Cougar Cat, a graded stakes-placed son of Storm Cat raced by Nathan Fox’s Richland Hills, will stand at that farm near Midway, Ky., in 2009, it was announced Oct. 22. His fee will be $5,000.
Out of the General Meeting mare Excellent Meeting, the 6-year-old horse has won four of 27 starts and earned $256,405. He also ran second five times and finished third three times.
Last year, Cougar Cat finished second in the Aristides Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs and followed that up with a second-place finish in the Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows.
Cougar Cat began his career in Europe, breaking his maiden in his first outing in Ireland for owner Michael Tabor and trainer Aidan O'Brien before two races later running second, beaten a length, in the Dubai Duty Free Anglessey Stakes (Ire-III) by Oratorio, who would go on to become a three-time group I winner.
He was trained in the United States by Ronny Werner.
Cougar Cat was bred in Pennsylvania by Elizabeth Moran’s Brushwood Stable. His dam, Excellent Meeting, was a grade I winner of $1.4 million.
“We enjoyed Cougar Cat’s racing career where he showed his exceptional talent against the fastest horses in the country and look forward to his stud career at Richland Hills,” Fox said. “He is by sire of sires Storm Cat out of multiple grade one-winning millionaire Excellent Meeting. His one-of-a-kind pedigree out of a truly outstanding racemare, blazing fast speed on the track, and value price will make him very appealing to breeders in 2009.”