VA-BREDS FINISH ONE-TWO IN GRADE 1 STAKE

Edward P. Evans’s homebred Cat Moves capitalized on sizzling early fractions and closed from off the pace to win the $300,000 Prioress Stakes Gr. I in her stakes debut on Saturday at Belmont Park.


Cat Moves covered six furlongs in 1:08.65 on a track rated as fast. Evans’s homebred Light Green, trained by Todd Pletcher, held on for second to give the Virginia-based owner-breeder the top two finishers in the race.

Ridden by Ramon Dominguez for trainer Tony Dutrow, Cat Moves uncoiled her winning bid at the quarter pole and closed determinedly on the outside. She collared entrymate Light Green in midstretch and edged away to score by three-quarters of a length.

A three-year-old Tale of the Cat filly, Cat Moves is perfect in three lifetime starts. She impressively opened her career on April 16, posting a front-running 8¼-length romp in a six-furlong maiden special weight race at Aqueduct. In her subsequent start, she raced from off the pace for a convincing 4¾-length triumph in an allowance race at the same distance on June 2 at Delaware Park.

“She’s getting better and it’s amazing—it’s only her third start,” Dominguez said after the Prioress. “She’s extremely professional. Obviously, there was a lot of speed, but Tony told me before the race, ‘Ramon, don’t worry about the speed, just put her where she’s comfortable and she’ll come running for you.’ ”

Light Green, an eight-length winner of the Fall Aspen Stakes on May 15 at Belmont, held on for second, 2¼ lengths in front of Reforestation.
The Test Stakes Gr.I on August 8 at Saratoga Race Course is under consideration for Cat Moves, who is out of the Capote mare Dance Move.