Saturday, January 17, 2009 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 17, 2009 . . . Tacky Cat broke her maiden in memorable fashion at Turfway Park Saturday, drawing off impressively to win the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes in just her third career start. Orlando Mojica was aboard for the winning ride.
Drawing in from the also-eligible list when two others scratched, Tacky Cat broke from the outside post and immediately engaged the pace set by B N Graced N Glory and urged by Lady Cottingham. As the latter faded coming to the turn and the former in the stretch, Tacky Cat took over and extended her lead to win the 6 1/2 furlong Cincinnati Trophy by six lengths. Emma Darling, the 6-5 favorite, closed wide to take second on the turn and stayed the runner-up, three parts of a length ahead of She’s Due.
Asked about the decision to move Tacky Cat directly to stakes competition, winning trainer Wayne Mogge referred to her last start, when she lost by a head after battling for the lead through the entire six furlongs.
"The owner [Quinton "Tim" Spivey] and I talked it over," said Mogge, "and our philosophy was that if she'd have finished one [head] farther, she'd have been a winner in that last race and I wouldn't have hesitated to send her straight to the stake, so we thought we'd take a look. Her numbers stacked up with everything else in the race, so we went for it."
After B N Graced N Glory's opening fractions of :22.85 and :46.32, Tacky Cat took over to finish in 1:18.43. She paid $13.60, $6.20, and $4.60 as the bettors' 5-1 third choice.
Completing the order of finish in the Cincinnati Trophy were Clear Cut, Walloon, Karacuda, Stone Runner, Janou, Lady Cottingham, B N Graced N Glory, Dangerous Gal, and Uneven. Diamond Pendant and Saxxy Rose Lee were early scratches.
A 3-year-old bay filly by Tactical Cat out of Holly's Wager, Tacky Cat now has one win, one second, and one third in three career starts for earnings of $35,430. She was bred in Kentucky by CloverTowne Farm and raced by Clovertowne Farm, both names representing a partnership whose principal is Spivey.
Mogge said he expects to keep Tacky Cat on the local path to the Grade III Bourbonette Oaks in March, making her next start the one-mile Valdale Stakes on February 21.
The Cincinnati Trophy was the second consecutive Turfway stakes win for Mogge, who won the Wishing Well Stakes last Saturday with Proud Heiress.
Racing continues Sunday at 1:10pm. Additionally, Turfway will open for live racing at 1:10pm on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one of three Monday cards scheduled this meet.