Two-year-old colt Calgary Cat became the fifth winner for Florida's leading freshman sire Cowtown Cat when he cruised to a promising victory in a $67,000 maiden special weight race [VIDEO] at Woodbine on August 12th.
Trained by champion Canadian-based trainer Mark Casse, Calgary Cat showed so much promise that his connections felt confident entering the colt in the $152,000 Colin S. for his first start at the races last month. Calgary Cat encountered some unfortunate luck in his first official break from the gate, stumbling from the stall and then clipping heels and nearly falling. It left Calgary Cat in last down the backstretch, and yet he still showed his ability by rallying to be fourth after losing all chance at the start.
Sunday, he faced an over-matched group of non-winners and proved much the best, sweeping to the lead in the stretch and winning comfortably in a hand ride. He ran seven furlongs in 1:23.27 over the local Polytrack, earning a 74 Beyer.
Calgary Cat was bred by WinStar Farm and sold as a yearling to owner John Oxley for $40,000 at Fasig-Tipton July. The chestnut colt hails from the A.P. Indy mare Big Sink Star. The win moved his earnings to just shy of $50,000 from two starts.
Cowtown Cat is No. 1 in Florida by earnings and 2-year-old winners among freshman sires, as his five winners have now eclipsed the $100,000 mark in total earnings. A multiple graded stakes winner by Distorted Humor, Cowtown Cat stood at Journeyman in 2012 for a fee of $4,000 stands and nurses.
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