12/07/2005 12:00AM

Sunland Park track report


Yaddo Cat was hammered down to 1-5 for Tuesday's Princess Stakes at Sunland Park, and she showed why as she strolled home the easiest of winners for trainer Steve Asmussen. Yaddo Cat broke alertly from the rail in the six-furlong event and prompted the pace. A royally bred daughter of Forest Wildcat, Yaddo Cat skimmed the rail and opened up to a four-length advantage at the top of the stretch.

The big favorite, ridden by Brian Peck, simply coasted home from there as Visual Effect raced by a tiring Ms. Glacken to get the place. The winning margin was 4 1/2 lengths.

Yaddo Cat earned $30,000 for the Heiligbrodt Racing Stable. She zipped through the distance in a good 1:11.10. The victory was her second straight stakes win in New Mexico, and her bankroll exceeds $110,000 from three career wins.

Wagering was brisk on Tuesday's card of 11 Thoroughbred races.

Total handle on the local product was $1,788,977, ranking it among the top handle days in Sunland Park history.

The live racing season began last Friday with a 15 percent increase in purses. Daily average purses will exceed $240,000 to start the season, a new high for the track.