Favored Catoca scores first U.S. win in Holiday Feature

A switch to dirt and the removal of blinkers helped favored Catoca win for the first time in the United States in Thursday’s $58,500 feature at Los Alamitos.

The 4-year-old Lemon Drop Kid filly stalked the pace set by 6-1 shot Charmingslew for most of the trip, took over with about an eighth of a mile to run and went on to prevail by two lengths as the 7-5 choice.

Trained by Anna Meah for Abbondanza Racing LLC, Ackerman Racing LLC and William Marasi, Catoca, who is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Catrageous, Catoca completed the mile in 1:37.27.

The victory was her second in 15 starts and the $27,000 payday increased her bankroll to $63,657. Her only other win had come over a synthetic surface at Kempton in Great Britain last Aug. 18 when trained by Ed Walker. She paid $4.80, $3.40 and $2.40.

Charmingslew returned $6 and $2.80 while finishing two lengths clear of 2-1 second choice Qafilah. The show price on Qafilah was $2.60.

Pacific Strike and Watheeqa completed the order of finish.

Racing resumes Friday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 1 p.m.

There will be a Pick Six carryover of $22,437 when racing resumes Friday at Los Alamitos, the fourth day of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival.

The Pick Six begins in the second race Friday. Post time is 1 p.m. and scheduled post time for the second is 1:28 p.m.

This article was released by Los Alamitos Race Course.