This is the third in a series of notes and impressions about the new stallions in Kentucky for 2009. The horses will be reviewed alphabetically.
Chelokee (2004 bay by Cherokee Run out of Dixie Ghost, by Silver Ghost)
Stands at Vinery for $7,500 live foal
A tall and scopy horse who stands over a good deal of ground, Chelokee is yet another son of Cherokee Run who has come to stud in Kentucky. Vinery stood the first of these, the strikingly handsome Yonaguska, who proved equally popular with breeders and at the sales with his early crops of foals.
A graded stakes winner, Chelokee is a half-brother to stakes winners, Mymich (by A.P. Indy) and Salute the Sarge (by Forest Wildcat). The latter also entered stud this year. They are all out of the Silver Ghost mare Dixie Ghost, who has become a producer to reckon with.
A dark brown, nearly black, horse like Yonaguska and their sire, Chelokee possesses a deep shoulder and a heart girth of more than 76 inches when just out of training. Very nicely proportioned through his shoulder and forelegs for a light, easy action, Chelokee is a bit more lightly made than either his sire or his paternal relation.
In addition, Chelokee has a very nice top line that ties his shoulder neatly into a good hindquarter.
Cougar Cat (2003 bay by Storm Cat out of Excellent Meeting, by General Meeting)
Stands at Richland Hills for $5,000 live foal
A neat and typy horse, Cougar Cat has a wonderful, high-performance pedigree. He is by Storm Cat and out of the General Meeting mare Excellent Meeting, who won four times at Grade 1 level. Unfortunately for such an outstanding mare, Excellent Meeting produced only two foals, and Cougar Cat is her only son.
Standing about 15.3 hands, Cougar Cat is a medium-sized horse with plenty of power behind, and his muscling is substantial for an animal of his size. An attractive horse, Cougar Cat has the general body set of a fast horse, with much of his weight angled forward, giving him more speed and immediate propulsion but also putting a lot of pressure on his forelegs. This could not have made it altogether easy to keep the horse sound, but showing the toughness of many of the Storm Cats, Cougar Cat raced through five seasons, making 27 starts.