03/10/2003 12:00AM

Delta Downs: Cat Genius wires

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Cat Genius led throughout the $75,000 Sportsman's Paradise for 3-year-olds, winning his comeback from a layoff of more than three months at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. It was 4 1/2 lengths back to Cleaning House in second.

Cat Genius ($3) was making his first start since Nov. 30, when he grabbed a quarter at the start of the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and finished 12th as the favorite.

Cat Genius covered the seven furlongs, run around two turns, in 1:25.57 under jockey Calvin Borel.