Classy Cathy, who won three grade I stakes as a 3-year-old in 1986 before going on to become a stakes producer, died June 13 from complications from colic. The 18-year-old mare was owned by Stewart Bainum's Dinwiddie Farm and was kept at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.
Classy Cathy (Private Account--Trestle, by Tom Rolfe) raced as a homebred for Edward A. Cox Jr. First in her only start as a 2-year-old, she twice won consecutive stakes as a 3-year-old. At Keeneland in the spring, she captured the Beaumont and Ashland (gr. I) Stakes. In August, she took the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga and the Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park. In that year's Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), she finished fourth.
Classy Cathy, who won seven of 15 races and earned $537,970 during her career, produced 10 foals, five of whom were winners, including English group II winner Placerville (by Mr. Prospector). Through Claiborne, Cox sold Classy Cathy (in foal to Unbridled) to Bainum for $725,000 at the 1998 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Classy Cathy's last foal, a Deputy Minister filly born May 24, has been placed on a nurse mare.