El Gato Malo Scores in McCann's Mojave
"The Bad Cat" Returns to the Winner's Circle
Perhaps a change of scenery was all he needed. Returning to the site of his first stakes win, El Gato Malo scored an impressive half-length win in today's $50,000 added McCann's Mojave Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
After stalking the early pace, El Gato Malo, under the direction of jockey Russell Baze, was sent to tackle the leader and turned for home with a narrow advantage. He would hold a slim lead midway through the stretch and was then forced to find another gear to hold off the late running challenge of Cover Magic. "He was so professional today," said Baze. "He really ran a nice race. I knew I had the frontrunners put away turning for home, and then he just wouldn't lose when he was confronted late. He's a really nice horse," he continued on.
The win was especially gratifying for his trainer Craig Dollase, who had been confused as to why El Gato Malo had not run better in his last two races. "I really felt like he was doing well in the mornings and doing everything right, he just wasn't firing in the afternoon. This is a humbling game sometimes, but it was certainly nice to see the 'real' El Gato Malo run his race today," said Dollase.
The four-year-old son of El Corredor earned $30,300 for the win in the McCann's Mojave. In his ten race career, El Gato Malo has five victories, a second, and a third, and has earned almost half a million dollars.