Updated on 09/18/2011 12:16AM

River Downs: Cat Singer comfortably

River Downs
Cat Singer wins the $50,000 Gendelman Handicap at River Downs on Saturday.

Favored Cat Singer was challenged for the lead and forced into setting a fast early pace in the $50,000 Gendelman Handicap at River Downs, but it didn't matter. Cat Singer put away from Only One King after six furlongs in 1:09.40 and ran off to a 4 1/4-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for Ohio-breds. Oh Oleg rallied for second with The Potters Hand third in the 12-horse field of 3-year-olds and up.

Rodney Prescott wasted no time aboard Cat Singer, sending him to the lead and laying down fractions of 22.60 and 45.80 seconds. Only One King briefly headed Cat Singer on the backstretch, but Cat Singer drew off to a six-length lead in the stretch and won comfortably in 1:41 on a firm course.

Cat Singer, who stumbled at the start and threw his rider in his last race, paid $6. A 6-year-old Sir Cat gelding owned by Joe Sugar Jr. and Eugene Daniels, Cat Singer has won 8 of 22 and is closing in on $300,000 in earnings. William Cowans trained him for the Gendelman.