El Gato Malo Rerouted to Monday's Morvich Handicap at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, CALIF - El Gato Malo aka "The Bad Cat" turns to graded stakes competition for the first time since January of 2009 on Monday, joining seven other runners in the $100,000 Morvich Handicap (G3) at Santa Anita.
“He hasn’t found the winner’s circle yet but he’s been running well against salty competition,” trainer Craig Dollase said. “We know he likes the turf and when he’s in top form, he can definitely compete at this level. After talking with Terry this morning, we agreed that he's got a better chance to win the Morvich than he does the Oak Tree Mile. On paper it's the better spot. He's got tactical speed, so I think he'll handle the shorter distance.
El Gato Malo is a two-time graded stakes winner, with victories in the 2008 San Rafael Stakes (G3) and Lone Star Derby (G3). In the Morvich, race eight on a nine-race program, he’ll break from post four carrying 118 pounds under jockey David Flores. The Morvich is scheduled with an approximate post time of 4:38 p.m. Pacific.