Cats Meow survived a close four-way photo to win the $80,000 Damsel Pacing Series Final for three and four-year-old fillies and mares on Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack.
With Randy Waples in the driver’s seat, the four-year-old daughter of Goliath Bayama - Cataclysm got away second in the first quarter behind longshot Keepers Destiny who shot straight to the front from post 10.
Cats Meow made a quarter-pole move to the lead just after the :27.3 first panel before facing first-over pressure from A Special Lady just after the first half of :56 seconds. Cats Meow was able to fend off that challenge in the third quarter and led past the third station in 1:24.2.
As the field turned for home, Cats Meow had to dig deep to hold on with Yankeelicious and Keepers Destiny both looking for racing room along the inside and A Special Lady trying to re-rally in the closing strides.
Cats Meow found the wire in time with a 1:53.4 clocking, holding off Yankeelicious by a neck with Keepers Destiny a lapped-on third. The winner returned $11.90 in pulling off the mild upset and triggered a whopping superfecta worth $18,124.95. (WEG)