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Courageous Cat Wins US Gr1 Shoemaker Mile
Favoured 5YO entire Courageous Cat (Storm Cat-Tranquility Lake, by Rahy) scored by a neck in the US$300,000 Gr1 Shoemaker Mile Stakes (8 furlongs on turf) at Hollywood Park in California. Courageous Cat (ridden by Patrick Valenzuela for trainer William Mott) defeated fast-finishing 4YO gelding Caracortado (Cat Dreams-Mons Venus, by Maria's Mon) & 6YO ridgeling Victor’s Cry (Street Cry-Short Time, by Clever Trick). Courageous Cat took his record to 6 wins (also including June’s Gr3 Poker Handicap over 8 furlongs at Belmont Park, plus 2010’s Gr3 Canadian Turf Handicap over 8 furlongs at Gulfstream Park & 2009’s Gr2 National Museum Of Racing Hall-Of-Fame Stakes over 9 furlongs at Saratoga) & 4 placings (including 2010’s Gr1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes over 8 furlongs at Keeneland, plus both 2009’s Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Mile over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita & Gr1 Jamaica Handicap over 9 furlongs at Belmont Park) from 12 starts for US$961,300 earnings.