Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II)

(gr. II , 8.5f ,)

CAT THIEF (CH h, 121 lb) $272,552
Storm Cat —Train Robbery , by Alydar
B—Overbrook Farm, KY.; O—Overbrook Farm; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Answer Lively (B h, 121 lb) $87,920
Lively One —Twosies Answer , by Two's a Plenty
B—John Franks, KY.; O—John Franks; T—Bobby C. Barnett

Yes It's True (B h, 121 lb) $43,960
Is It True —Clever Monique , by Clever Trick
B—George Waggoner Stables Inc., KY.; O—Padua Stables; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Margins: neck, 3½, 4½. Others: First American 121($21,980) , Olympic Journey 121($13,188) , Mac's Rule 121 , Dr. Delomas 121 , Erlton 121 . Winning Jockey, Pat Day.

Cat Thief stole the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (gr. II) from Answer Lively, who finished just a neck behind the winner, and stablemate Yes It’s True, 31/2 lengths further back in third. The Breeders’ Futurity was the sixth start for 2-year-old Cat Thief, a son of Storm Cat. The colt had not previously started in stakes company, but had won or placed in four of his five starts prior to the race.

Cat Thief is a homebred racing for W. T. Young’s Overbrook Farm, which also stands his sire, Storm Cat. Overbrook, near Lexington, is also the home of Train Robbery, the dam of Cat Thief. D. Wayne Lukas, the trainer of Cat Thief and Train Robbery, purchased the mare in 1988 at the Keeneland July yearling sale for $600,000. She was consigned to the sale by her co-breeder, Frederic Gussin.

Train Robbery started 44 times for a partnership of Lukas and Overbrook. Among her four added-money wins was the 1992 Monmouth Park Budweiser Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. III). In total she earned $622,128 prior to her retirement.

Cat Thief is Train Robbery’s second foal. Her first foal, Catcher, is a full sister to the Futurity winner. Catcher made 14 starts for Overbrook and was also trained by Lukas. She was stakes-placed twice and earned $78,071 prior to her retirement at the end of 1997. She is now in foal to Grindstone. Train Robbery has one other foal in addition to Cat Thief and Catcher, a weanling filly by Grindstone. The mare is not in foal and is tentatively scheduled to be bred back to that stallion in 1999.

Overbrook has raced seven other stakes winners this year. In addition to City Band and Time Limit, five homebreds have prevailed in added-money races in Young’s silks: Cape Town, Hidden City, Mountain Range, Tactical Cat, and Western City.

Overbrook has raced 11 of Storm Cat’s 59 total stakes winners and bred or co-bred 13 of them. The stallion has been represented by 18 added-money winners this year. Among them are grade or group I winners Aldiza, Aljabr (in France), and Sharp Cat. Storm Cat’s 1998 fee was $150,000 and he is scheduled to stand for $200,000 next year at Overbrook.—K. J. I.