3rd at 2NASHUA S.
(gr. III , 8f , to Bluegrass Cat, Political Force, defeating Congo King, Changing Weather, Too Much Bling, Bear Character, Great Point, Southern Success, Express News ).
Bluegrass Cat didn’t get the best of trips, but he still managed to capture the Oct. 28 Nashua Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park and score the first added-money victory of his career. The colt was bumped at the start and then he had to push his way through traffic at the top of the stretch in the mile event while turning in a clocking of 1:36.02.
The Nashua was Bluegrass Cat’s third career race. He made his debut in June at Churchill Downs, finishing eighth in a nine-horse field. He didn’t run again until Sept. 24, when he broke his maiden by 61/2 lengths at seven furlongs at Belmont. Bluegrass Cat is a homebred that races for Bill Casner’s and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm.
Bluegrass Cat descends from a prominent family in Ogden Mills Phipps and his family’s successful breeding and racing operation. Pleasant Home, who scored an upset as a 30-1 longshot in the Oct. 29 Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont, is a homebred who races for the Phipps Stable.
Bluegrass Cat is a half-brother to grade II winner Lord of the Game (by Saint Ballado). Their third dam is 1983 Beldame Stakes (gr. I) winner Dance Number (by Northern Dancer), and their fourth dam is Numbered Account (by Buckpasser), champion 2-year-old filly in 1971.
In addition to Dance Number, Numbered Account produced 1980 Widener Handicap (gr. I) winner Private Account, who became a leading sire, and four-time winner and stakes-placed Polish Numbers (by Danzig), who also enjoyed success as a stallion. Dance Number produced Rhythm (by Mr. Prospector), 1989’s champion 2-year-old male, and 1992 Affectionately Handicap (gr. III) winner Get Lucky (also by Mr. Prospector), the second dam of Bluegrass Cat and Lord of the Game.
Bluegrass Cat is the 142nd stakes winner for his sire, Storm Cat. The 22-year-old stallion has been represented by 16 other stakes winners this year including Sweet Catomine (gr. I), Good Reward (gr. IT), Consolidator (gr. II), Grand Reward (gr. II), Storm Surge (gr. III), and Hurricane Cat (Eng-III). Storm Cat was North America’s leading sire by progeny earnings in 1999 and again in 2000. The son of Storm Bird stands at the Young family’s Overbrook Farm near Lexington. His 2006 stud fee will be $500,000.—D.B.B.
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