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Q.P. Cat wins Little Sucker Stakes

Q.P. Cat went wire-to-wire to win the $100,000-added Little Sucker today at Hawthorne in 1:47.20. Come September was second all the way, and longshot She's a Drummer ran third, also for most of the race. Favorite Royal Bandita managed fourth.

"I thought we'd get the lead coming off the sprints," said jockey Chris Valovich. Q.P. Cat had a 2-race win streak in sprint races going into the race today, including the Powerless Stakes November 11. "She's been wanting to go for the lead in those sprints so I felt confident we could get the lead today. I was a little concerned about her getting the distance. I thought I'd be in front but didn't know for how long."

Come September grabbed the lead briefly last time in the Illini Princess. Today however, she was content to track the leader. Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. was riding today after a few day's break. "I'm glad I came back to ride today. Coming toward home I felt like I had a lot of horse but the last sixteenth she just got tired."

"My filly broke good," said third-place finisher Shane Laviolette. "I knew we had a lot of speed in there so Rick (trainer Rick Lindsay) told me to let her lay where she wanted to. We were laying about third on the backside, setting pretty comfortable, but turning for home they just got away from us. But she ran hard. She just needed a little pace to back up to her. She ran well. No complaints."

Leading jockey Chris Emigh didn't have a mount in the Little Sucker, but he won two races Saturday to increase his total wins to 42. Both were aboard horses handled by leading trainer Hugh Robertson, who increases his total to 21. Zoe Cadman rode Lu Keel in the feature (who faded to sixth) but then won aboard Lecture in the nightcap. She's currently second with 37 wins.

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