09/03/2002 12:00AM

Hastings: Kid Katabatic gets up by neck


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Kid Katabatic boosted his lifetime earnings to $626,815 with a hard-fought win over Work Visa in the $37,804 S.W. Randall Plate at Hastings Park.

Kid Katabatic hooked up with Work Visa at the top of the stretch and they dueled to the wire with Kid Katabatic prevailing by a neck. Kid Katabatic paid a generous $13.70, partly because he was coming off a last-place finish in the B.C. Cup Classic and also because of the sloppy track condition. A 9-year-old gelding, Kid Katabatic had never won on a wet track prior to the Randall.

"That's it for the year," said his trainer, Shauna Ferguson. "We've pulled his shoes and we'll make a decision about bringing him back next year over the winter."

Final time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:50.61.