WinStar is the lone US farm in 2010 that has come closest to emulating the terrific season that Juddmonte is enjoying this year on track and in the breeding shed. Juddmonte’s Workforce’s won the Epsom Derby and Arc, Frankel is the best 2-year-old in Europe, and Proviso has claims on an Eclipse as best turf female, to name three racing stars. Meanwhile, the Juddmonte sires Oasis Dream and Dansili are among the very best in Europe. WinStar, likewise, won the Derby and Belmont with Super Saver and Drosselmeyer, and its roster of sires is one of the best in the US, headed by Distorted Humor, Tiznow, and Speightstown—each of them first-rate. This is a terrific compliment to the team at WinStar, who now has another sire-in-the-making on its hands. The farm’s very promising freshman sire Bluegrass Cat has a chance to join this trio judging by what he’s done to date: He has two stakes winners—both within days of each other last week—and 16 individual winners on his resume and an excellent chance to add more quality and numbers to these totals by year’s end.
Bluegrass Cat’s most recent success is the filly Kathmanblue, who won the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 14 over 1 1/16 miles on turf. Next stop for her reportedly is the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
Before her, the Bluegrass Cat colt Blue Laser won the Grade 3 Grey Stakes on Oct. 10 at Woodbine over 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather course.
Bluegrass Cat is a son of Storm Cat from the A.P. Indy mare She’s a Winner—a sister to the dam of Derby winner Super Saver. Click here to read a prior post on this family. As a racehorse, Bluegrass Cat was a legitimate staying son of his sire, a rarity much like Giant’s Causeway. Both got 10 furlongs, and though Giant’s Causeway was obviously the better racehorse and is Storm Cat’s best son at stud to date, Bluegrass Cat’s race record is nothing to scoff at. He was a staying 2-year-old who won the Grade 3 Nashua at a mile and the Grade 2 Remsen at 9 furlongs, and at 3 he was a classic colt like Super Saver, placing second in both the Derby and Belmont Stakes. He did also win the Grade 1 Haskell over 9 furlongs and was a distant second to Bernardini in the Travers.
Like Bernardini, who is represented by three Graded stakes winners to date from his first crop this year, including two Grade 1 winners, Bluegrass Cat is a revelation with his 2-year-olds. Neither horse was really expected to light up the juvenile sire charts, but it’s refreshing that in this day and age of speed that both classic types are doing just that. And whereas Bernardini has seven winners to his credit, Bluegrass Cat has 16, including early season runners who won some of the 4 1/2-furlong races in April and May. Projections, then, are great that the Bluegrass Cats should be even better next year with maturity and distance.