Updated on 09/17/2011 8:50PM

Cativa wins; Bear Fan eighth

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Cativa wins the Grade 2, $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Saturday.

Cativa drew off from heavily favored Bear Fan turning for home and went on to a dominating 2 1/4-length victory Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md.

Based in New York with trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. and ridden by Edgar Prado, Cativa got an ideal trip from just off the pace, running the seven-furlong Fritchie in 1:23.64 over a fast track. She returned $13 as third choice in a field of 10 fillies and mares.

Sensibly Chic, the 2-1 second choice, rallied from midpack to finish second, another 4 1/4 lengths ahead of Silmaril. Josh's Madelyn ran fourth, while Bear Fan, the defending Fritchie champion and the 11-10 favorite, faded to eighth.

Cativa, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Sir Cat, now has won four consecutive starts and eight of her last 10. Her overall record is 10 wins from 18 starts, with earnings of $363,710 for Manorwood Stables.

"She just ran an unbelievable race," said Dutrow, who was on hand for the race. "It was so good, I don't know what to say. I don't know where she'll run next, but by the next 45 days or so, that would be a logical spot."

Bear Fan, ridden by John Velazquez, sped to the lead down the backstretch but had no answer when Cativa hit another gear leaving the turn.

Coast Line outduels Offlee Wild

One race earlier, Velazquez won with the favorite: Coast Line ($4) held on gamely to defeat Offlee Wild in a stretchlong duel in the $122,000 John B. Campbell Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Coast Line, away sharply from the inside post, took immediate command of the 1 1/8-mile Campbell and settled into a steady rhythm when tracked closest by Offlee Wild, the 3-2 second choice in a field of seven. Into the final turn, Offlee Wild edged closer under Prado and actually drew even with about three-sixteenths of a mile to run, but Coast Line dug in to win his stakes debut in 1:50.09. Ole Faunty finished third.

Coast Line, a 4-year-old gelding bred and owned by Overbrook Farm, now has won five straight starts. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he lost his career debut in July 2003, then returned from a long layoff to win in October 2004. He has not lost since.

Offlee Wild, trained by Dutrow, was making his first start since winning the Grade 2 Massachusetts Handicap in June.