John Servis (trainer, Cathryn Sophia): “She showed me a lot of diversity for sure. She broke a little bit slow her first start, but she was so much better than them. It wasn’t far and she was by herself. Today, Joel (Rosario) let her sit back there and eat some dirt, and she settled nice. She got tucked in behind horses and waited patiently. He said when he called on her, she just kicked. When I saw her switch back to her left lead late, I asked Joel about that, and he said she was just getting bored. He said, ‘When I asked her she just kicked.’ She ran away from those horses pretty easy and was looking for something else.
“I think she’ll handle a mile well (in the G2 Davona Dale, Feb. 27). She’ll probably break a lot sharper next time. She hadn’t run for a couple months and I hadn’t gotten her back to the gate. She’s got a great mind. I think now that she broke again and has figured out what she’s supposed to be doing, she’ll leave there running next time and be pretty close, pretty easy.
“Actually, believe it or not, I was more impressed with this race than I was with the first two. She beat a decent field of horses today and the way she did it today, she did it like a good filly.”
Jockey Joel Rosario (Cathryn Sophia): “She’s a nice filly. I thought she was going to be fast out of the gate and she actually took a little bit of time. When we got to the top of the stretch she had a beautiful stride and it was all her after that. She was game the whole way. It was very impressive.”
Chuck Zacney (Cash is King LLC – Cathryn Sophia): I didn’t see the break. I was standing near the finish line. Then I heard the call that she was fifth and I was like, ‘What happened.’ Then I saw her moving up. Joel rode her confidently. Then at the top of the stretch I saw her go three-wide and I felt pretty good, and then she kind of drew off. It was a great time, 1:22.
“It’s pretty exciting, and we love Gulfstream and the program here. We’re going to try the mile race (Davona Dale Feb. 27) next.”
Note: The winning time for seven furlongs was 1:22.04. Track – fast.
Source: Gulfstream Park