Grade 2 Winner Catapult Sold To Stand In Turkey At Keeneland November Sale

by | 11.13.2019 | 6:14pm
Woodford Racing's Catapult and jockey Drayden Van Dyke, outside, outleg Fly to Mars (Tyler Gaffalione), inside, to win the Grade II, Del Mar Mile, Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.© BENOIT PHOTO

Catapult, a multiple Grade 2 winner, will begin his stallion career in Turkey after dropping the hammer for $50,000 on Wednesday at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

The 6-year-old son of Kitten's Joy sold as a stallion prospect to Arif Kurtel, a prominent owner and breeder in Turkey who races around the world. Bloodstock agent and trainer Murat Sancal, a Turkish native who resides and races in the U.S., signed the ticket on Kurtel's behalf.

“We were looking for Kitten's Joys and he was available here, so we just took a shot,” Sancal said. “I don't think he's 100% a Kitten's Joy (physically), but we will try with him. He's handsome.”

Trained by John Sadler for owner Woodford Racing, Catapult won six of 21 starts for earnings of $1,543,710. He won the non-graded Gio Ponti Stakes at Aqueduct at age three, and had his best season as a 5-year-old, winning the Grade 2 Eddie Read Stakes and Del Mar Mile Handicap, both during Del Mar's 2018 summer meet. He parlayed those victories into a runner-up effort by a half-length behind Expert Eye in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.

Catapult's 2019 campaign included a fourth in the G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes and a second in the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes.

Bred in Kentucky by Breffni Farm, Catapult is out of the placed Storm Cat mare Gata Bella, whose runners also include stakes winner and producer Ha Ha Tonka and stakes producer My Tara Bella. His second dam is the Grade 1 winner Caopte Belle.

Sancal said Turkey's racetracks feature dirt, turf, and synthetic racing surfaces, meaning a son of Kitten's Joy – a stallion whose most successful runners have come overwhelmingly on the grass and synthetic – should have ample opportunity to shine in his new surroundings.

Lane's End consigned Catapult, as agent.

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