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2009 Suburban Handicap and Prioress Stakes

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Cat Moves wins the 2009 Prioress Stakes
Cat Moves wins the 2009 Prioress Stakes

Cat Moves wins the 2009 Prioress Stakes at Belmont Park

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The $300,000 Prioress Stakes (G1) featured a field of nine 3-year-old fillies (8 betting interests) sprinting 6 furlongs on the main track. The Edward P. Evans entry of Cat Moves and Light Green were sent off as the 11-10 favorite. Cat Moves came into the race undefeated in 2 lifetime starts and was making her stakes debut, while entrymate Light Green exits an 8 length romp in the Fall Aspen Stakes. In to challenge the pair included 5-2 second choice Gabby's Golden Gal, exiting a win in the Acorn, and 7-1 third choice Heart Ashley off a 3-race winning streak including the Cicada at Aqueduct and the Miss Preakness at Pimlico.

Heart Ashley and Light Green battled for the lead down the backstretch through quick fractions of 21.56 and 44.01 over the fast track while as many as 3 1/2 lengths in front of the rest of the field. Entering the stretch, Light Green pulled away from Heart Ashley, opening up a clear lead with a furlong to go through 5/8 in 55.99. However, entrymate Cat Moves, who had a poor start and raced back in 5th early, came out 4 wide into the stretch and outfinished Light Green in the final 1/16 to win by 3/4 length in 1:08.65. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to 48-1 longest shot Reforestation third.

Results chart from DRF

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