Courageous Cat, who may rule as the favorite in the $300,000
Shoemaker Mile Saturday at Hollywood Park, stood calmly in his stall in Barn 60
North Thursday after arriving from New York Wednesday.
Photo: Hollywood Park
“He flew in last night Fed Ex,” said Rudolph “Rudy” Brisset,
assistant to trainer Bill Mott. “He’s a very good shipper. Everything went
He ate well and was on the track this morning. He jogged a
little and galloped a mile.”
Courageous Cat, a 5-year-old horse, drew the rail in a field
of seven in the Grade 1 grass stake and will be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela.
Owned and bred by Marty and Pam Wygod, the royally-bred son of Storm Cat out of
multiple stakes-winning mare Tranquility
Lake has won five of 12
starts and earned $781,300.
Courageous Cat comes off a 2 ¼-length win in the Grade III
Poker Stakes at one mile on the Belmont Park turf June 10, his first start in
“He needed time off after Keeneland,” explained Brisset of
the layoff following a third-place finish in the Grade I Shadwell Mile last October.
“He had an entrapped epiglottis, had surgery and needed time to recover.”
In his only previous visit to California, Courageous Cat finished
second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2009 at Santa Anita, one-half length behind
Shippers have done well in recent runnings of the Shoemaker.
shipper Thorn Song won the race in 2009. Another Kentucky shipper, Karelian, just missed last
year, finishing second, a head behind Victor’s Cry.