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UPSETTER CAT BY THE TALE TAKES LINDA EDER PURSE IN U.S. DEBUT
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 15, 2009) – A neck separated a pair of European imports making their United States debuts Wednesday when 11-1 longshot Cat by the Tale edged 9-2 Meydan Princess in Santa Anita’s featured $58,208 Linda Eder Purse, a second-condition allowance for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
After stalking the pace set by 5-2 second choice General Consensus, Cat by the Tale took charge 50 yards from the wire under jockey Rafael Bejarano and was able to withstand the swift closing bid of Meydan Princess with David Flores aboard. General Consensus, ridden by Alex Solis, held on for third, another neck behind the runner-up.
The winning time was 1:49.91 for the nomadic 4-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat, who was bred in Kentucky, raced twice in Chicago, and then headed for Ireland where she raced eight times from The Curragh to Cork before returning to the U.S. at the end of last year.
Joining the barn of Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, Cat by the Tale was freshened for five months before being turned loose in the Linda Eder with Santa Anita’s leading jockey in the irons.
She paid $25.40, $11.20 and $7. Meydan Princess, an Irish-bred who had last raced on Sept. 27 at Ascot in England, returned $7.40 and $4.20. General Consensus paid $3.40 to show. Comebacking graded stakes winner Missit, the 8-5 choice in the field of eight, finished seventh without threatening.
Cat by the Tale earned $33,600 for owner Raymond Keogh, which was nearly as much as the $35,298 she had won in her first 10 starts. Her overall record became 3-0-2 in 11 races.
Santa Anita continues the final week of its 2008-09 season on Thursday with an eight-race program that gets underway at 1 p.m. Sunday will be closing day, with first post at 12:30 p.m.