07/14/2010 11:00PM

Slam the Cat a filly on the rise

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OCEANPORT, N.J. - Trainer Pat McBurney is impressed with the way Slam the Cat moved forward from her season debut to her second start. Any additional improvement Friday in her third start of the year will make her the one to beat in the $82,000 second-level allowance feature for fillies and mares going six furlongs at Monmouth Park.

Transferred to McBurney this year by owners Sam Kassin and Eli Gindi, Slam the Cat ran fifth in her Monmouth debut on May 31. The next race was a much sharper effort, a half-length loss to City Broad with a Beyer Speed Figure of 87, a 19 point uptick.

"She ran another good race," McBurney said. "She bumped the winner at the top of the stretch and our filly suffered a two- or three-inch gash on the outside of her left hind leg. We didn't have to stitch it, but they put the veterinary staples in there."

The bump, and the cut, apparently fired up Slam the Cat, a 4-year-old chestnut daughter of Grand Slam out of Fleeting Feline, a Tale of the Cat mare.

"It looked like our filly was trying to bite the other filly down the lane," McBurney said.

In an effort to help Slam the Cat settle, McBurney will run her in blinkers even though the equipment change was not indicated on the entry sheet.

Slam the Cat hasn't lost any of her fire with addition of the hood. She turned in a bullet workout from the starting gate on July 6, three furlongs in a snappy 35 seconds.

"She breezed really good from the gate with them on," McBurney said of the blinkers. "She's always happy to do whatever you ask her to, but this time she seems a little more on her toes. Even her coat is coming around with a deeper red color. She seems to have blossomed with a couple of races under her belt."

Eddie Castro will be aboard for the first time.

Aegean, third behind Slam the Cat most recently, also returns in this spot.

Catch a Thief, undefeated in two career starts, steps up to this level.

Implicate, a perfect 2 for 2 here last summer, returns following a neck loss in a second-level allowance at Indiana Downs.

Southern Truth has never been worse than third in three starts at Monmouth. In addition to her maiden win last year, Southern Truth was third in the Colleen Stakes.