we were going to win it, but I knew it was going to be an exciting stretch. This filly is so relaxed – after she won her first race, she acted like she had done this a hundred times. Did you see her in the winner’s circle today? While everyone was gathering around to take a picture, she just stood there. She never moved a muscle and she’d still be standing there.”

“She’s getting better and it’s amazing – it’s only her third start,” said Dominguez. “She’s extremely professional. My filly has enough tactical speed where I thought I would actually be a little closer, but I was just trying to focus on getting her to the right spot, but I was pretty certain that they had to be going pretty quick because there was so much speed in the race, when I came to my entry-mate (Light Green) she seemed like she had a little extra, but my filly just kept on battling and she got up, but she showed a lot of determination.”

With the victory, Cat Moves improved her record to three wins from three starts, with the Prioress marking her stakes debut. She had won her first two races, a maiden at Aqueduct and an allowance at Delaware Park, by a combined thirteen lengths. The Prioress was the graded stakes debut for Light Green, whose trainer was very encouraged.

“She ran great,” said Pletcher. “She fought through extremely fast fractions, dug in, and tried hard. I was a little surprised someone was eager enough to go with her [in the beginning], but it was a good effort.”

Reforestation was third, followed by Selva, Luster, Heart Ashley, On the Menu, Be Fair, and Gabby’s Golden Gal completing the field.

 

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