The URC Stallion series, Who’s Your Daddy, continues this Saturday in New Jersey with the Tale of the Cat spotlight. It seems the son of Storm Cat has a proclivity toward fillies in 2019 as 9 of the 12 entries came up female. Does that mean the 3 colts have an advantage? Or will a filly carry the day? First let’s take a look at our featured sire, Tale of the Cat. Tale of the Cat, by Storm Cat, stands at Ashford Stud in Kentucky for $25,000. Born in 1994 out of the Mr. Prospector mare Yarn, he is a seasoned veteran in the breeding shed. He has sired over 100 SWs and his winners have an AWD of a robust 8.02 which is higher than you might expect from a Storm Cat x Mr. P stallion. On the track, Tale of the Cat won only one stakes race, although it was the prestigious King’s Bishop (which now has a long, strange sponsored by name) the premier sprint event for 3yo colts at Saratoga. Tale of the Cat has also been successful as a broodmare sire his mares producing 70 SWs the most prominent offspring being Dortmund. In the SIM, Tale of the Cat represents excellent valuable being available for high 100s and for that you get 88.1% winners, 7.8% SW and 1.7% GW.
The Boys - URC members all used Tale of the Cat of course since this is his race, so let’s see how they paired him up. First we will take a look at the colts. One of several 5/1 co-favorites, It’s a War Cat (War Front x Seattle Slew) is the second runner from the mare Up North. The first runner is an allowance winning Curlin. Has simply and proven effective 4×4 Northern Dancer inbreeding. Cloud Running (Run to Daylight x Northern Dancer) at 20/1 is from the SW mare Run to Dawn. Only second runner and first since 2010. Both these mares don’t have much progeny to project success onto yet and both have something you can like. War Cat having an A SIM pedigree and Cloud having ND right smack in the DDS spot. Last male is Addicted to Cats (Bernardini x Thunder Gulch) which reminds me, how many cats inspired names do you suppose will be in this field? Right now we are at 66%. Mare Ferro is 3/3 with winners. Sent off at 13/1.
The Girls - How did so many girls get into this race? That’s the crapshoot with a sire race, most players won’t breed two entries, so you either get a colt or you enter your filly. Frankly, I don’t think it makes much of a difference with these first debut 2yos. You almost would prefer a filly with Tale of Cat because, let’s be honest, at 25 years old he doesn’t have much time left and it’s going to be useful having a Tale of the Cat mare in the future. Better Work Now (Sunday Silence x Broad Brush) a scratch bred 5/1 runner breaking from the 1 spot. Pure outcross breeding so, along with being a scratch bred not much I can say but good luck. Talosuca (Sunday Silence x Carson City) another scratch bred this filly at 8/1. Hmm a pair of Sunday Silence scratch breds? Is there a story here? Adding in Carson City gives 3×4 inbreeding to Mr. P. I might have chosen Alydar in either of these spots giving a 4×4 inbreeding to Raise a Native which I have found the SIM finds draft sexy. In either case, Tale of the Cat x Sunday Silence is an excellent mare with which to breed in the future. Miss Hellfire (A.P. Indy x Forty Niner) is my entry and you may have guessed that even had I not told you considering my predilection for crossing Indy and Storm Cat. Miss Hellfire hales from the mare Christendom and she is her first daughter after producing seven sons. In inbreeding color chart lights up like Cedar Point after dark for Miss Hellfire. 3×4 to Mr. P, 4×4 Secretariat, 4×5 Northern Dancer, 5×4 Nijinsky. For me, I liked the inbreeding to Secretariat and Nijinsky plus the speed/stamina overlays, speedy Tale of the Cat over stamina Indy, speedy Forty Niner over stamina Nijinsky. Oddsmakers placer her at 5/1. Taleofderbyfever (Bernardini x Mr. Prospector) has the most prestigious dam in G1 winner Derbyfeverdotcom. Second Bernardini dam you’ll notice and a growing push along the Indy line which is a natural fit. Tale of the Cat gets a prime cover here as the mare has seen Giant’s Causeway, Into Mischief and California Chrome. Odds are 6/1 and when you consider the other Bernardini mare is 13/1 does the SIM, not like Bernardini? Interesting.
Tale Weight (Jump Start x Announce) went with close Storm Cat inbreeding of 2×4. Jump Start is Indy x Storm Cat. The part of the pedigree I really like is the 4×4 inbreeding to Nijinsky daughter State. First runner from the mare Jumped Weight. Huge odds of 40/1 but some thought was put into this pairing and even if the DS/DDS isn’t elite it’s an interesting combination. Mind UR Manners (Mr. Greeley x Mineshaft) is a scratch bred tapping into the suddenly pervasive Indy line showing up in this race. 3 lines of Mr. P here, inbreeding 4×5 to Secretariat and 5×5 to Bold Ruler, so with both 3 lines of Mr. P and 3 of Bold Ruler that should be a plethora of speed. 11/1 odds. The final three entries tick down from 9/1 to 8/1 to 7/1 odds as we complete the field. Ask and Answer (Elusive Quality x Awesome Again) is the first runner from the mare Elusive Lord. Elusive Lord wasn’t very good, only winning once in fourteen tries and being retired and bred this year as a 4yo but her mom was a G3 winner with a godly pedigree (Awesome Again x Northern Dancer x Buckpasser) so there is a good deal of classy foundation in these genes. Another scratch bred in the field is Dania Honda (Saint Ballado x El Gran Senor) who also goes with the 4×4 Northern Dancer inbreeding. Finally, Whata Rogue (Unbridled’s Song x Danehill Dancer) who I feel competes with Miss Hellfire for best name in the field is from the stakes-winning mare Whata Pest. Whata Pest has a stakes winner by Gio Ponti (who is a son of Tale of the Cat) so I really like this fillies chances of running well. Excellent job by the breeder of going back to Tale of the Cat after previous non-stakes runners by Hard Spun and American Pharoah.
As it turns out only two 2 horses had cat inspired names. A fairly wide diversity of broodmare pairings, yes there was a lean toward the Indy line but some significant variety out there. The URC as a whole did a fine job putting together some Tale of Cats. Good luck to everyone.