This Cats On Fire took straight to the front and never surrendered the lead to win Saturday’s $50,000 juvenile fillies division of the Michigan Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.
The two-year-old Fire Blitz filly was bumped coming out of the gate, but was quickly hustled to the lead on the outside. She led by a length and a half ahead of Harlan Trace and Evil Secret across the backstretch as she angled in closer to the rail. Harlan Trace left Evil Secret behind heading into the turn and chased the leader on her outside hip throughout the bend.
This Cats On Fire had a length on Harlan Trace exiting the turn, as post time favorite Paris Prayer began her charge from the back of the pack. The leader distanced herself from her rival, who was herself facing a charge down the middle of the track from Paris Prayer. However, neither foe could match This Cats On Fire’s momentum, as she crossed the wire 2 1/4 lengths in front. Paris Prayer got up for second, a neck ahead of Harlan Trace.
This Cats On Fire stopped the clock for the six furlong race in 1:13.53 on a fast dirt surface under jockey Ronald Allen, Jr.. She went off as the field’s second choice at odds of two-to-one.
Homebred in Michigan by Lisa Campbell and Campbell Stable, This Cats On Fire was saddled by Patrick White. Her career record now stands at two wins from three starts, with one score in stakes company, for earnings of $42,414.
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8 – This Cats On Fire (Ronald Allen, Jr.) 6.00 / 3.00 / 2.40
2 – Paris Prayer (Tommy Molina) 2.40 / 2.40
4 – Harlan Trace (Angel Stanley) 3.00