10/04/2001 12:00AM

Vitrina Cat back in stakes


Vitrina Cat, a wire-to-wire winner in her North American stakes debut, tries to make it two in a row in the $75,000 Open Fire Stakes at Delaware Park.

Vitrina Cat, a 4-year-old Argentine-bred filly, won three consecutive group stakes in her native country to close out her 2000 season. Now trained by Alan Goldberg, Vitrina Cat needed three races to acclimate herself to the United States.

In her most recent start on Sept. 2, Vitrina Cat hugged the rail and drew out to a 3 3/4-length win in the $58,000 Quill, improving nearly 20 points on the Beyer Figure scale by earning a 97.

Zenith, returning from a two-month freshening for trainer John Servis, may be the most formidable threat. Zenith has earned three 90-plus Beyers while picking up two seconds and third in stakes at Pimlico, Delaware, and Ellis Park.