06/15/2007 11:00PM

Moon Catcher surprises in Susan's Girl


Moon Catcher, a 13-1 longshot, and Winning Point, the 6-5 favorite, ding-donged for the lead throughout the 1 1/16-mile Susan's Girl Breeders' Cup at Delaware Park, a $175,000 race for 3-year-old fillies.

Winning Point trailed by a head and was rallying in midstretch when Moon Catcher suddenly edged away, opened up, and won by a widening two lengths.

Winning Point had run second, 8 1/4 lengths ahead of fourth-place Moon Catcher, in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan on May 18 at Pimlico.

On Saturday, Moon Catcher, ridden by Carlos Marquez Jr., ran the 1o1/16 miles in 1:42.90 over a fast track and paid $29.40.

Winning Point held second, two lengths ahead of Greenstreet. Forever Together, the 7-5 second choice, stalked the pace in third place but came up empty, finishing sixth in the field of nine.

A daughter of Malibu Moon, Moon Catcher raised her record to four wins from seven starts for trainer Tim Ritchey, who co-owns the filly with CJZ Racing Stable.

The next big race for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park is the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks on July 14.

* Peak Maria's Way shook free on the inside from fellow pacesetter Lexi Star entering the far turn, opened daylight in the stretch, and won the $100,000 Obeah Handicap for fillies and mares by two lengths over the closing Unbridled Belle.

Trained by Michael Gorham and ridden by Joe Rocco, Peak Maria's Way ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.38 and paid $15.60. A 4-year-old daughter of Pyramid Peak, Peak Maria's Way got her seventh win in 17 starts and boosted her earnings to $296,204 for Old Coach Farm and John Murphy.

Morning-line favorite Promenade Girl was scratched and instead ran in the Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park.