Steve Davidson and Randy Gullatt’s Versailles, Ky.-based Twin Creeks Farm went to $325,000 for Miss Catalyst, a stakes-winning daughter of Mr. Greeley, who tops the Jan. 11 session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Gullatt, who signed the ticket, indicated the filly would go back into training with Todd Pletcher, who served as conditioner for her first nine starts. The 4-year-old chestnut was bred in Kentucky by Jerry Bailey and Lance Robinson’s Gulf Coast Farms and was previously raced by that operation in partnership with Arianne de Kwiatkowski.
“I think she’s got a chance to improve,” said Gullatt of Miss Catalyst. Boasting a career of 3-3-1 and earnings of $162,340, the filly won the Pebbles Stakes last October on turf at Belmont Park and finished second prior to that in the Riskaverse Stakes on the grass at Saratoga.
“She’s got a little injury that needs a little time, and then we’re going to move forward with her and race in 2010,” added Gullatt of Miss Catalyst, who has a tibia fracture in her left hind leg. “She needs about 45 more days, and then we’re going to go on with her. I thought she was a very good-looking filly with good broodmare potential, and potential to improve as a racehorse.”
Miss Catalyst is out of the stakes-winning Tale of the Cat mare Key to the Cat, who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner For Pete’s Sake (by Clever Trick). Miss Catalyst’s third dam, Pam’s Paradise (by Little Current), is a half-sister to 1978 Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old filly Tempest Queen.