Cowtown Cat was the top seller at the 2006 Barretts March Sale of 2-year-old thoroughbreds in training, and now he’s one of the elite 3-year-olds competing in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
Cowtown Cat, the chestnut colt purchased at Barretts March sale for $1.5 million by WinStar Farms, is ranked 10th by graded stakes earnings among Kentucky Derby starters. The colt recently took the prize in the 50th running of the $500,000 Illinois Derby. Cowtown Cat is trained by Todd Pletcher and jockey Ramon Dominguez gets the nod.
He’ll be joined by fellow alumni Liquidity, purchased at the same sale for $240,000 by J. Paul Reddam. Liquidity is trained by Doug O’Neill and jockey Corey Nakatani will be aboard.
Watching Barretts’ graduates compete in the May classic is becoming a nice habit; last year the top-rated equine sales complex had three contenders, Brother Derek, Point Determined and Sinister Minister.
Jerry McMahon, Barretts Equine Ltd. president and GM said, “We’re always thrilled to have one of our sale graduates in the Kentucky Derby. It’s the biggest race of the year, and most people feel that it’s the hardest race to win. Just having a horse in the field is an honor.”
This is the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby, a visually stunning affair, and appropriately dubbed the most exciting two minutes in sports.
Fairplex Park will open at 7:30 a.m. to watch and wager on Saturday’s Derby; a full card will be presented. Race fans can also be a part of the Triple Crown Treasure Game, details are at www.fairplex.com. Parking for satellite wagering is at Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive.<