Mervyn LeRoy H. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 8.5f ,)

SURF CAT (DK B/ h, 120 lb) $90,000
Sir Cat —Trust Greta , by Centrust
B—Gainesway Farm, KY.; O—Headley, Aase and Naify, Marsha; T—Bruce Headley

Desert Code (CH h, 116 lb) $30,000
E Dubai —Chatta Code , by Lost Code
B—ClassicStar, KY.; O—Tarabilla Farms, Inc.; T—David E. Hofmans

Global Hunter (ARG) (B h, 115 lb) $18,000
Jade Hunter —Griffe de Paris (BRZ) , by Telescopico (ARG)
B—La Providencia, ARG.; O—L-Bo Racing; T—A. C. Avila

Margins: ½, 1, ¾. Others: Neko Bay 115($9,000) , Buzzards Bay 117($3,000) , Monzante 115 , Zappa 115 , Fly Dorcego (BRZ) 115 . Winning Jockey, Alex O. Solis.

Surf Cat edged ever closer to the title of millionaire with his half-length victory over Desert Code in the April 26 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old son of Sir Cat also took the race in 2006, making him the first two-time winner of the event.

Bruce Headley trains Surf Cat for his wife, Aase, and Marsha Naify. A multiple graded stakes winner, Surf Cat came into the race off a second-place finish to GregÕs Gold in the April 5 Potrero Grande Handicap (gr. II). In February, he defeated that rival by a half-length in the San Carlos Handicap (gr. II), which he also won in 2006.

Another one of NaifyÕs runners, Stoneside, won the San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita April 19, while Moon Catcher won the April 27 Emergency Nurse Stakes at Calder.

Surf Cat now has six grade II victories to his credit and earnings of $925,420. With his wins in the Mervyn LeRoy and San Carlos, he seems to be mimicking his 2006 campaign. However, after his victory in the Mervyn LeRoy two years ago, Surf Cat missed nearly 14 months of racing due to foot problems, and this yearÕs win in the San Carlos was his first trip back to the winnerÕs circle since that race.

William Taylor Nicholls and Gainesway Farm bred Surf Cat in Kentucky, and he was consigned to the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February mixed sale where he sold to Drumkenny Farm for $25,000. Later that year, he was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale, but failed to meet his reserve when bidding stopped at $45,000.

Surf CatÕs dam, the winning Centrust mare Trust Greta, was also sold at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February mixed sale. In foal to Ordway, she was purchased for $5,500 by Dancer Stable from Candlebrooke Farm, agent. She was then sold to Haaf for $11,000 at the 2006 Keeneland January mixed sale by Mill Ridge Sales, agent. Shortly thereafter, she was sold privately to Gary Falter, Ben Young, Wes and Susan Martin, and Trackside Farm.

Surf Cat is the second graded stakes winner out of Trust Greta, whose first foal, Rosie OÕ Greta, won the 1995 Tremont BreedersÕ Cup Stakes (gr. III). The 20-year-old mare has a yearling colt by Leroidesanimaux named Surf King and was barren to A.P. Indy for 2008. Kept at Trackside near Versailles, Ky., she is in foal to After Market.

Sir Cat is the sire of 21 stakes winners. The 15-year-old son of Storm Cat stands at Haras Jockey in Chile for a private fee. He formerly stood at the Beck familyÕs Gainesway Farm near Lexington.ÑA.H.D.