Surf Cat, a millionaire grandson of Storm Cat, has been retired from racing. Plans are to stand him at Old English Rancho near Sanger, Calif. The 7-year-old son of Sir Cat won or placed in 13 stakes for owners Aase Headley and Marsha Naify while competing solely at Del Mar, Hollywood Park, and Santa Anita.
Trained by Headley’s husband, Bruce Headley, Surf Cat recorded 14 triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures, 10 of which were in succession. His top Beyer was a 114 at 6 1/2 furlongs in just his fourth start.
In 2008, Surf Cat won the Mervyn LeRoy (gr. II) and San Carlos (gr. II) Handicaps for the second time in his career, and placed in the Californian Stakes (gr. II) and the San Diego (gr. II), Potrero Grande (gr. II), and Palos Verdes (gr. II) Handicaps. In 2007, he was beaten a head in the Triple Bend Invitational Handicap (gr. I).
For his career, Surf Cat won or placed in 18 of 23 races and earned $1,045,420. All six of his stakes wins came in grade II events.
Bred in Kentucky by William Taylor Nicholls and Gainesway Farm, Surf Cat is a half-brother to graded stakes winner Rosie O’Greta and is out of the winning Centrust mare Trust Greta. His third dam is a half-sister to the dam of major winner and sire Broad Brush.
Breeding plans are undecided.