Hunters Bay , a multiple graded stakes-winner and grade 1-placed son of Ghostzapper , got his first winner Oct. 19 when Bay of Cats broke her maiden going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track at Delaware Park.
The filly, raced by Derek Brown and trained by Mary Eppler, got her first win in her second start. Tracking near the back of the six-horse field early, she ran down The Bay Express in deep stretch to win the waiver maiden claiming event by a neck. Neither horse was in for a tag. Four others were up for claiming tags between $20,000 and $25,000.
Dr. Tom Bowman's Roland Farm and Adena Springs bred Bay of Cats in Maryland. The filly is the first foal out of the unraced Dance With Ravens daughter Cat Bird, who is a half sister to black-type stakes winners Halo Cat (Southern Halo) and stakes-placed winner Joyce Ann (Pine Bluff).
Hunters Bay, bred by Frank Stronach's Adena Springs and raced by Stronach, won six races and finished second four times out of 14 starts. In 2012, he won the Eclipse Stakes (G3) and Dominion Day Stakes (G3) at Woodbine, and finished second in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (G1T) to Wise Dan. He retired with $611,091 in earnings.
The stallion, who has 14 named foals in his first crop, stood his first season at Heritage Farms in Maryland before moving to Florida for two seasons. He moved to Adena Springs North in Ontario for the 2017 season, where he currently stands for CA$4,000.