Courageous Cat Seeks Another Grade I Sunday At Woodbine


Posted 09.15.11 at 11:41

Courageous Cat wins the Shoemaker Mile under Patrick Valenzuela. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (September 15, 2011)—Courageous Cat and jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who combined to win the Shoemaker Mile July 2 at Hollywood Park, will try for another Grade I in the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile Sunday at Woodbine.

Owned by breeders Pam and Marty Wygod and trained by Bill Mott, Courageous Cat has been idle since defeating Caracortado by a neck in the Shoemaker. The win was the third in five attempts at the distance on turf. Overall, Courageous Cat has won six of 13 and earned $961,300.

A victory would be the second in the Woodbine Mile for Valenzuela, who scored with Becrux in 2006.

The Mile is the 10th of 11 races Sunday. Scheduled post time is 2:42 p.m. PDT. Track gates at Hollywood Park open at 10:30 a.m. for simulcasts.

Jockey Garrett Gomez, who will be aboard Right One, will be seeking his third win in the race in the last five years. Gomez followed a victory with Shakespeare in 2007 with another on the mare Ventura in 2009.

From inside out, the field for the Ricoh Woodbine Mile: Hollinger, Tyler Pizarro rides, 117 pounds; Forte Dei Marimi, John Velazquez, 117; Woodborne, Emma-Jayne Wilson, 117; Courageous Cat, Patrick Valenzuela, 124; Right One, Garrett Gomez, 119; Grand Adventure, Patrick Husbands, 119; Turallure, Julien Leparoux, 121; Side Glance, Jimmy Fortune, 119; Kara’s Orientation, Emile Ramsammy, 121; Dance And Dance, Jamie Spencer, 117 and defending champion Court Vision, Robby Albarado, 121.

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