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Courageous Cat Claws Out Shoemaker Mile Win

By - Updated: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 12:19 PM
Posted: Saturday, July 2, 2011 8:14 PM - Photo: benoitphoto.com

Courageous Cat Claws Out Shoemaker Mile Win

Courageous Cat outfights Caracortado to win the Shoemaker Mile.

Even-money favorite Courageous Cat   chalked up his first grade I stakes victory when he held off the closing Caracortado by a neck to win the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) on a firm Hollywood Park turf course July 2 (VIDEO).

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, 48, earned his 100th stakes win at Hollywood Park while riding Courageous Cat for the first time.
“It was nice way to get the 100th stakes win because Bill Shoemaker, he was my idol," Valenzuela said.
With the victory, Courageous Cat, trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott for owners/breeders Pam and Martin Wygod, earned a berth in the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 5.
Courageous Cat, a son of Storm Cat out of the dual grade I-winning Rahy mare Tranquility Lake, completed the mile in a sizzling 1:33.19. The time was slightly off the turf course mark of 1:32.59 set by Monterey Jazz in 2009.
Caracortado, ridden by Joe Talamo, finished second. Victor's Cry  , last year's Shoemaker Mile winner, rallied for third from the back of the six-horse field with Victor Espinoza aboard.
Courageous Cat, a full brother to multiple grade I winner After Market, has won both of his starts in 2011 after capturing the Poker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park in commanding style by 2 1/4 lengths June 10. In his only prior race in Southern California, the 5-year-old finished second by a half-length to the superstar Goldikova in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita in November 2009.
“I’m looking for revenge (against Goldikova) in the Breeders’ Cup Mile," Wygod said. "If you notice in all his races, he goes to his left lead right after he takes the lead. When somebody runs up to him, then he’ll start to do well again. You could see he wasn’t going to give it up today. I was pretty confident.
"He’s going back East now, I had to give Bill Mott my word that I wouldn’t keep him here. Pat Valenzuela is a great professional and we’ve tried to give him every chance he deserves. Coming back at his age with his spirit and drive, it’s a good thing to see him getting the job done.’’
Liberian Freighter, as expected, set the pace in the Shoemaker Mile but Courageous Cat was never far behind while rating in second on the front-runner's outside. Fractions were :24.02, :47.31, and 1:10.11. Courageous Cat took the advantage in upper stretch and fought off Liberian Freighter and Caracortado from between horses to lead by a half-length at the eighth pole. Caracortado kept coming in the final strides but could not get on even terms with the game Courageous Cat. "I just wanted my horse to relax, and that’s what he did," said Valenzuela, who is the the 10th rider to win 100 stakes at Hollywood. "He relaxed perfectly behind the leader and settled nicely. I could have gotten (Liberian Freighter) any time I wanted. I waited as long as I could and he kicked on for home. When that horse (Caracortado) came to him and he fought back. That horse was never going to get by him.”
Valenzuela's last grade I win came in 2006.
Victor's Cry, the 21-1 upset winner of last year's Shoemaker Mile, finished 4 3/4 lengths father back. Blue Chagall, Smokey Lonesome, and Liberian Freighter followed.With just five races over the past two years, Courageous Cat qualifies as "lightly raced." The bay won the National Racing Museum Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga as a 3-year-old prior to his big effort in the Breeders' Cup Mile. His only win in three tries last year came in Gulfstream Park's Canadian Turf (gr. IIIT) in February 2010. He ran third in last fall's Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland as well.
Courageous Cat has a 6-2-2 record 13 lifetime starts with earnings of $961,300. The Shoemaker Mile win was worth $180,000. Under equal weight of 124 pounds, the winner paid $4, $2.60, and $2.20 and topped an $11.20 exacta. Second choice Caracortado missed by a head in this spring's Frank Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita and came up just shy again, returning $3.20 and $2.40. Victor's Cry was $2.60 to show. "I really thought I had the winner at the top of the stretch because I had a lot of horse turning for home," said Talamo of Caracortado. "The other one just had a little bit more.”
Ashtar was scratched. 


Courageous Cat Wins Gulf Stakes

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 2:42 PM

Courageous Cat, Wasted Tears Win Gulf Stakes

Photo: Coglianese Photos
Courageous Cat comes home strong in the Canadian Turf.
Courageous Cat  , last seen finishing a close second to champion Goldikova in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT), stalked the early pace before taking the lead in midstretch and then held off a late challenge to win the Canadian Turf Cup (gr. IIT) by a head at Gulfstream Park Feb. 20 (VIDEO) .

Settled into second by jockey Garrett Gomez, the Martin and Pam Wygod homebred trained by Bill Mott stalked Jet Propulsion early before taking over in the stretch. The 4-year-old son of Storm Cat held off the late challenge of Cherokee Artist as the 9-10 favorite. Jet Propulsion held on for third as they completed the mile on turf in 1:31.58.


The victory was the fourth in the ninth career start for Courageous Cat, who has now earned $661,300. The colt is a full brother to grade I winner After Market   and a half-brother to grade II winner Jalil. He previously won the Hall of Fame (gr. IIT) at Saratoga before finishing third in the Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT) prior to his Breeders’ Cup date.


"We were really excited with him coming back as well as he’s been training for the last month, although you are always a little concerned about their first race back," Mott said. "The race developed about the way we expected, although I thought there might be another horse to go with the pacesetter (Jet Propulsion). He did get a little tired toward the end, which was to be expected after the layoff, but he was able to go on and win."

Mott said there is a possibility Courageous Cat will be sent to Dubai to contest the March 27 Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I).


"The plan was to follow two horses, but the inside horse (Le Grand Cru) really didn’t go and I felt like I was in a tactical spot and could take control of the race when I needed to," Gomez explained. "He was getting a little tired when (Cherokee Artist) came up to him, but he dug in, and even galloping out that horse never got by him. That’s a good sign. He’s a three-year-old just turning four, and last year he really started to come into his own, and for a comeback race I thought it was impressive."

Over three seasons of racing, the impeccably bred COURAGEOUS CAT has proven to be one of North America’s premier milers. A son of Storm Cat out of Grade 1 winner Tranquility Lake, and a full-brother to our own exciting young stallion AFTER MARKET, he is a horse blessed with a rare alloy of speed, stamina, class, and pedigree. COURAGEOUS CAT has traveled from New York to California, from Florida to Canada, and has rarely come up wanting when the chips are down. Conditioned by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for his breeders, Pam and Marty Wygod, COURAGEOUS CAT, also a full to the Group 2 winner and $9.7-million yearling Jalil, has won six times and earned in excess of $1.1 million. His victories include four graded wins over four different surfaces, including an important Grade 1 tally in the Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park.


COURAGEOUS CAT showed from the beginning he was something special. As a 3-year-old, he broke his maiden sprinting seven furlongs at Belmont, then wheeled right back to take the A Gift S. over the same surface. Though it came in an ungraded race, the performance raised eyebrows, as COURAGEOUS CAT stopped the clock for the 1 1/16 miles in a wicked 1:39 3/5, and the horse he beat, Al Khali, came back to win a graded race in his next start.


COURAGEOUS CAT was even more impressive in his next, the nine-furlong G2 Hall of Fame S. at Saratoga. Against the storied backdrop of the Spa, COURAGEOUS CAT was on the lead after a mile in 1:33 4/5 and flew home in a brilliant 1:45 4/5, which established a new stakes record while carving nearly four ticks off the old mark.


COURAGEOUS CAT was replicating his older brother AFTER MARKET’s feat in winning the Hall of Fame, and Mott was full of praise. “This [win] was very good,” he told The Blood-Horse. “This horse is probably a little quicker than [After Market]. Maybe he has a little more natural speed [and is] quicker on his feet.”


“The sky’s the limit the way he carried me today,” jockey Kent Desormeaux added. “I just got so much confidence in him. He’s a very, very nice horse. He’s going to be something special. He’ll win a Grade 1.”


After a close-up third in the G1 Jamaica H. back at Belmont, COURAGEOUS CAT nearly lived up to Desormeaux’s boast on the world’s biggest stage. In the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita, COURAGEOUS CAT took over after three-quarters in 1:08 1/5 and led into deep stretch before finding only the great Goldikova (Ire) too strong. He finished a half-length back of that esteemed miss while earning plaudits for a gutsy run.


“It was a huge effort,” Mott said. “I thought he might win it.  He ran a winning race.”


Returning at age 4 in the one-mile, G3 Canadian Turf S. at Gulfstream Park, COURAGEOUS CAT showed what he was made of with a victory that can only be described as scintillating. Said the Brisnet.com report, “After closely stalking wicked early splits of :23 1/5, :43 4/5 and 1:08 2/5, the Breeders’ Cup Mile runner-up disposed of the pacesetter, but had to withstand a tenacious challenge…in deep stretch. He gamely prevailed by a head, just missing the course record when finishing the mile in 1:31.58.” The final time, incidentally, also just missed the world record for a mile on grass.


At five, COURAGEOUS CAT was better than ever. In his seasonal debut in the one-mile G3 Poker H. at Belmont, he aired by 2 1/2 lengths, then was sent across the country to contest the G1 Shoemaker Mile against the likes of Caracortado and defending champ Victor’s Cry. In another sterling performance, he held off the former while completing the mile in a sizzling 1:33.19. Said DRF’s Steve Andersen, “COURAGEOUS CAT’s gritty win in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park left winning jockey Patrick Valenzuela in a forecasting mood after the race. ‘I can almost guarantee he’ll win the Breeders’ Cup Mile, even if they bring that filly [Goldikova] over,’ Valenzuela said.” Unfortunately, all hope was lost for COURAGEOUS CAT in the Mile when, as he was poised to make a move in upper stretch, a rival came over abruptly and forced him to check hard.


COURAGEOUS CAT retired to Lane’s End with six wins, four in graded company, and earnings of $1,165,760.

One needs to look no further than COURAGEOUS CAT’s page to see the source of his dynamic physical abilities. His dam, Tranquility Lake, was one of Rahy’s best race fillies. First or second in 18 of 27 and an earner of over $1.6 million, Tranquility Lake was a Grade 1 filly on dirt and a Grade 1 winner on turf for the Wygods. A half to multiple Grade 2 winner and successful sire Benchmark, Tranquility Lake was produced by a half-sister to G1 Belmont S. winner Caveat. Tranquility Lake’s first foal was the brilliant AFTER MARKET, a dual Grade 1 winner of over $900,000. Her second foal was Jalil, a Keeneland September sales topper, at $9,700,000 and COURAGEOUS CAT made it three graded winners from as many to hit the track.


Lane’s End, having bought an interest in COURAGEOUS CAT, had as much confidence in the flashy bay’s innate ability as his connections, and has just as much confidence in COURAGEOUS CAT’s potential as a stallion. Call today to discuss his introductory fee as both commercial and breed-to-race operations can afford to put some “courage” into their breeding programs.

For 2013, Lane's End, and Marty and Pam Wygod have relocated this remarkable stallion to Questroyal North to take advantage of the exceptional New Breeding program with New York's large purses and extensive rich Breeding Awards Program.

RACE RECORD :  Starts 15 - 6 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds - $1,165,760.


Owner:                 Pam Wygod, Martin Wygod & William S. Farish
Breeder:              Pam & Martin Wygod
State Bred:          KY
Winnings:            15 Starts: 6 - 3 - 2, $1,165,760

At 3:
Won National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame S. (G2), A Gift S. (Bel,8.5FT)
2nd Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) To Goldikova
3rd Jamaica H. (G1)

At 4:
Won Canadian Turf S. (G3)
3rd Shadwell Turf Mile S. (G1)

At 5:
Won Shoemaker Mile (G1,Hol,8FT), Poker S. (G3,Bel,8FT)
2nd Woodbine Mile (G1,Wo,8FT)

Foaled April 14, 2006.
Entered stud in 2012 at Lane's End Farm, Kentucky.

Courageous Cat has been relocated to Questroyal North, Stillwater, New York for the 2013 North American Breeding Season.


br. 1983
b. 1978
b. 1961 [BC]
br. 1954
NEARCO (ITY) br. 1935 [BC]
LADY ANGELA (GB) ch. 1944
b. 1957
ALMAHMOUD (USA) ch. 1947 *
b. 1967
b. 1956
BULL PAGE (USA) b. 1947
FAIR COLLEEN (GB) ch. 1950
b. 1962
CHOP CHOP (USA) b. 1940
SOLAR DISPLAY (USA) ch. 1951 *
ch. 1976
ch. 1970 [IC]
br. 1954 [BI]
NASRULLAH (GB)   b. 1940 [B]
MISS DISCO (USA) b. 1944 *
b. 1952
ch. 1969
ch. 1959
SPY SONG (USA) br. 1943 [B]
PAPILA (ARG) ch. 1943 *
ch. 1958
BOLERO (USA) ch. 1946
FIRST ROSE (USA) b. 1946
b. 1995
ch. 1985
ch. 1974 [BC]
ch. 1954
NASRULLAH (GB)   b. 1940 [B]
SPRING RUN (USA) b. 1948 *
b. 1962
WILD RISK (FR) b. 1940 [P]
AIMEE (GB) b. 1957
b. 1976
blk. 1969 [BC]
HAIL TO REASON (USA) dkb/br. 1958 [C]
COSMAH (USA) b. 1953 *
b. 1972
HERBAGER (FR) b. 1956 [CS]
MISS SWAPSCO (USA) dkb/br. 1965
b. 1982
dkb/br. 1977 [IC]
b. 1961 [BC]
  NEARCTIC (CAN) br. 1954
NATALMA (USA) b. 1957 *
dkb/br. 1968
ADMIRALS VOYAGE (USA) dkb/br. 1959
PETITIONER (GB) b. 1952 *
b. 1974
gr. 1958
MAHMOUD (FR) gr. 1933 [IC]
BLACKBALL (USA) dkb/br. 1950 *
b. 1965
TURN-TO (USA) b. 1951 [BI]
BRIDLE WAY (GB) dkb/br. 1952



Courageous Cat (USA) b. C, 2006 has a Dosage Index of 3.40 ( DP = 7-5-10-0-0 (22) DI = 3.40   CD = 0.86


COURAGEOUS CAT retired to Lane’s End with six wins, four in graded company, and earnings of $1,165,760.


One needs to look no further than COURAGEOUS CAT’s page to see the source of his dynamic physical abilities. His dam, Tranquility Lake, was one of Rahy’s best race fillies. First or second in 18 of 27 and an earner of over $1.6 million, Tranquility Lake was a Grade 1 filly on dirt and a Grade 1 winner on turf for the Wygods. A half to multiple Grade 2 winner and successful sire Benchmark, Tranquility Lake was produced by a half-sister to G1 Belmont S. winner Caveat. Tranquility Lake’s first foal was the brilliant AFTER MARKET, a dual Grade 1 winner of over $900,000. Her second foal was Jalil, a Keeneland September sales topper, at $9,700,000 and COURAGEOUS CAT made it three graded winners from as many to hit the track.




Call me at 201-362-5619 to discuss your matings for Courageous Cat. Courageous Cat is an ideal outcross for Mr. Prospector and Seattle Slew pedigrees.

Courageous Cat  would make an interesting mating for those mares that have Blushing Groom bloodlines and makes an exceptional inbreeding to the remarkable Blushing Groom.


Special packages will be available to breeders on remarkable new package deals. Inquires welcome regarding the No Guarantee-Guarantee season packages. Additionally, the Optional Convertible Foal Sharing Deals, Convertible to Live Foal Seasons on Various Payment Options are a new concept designed for the betterment of all breeders.

Never has a young stallion prospect with such a Remarkable Stallion Oriented Pedigree, Incredible Blazing Speed and Performance and Physical Attributes  been offered to Mare Owners under such favorable terms and prices.

This is the same Pedigree nick as the Great Giant's Causeway. This is among the fastest Milers to Ever Run and certainly the Great Storm Cat's fastest son.

All of those ground breaking attributes are offered in the remarkable New York Breeders' Program.

Available while seasons are available for 2013. Inquires are also welcome for the 2014 breeding season.