Vengeful Wildcat claims Chick Lang Stakes

May 21, 2011|By Sun Staff reports

Vengeful Wildcat caught pacesetter Chipshot and took the lead in mid-stretch to win the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes.

Under Jockey Carlos Marquez Jr., Vengeful Wildcat prevailed by a neck in the spring for 3-year-olds. A winner of three races in five starts, Vengeful Wildcat is trained by Ben Perkins Jr., and paid $6.40.

"He's a pretty honest little sucker," Perkins said. "Carlos fits him well. He knows the horse completely. He broke well and ran well. He's a very tractable horse."

Marquez Jr. knew that he had a horse who could run anywhere on the track, and was able to find the fastest part of the track.

"This is a horse you can put pretty much anywhere," he said. "I've been watching the races since yesterday. You can close, but the speed just ins't holding and the inside isn't the best spot. So I tried to put him on the best part of the racetrack. Turning for home, he switched leads. When he put his head in front, I knew it was ours. Each time he gets better and better."

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