Cairo Cat is the leader in the Road to the Kentucky Derby – at least for now.
The 2-year-old son of Cairo Prince overtook a tiring Tight Ten in the homestretch to win the Grade III Iroquois Stakes, the first race on the long Road to the Kentucky Derby. For his win, Cairo Cat won 10 points toward the Derby.
Tight Ten started well but was challenged the entire way by My Sixth Sense. Meanwhile, Cairo Cat, sixth at the first turn by a good margin, began creeping along the inside into third place and rounded the far turn on the rail.
When Tight Ten would not let off the rail, jockey Brian Hernandez took Cairo Cat to the outside of Tight Ten with a furlong to go, and the 17-1 shot responded, overtaking the leader in the final 100 yards to win by a half-length.
Cairo Cat also earned a berth in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 2.
Next up on the road: the Sept. 29 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita.