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WASHINGTON, OK—JULY 20, 2019—Lyle Lovett's graded stakes winner Stray Cat got his first stakes winner Saturday when Jessa Cat won the $ Desert Classic Derby at Arizona Downs.
Jess Cat broke sharp under jockey Kevin Carbajal to win the $16,625 Desert Classic Derby Saturday afternoon at Arizona Downs.Trainer Jose Botello saddled the Stray Cat filly to her fourth career win for owner Eulailo Juarez. Jessa Cat completed the 350 yards in a quick :17.480 seconds, a 111 speed index into a 10 mph crosswind. Bred William O. Dale in Missouri, from the Mr Jess Perry mare Jessa Runner, Jessa Cat picked up $9,144 to bring her bankroll to just over $29,000.
From limited starters in three crop to race, Stray Cat has sired four winners and one stakes winner. His top performers include the aforementioned Desert Classic Derby winner Jessa Cat SI 111 (4 wins to 4, 2019 $19,892 Desert Classic Derby, 2nd AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity, etc.), Ivory Storm Cat SI 85 (winner to 3, $15,589), Wl Alley Cat-PT (winner to 3, $11,785), First Moon Cat SI 82 (winner to 3, $5,820 etc.), etc.
in the Desert Classic Derby at Arizona Downs.
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Stray Cat is the only stakes winning Quarter Horse sired by leading Thoroughbred sire Storm Cat. A son of Storm Bird, out of the graded stakes-winning Secretariat mare Terlingua, Storm Cat was bred and raced by William T. Young. During his racing career, Storm Cat captured the Young America Stakes (gr. I) and finished second in the 1985 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) on the way to $570,610 in career earnings.
Storm Cat retired from racing in 1987, after breeding his first book of mares in 1988 at a fee of $30,000, he spent 20 years at stud during a career that saw his fee rise to as high as $500,000.
Storm Cat sired earners of more than $128 million, eight champions, and 181 stakes winners including winners of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), and five Breeders' Cup races.
Storm Cat retired from active stud duties in 2008.
Through the advances of artificial insemination and a special fertility procedure developed at Texas A&M University, Storm Cat was made available to the Quarter Horse public for the first time in 2009.
Lyle Lovett and Vessels Stallion Farm, LLC partnered to breed Vessels Champion mare Your First Moon, a daughter of all-time leading Quarter Horse sire First Down Dash, to Storm Cat. Storm Cat died in 2013.
Your First Moon SI 96 was named the 2001 AQHA Racing Champion 2-Year-Old and 2-Year-Old Filly. She won seven races earning $750,726 including the Los Alamitos Million Futurity(G1), Governor's Cup Futurity(RG1) and was third in the Kindergarten Futurity(G1). She was also a finalist in the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity(G1), Spencer Childers Cal Breeders' Championship(RG1), Vessels Maturity(G1) and Mildred N. Vessels Memorial(G1).
Your First Moon is the dam of 10 winners, 6 black type, including four-time AQHA Racing Champion Moonist SI 101 ($878,468), AQHA Racing Champion Moon In The Eagle SI 111 ($548,985), Grade 3 winner and multiple stakes sire Jess My Moon SI 99 ($78,450), G3 winner Stray Cat SI 93 (see above), All American Futurity(G1) runner-up The Marfa Lights SI 92 ($566,493), stakes-placed Im Leonidas SI 93 ($23,963 to, 4, 2018), etc.
The second dam is the multiple stakes producing *Beduino (TB) mare Moon Arisen, dam of 17 ROM including Grade 1 winner Not A Full Moon SI 104 ($271,962), stakes winner Moonlight Corona SI 97 ($61,642), G1 placed Sunset Dash ($250,795), stakes-placed Got No Secrets, etc.
Stray Cat stands at Oklahoma Equine Reproductive Center near Washington, Oklahoma in Washington, Oklahoma. For additional information or breeding contracts call Joe Carter, DVM at (405) 288-6460 or Carolyn Simancik, Breeding Manager at (405) 288-6460.