06/14/2012 3:05PM

Lone Star: Dat Red Cat seeks quicker getaway in Sales Futurity


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – If he breaks sharply, Dat Red Cat is talented enough to win his maiden in the $100,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity at Lone Star Park on Saturday.

“It will be very important for him to get the break,” said Randy Mayfield, who trains Dat Red Cat.

There are two divisions of the Sales Futurity on Saturday, one for colts and geldings and the other for fillies. This year, there were no trials for the races, both of which are at five furlongs. Lone Star on Saturday also will run the inaugural $50,000 Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes, a 7 1/2-furlong turf race for fillies and mares bred in Texas.

Dat Red Cat has finished second in his two starts, both maiden special weights against open-company rivals at Lone Star. He was favored in his most recent out May 6 and finished 1 1/2 lengths back. Dat Red Cat earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 71, which is the best career number in his division of the Sales Futurity.

“He hasn’t got the break in either of his races,” Mayfield said. “He ran a little green the first time and got out a little better the second time. I look for the third time to be the charm.”

Dat Red Cat is a January foal from the first crop of Datrick, a Grade 3 winner at 2.

“He’s a stout, good-looking colt,” Mayfield said of Dat Red Cat. “He’s a good individual, good to be around, and definitely looks the part.”

Dat Red Cat will break from post 5, under Roman Chapa. He figures to be near the front.

“Going five furlongs, you don’t have time to sit back and wait,” Mayfield said. “He’s going to have to bring it Saturday.”

Mayfield also will start Boogalee, a son of Ide who will be coupled with Dat Red Cat. Both horses are co-owned by Mayfield’s wife, Heather. Dat Red Cat was a $1,000 purchase at auction, and Boogalee, $1,500.

“I like both of my horses,” Mayfield said. “I did all the ground work on them, got them at the yearling sale, broke them myself, and got them to the races. I’m proud of that, and it would make it a little bit more special if they did win. It would put the icing on the cake.”

Threats include Bret Calhoun trainees Worldventurer, an eight-length winner against statebred maidens, and Shockman, a half-brother to a past Sales Futurity fillies winner Shocktime.

In this year’s $100,000 fillies Sales Futurity, Pardonmecomingthru is the lone winner in a field otherwise comprising maidens. She led throughout for a neck score in a maiden special weight against open-company rivals in her debut May 11, validating the hopes that owners Ed and Caroline Dodwell had for her.

“She didn’t do anything we were surprised about,” Ed Dodwell said. “I thought she was special, and I thought she was at least fit enough to go the four and a half furlongs.”

Dodwell purchased Pardonmecomingthru at auction, paying $20,000 for the filly during the Fasig-Tipton Texas yearling sale in August. A daughter of the Forest Wildcat stallion Chatain, she is a half-sister to both Postponed, a winner of the Grade 2 Peter Pan, and Bridesmaid, a winner of the fillies division of the Sales Futurity.

Larry Taylor has the mount for trainer Caroline Dodwell.

◗ The improving Donegal Gold drew a better post than leading contender Joy’s Paradise in the Lane’s End Stallion, with Donegal Gold breaking from post 3 and Joy’s Paradise from post 12.