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Mr. Greeley's a Hit with Storm Cat Mares

A nick showing great promise that has only emerged very recently is that of Mr. Greeley with Storm Cat-line mares. This is a version of the Gone West/Storm Cat cross that produced champion sprinter Speightstown (TrueNicks, SRO), and might be most notable for duplicating Secretariat, the broodmare sire of both Gone West and Storm Cat. For Mr. Greeley, the first score came with the talented 2006 juvenile Horse Greeley (out of a Storm Cat mare), winner of the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II). He was followed last year by Saoirse Abu (out of a mare by Future Storm), who stamped herself as one of Europe's best 2-year-old fillies with wins in the Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes and Moyglare Stud Stakes (both gr. I).

Now Mr. Greeley's sons are getting in on the act. On Saturday, El Gato Malo (El Corredor - One Bad Cat, by Mountain Cat) kept his record perfect with a 6 1/4-lengths win in the San Rafael Stakes (gr. III). El Gato Malo, who rated a very solid TrueNicks B+ (one of 11 A and B scorers out of the 15 Saturday stakes winners who earned a rating) before his stakes win, is actually the second black type performer by El Corredor out of a mare by Mountain Cat, following the listed-placed Cotton Bay. Interestingly, Mr. Greeley's son Whywhywhy already has first-crop graded performer Orinoquia (third in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. II)) out of a mare by another son of Storm Cat, Storm Boot.

While on the subject of El Corredor and Whywhywhy, we should also observe that, despite both being inbred to Mr. Prospector, they are proving very robust when crossed with mares carrying other Raise a Native, and even more Mr. Prospector. El Corredor has graded winner Wanna Runner out of a mare by a son of Mr. Prospector (4 x 5 x 3 to Mr. Prospector); graded winner Itty Bitty Pretty is out of a mare by Raise a Cup (three-quarters relative to Mr. Prospector); stakes winner Classic Neel has a third dam by Mr. Prospector (4 x 5 x 4 to Mr. Prospector); stakes winner Pretty Miriam is out of a mare by Fasliyev, whose dam is by Mr. Prospector (4 x 5 x 4 to Mr. Prospector, plus another fifth-generation cross to Raise a Native, through Alydar). As for El Gato Malo, his second dam is by Native Royalty (Raise a Native/Nasrullah cross, as is Mr. Prospector) and his fourth dam by Bold Native (a Raise a Native horse from the immediate family of Mr. Prospector). Whywhywhy's first stakes winner, We're in the Money, is out of a mare by a son of Mr. Prospector and is 4 x 5 x 3 to that horse.

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