Katie Lee (horse)
|Dam||Miss Jessie Jay|
|Owner||Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan|
|Trainer||Graeme & Debbie Rogerson|
|Katie Lee is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Miss Jessie Jay by Pins. She was born around 2006 in New Zealand, and was bred by Hallmark Stud.|
New Zealand 2000 Guineas (2009)|
New Zealand 1000 Guineas (2009)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on March 6,2010|
Katie Lee was bought for NZ$340,000 at the 2008 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale at Karaka by Sir Patrick Hogan of Cambridge Stud. Speaking after her 2000 Guineas win in November 2009, Hogan admitted that the purchase was "spur of the moment", deciding to bid for the filly only after seeing her enter the sale ring.
As a two-year-old, Katie Lee raced six times for two wins and three second placings. She showed a hint of her potential with a three-length win in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie on January 1 2009. Her two-year-old season ended with a disappointing eighth, possibly due to chronic foot problems that plagued her as a two-year-old, in the Karaka Million.
Returning as a three-year-old, Katie Lee finished third in the Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings before a spectacular win in the James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes at Te Rapa, an increasingly important lead-up race to the 1000 and 2000 Guineas at Riccarton Park.
In the 2000 Guineas on November 7, Katie Lee overcame considerable traffic problems to defeat Military Move and Clapton in the $1,000,000 Group 1 event. After the race, co-trainer Graeme Rogerson stated that provided the filly came through the race well, the intention was to back up in the 1000 Guineas seven days later.
Sent out as a $1.70 favourite in the 1000 Guineas, Katie Lee again encountered traffic problems in the race before producing yet another outstanding finishing sprint. Runner-up Keep The Peace, a stablemate of 2000 Guineas second placegetter Military Move, provided stiff resistance, but Katie Lee stuck her head out at the finish line to win by the margin of half a neck.
Katie Lee followed her Guineas victories with a second at Group 3 level, before a Group 2 win in the Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie on Boxing Day and a second in the Group 2 Royal Stakes at the same venue on New Year's Day. She then ran third in the Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham before winning the Group 2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic at Te Rapa.
Katie Lee's connections attempted to make further history in seeking a rare victory for a filly in the New Zealand Derby, but a mixture of a tough and long campaign and the 2400m of the Derby meant she was unable to perform as expected, finishing 14th.