Sire Profile: Bluegrass Cat

by Bob Schless

Ever since arriving in New York in 2012 Bluegrass Cat has taken over as the leader in earnings, wins and juvenile wins. He was 2nd as a First Crop Sire in 2010 and 2nd again as a second crop sire in 2012. His pedigree is so strong that originally he was brought to the green pastures of Win Star Farms to be bred. He had a stellar career on the race track as well. Finally he is being shuttled to the Southern Hemisphere for their breeding season so he’s going international as a sire. This is what makes him currently a value sire, especially seeing how Freud, New York’s perennial leading sire, stands for $10,000 right now.

Bluegrass Cat was #7 in 2010 in total 2-year-old earnings with Kathmanblu (Jessamine Stakes turf/Grade 2 Golden Rod dirt, 3rd Breederss’ Cup Juvenile filly Turf) leading the way. He was#6 in 2011 Sabercat (Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot). In 2012 he ranked 35th and this year he ranks #17 with Stakes winner Story to Tell his top earner. Being by Storm Cat Bluegrass Cat gives out offspring who are speedy, early maturing, and precocious. Most of his runners typically win up to a mile and a sixteenth.

He is known to produce more dirt runners than turf but he’s had some decent turf and synthetic runners, including E B Ryder (2014 2nd Sunshine Million Filly & Mare Turf, 1st Anka Germania Stakes), Go Blue Or Go Home (Graded Stakes placed on turf, stakes winner on synthetics) and Blue Laser (Grey Stakes, synthetics).

Bluegrass Cat is shuttling to Uruguay this year which will hopefully bring him nice winners from the Southern Hemisphere. The farm he’s going to is very excited about the news.

Some of his best offspring include Sabercat, Kathmanblu, Laurie’s Rocket (multiple Graded Place), Percussion (multiple graded place, stakes winner) and Teeth of the Dog (Grade 2 Dwyer).

Bluegrass Cat’s pedigree is impeccable. He is by Storm Cat and his dam, She’s a Winner is by AP Indy. She’s a winner is a full sister to the dam of Super Saver and G1 winner Imagining. He is also closely related to Grade 1 and Grade 2 winner Girolamo. Bluegrass Cat is inbred with a 3X4 cross to both Northern Dancer and Secretariat. finally, his female family is a direct descendent to the great matriarch La Troienne.

On the track Bluegrass Cat was special. He won or placed in 9 of 11 races. At 2 he won the G3 Nashua and G2 Remsen. On the derby trail he won the Sam F Houston Stakes and then finished 2nd to Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby and 2nd in the Belmont Stakes. His biggest accomplishment came when he won The Haskell Invitational by 7 lengths (a record for margin of victory at the time). He then ran 2nd to Bernardini in the Travers Stakes.

Bluegrass Cat is the #1 Storm Cat sire outside of Kentucky going on 3 years. Given his pedigree and his brilliance on the track hopefully he will be bred to some mares who have strong distance oriented families because I think he has it in him to produce classic winners. With how he has stampeded New York’s racing circuit I see his stud fee climbing to over $10,000 in the next couple years so get him on the cheap now.