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Cougar II

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Cougar II (Hollywood Park photo)
Cougar II
Induction Year: 
2006
Foaled: 
1966
Breeder: 
Haras General Cruz
Owner: 
Mary F. Jones
Trainer: 
G. A. Riley, Charles Whittingham
Sire: 
Tale of Two Cities
Dam: 
Cindy Lou II
Damsire: 
Madara
Career Years: 
1968-1973
Starts: 
50
First: 
20
Second: 
7
Third: 
17
Earnings: 
$1,169,058.00

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Bio

Bred in Chile, Cougar II was a major stakes winner in his home country before enjoying success on both dirt and turf in America and winning the 1972 Eclipse Award for Champion Grass Horse.

 

Upon the advice of trainer Charlie Whittingham, Mary Jones purchased Cougar II from Joe Hernandez as a 4-year-old for $125,000 in 1970. Cougar II earned his first American stakes victory that year in the Escondido Handicap.

 

In 1971, Cougar II defeated Fort Marcy in both the Sam Juan Capistrano Handicap and the Ford Pinto Invitational Handicap. He also won the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap, Oak Tree Invitational Stakes and Californian Handicap that year to post an overall record of 6-3-2 in 12 starts and earnings of $416,022.

 

Cougar II won the Eclipse Award for Champion Grass Horse in 1972 when he repeated in the Oak Tree Invitational Stakes and Californian Handicap and also won the Century Handicap (setting an American record for 11 furlongs of 2:11), San Marcos Stakes and Carleton F. Burke Handicap. Cougar II finished 1972 with a record of 4-3-2 from nine starts and earnings of $321,350.

 

After finishing second in the Santa Anita Handicap in both 1971 and 1972, Cougar II finally won the event in 1973 as a 7-year-old under high weight of 126 pounds, edging Kennedy Road by a nose. He also won the Century Handicap again that year and added a win in the Sunset Handicap. His career earnings topped $1 million, making him the first foreign-bred horse to achieve that milestone in North America. Cougar II was retired with a lifetime record of 20-7-17 from 50 starts and earnings of $1,169,058. Eighteen of his wins were in stakes events.

 

Following his retirement, Cougar II stood at Spendthrift Farm and later at Stone Farm, where he sired his most famous offspring, 1982 Kentucky Derby winner Gato Del Sol. Overall, Cougar II sired 24 stakes winners. He died in 1989 at the age of 23. 

 

 

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