10/25/2014 9:18AM

Vivian Da Bling impresses in My Trusty Cat

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Vivian Da Bling and jockey Chris Rosier win the My Trusty Cat Stakes by eight lengths Friday night.

Vivian Da Bling established herself as the early favorite for next month’s Grade 3, $400,000 Delta Downs Princess on Friday night by cruising to an eight-length win in the local prep for the race, the $100,000 My Trusty Cat. Zelda Can Dance rallied from last for second, while it was another length back to Pitcher in third.

The Princess, for 2-year-old fillies, is part of the Delta Downs Jackpot program Nov. 22.

Vivian Da Bling ($3.40) had a clean start in the My Trusty Cat, a seven-furlong race run around two turns, and was quickly clear through an opening quarter in 22.58 seconds. She proceeded to take the field through a half-mile in 46.79 seconds, then opened up on her rivals through the stretch. Vivian Da Bling covered the distance on a fast track in 1:27.86.

Chris Rosier rode the winner for JRita Young Thoroughbreds and trainer Bret Calhoun.

Calhoun said earlier this week that Vivian Da Bling could develop into a candidate for the Princess with the right kind of performance in the My Trusty Cat. Vivian Da Bling came into Friday night’s race off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga. In that race, she finished behind three runners who last Monday were pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Cavorting, who has since defected, Angela Renee, and Wonder Gal.

Vivian Da Bling has won three of four starts, including a division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity in July at Lone Star Park. She is a daughter of Too Much Bling and was bred in Louisiana by Channon Farm. Vivian Da Bling was making her two-turn debut in the Princess.