02/13/2015 12:19PM

Cowtown Cat leads changing of the guard among Ohio sires


The addition of Cowtown Cat to Ohio’s stallion roster near the end of 2014 automatically put him at the top of the state’s general sire list by progeny earnings, and he stands a strong chance of remaining in that spot until he can defend the title with his own Ohio-sired runners in 2018.

Cowtown Cat, an 11-year-old son of Distorted Humor, will make his Buckeye State debut in 2015 at Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm in Polk, Ohio, for an advertised fee of $2,500. He previously had stood his entire career at Journeyman Stud in Florida, where he retired for the 2009 breeding season.

Cowtown Cat is the sire of four crops of racing age, led by the Grade 2 winner Calgary Cat; the Grade 3-placed Dreaming of Susie; and Bigman in Town, the 2013 horse of the year in Trinidad and Tobago. He had 31 winners from 63 starters in 2014 for earnings of $1,403,378.

Bred in Kentucky by Gulf Coast Farms Bloodstock, Cowtown Cat brought $1.5 million from WinStar Farm at the 2006 Barretts March selected sale of 2-year-olds in training. He won 4 of 16 career starts for earnings of $562,228. His on-track résumé features wins in the Grade 2 Illinois Derby and the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes, as well as a placing in the Grade 2 Swale Stakes.

Cowtown Cat is the first foal out of the winning Storm Cat mare Tom’s Cat, who is the dam of two winners from four foals to race. He is from the family of Grade 3 winners Crafty But Sweet, Dewan Keys, and Eleven Pleasures.

Cowtown Cat heads up an influx of new stallions at Ohio farms following the state’s approval of video lottery terminals in 2011.

Among the veteran sires to arrive in the state in recent years are Canadian champion Mobil and Grade 3 winner Lunarpal, who stand at Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm and were represented by their first Ohio-sired foals in 2014.

The Grade 1 winner Stately Victor and the Grade 2 winner Kettle Corn will have their first Ohio foals in 2015, both standing at Fair Winds Farm in Waynesville, Ohio, as will the Grade 2 winner Birdrun and the Grade 1-placed Twinspired at Poplar Creek Horse Center in Bethel, Ohio, and the Grade 2-placed William’s Kitten at Diamond Eyes Farm in Diamond, Ohio.

Poplar Creek Horse Center also will stand the first-year sires Tidal Volume, a stakes-winning son of Tapit, and Vertiformer, a Grade 2-placed stakes-winning Dynaformer horse, in 2015.

Kentucky Dane claimed the top spot among resident Ohio sires by progeny earnings with eight winners from 11 starters for $419,990. The 15-year-old unraced son of Danehill stands at the farm of Joseph McFadden Jr. in Chillicothe, Ohio, for a private fee.

Kentucky Dane’s foals made the most of their scant numbers in 2014, led by the stakes winners Jac’s Fact, Isadella, and Circle Can Run. His three stakes winners and four stakes wins were both the most among Ohio stallions, resident or newcomers, last year.