Peppered Cat, a veteran stallion whose offspring includes 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 Folsom, Louisiana for the 2020 breeding season.
A California stalwart since he retired to the breeding shed as a multiple winner 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 $4,253,371 and average earnings per starter of $50,040.
His seven black-type runners are led by Pepper Crown, a $472,298-earner who won Golden Gate Fields’ Berkeley Handicap (G3) and San Francisco Mile Stakes (G3) in 2014.
Produced by Meadowlake’s Grade 3-winning daughter Morning Meadow, Peppered Cat is a half-brother to the dam of 2015 Hopeful Stakes (G1) winner Ralis and the multiple graded stakes-placed, multiple stakes winner B Squared.
Peppered Cat’s 2020 fee is $3,000 live foal guarantee, payable when foal stands and nurses, or $1,500 live foal guarantee, payable September 1, 2020. He stands for the partnership of Martin Racing and Clear Creek Stud, and is nominated to Breeders’ Cup.