The prohibitive favorite Tight Ten led throughout the Road to the Kentucky Derby prep-race, but couldn’t hold off a late charge from 17-1 long shot Cairo Cat. Cairo Cat made his bid along the rail and then angled out to surge past the favorite in the final sixteenth to win the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) Saturday at Churchill Downs. Pole Setter finished 3rd in the 12 horse field and was nearly 4-lengths behind the winner.
Cairo Cat paid $36.20, $13.00, $8.80 across the board for trainer Kenny McPeek, and covered 1 1⁄16 miles in 1:45.20 on a fast track with jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. aboard. The Iroquois is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs, guaranteeing Cairo Cat a starting spot.
The Iroquois is also the first race in the Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race series, and Cairo Cat earned 10 points towards qualifying for the May 4, 2019 Kentucky Derby. As the first name atop the leader board, he will surely garner much attention during the closing of his juvenile campaign.
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|8||Cairo Cat 17-1||$36.20||$13.00||$8.80|
|4||Tight Ten 1-1||$3.20||$2.60|
|7||Pole Setter 7-1||$5.20|