|Hold That Tiger|
Racing silks of Michael Tabor
|Dam||Beware of the Cat|
|Foaled||25 February 2000|
|Breeder||Ten Broek Farm|
| Railway Stakes (2002)|
Grand Critérium (2002)
|European Champion Two-Year-Old (2002)|
|Last updated on June 21, 2007|
Hold That Tiger (foaled 25 February 2000) is a retired Thoroughbred racehorse and active sire who was bred in the United States and trained in Ireland. He is best known for winning the 2002 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère and being named European Champion Two-Year-Old at the Cartier Racing Awards.
Hold That Tiger, is a dark-coated "liver" chestnut, bred in Kentucky by Ten Broeck Farm Inc. He was sired by the two-time American Champion sire Storm Cat out of Beware of the Cat,making him a half-brother to the Belmont Stakes winner Editor's Note and a close relative of the Hopeful Stakes winner Hennessy. He was sent as a weanling to the Keeneland November Sale where he was sold for $1,100,000 to the Irish bloodstock agent Dermot "Demi" O'Byrne, acting on behalf of Michael Tabor. He was sent to Ireland and went into training with Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle.
Hold That Tiger began his career in June 2002 by winning a maiden race at Leopardstown by two lengths as 6-4 favourite.He was immediately moved up to Group race class in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh two weeks later, where he defeated the Coventry Stakes runner-up Pakhoes by a neck. Immediately after the race he was offered at odds of 14-1 for the following year's 2000 Guineas.
In August there was an outbreak of coughing amongst the Ballydoyle horses, but Hold That Tiger was nevertheless made 11-10 favourite for the Group One Phoenix Stakes, only to finish last of the nine runners, showing clear signs of "respiratory distress".He took time to recover and did not reappear for almost two months.
At Longchamp on Arc day Hold That Tiger was part of a four-horse O'Brien entry in the Grand Critérium (since renamed the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère). He started slowly and entered the straight last of the fourteen runners, but then moved to the outside and accelerated past the entire field to win by half a length from the previously undefeated Italian colt Le Vie Dei Colori, with the future Eclipse Award winner Intercontinental in third.It was a performance that was compared by one commentator to that of Dancing Brave in the 1986 Arc.
Although Hold That Tiger, who by now was regarded as the best of O'Brien's many good two-year-old colts, was entered in the Racing Post Trophy, his trainer had more ambitious plans.On his final start of the year, Hold That Tiger traveled to Arlington Park, Chicago to challenge for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, a race which O'Brien had won a year previously with Johannesburg. He broke slowly again and spent most of the race towards the back of the field, but then moved up quickly on the outside and stayed on to take third place behind Vindication. O'Brien observed that, "he flew home and could be a (Kentucky) Derby horse."
In early spring, O'Brien did seem to be considering a bid for the Kentucky Derby,but Hold That Tiger was instead sent straight for the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, for which he was made 4-1 favourite. He made no show, finishing seventeenth of the twenty runners behind Refuse To Bend. At Royal Ascot he finished fourth in the St. James's Palace Stakes, but had excuses, having been unable to find space for a clear run when travelling well. He was well beaten behind Falbrav in the Eclipse Stakes before being campaigned again in North America.
In September at Belmont Park he produced his best performance of the year by finishing second to the American Horse of the Year Mineshaft in the Woodward Stakes.His jockey, Edgar Prado was impressed, saying that "he wins the Woodward any other year". Hold That Tiger was retired after finishing fifth of the ten runners behind Pleasantly Perfect in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
|Date||Race||Dist (f)||Course||Class||Prize (£K)||Odds||Runners||Placing||Margin||Time||Jockey||Trainer|
|12 June 2002||EBF Maiden||6||Leopardstown||M||7||6/4||9||1||2||1:20.40||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien|
|30 June 2002||Railway Stakes||6||The Curragh||3||39||5/4||4||1||Neck||1:17.00||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien|
|11 August 2002||Phoenix Stakes||6||The Curragh||1||104||11/10||9||9||11||1:15.10||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien|
|6 October 2002||Grand Critérium||7||Longchamp||1||122||7/2||14||1||0.5||1:20.10||Kieren Fallon||Aidan O'Brien|
|26 October 2002||Breeders' Cup Juvenile||9||Arlington Park||1||381||11/2||14||3||5||1:49.61||Kieren Fallon||Aidan O'Brien|
|3 May 2003||2,000 Guineas||8||Newmarket- Rowley Mile||1||185||4/1||20||17||10.5||1:37.98||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien|
|17 June 2003||St. James's Palace Stakes||8||Ascot||1||156||9/1||11||4||4.5||1:39.92||Kieren Fallon||Aidan O'Brien|
|3 July 2003||Eclipse Stakes||10||Sandown Park||1||214||10/1||15||9||6.5||2:05.59||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien|
|6 September 2003||Woodward Stakes||9||Belmont Park||1||187||17/2||5||2||4.25||1:46.21||Edgar Prado||Aidan O'Brien|
|25 October 2003||Breeders' Cup Classic||10||Santa Anita Park||1||1300||5/1||10||5||7.5||1:59.88||Edgar Prado||Aidan O'Brien|
Although he was named Champion Two-Year-Old Colt in the Cartier Racing Awards, Hold That Tiger was rated at 117 in the 2002 International Classification, making him only the seventh best colt of the year.
He was more highly regarded in North America, where his rating of 119 placed him fourth in the Experimental Free Handicap.
At three he was rated at 115 by the International Classification.
Hold That Tiger first stood as a stallion at the Ashford Stud in Kentucky before being sold to the Swettenham Stud in 2010.He now operates as a "shuttle" stallion, standing at the Haras de la Haie Neuve in France for the first part of the year, before transferring to the Swettenham Stud's base in Nagambie, Victoria for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. He has had some success as a stallion, notably as the sire of the Eclipse Award nominee Smiling Tiger.
Storm Cat (USA)
|Storm Bird||Northern Dancer||Nearctic|
|South Ocean||New Providence|
| Terlingua |
|Crimson Saint||Crimson Satan|
Beware of the Cat (USA)
| Caveat |
|Cold Hearted||The Axe|
|Turn To North|
|T. C. Kitten|
|Tom Cat||Tom Fool|
|Flynet (Family: 8-c)|
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