Updated on 09/16/2011 8:18AM

'Kat' pays cool $82 in Derby


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Cruising Kat pulled off a shocking upset in the $222,386 Grade 2 British Columbia Derby at Hastings Park Saturday afternoon. Sent off at 40-1, Cruising Kat came from well back to score a three-quarter-length victory over another longshot, 57-1 Blowin in the Wind. Cruising Kat paid $82.80 for the win and helped key a $1,293.20 exacta and a $9,994.10 superfecta that required only the first three horses.

Cruising Kat was considered one of the best 3-year-olds on the grounds in the spring, and his owners, trainer Daryl Snow and Jayson Spevakow, turned down a purchase offer right after Cruising Kat won an allowance in Golden Gate last winter. But, said Snow, "Just about everything that could go wrong with him did, but this more than makes up for all of the frustration."

Cruising Kat came into the Derby off two straight wins, a $50,000 optional event and a $35,000 claiming race.

Cruising Kat was ridden by apprentice Nicola Wright, who became the first female rider to win the Derby. "I still can't believe it," said Wright. "He saved ground the whole way and when I had a chance to move him to the outside to make his move, he just took off."

Tails of the Crypt, the 7-5 favorite, never got into the race and ran sixth. "He didn't have any excuse," said his jockey, Jake Barton. "He just never fired at all."

Second choice Salt Grinder set quick fractions of 22.58 seconds, 45.93, and 1:10.57 before tiring to finish seventh. Final time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:50.49.

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