Grade I winner and millionaire Courageous Cat , a 6-year-old son of Storm Cat out of multiple grade I winner Tranquility Lake, will stand at Questroyal North near Stillwater, N.Y., for the 2013 breeding season. Questroyal has set his stud fee at $6,000 live foal.
Courageous Cat, who entered stud at Lane's End Farm in 2012 after his retirement, won six races for his breeders Martin and Pam Wygod, including the Shoemaker Mile Stakes (gr. IT). Other victories include the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. II), Canadian Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT), and the Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT). Courageous Cat also came just a neck short of winning the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (Can-IT). As a sophomore, Courageous Cat finished second, beaten a half-length, behind the great filly Goldikova in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT). His career earnings totaled $1,165,760.
Courageous Cat is a full brother to two graded winners including multiple grade I winner After Market who stands at Lane's End. Jalil, a group II winner in Dubai, was a $9.7 million Keeneland September sale yearling in 2005.
By Rahy, Tranquility Lake is out of a Danzig mare making Courageous Cat inbred to Northern Dancer 3x4. Courageous Cat is bred on the same Storm Cat/Rahy cross as leading sire Giant's Causeway and leading New York sire Freud .
William S. Farish of Lane's End, which purchased an interest in Courageous Cat after he retired, said, "Lane's End has the highest expectations for Courageous Cat at stud because of his impeccable breeding, race record and conformation. We are excited to partner with Questroyal Stud in standing Courageous Cat in New York. Lane's End and Martin and Pam Wygod, who bred and campaigned Courageous Cat, plan to continue to support him during his second year at stud and welcome the opportunity to participate in the New York breeding program."
Barry Ostrager, principal owner of Questroyal North, added, "With the arrival of Courageous Cat at Questroyal North New York breeders are going to have the rare opportunity to breed to a magnificent grade I-winning son of Storm Cat out of a grade I-winning Rahy mare.
"Courageous Cat was one of the top milers of his generation and Questroyal North is absolutely thrilled to stand Courageous Cat for such marvelous connections," he said.
Ostrager also noted that Courageous Cat's full brother, After Market, is off to a tremendous start at stud with his first crop racing this year. After Market has six stakes winners from his first two crops to race.
Courageous Cat will be joining new sire Boys At Tosconova , El Corredor , Patriot Act , and Roaring Fever on the roster at Questroyal North.