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Trenchtown Cat Digs Dirt in Saturday’s Ana T. Stakes

May 25, 2019
Connections to Target June 29 Summit of Speed Stakes   

–  Trenchtown Cat, a stakes winner on turf, made an auspicious dirt debut at Gulfstream Park Saturday while scoring a dominating triumph in the $75,000 Ana T Stakes, establishing herself as a hot prospect for the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) or the $75,000 Azalea [for 3-year-old fillies] on the June 29 Summit of Speed card.

Trained by Rohan Crichton for owners Dennis Smith, Span Investments Inc. and George DeBenedicty, Trenchtown Cat was the only 3-year-old in a field of seven fillies and mares in the 6 ½-furlong sprint.

“We’ll look at the Princess Rooney and the Azalea. We want to take it easy with her,” Crichton said. “We’ll go to Saratoga after the Azalea or Princess Rooney.”

Trenchtown Cat ($18.40) broke alertly under Miguel Vasquez, who opted to allow Razorback Lady, the 1-2 favorite, to cross over to take the lead on the backstretch under Jairo Rendon. Leaving the backstretch, Vasquez angled Trenchtown Cat to the outside to engage the pacesetter on the far turn. The daughter of Discreet Cat quickly pulled alongside Razorback Lady and moved to the lead leaving the turn into the homestretch before drawing away to win by 3 ¾ lengths. Razorback Lady, who was making her first start since finishing second in the March 16 Inside Information (G2), finished a length ahead of Sean’s Idea.

Trenchtown Cat ran 6 ½ furlongs of 1:16.65 after chasing fractions of 22.85 and 46.31 seconds for the first half-mile.

“She relaxed and broke professional. She does everything right,” Crichton said.

Purchased at the 2018 OBS June sale for $36,000, Trenchtown Cat finished second in a five-furlong maiden special weight race Jan. 13 before graduating a month later at the same distance. The Kentucky-bred filly went on to register a front-running victory in the $125,000 Sanibel Island at a mile on the Florida Derby (G1) undercard March 30. She finished 10th in the May 5 Honey Ryder after encountering traffic from the far-outside No. 12 post position in her most recent start..

“When we bought her at the sale her shins were bad. We waited on her,” Crichton said. “We always thought she’d run well on the dirt. When she ran bad last time, she was parked in the 12 hole. I said, ‘Let’s give her a shot on the dirt. She ran really well. She trained beautifully on the dirt.”

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