VINTON, LA.  Susan Mouton’s Cat Sup scored a narrow victory in Saturday night’s $100,000 Pelican Stakes at Delta Downs as he just held off a furious late charge by race favorite Four Leaf Chief. The top two finishers were separated by only a nose in the 7-1/2 furlong test for 3-year-old Louisiana-breds.

After breaking sharply and stalking the early pace set by Sharon’s Boy, Cat Sup moved toward the lead in the upper stretch under jockey Carlos Nieto before taking command inside the sixteenth pole. But an easy win was not in the cards as Four Leaf Chief came flying from far back and just missed at the finish line. Charlie’s Affair wound up third, another 1-1/4 lengths behind the top two finishers.

Cat Up covered the distance over a fast track in 1:34.22

The tally by Cat Sup marked the first stakes win of his career and it was his third overall venture to the winner’s circle from seven starts. The Glenn Delahoussaye trainee earned $60,000 for his effort and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $137,950.

Cat Sup is a 3-year-old bay gelding by Discreet Cat, out of the Deputy Minister mare President’s Girl. He was bred in Louisiana by Twin Creeks Farm.

Sent to the post as the narrow second choice of the wagering public at odds of 1.9-1, Cat Sup paid $5.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Four Leaf Chief was worth $3 to place and $2.60 to show. Charlie’s Affair paid $6 to show.

Delta Downs begins its final week of racing on Wednesday night with another 11-race program that begins at 5:30 pm CT

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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