El Gato Malo Breaks Maiden In Impressive Fashion
His name may be Spanish for "The Bad Cat," but if this is bad - we don't want to be good!
This afternoon at Hollywood Park, first time starter El Gato Malo announced his presence with authority. Sent off at odds of 9/5, El Gato Malo broke from the gate sluggishly and quickly joined the leaders after a quarter of a mile. Racing four wide into the turn and enduring a bump at the three-eighths pole, El Gato Malo cruised to the front of the pack. As they turned for home, he comfortably drew away from the field winning the race by five expanding lengths. El Gato Malo finished the six-furlongs in a dazzling 1:09.19.
Jockey Pat Valenzuela gushed over his mount saying, "My horse was so much the best today. We broke a little bit slow, but there was never a doubt in my mind that the race was ours. He's a very special horse." Trainer Craig Dollase added, "The only thing that worried me going into this race was this horse's psyche, but he handled everything like a pro. He was able to transfer his blazing morning speed into the afternoon. We should have some fun this winter."
A son of El Corredor, El Gato Malo earned $25,200 for his performance this afternoon.