02/06/2008 12:00AM

Cat Brulay is barn's best-bred prospect


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Eight 4-year-olds and up have been signed up for a six-furlong maiden sprint at Bay Meadows on Friday that is the most interesting race on the card.

Cat Brulay, a $750,000 yearling purchase, will finally make his debut. Two other first-timers, Silver Man Can and Mighty Wagner, are also entered. Silver Man Can is by a Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Silver Charm, and Mighty Wagner is out of the stakes-winning mare Creaseinherjeans. High Solids, a full brother to the multiple stakes winner High Standards, will make his second start.

Cat Brulay, by Storm Cat out of the stakes-winning Rubiano mare Brulay, is the "best-bred horse we've ever had," said Cris Vienna, the top assistant to his father, Darrell. Cat Brulay is a half-brother to the multiple winners Chatham Strait and Neko Bay.

Storm Cat's debut runners win at a 17.6 percent clip, and the Vienna barn is good with first-timers, winning 21 percent with a $6.76 return on investment.

Cris Vienna is unsure why the colt did not start before. He was purchased from the Stan Fulton dispersal in November and has worked nicely for the Vienna barn since. He has four six-furlong works, including a best-of-13 bullet of 1:13.00 on Dec. 11.

Vienna was impressed with Cat Brulay's five-furlong work in 59.20 on Jan. 16.

"He broke a minute on the training track at Santa Anita, which is hard to do, and he beat a nice horse that has since won for us," Vienna said. "He's been ready to run, and we actually had him entered at Golden Gate Fields but scratched because he drew the rail."

On Friday, he drew the outside post, which makes Vienna happy.

Silver Man Can, who drew the rail, has finished preparations down south with three solid six-furlong drills. Mighty Wagner has four six-furlong works and also seems set for a strong debut effort.