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2014 Kentucky Derby - Wildcat Red Pedigree Profile

 
Saturday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes (G-2) attracted a full field of 13 2014 Kentucky Derby hopefuls, but it was déjà vu all over again as the contest developed into a replay of the Gulfstream Park Derby.  Wildcat Red and General a Rod hooked up from practically the beginning of Fountain of Youth.  The two blazed through fractions of :23, :45, 1:10 and 1:35 for the mile.  Racing on the inside under a very aggressive ride by Luis Saez, Wildcat Red got his head in front at the wire, stopping the timer in 1:41.85 for 1 1/16 miles.  The final race time was almost a second faster than the last two Fountain of Youth editions.  We have to go back to Pulpit’s 1997 Fountain of Youth (1:41.86) to find a comparable time. 
 
 
 
Both colts showed tremendous heart and fight throughout the race and neither deserved to lose. Perhaps Wildcat Red had a very slight advantage being on the rail.  The Jose Garoffalo trainee has a 6-4-2-0 ($490,850) record and earned 50 points in the Kentucky Derby points standings. He’s in a clear second place on the leaderboard behind Risen Star winner Intense Holiday, who has 53 points. 
 
WILDCAT RED (D'wildcat - Racene, by Miner's Mark) sold for $30,000 at last year’s OBS June two year olds in training auction to Garoffalo and is owned by Honors Stable Corp. After winning his maiden at first asking and then an allowance race, Wildcat Red won the Juvenile Sprint Stakes, but was disqualified and placed second for bearing out. Meeting General A Rod in the Gulfstream Park Derby for the first time, Wildcat Red was defeated by a head.  He turned the tables on General a Rod in the Fountain of Youth.  There’s no denying the heart and talent of either colt, but is Wildcat Red a legitimate Kentucky Derby contender?
 
 
SIRE
Wildcat Red’s sire D'WILDCAT (Forest Wildcat - D'Enough, by D'Accord) raced for four years and racked up an 18-5-2-2 ($570,444) racing record. The stallion won four stakes races from six furlongs to a mile, including the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G-1), Churchill Downs Handicap (G-2), and Swale Stakes (G-3). 
 
Wildcat Red sire DWildcatD’Wildcat was one of the better producers among the first crop stallions of 2007. He was in the top 20 on the leading sire board in terms of earnings in his first three years, plus was Florida’s leading third crop sire in 2009.  D’wildcat has 13 stakes winners, including five graded and one Champion from nine foal crops of racing age. He currently stands in Louisiana for $4,500.  Like their sire, the offspring of D’Wilcat are sprinter/milers. Although a few have won at 1 1/16 miles, none of his offspring have won a stakes race at 1 1/8 miles or farther. Many are precocious dirt competitors.  His turf runners win about 9% and he is a decent Poly sire, with overall 19% winners on the surface.
 
 
FEMALE FAMILY
Wildcat Red’s dam RACENE was the only one of her dam’s five racing foals to earn blacktype. Racene was a late developing sort. She didn’t make it to the track until June of her three year old season and needed four starts to win her maiden. Racene was an allowance class mare, although she did finish third, beaten only 2 lengths in the Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap at 1 1/8 miles over the lawn. An adaptable sort, Racene won from a mile on dirt to 1 ¼ miles over the lawn and compiled a 14-2-2-4 ($128,740) race record.
 
As a broodmare Racene has produced six foals of racing age. Five raced and have won, plus two are stakes winners. Wildcat Red’s half sister Racing Machine (by Skimming) is a stakes winner and multiple stakes placed in Jamaica. Wildcat Red has an unnamed two year old half sister by Pomeroy who was a $16,000 RNA at the 2013 OBS August Sale and a yearling half sister named Ellas Dreaming by First Dude.  None of Wildcat Red’s half siblings have won beyond 1 mile 70 yards.
 
Wildcat Red is the most accomplished competitor in three generations of his distaff family.  We have to go back to his fourth dam Lucky Penny, to find all of the blacktype. Lucky Penny (by What Luck) was a stakes winner. Probably the best runner to evolve from this particular line is Dazzling Dr. Ceven (by Cutlass Fax), a multiple Grade 1 winner in Puerto Rico and a popular stakes winner in Florida. He raced a remarkable 68 times earning a  20-13-15 ($605,968) record. 
 
 
Wildcat Red pedigree

 
DAMSIRE
Wildcat Red damsire Miner's MarkRacing royalty describes the pedigree of Wildcat Red’s damsire MINER’S MARK.  The first foal of Mr. Prospector out of the Champion and eventual blue hen Personal Ensign, Miner’s Mark was destined for great things.  Bred and raced by the famed Phipps stable and trained by Shug McGaughey, the stallion wasn’t entered in the Kentucky Derby after a third place finish in the Jim Beam Stakes.  Aiming for the summer and fall stakes races, Miner’s Mark won the Colin Stakes (G-2) and the Jim Dandy at 1 1/8 mile, and then the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G-1) at 1 ¼ miles,.  He also finished in the money in the Travers (G-1) behind Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero.  Miner’s Mark carved out an 18-6-4-2 ($967,170) race record.  
 
Despite his excellent breeding, Miner’s Mark was unable to pass along his best genes to his offspring. He never sired a Grade One winner and none of his sons made their mark at stud. So far, his daughters bore five stakes winners. Two, Wildcat Red and Run with the Lark, are winners at 1 1/16 miles, and none have won past that distance.  
 
Delving back a generation, Wildcat Red’s second damsire FLYING PASTER (Gummo - Procne, by Acroterion) was a top handicap horse and dominated California racing, earning eleven stakes victories during his career, including the Santa Anita and Hollywood Park Derbies. He earned California Championship honors for his exploits.  The son of Gummo was a solid middle distance horse, winning stakes from seven furlongs to 1 1/8 miles and he placed at 5 ½ furlongs and 1 ¼ furlongs. To be fair, the gallant horse was up against Spectacular Bid in both starts at 1 ¼ miles and Flying Paster finished second both times. A leading California stallion, Flying Paster sired offspring that won from sprints to classic distances.  As a broodmare sire, Flying Paster’s daughters bore solid sprinters through middle distance (1 1/8 miles) runners.
 
Wildcat Red is the first foal bred on the D’Wildcat/Miner’s Mark cross, however his sire Forest Wildcat has modest success with this cross, having sired two foals, 1 winner of almost $43,000.
 
 
OUTLOOK:
Wildcat Red has an even stride with average leg extension and no wasted motion. He sometimes bears away from the whip if it is used aggressively. He's a pretty, and athletic colt. His shoulder is slightly upright and he appear (in this photo) to be slightly camped under (front legs angled back with more weight in the chest area. This results in a shorter stride). Wildcat Red does have a beautiful hip and strong hindquarters.  His pedigree indicates that 1 1/16 to 1 1/8 miles will be the colt’s distance limit. There’s no denying Wildcat Red’s heart and will to win, but given his forwardly placed running style, he’ll find it tough to compete at longer distances in top company, especially on a fair track. So far, all of his starts have been over the Gulfstream Park speedway, which play to his strengths.  In any case, perhaps we’ll be treated to another episode of the Wildcat Red vs. General a Rod rivalry in the Florida Derby.  
 

 

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Second place finish,chrome on top.
Good profile, Laura! Speed on top, stamina on the bottom. I think 9.5 will be the wall for this guy, but he will still be hard to pass at CD if he has the lead.
I am hoping that he will lead and run them into the ground ! At 25/1 he's definitely EW vaule
Down the road hopefully there will be a race with Havana and Wildcat Red. 7f to a mile. General A Rod could join in. It would be sizzling.
Kind of reminds me of Lion Hearted, Bodemeister, Shackleford, or Hard Spun, to name a few. Not a Derby winner, but, not far from it.
Rise Up and Wildcat Red are two that I would like to see knock heads later on down the road. Both have shown speed, and despite their incredible gameness, I doubt either one of them will want any part of the classic distances. Nine furlongs maybe, but nothing beyond that.
this horse showed his gameness in FOY. I was impressed with him and General a Rod. Both have solid speed and proved they can go two turn beyond a mile. But I still am not on the bandwagon for the KY Derby. Just can't seem them going beyond 1 1/8, especially Wildcat Red. Doesn't take away from the fact that both are talented and I can see them become strong sprint/middle distance stakes contenders.
I see this one as similar to 2013's Itsmyluckyday. Lots of heart, good speed and if conditions are right don't underestimate him. There would have to be a strong speed bias for me to play this one at CD in May. Surprising fact you shared is the sires the 19% win rate on poly. Looks like more of a Kings Bishop type than Travers type to me.

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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   

 

For more than a decade, I've passionately studied pedigree, how it applies to handicapping and breeding theories. In 2010, I joined Horse Racing Nation as their Pedigree Analyst, focusing on juvenile stakes winners, Triple Crown contenders and first crop sires from a handicapping perspective.   

 

In 2011, I accepted the role of South Florida Coordinator and Advisory Board Member for the national non-profit Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association (ThoroFan). Working closely with Gulfstream Park management and other race fans, we created a ThoroFan Chapter at Gulfstream Race Track. Our main project is assisting Thoroughbred rescue and re-training groups.

 

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