12/15/2006 12:00AM

Cat Dreams has moved


Cat Dreams, whose oldest foals will be yearlings in 2007, has been transferred to Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., for the upcoming breeding season.

Cat Dreams, 5, previously stood at Pepper Oaks Farm, which has reduced its stallion holdings for 2007 to one sire, state leader Swiss Yodeler. Cat Dreams, who is owned by B. Wayne Hughes and Bongo Racing Stable, will stand for $4,000, the same fee that he stood for in 2006.

Cat Dreams is by Storm Cat out of the millionaire mare J J'sdream, a 10-time stakes winner. Cat Dreams was purchased for $475,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale. He made one start for Hughes, winning a maiden race at Churchill Downs, but emerged from the race with a bowed tendon.

Cat Dreams arrived at Tommy Town in November, according to farm manager Mike Allen.

"He's got a really nice body and he's really correct for a Storm Cat," Allen said.

According to The Jockey Club, Cat Dreams was bred to 48 mares in 2006.

Cat Dreams is one of four newcomers to Tommy Town in 2007. The farm will stand Ministers Wild Cat, Old Topper, and Valid Wager, who were there in 2006, as well as the new stallions Kissin Kris, Supah Blitz, and Uncle Denny.

Allen said that bookings have "been kind of slow" but wonders if that is because of procrastination by California breeders.

"We've sent out about half as many contracts as in the past," he said. "Hopefully, that will pick up after the January sale. I know a lot of people in California wait to make their decisions.

"I would hope Old Topper gets 100 mares. Ministers Wild Cat is booking pretty good. We're doing a two-for-one breeding with him at $7,500. The new stallions that we've got are nice horses."

Statebreds close to a record

Led by California Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Romance Is Diane, there are three California-bred fillies in Sunday's Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park.

They could be part of a record-breaking season for California-breds. Through Friday, six statebreds had won Grade 1 or Group 1 races this year, one fewer than last year's record of seven.

Saturday, the statebreds Notional and Unusual Suspect were entered in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity at Hollywood Park. Sunday, Romance Is Diane is joined in the Starlet by High Cholesterol and Mistical Plan.

High Cholesterol, a filly by Until Sundown, was third in the Moccasin Stakes on Nov. 19. Mistical Plan, a Game Plan filly, won the Cover Gal Stakes at Santa Anita in October and was second in the Grade 3 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs last month.

All three of the fillies are seeking their first graded stakes win. Romance Is Diane, who is by In Excess, has won her last two starts, including a maiden win in early October.

Overall, six statebreds have won 10 Grade 1 races this year.

Thor's Echo became the sixth California-bred to win a Grade 1 in 2006 when he won the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. Thor's Echo returned to win the Grade 1 Frank De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel on Nov. 25.

The other statebred Grade 1 or Group 1 winners this year have been Bordonaro (Ancient Title BC Handicap), Brother Derek (Santa Anita Derby), Dancing Edie (John Mabee Handicap at Del Mar), Lava Man (four Grade 1 races, including the Santa Anita Handicap), and Proud Tower Too (Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai).