In our new Big Move of the Week, we feature one horse each week who impressed and might warrant a spot on your watch list.  For the week ending December 6, that horse was once again an easy choice: Cathryn Sophia

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  • Last race: Cathryn Sophia was the 1-9 favorite in Saturday’s $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes for two-year-old fillies Saturday at Laurel Park and certainly lived up to her end of the bargain.  The speedy Street Boss filly took command early and never looked back, romping to a 16-length score in which she was never asked for her best.
  • The sky’s the limit: Cathryn Sophia won at first asking by a dozen lengths against maidens at Parx Racing and reprised that effort Saturday.  She covered the seven-furlong distance in a sharp 1:23.17; two races later, a solid group of juvenile boys took 1:24.63 to cover the same ground.
  • Doubled up: Cathryn Sophia earned a Beyer speed figure of 92 in her debut — and then got a 93 for her Gin Talking score.  Both rank among the top figs earned by two-year-olds of either sex this season.
  • Hey, lefty: Cathryn Sophia ran through the stretch on Saturday on her left (incorrect) lead.  At first, trainer John Servis was concerned, but jockey Roberto Rosado told him post-race that the horse had been startled by something as she entered the turn, causing her to switch leads from the proper to the improper lead, so that when she switched back entering the lane, it was once again to the incorrect lead.
  • Next up: Trainer John Servis said after the Gin Talking that Cathryn Sophia would likely head to Florida and try to swim in some deeper waters in the winter.
  • Breeding: Cathryn Sophia was bred in Maryland by Robert Manfuso.  She’s by Street Boss out of the the unraced Mineshaft mare Sheave, and she sold for $30,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Eastern Fall Yearlings sale.  She is trained by John Servis for Cash Is King LLC, who achieved prominence a few years back with Preakness-Belmont winner Afleet Alex.
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(Music used in this video: First Call, by Kevin MacLeod (, Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0