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Kentucky Derby Horse Profile
Cairo Cat won the Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs Sep. 15 and became the first juvenile to earn points towards the 2019 Kentucky Derby. His first stakes victory and second in three starts also earned Cairo Cat a fees-paid entry to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs, as the Iroquois was a “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race.
The $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs would reveal a strong late kick from Cairo Cat, which would clinch both a start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and 10 Kentucky Derby points from the 10-4-2-1 points scale. A long shot at 17-1, Cairo Cat would defeat Saratoga Special (G2) runner-up and Iroquois Stakes favorite Tight Ten. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. seems to have gained a good feel for the dark bay son of Cairo Prince, with this win being his first race aboard and delivering and exceptional ride.
Cairo Cat is out of Tale of the Cat mare La Belle Cat, whose three career wins were in sprint races. He’s from the first crop of Cairo Prince, a Grade II winner as a 2-year-old and 3-year-old in 2013 and 2014, respectively, whose career was cut short by injury. Cairo Prince’s sire was Pioneerof the Nile, whose son American Pharoah won the 2015 Triple Crown.
Kentucky-bred Cairo Cat made his first start on the turf at Saratoga before winning his next race on dirt at the Spa in August. But as 2-year-olds learn and develop, improvement often follows and Cairo Cat has improved his speed in each race while posting an Equibase Speed Figure of 75 in his maiden win and then a 92 in his stakes win in the Iroquois.
Development and improvement goes beyond just speed figures, and Cairo Cat is in good hands as his conditioner Kenny McPeek has taken many modest-prices yearlings and developed them into stakes winners. His strong connections in trainer Kenny McPeek and Walkin L Thoroughbreds pointed Cairo Cat to break his maiden at Saratoga against budding two-year-old talent Opry, who later won the With Anticipation Stakes (G3).
McPeek identified Cairo Cat as a yearling purchase of $130,000 at Fasig-Tipton July, and he’s earned $133,750 in three career starts. Cairo Cat is one to watch as an under-the-radar 2-year-old that has opened eyes with his early races and ability to close in his two starts on dirt.
Learn more about Cairo Cat:
MUCCIOLO: Road to the Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Cairo Cat
REILLY: Cairo Cat pounces to top of Kentucky Derby points leaderboard in Iroquois
SCULLY: Asmussen has Tight Ten, Tobacco Road as Iroquois kicks off Road to Kentucky Derby series
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