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(T 8.5f , to Inca King, Equitable, defeating Voy Por Uno Mas, Distorted Reality, Prom Shoes, Sedgefield ).
Inca King held off late-running Equitable by 11¼2 lengths to win the Nov. 11 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs. It was the 3-year-old Sir Cat gelding’s second stakes victory in a row after winning the Oct. 14 Bryan Station Stakes at Keeneland.
Steve Asmussen trains Inca King for Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt, who purchased the gelding privately after he won an April 27 allowance race at Keeneland. In his next start, Inca King won the June 16 Jefferson Cup Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill for his new connections. He then ran unplaced in the July 21 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) and Sept. 3 Edward J. Debartolo Sr. Memorial Breeders’ Cup Handicap.
“He has put in three excellent races for us and two horrible races for us,” Asmussen said. “He’s a very quirky horse.”
As a yearling, Inca King sold to Fletcher Mauk Bloodstock for $8,500 at the Keeneland September sale from Parrish Hill Farm, agent. He then made his first eight starts for Mauk, who raced him in partnership, before being sold to the Heiligbrodts.
Dr. Ben Roach and Parrish Hill Farm bred Inca King in Kentucky out of the Prized mare Inca Prize. The bay mare is out of the Capote mare Queen Inca, who in turn is a half-sister to grade I winner Catinca (by Storm Cat). They are out of the winning Saratoga Six mare Inca Legacy.
Inca Prize was offered at the 2004 Keeneland January mixed sale while she was carrying Inca King but failed to sell when bidding stopped at $6,500. Parrish Hill then offered her in foal to Millennium Wind at the 2005 Keeneland January mixed sale, and she sold to Marlene Bryant and her son, Robert, for $3,500.
Inca King is the first foal out of Inca Prize. The 8-year-old mare is also the dam of an unraced Millennium Wind juvenile colt named Millennium Prize and a yearling Tiger Talk filly named Inca Jewel. Inca Prize was barren to Humming for 2007. Kept at Bryant’s Green Mt. Farm near Avoca, Iowa, she is in foal to Teton Forest.
Sir Cat is the sire of 20 known stakes winners including additional 2007 added-money winners Polite Lil Sir, Sir Tricky, Matto Mondo (Chi-I), and Ruge La Gata (in Chile). The 14-year-old son of Storm Cat stood the 2007 season for a private fee at Haras Jockey in Chile.—A.H.D.
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