Bluegrass Cat 2YO sharp at Saratoga
Saturday, July 23, 2011 RSS Feeds
Laurie's Rocket took off late to make up three lengths in the final furlong to break his maiden by 1 1/4-lengths July 23 at Saratoga. The 2-year-old son of Bluegrass Cat was making his second career start following his second place effort in the debut May 30 at Churchill Downs.

Bluegrass Cat is a top 12 second-crop sire, with progeny earnings of $1.34 million.

The bay colt was midpack of seven for most of the 5 1/2-furlongs until finding his best stride in the last eighth mile to stop the clock in 1:04.74 on the firm track.

Owned by Willis Horton, Laurie's Rocket cost his owner $300,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale, the most expensive auction yearling of 2010 for his sire.

Laurie's Rocket is out of the stakes-placed mare Clay's Rocket, whose other foal is the stakes winner Greeley's Rocket. Clay's Rocket is a half sister to Grade 1 winner Adieu (Frizette S.). as well as Grade 3 winners Rapport (Victory Ride S.) and Direct Line (Gardenia H.).

With the win, Laurie's Rocket is 1-1-0 from 2 starts, earning $39,800.