02/27/2016 2:56PM

Cathryn Sophia dazzles again in Davona Dale Stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Cathryn Sophia and jockey Javier Castellano win the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes on Saturday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Cathryn Sophia continued her ascent toward the top of the loaded 3-year-old filly decision with yet another one-sided victory, a seven-length triumph over Grade 2 winner Lewis Bay in Saturday’s $200,000 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park.

The Grade 2 Davona Dale was the fourth victory in as many starts for Cathryn Sophia, who has won those races by a combined 41 lengths. The streak also includes a 5 1/4-length win in the Grade 2 Forward Gal earlier in the meet.

With Javier Castellano replacing the injured Joel Rosario, Cathryn Sophia eased back off the early pace set by R Girls a Charmer and pressed to her inside by Dearest. Cathryn Sophia ranged up three wide to join the leaders on the final turn, then accelerated quickly when roused leaving the furlong grounds to quickly draw off and win going away.

Lewis Bay raced under a hold for five furlongs, angled four wide to commence her bid into the stretch, but proved no match for the winner while overtaking Dearest nearing the wire to be second-best.

Cathryn Sophia, a daughter of Street Boss, is trained by John Servis for Cash is King Stable. She paid $2.40 after completing one mile over a fast track in 1:36.61.

“Today, I think for me, was probably her most impressive race,” said Servis. “This is only her fourth start. I think there’s a lot more there. She’s starting to show me a little more every time. Today, she was almost push-button. She broke running, and I told Javier, ‘If she breaks running, don’t fight her.’ He just took a little hold, she settled just as nice, and when he called on her, she was there. At the head of the lane, I was worried about the 4 [Lewis Bay], he [Irad Ortiz Jr.] strangled the 4, and she just ran away from her.”

Servis said he’s not sure what Cathryn Sophia’s distance limit might be.

“I was concerned about the distance a little bit today,” said Servis, “and obviously the way she ran, I feel a whole lot better. It’s not two turns yet, but she galloped out super, and Javier said he thinks she’ll get the two turns with no problem.”

Servis said in a perfect world, Cathryn Sophia would come back in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on April 2, with the Kentucky Oaks her major goal five weeks later.