National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame S. (gr. II)

(gr. IIT , 9f ,)

COURAGEOUS CAT (B h, 117 lb) $96,000
Storm Cat —Tranquility Lake , by Rahy
B—Pam & Martin Wygod, KY.; O—Wygod, Pam and Martin; T—William I. Mott

Sal the Barber (DK B/ h, 117 lb) $32,000
Alphabet Soup —Alya , by Deputy Minister
B—Lewis Schaffel, KY.; O—Lewis Schaffel; T—Christophe Clement

Al Khali (B r, 115 lb) $16,000
Medaglia d'Oro —Maya , by Capote
B—Emory A. Hamilton, KY.; O—Brous Stable and Wachtel Stable; T—William I. Mott

Margins: 1¾, neck, 1¼. Others: No Inflation 117($8,000) , Midnight Mischief 115($4,800) , Lime Rickey 115($640) , Out At Night 117($640) , Straight Story 115($640) , Conservative 115($640) , El Crespo 122($640) . Winning Jockey, Kent J. Desormeaux.

Courageous Cat had little trouble stepping up from a $65,000 stakes race win at Belmont Park to the Aug. 14 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga. At the Spa the son of Storm Cat opened a commanding two-length lead at the eighth-pole and won by 13Ú4 lengths over Sal the Barber, cruising his final eighth in :12.01 seconds.

A homebred for Marty and Pam Wygod, Courageous Cat won as the 7-2 second choice in the 10-horse field. Perhaps the somewhat short price on the colt can be attributed to his connectionsÉand his older full brother. Courageous Cat is trained by Bill Mott, a member of Thoroughbred racingÕs Hall of Fame since 1998. At age 45 when he entered the Hall, Mott was the youngest trainer enshrined and has now won the Hall of Fame Stakes six times. His previous victories came with Paradise Creek (1992), Sir Cat (1996), Baptize (2001), Stroll (2003), and After Market (2006). After Market is also a son of Storm Cat out of the WygodÕs magnificent mare Tranquility Lake.

ÒThis horse is probably a little quicker,Ó Mott said comparing Courageous Cat with After Market. ÒMaybe he has a little more natural speed and is quicker on his feet. After Market was a bigger, rangier horse.Ó

The Wygods purchased Tranquility Lake for $250,000 at the 1996 Keeneland July yearling sale from Glencoe Farm, agent. The daughter of Rahy proved to be a phenomenal investment. She earned more than $1.6 million on the track as a seven-time graded stakes winner in four seasons in Southern California. Her first foal was After Market, who won two grade I turf events and is currently standing at stud at LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky. Her second foal, group II winner Jalil, was the highest-priced yearling of 2005, selling for $9.7 million at the Keeneland September auction. Courageous Cat is her fourth foal.

Tranquility Lake delivered a colt by A.P. Indy Jan. 31 and has been bred to Street Cry for 2010.

Storm Cat is the sire of 172 stakes winners and has three additional stakes winners in 2009: Life Is Sweet (a multiple grade I-winning Wygod homebred), Mr. Sidney (gr. IT), and Stormalory (gr. IIIT). Off the track Storm Cat was represented with the $2.8 million sale topper at the Aug. 10-11 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale. The 26-year-old stallion is pensioned at the Young familyÕs Overbrook Farm near Lexington.ÑE.I.H.