El Gato Malo Returns to Winner's Circle in HP Allowance
El Gato Malo aka “The Bad Cat” returned the winner’s circle Wednesday at Hollywood Park in a one mile turf allowance event. Under masterful handling by Rafael Bejarano, El Gato Malo was close up early, between horses on the turn, and much the best down the lane, scoring by just over two lengths. WPT is ON FIRE lately, win six of our last nine starts.
“For being a six-year-old, El Gato Malo has plenty left in the tank,” said Craig. “He’s a high energy, quirky horse whose very talented. I appreciate West Point’s patience in giving the time he needed to make a full recovery from some injuries over the years, and come back to be a nice older horse.”
Terry Finley says, “El Gato Malo is a hard knocking son of a gun. He’s shown up in almost all of his races. We’re looking forward to a bang-up seven-year-old campaign with him. David Flores was his regular rider, and he did well with him, but I decided it was time for a change. Rafael (Bejarano) suits him very well and rode him perfectly yesterday.”
Look for El Gato Malo to run back at the Santa Anita meet.