At Delta Downs Friday night, Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch's GRAN LIONESS (Lion Heart) roared home a 3 1/4-length winner of the $200,000 My Trusty Cat S. in front-running fashion.
he dark bay lass was never challenged, not even by her own Grade 3-placed stablemate Grandacious (Grand Slam), who was easily best of the rest by 5 1/2 lengths. The Bret Calhoun-trained duo combined for a nice $50.80 exacta payoff after Gran Lioness and jockey Jamie Theriot stopped the clock for the seven-furlong fast-track test in 1:25 3/5.
Previously undefeated Flash Mash (Smarty Jones), favored at 4-5, tired to sixth after contesting the early pace. Adding a first stakes win to her resume, Gran Lioness boosted her bankroll to $179,822 and improved her career line to 6-3-0-1 with this score.
The filly closed out her juvenile season with a pair of unplaced efforts against Grade 2 company at Churchill Downs and also ran third in the Donnie Wilhite Memorial S. earlier in the fall.