If the second race is an indication, the dirt track will be fast today at the GP West meet on Calder's track.
Icatiro blew past the tiring leaders Call to Honor and Wildcat Wish just inside the 1/8th pole and went on to win by five lengths in the $50,000 claiming race at six furlongs.
Call to Honor, at 7-2, edged Wildcat Wish, the 4-5 favorite, for second place in the five-horse field. Both have hit the board in sprint stakes at Gulfstream Park this year.
Icatiro also was 7-2. The $2 exacta paid $26.70 and the $2 trifecta paid $128.40. This was a case where co-second betting choices brought in a good return in a short field.
The three-year-old colt Icatiro won in 1:16.79, a fast time for Calder.
Tour of the Cat set the track record of 1:15.99 on August 17, 2002.
Eddie Castro rode Icatiro for trainer Teresa Pompay. It was the third win in seven career starts for Icatiro, a Kentucky-bred son of Quality Road.
The next step for Icatiro could be a high-end allowance. As a Kentucky-bred he likely will have fewer stakes options than the Florida-breds Call to Honor and Wildcat Wish over the next several months.
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