Won at 3GOTHAM S.
(gr. III , 8.5f , defeating Wafi City, Summer Doldrums, Sir Whimsey, Mint Slewlep, Longley, Wollaston Bay, How Sweet He Is, Believeinmenow ).
On March 10, trainer Todd Pletcher continued to rack up stakes wins for the new year and add quality depth to his arsenal of Triple Crown Trail contenders. His Circular Quay won the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, but prior to that, his Cowtown Cat earned his first stakes win with a 21/2 win over 13-1 shot Wafi City and even-money favorite Summer Doldrums in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Cowtown Cat was making his third start of the season in the Gotham. After winning an allowance contest Jan. 14 at Gulfstream, Cowtown Cat then ran third behind Adore the Gold and Forefathers in the 61/2-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. II). Adore the Gold came back to run a solid fourth in the Foutain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) March 3.
Cowtown Cat was bred in Kentucky by Lance Robinson’s Gulf Coast Farms Bloodstock and is owned by Gulf Coast Farms and Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm. WinStar Farm, located on Pisgah Pike near Versailles, Ky., is the home to Cowtown Cat’s sire, Distorted Humor.
Gulf Coast Farms Bloodstock has also bred 3-year-old stakes winner E Z Warrior, winner of last year’s Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. III) and this year’s San Miguel Stakes at Santa Anita.
Cowtown Cat is out of winner Tom’s Cat. Tom’s Cat, a 9-year-old Storm Cat mare, was bred in Kentucky by Lazy E Ranch. Lazy E Ranch is owned by Edward K. Gaylord II, who is chairman and executive producer of Gaylord Films and is on the board of directors of Gaylord Entertainment. Tom’s Cat has gone through the auction ring several times, but has been listed as sold twice. The last time was at the 2002 Keeneland November sale, where she brought $240,000 while in foal to Grand Slam. Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent, she was purchased by Load Em In The Dark Stable. She RNA’d while carrying Cowtown Cat at the following year’s November sale.
Cowtown Cat was purchased by WinStar for $1.5 million at Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training from the consignment of Jerry Bailey Sales Agency, agent.
Cowtown Cat is one of 51 stakes winners sired by Distorted Humor. Distorted Humor has already been represented by four other 2007 stakes winners including fellow Triple Crown hopeful Any Given Saturday. Distorted Humor, who began his stud career with a fee of $12,500 in 1999, now commands a fee of $225,000 at WinStar. —E.I.H
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