07/19/2009 12:00AM

Courageous Cat grabs A Gift


ELMONT, N.Y. - Courageous Cat ($6.30) held off Al Khali by three-quarters of a length Sunday to win the $65,950 A Gift Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf at Belmont Park.

After opening up a clear advantage at the top of the stretch, Courageous Cat dug in as Al Khali made a strong late run.

Kent Desormeaux was aboard for trainer Bill Mott as Courageous Cat ran the 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf in 1:39.75 for his second win in five starts.

Mikoshi got third, followed by Hello Broadway and Anaan.