ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Cat Talk beat Don Perico by three-quarters of a length in the $76,800 Kitty Hawk Purse at Santa Anita on Friday, moving Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith within two wins of 5,000.
Cat Talk ran a mile on the turf in 1:33.34 and paid $6, $4.20 and $3.40 as the 2-1 favorite.
Don Perico returned $7.60 and $5.60, and Circle the Moon was another two lengths back in third and paid $5 to show.
The victory, worth $45,240, increased Cat Talk’s career earnings to $136,554, with three wins in 10 starts.
Jockey Joe Talamo, who reached 1,000 career wins Thursday, rode three more winners Friday on the eight-race card.