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WinStar Kentucky Cup Undercard Stakes Named for Farm’s Stallions

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:00 AM
  • Kentucky Cup
FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 14, 2011 – Stallions standing at WinStar Farm will lend their names to the four undercard stakes on the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, scheduled to run at Turfway Park Sept. 24.

The four races will run as the Distorted Humor Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3), the Speightstown Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3), the Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile, and the Tiznow Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies.

The name change for the feature race of the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, the WinStar Kentucky Cup (G2), was announced earlier. The race was formerly run as the Kentucky Cup Classic.

Distorted Humor (Forty Niner-Danzig's Beauty, by Danzig) entered stud in 1999 and was 2002's champion freshman sire. Among his progeny are 2003 dual Classic winner Funny Cide and Grade 1 winners Commentator, Hystericalady, Awesome Humor, Flower Alley, Any Given Saturday, and Drosselmeyer, last year’s Belmont Stakes winner. Distorted Humor boasts more than 105 stakes winners worldwide and more than $78 million in progeny earnings, including 12 Grade 1 winners in four countries and eight millionaires. He has sired 10 or more stakes winners every year since his freshman season and is America’s leading sire of stakes horses and stakes winners in 2011.

Distorted Humor was a multiple graded stakes winner himself, earning $769,964 in three years of racing.

WinStar Farm previously announced that the top three finishers of the Distorted Humor Kentucky Cup Distaff will win seasons from among three WinStar stallions—Super Saver, Colonel John, and Hold Me Back—in addition to purse earnings.

Eclipse Champion Sprinter for 2004, Speightstown (Gone West – Silken Cat, by Storm Cat) entered stud in 2005 and produced 14 stakes winners and two millionaires from his first crop alone. Altogether he counts 42 stakes horses, 23 stakes winners, and $20 million in progeny earnings and was the nation's leading third crop sire for 2010 by earnings, stakes winners, and stakes horses. He has produced Grade or Group 1 winners on both dirt and turf, including Haynesfield and Jersey Town in the U.S. and Lord Shanakill in France. Worldwide to date in 2011, Speightstown is eighth by global earnings and the leading juvenile sire with nine winners in Europe and North America.

After missing his 4-year-old season and making only two starts at five, Speightstown exploded at six, winning three Grade 2 events and then the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) to clinch the Eclipse Award. He retired with a record of 10-2-2 in 16 starts and earnings of $1,258,256.

Bluegrass Cat (Storm Cat – She's a Winner, by A. P. Indy) retired to stud in 2007 after a two-year racing career that saw two graded wins at two and a Grade 1 win at three, the Haskell Invitational. A star on the 2006 Triple Crown trail, he was second in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes and was the Travers Stakes runner-up as well.

With 11 stakes horses earning $2.8 million in his first crop, Bluegrass Cat was Kentucky's leading freshman sire by earnings and remains a leading sophomore sire. Among his progeny are graded stakes winner Kathmanblu, graded stakes winner and Sovereign Award finalist Blue Laser, and Zow, a 2-year-old stakes winner at Saratoga.

Tiznow (Cee's Tizzy – Cee's Song, by Seattle Slew) boasts a resumé that includes Horse of the Year, Champion 3-Year-Old Male, and Champion Older Male Eclipse awards, Champion Freshman Sire honors, and, in 2009, induction into the National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame. He won or placed 14 times in 15 starts and earned nearly $6.5 million. He is the only horse to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) twice, and he also counts Grade 1 wins in the Super Derby and Santa Anita Handicap among other graded wins.

Tiznow entered stud in 2002 and succeeded immediately with Folklore, 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner and Champion 2-Year-Old Female. In seven racing seasons, Tiznow is represented by 69 stakes horses, 36 stakes winners, and 19 graded stakes winners, including eight Grade or Group 1 winners. His progeny have earned nearly $37 million, including more than $5 million by 2009 Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Well Armed. Tiznow's offspring have won many more of racing's most prestigious Grade 1 races, including the Travers Stakes, Belmont Stakes, Met Mile, Santa Anita Derby, Ruffian Stakes, Whitney Handicap, Lady's Secret Stakes, Goodwood Stakes, and Carter Handicap.

The WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions returns to the Turfway Park schedule after a one-year hiatus for the WinStar Kentucky Cup, Distorted Humor Kentucky Cup Distaff, and Speightstown Kentucky Cup Sprint, and a two-year break for the Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile and Tiznow Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Nominations for the WinStar Kentucky Cup series close Thursday, Sept. 15. Entries will be drawn the following Thursday, Sept. 22.

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