Peppered Cat, a veteran stallion whose offspring include the multiple graded stakes winner Pepper Crown, has been purchased privately by Perry and Denise Martin of Martin Racing and relocated from California to stand at Val Murrell's Clear Creek Stud in Louisiana for the 2020 breeding season.
A California stalwart since he was retired to the breeding shed in 2005, the 19-year-old son of Tabasco Cat most recently stood at Daehling Ranch in Elk Grove. From 12 crops of racing age, he has sired 67 winners from 85 starters and is represented by lifetime progeny earnings of $4,253,711 and average earnings per starter of $50,044.
His seven black-type performers are led by Pepper Crown, a $472,298 earner who won ' Berkeley Handicap (G3) and San Francisco Mile Stakes (G3T) in 2014.
Produced by Meadowlake's grade 3-winning daughter Morning Meadow, Peppered Cat is a half brother to Silar Rules, the dam of 2015 Hopeful Stakes (G1) winner and graded stakes-placed stakes winner .
Peppered Cat's 2020 fee is $3,000 with a stands and nurses, live foal guarantee, or $1,500 live foal guarantee, payable Sept. 1. He stands for the partnership of Martin Racing and Clear Creek Stud and is nominated to Breeders' Cup and the Louisiana Stallion Stakes.
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