07/21/2002 11:00PM

Horsmen's Park: Catniro pays off

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OMAHA, Neb. - Catniro, claimed for $40,000 in his last start at Churchill Downs, earned back his purchase price, and returned dividends, with a gutty half-length victory in the $100,000 Omaha Handicap at Horsemen's Park.

Trained by Randy Morse, Catniro set all the pace and held off late charges from Baker Road and Miner's Prize to take down the winner's share of $58,800. Terry Thompson was aboard as Catniro ($13.60), who covered a mile in 1:37.20 over a fast track.