|TABBY LANE (Photo: Wendy Wooley)|
|EASTWOOD DACAT (Photo: Bleu Valley Farm)|
Eastwood Dacat had a promising debut at 3 at Oaklawn Park where he had led the field for a while in a Maiden Special Weight sprint before finishing 3rd, beaten only 1 ¼ and earning a debut Beyer of 67. All seemed poised for a strong second start but something went wrong. There was no zip in the race at all and he was badly beaten…and injured. The decision was made to retire him and try and pass along some of those Storm Cat/Gone West genes down the line. That would have been the end of the story except when he arrived at Bleu Valley Farm in Minnesota, the young stallion showed plenty of zip and that got folks thinking. Eastwood Dacat tried to come back one more time at five. He was brought along slowly and led a MSW field at Hawthorne through the turn and then faltered badly. Reinjured, he was brought back to Bleu Valley and now will try to establish himself as a stallion.
We bought the season to him at the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association's Stallion Services Auction and Tabby will head over to Dove Hill, who will be handling his season, in February to be covered. Their progeny will be eligible for the 2017 MTA Stallion Services Auction Stakes – hopefully a black type affair by then.
The mating was rated by Werk as an A and the blend of her stamina, remarkable stability and desire to win (25% of her starts) combined with his speed should give us a nice foal. For you pedigree folks out there here are some of the particulars:
Dosage Index: 4.0
Center of Distribution: 1.0
Werk Quality Rating: Q7 (total points 34)
5-Generation Inbreeding: GONE WEST - 3f x 4m NORTHERN DANCER - 4m, 4f x SECRETARIAT - 4f, 5f x
Stakes winners from the Storm Cat/Unbridle’s Song cross include:
A SHIN TOP 2010 C G2
ALPHA KITTEN 2006 F G2
BUTTERFLY SOUL 2010 F
ELUSIVE LADY 2005 F G3
ETCHED 2005 C G2
HOLD ME BACK 2006 C G2
MEAL PENALTY 2005 C
NECESSARY EVIL 2007 F G3
ONCE WERE WILD 2006 F
OUT OF BOUNDS 2009 C G3
PUISSANCE DE LUNE 2008 C G3
WILD BOUT TIFFANY 2008 F
You will, of course, be subjected to following the progress right here as the time passes!