10/12/2008 11:00PM

$367 winner at La. Downs


Cato paid $367.20 when he won his maiden Sunday in the first race at Louisiana Downs, setting what is believed to be a record win payoff for the Bossier City, La., track. He was sent to post at 182-1 in a $5,000 maiden claiming race, stalked the pace, and was up for a neck win under jockey Pedro Monterrey.

"To the best of our knowledge, this is an all-time record at Louisiana Downs," said Mark Midland, the track's vice president of racing operations since 2006.

Midland said the old record is believed to be a $249 payoff that B.J.'s Spruce returned on June 21, 1996. The last media guide tracking record win payoff information was 2003, and since then officials do not recall a larger payoff, Midland said.

Cato was one of four horses in the 12-horse field that went off at triple-digit odds. Kristens Rebel finished ninth at 125-1; Titan by Day was 11th at 156-1; and Mr. Bradley was 12th at 123-1.

David Wakeland trains Cato for his breeder, Alicia Kyzer. The horse came into Sunday's race off five consecutive double-digit defeats, with his Beyer Speed Figures ranging from 0 to 20.