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Catcominatcha Claws Out Iroquois Win

Rafael Bejarano brought overlooked Catcominatcha through heavy traffic to prevail over a game High Cotton by a neck in the $116,700 Iroquois (gr. III) for 2-year-olds going a mile Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Storm Forecast: Evaluating Storm Cat as a Sire of Sires

Few stallions have fit the modern commercial market better than Storm Cat. Seven times the leading sire of juveniles, he regularly gets quick, precocious runners, yet has demonstrated that with the right mare, he can throw a horse capable of getting the American classic distance of 10 furlongs. What can we say about the future as it pertains to Storm Cat as a sire of sires?

Tale of the Cat Colt Brings Record $5.2M at F-T Calder

A son of Tale of the Cat got Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton selected sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course off to a roaring start when Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud Management went to a world-record $5.2 million to purchase the colt from the consignment of Robert Scanlon, agent.

Tale of the Cat Colt Tops OBSC First Session

Weanlings have been driving the market at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Fall Mixed Sale in recent years, and Monday's opening session of the 2004 auction indicated the trend was set to continue.

Well-Timed Kick Tells the Tale for Feline Story

Favored Feline Story, ridden to well-timed perfection by Edgar Prado, caught a tiring Cologny in the final strides to register a neck victory in the $104,400 Floral Park Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares on a sloppy Belmont Park strip Saturday.

Live Foal Report: 36,274 Foals of '04

The Jockey Club released its Live Foal Report Thursday afternoon, and reports that 4,203 stallions covered 63,154 mares in North America during 2003, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 9. These coverings have resulted in 36,274 foals of 2004 being reported to The Jockey Club.

Thrilling Arlington BC Oaks Ends in Dead-Heat

The Arlington Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) was a thrilling race, with Lovely Afternoon near the lead the entire race while the filly that should have been on the lead Catboat, broke poorly and had to rally on the rail. The two hit the wire together.

New York Bred Sale Ends With Solid Gains

The Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings concluded on a positive note Monday, with the sale at the Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in Saratoga Springs producing positive gains in every significant statistical category.

'Cat' Closes to Win Honorable Miss

My Trusty Cat came with a late rush to nip Ebony Breeze in the tightest of photo finishes Friday afternoon in the Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) for older fillies and mares at Saratoga. Carl Pollard's 4-year-old filly covered the six furlongs in 1:10.37 under strong urging by jockey Pat Day.

Lion Heart Claws to Long Branch Triumph

Lion Heart seemed ideally placed for his first win of 2004 in Saturday's $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup (gr. III), but the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up needed everything he had to prevail as the 3-10 choice by a head over stubborn My Snookie's Boy at Monmouth Park.

Sire Power

By Ray Paulick -- Ashford Stud, the Kentucky division of Coolmore, the massive worldwide bloodstock operation that has a dominating presence in Australia and its home base of Ireland, has transformed the stallion business, here and throughout the world, in a major way.

Report of Mares Bred in 2003: Steady As She Goes

The Jockey Club released the 2003 Report of Mares Bred on Thursday. The report, while not complete, shows less than a 1% decline in both the number of covering stallions and the number of mares bred over last year's figures.

Tale of the Cat Weanling Brings $145,000 at OBS

Led by a $145,000 purchase of a Tale of the Cat weanling filly Tuesday, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. fall mixed sale closed the second of two preferred consignor sessions with double-digit increases in both average and median sale figures.

Fourth Day of Keeneland Keeps Rolling at Full Steam

The fourth day of the 12-day Keeneland September yearling sale kept rolling along at full steam, again posting across the board increases in every category and drawing favorable comments from both sales officials and buyers.

Feline Story Pounces Away at Monmouth

Einar P. Robsham's Feline Story turned on the afterburners in the stretch and drew off to win Saturday's $100,000 Sorority Stakes (gr. III) by nearly six lengths at Monmouth Park.

Lukas Nabs Record Fifth Debutante With 1-2 Finish

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas won the $110,900 Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs for the record fifth time when his trainees Be Gentle and Renaissance Lady ran 1-2 in the 103rd renewal of the race July 4.

Gross, Average Decline Slightly At Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale

Not much changed in the market for 2-year-olds in training at Fasig-Tipton Florida's select sale at Calder Race Course Tuesday. Compared to 2002, the gross revenue and average price both were down by only 1.4% while the buy-back rate decreased slightly, from 45.2% last year to 43.5% this year.

My Trusty Cat Wins Delta Princess Duel

Carl F. Pollard's My Trusty Cat, ridden by Terry Thompson, collared favored Souris in the stretch and won the duel to the wire by a length, capturing the inaugural $250,000 Delta Princess Stakes at one mile for 2-year-old fillies at Delta Downs Saturday night.

Perfect Story Gets Into Win Column

John Oxley's Perfect Story, a half-sister to Horse of the Year Point Given, drew off to a 3 3/4-length victory under jockey Pat Day in a maiden special weight race at Churchill Downs on Sunday in her second career start.

Strong Second for Perfect Story's Keeneland Debut

Perfect Story, a half-sister to 2001 Preakness, Belmont and and Travers (all gr. I) winner Point Given, ran a powerful debut race for owner John Oxley Saturday at Keeneland, losing by about a length to Belle of Perintown after taking the lead in the stretch with a wide move.

Midlantic Sale Has Mixed Numbers

The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale finished down just slightly in gross and average, but showed an increase in median price and had fewer buy backs. All in all, pleasing results in a down market.

Virus Knocks Inamorato Out of Best Pal; Futurity Unlikely

Inamorato, considered by many the top 2-year-old prospect in Eoin Harty's talent-rich Godolphin Racing stable, will miss next week's Best Pal Stakes (gr. III) because of a virus and now appears unlikely for the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) on the seaside track's Sept. 11 closing-day program.

Casual Lies Filly Tops First Session of New Zealand Premier Yearling Auction

Sixty-one horses sold for a gross of $4,903,500 (approximately $2,074,181 in U.S. funds) and an average of $80,385 ($34,121) during the opening session of the Premier yearling sale in New Zealand on Monday. The median for the session reached $70,000 ($29,610). Eighty-two percent of the horses offered were sold, an improvement over the 74% clearance rate on last year's first day, according to a press release issued by New Zealand Bloodstock Ltd.

Live Foal Report Released; Tale of the Cat Covers Most Mares

Tale of the Cat, who covered the second most mares in North America during the 1999 breeding season, moved up to the top spot during the 2000 breeding season. The Ashford Stud stallion covered 176 mares during the 2000 breeding season after covering 147 mares in 1999.

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