TOUR OF THE CAT
Tour d'Or - Tune In To The Cat, by Tunerup | 1998 Gelding -
In the fall of 2008, he ran in a claiming race. It was supposed to be his last.
Tour of the Cat showed such early ability that he tried the Flamingo (G3) at Hialeah, a prep race for the 2001 Kentucky Derby. His well-beaten second launched no grandiose dreams of roses, but he showed he was a stakes contender. He proved his speed and heart repeatedly, winning 10 Florida stakes, including the Rizzi Stakes and The Vid Stakes at three, and the Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup, Naked Greed Stakes, Exclusive Praline Handicap, Groomstick Handicap and J Dudley Sprint at four.
As a five year old, he earned his place among the acclaimed few who win graded stakes, taking the Miami Beach H (G3) and Spend A Buck (G3) at Calder and placing in other stakes. At six he even raced in a $2,000,000 stakes in Dubai, but then a foot injury required a year and a half off. He returned to the track as an eight year old, at a lesser level, winning two $50,000 optional claiming races that year and another the following year, and scoring some seconds and thirds. In the fall of 2008, he ran in a claiming race. It was supposed to be his last. But Tour of the Cat was claimed out of that race for $16,000.
Instead of a well-deserved retirement, he was shipped to New York for low level races. Beverly Strauss of Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue was contacted by Dr. Margaret Ohlinger, veterinarian at Finger Lakes racetrack in New York, who scratched Tour of the Cat from a race because he was not in any condition to run. He had been scratched for the same reason by the track vet at Aqueduct. Now he had been sent to yet another track. Ms. Strauss contacted Maggie Moss, one of the most exemplary owners in the sport, who claimed the aging gelding for retirement.
Since coming to Old Friends, Tour of the Cat has regained weight and health and is enjoying the simple pleasures of grazing and the companionship of his wonderful fellow retirees.
Modified On: 9/11/2012
TOUR OF THE CAT's Info:
Bred in FL by C. V. S. Sales. Foaled May 3, 1998
79 Starts, 21 Wins, 13 Places, 13 Shows. Career Earnings: $1,106,955
Racing Owners: Double G. Stable, others
Trainers: Myra Mora, others
Jockeys: A. Cabassa, Jr., others
Biggest wins: Richter Scale H (G2) at Gulfstream Park in 2003, Miami Beach H (G3) at Calder 2003, Spend A Buck S (G3) at Calder 2003, J Dudley Sprint at Calder 2002, Tampa Bay Bud BCH 2002, Naked Greed S at Calder 2002, Groomstick S at Calder 2002, Exclusive Praline H at Calder 2002, The Vid H at Calder 2001, Rizzi S at Calder 2001, Sumter S at Calder 2004
other notable races: 2nd in Calder Derby (G3) 2001, 2nd Needles S Calder 2001, 2nd Super S at Tampa Bay 2002, 2nd Jackie Wackie S at Calder 2002, 2nd Kenny Noe Jr. H at Calder 2002, etc.
Raced through the age of 11
Joined Old Friends August 2009