After slow start, `Kate' finishes strong for win

Filly earns sixth victory at Laurel's Key Stakes

January 07, 2001|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Doc Calls Her Kate broke last, but caught up with the leaders quickly, then swept by and drew off to win the $50,000 Francis Scott Key Stakes yesterday at Laurel Park.

With jockey Robert Alvarado Jr. in the saddle, Doc Calls Her Kate quickly covered the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1 minute, 4 2/5 seconds over a fast main track. She won by 5 3/4 lengths. Lady Chance finished second. Post-time favorite Elektraline forced the pace, but tired to third. Rangely Lady finished last.

Doc Calls Her Kate is conditioned at Philadelphia Park and occupies a stall in the barn of trainer Anthony Correnti. This win marked her sixth victory in 13 starts.

The winner, a New York-bred daughter of Missionary Ridge, paid $11 and $5.20. There was no show wagering on the race. The 4-2 exacta paid $46.

Alvarado said: "She broke a step slow, but I wasn't worried because it was only a four-horse field. She's been breaking slow in most of her races. But she settled down and she just pulled me up to the leader on the far turn. Nearing the quarter pole, I tapped her one time on the shoulder and she just took off. I've been working this filly in the morning the last two months. I broke her maiden at Philadelphia Park as a 2-year-old. I've always liked this filly because she likes to win. "

Weekend racing continues today with a first-race post time of 12:15 p.m. Today's feature is the $40,000 Potomac Stakes for older horses. Seven are entered to start.

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