Seven offspring will compete in stakes

SCOTT UNGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

It's not out of the ordinary for parents to have a couple of kids on the same team or playing the same sports, but stud Battle Cat is going to take it to a whole new level Sunday afternoon at Assiniboia Downs.

A Manitoba sire, Battle Cat will have seven of his offspring charging for the Frank Arnason Sire Stakes in a 12-horse field this weekend.

Talk about being a busy boy.

"He's the son of Storm Cat, who is a Kentuky stud," Battle Cat's breeder Cam Ziprick said. "Storm Cat's fee is $500,000, so we're hoping to get some results from that bloodline."

Battle Cat was an average race horse, but his offspring are looking more like grandpa than pops.

"When they were babies, they were already beautiful horses," said Ziprick, who runs his stud farm near Russell. "They have that muscle look that Storm Cat has."

Of his seven youngsters in the race, Meow Wow is considered the favourite after a win a couple of weeks ago.

SUN SNUB: Apparently the "jinx" of a mention in the media has scared some trainers into secrecy about their horses. Some on the backstretch believe that horses that get ink in the paper, get whipped on the track, and are clamming up pretty quickly these days when the questions come about their horses.

While this might be true in some cases -- Country Humor, Western Deed and Macabbi were all written about last week before the Derby Trial and were all beating by California intruder Rage Till Dawn last Sunday --others have been successful, such as Chantilly Stakes winner Des Moines, the suddenly hot Shadow Rush and even the aforementioned Country Humor, who snuck by Western Deed in the Golden Boy Stakes.

Unless there is a Mister Ed in the backstretch at the Downs, it's unlikely any of the horses are talking about what's being said about them in the media.

MARQUEZ SOCIAL: A social will be held at the Downs for injured jockey Carlos Marquez on July 29 following the live racing. He was crushed under a horse on June 30, but is out of the hospital and on crutches now. Tickets can be purchased at the Downs.


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