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Hollywood Wildcat Dies at Age 22

Hollywood Wildcat, who beat defending champion older female Paseana in the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) to clinch champion 3-year-old filly honors, died June 23 at Hal Snowden Jr.’s Roseglade Farm near Wilmore, Ky., because of complications from cancer. Owned by Irving Cowan, Hollywood Wildcat was 22 and in foal to Kitten's Joy   from a Feb. 28 cover.

A homebred for Cowan and his wife, Marjorie, Hollywood Wildcat went into the Distaff off four consecutive wins under Eddie Delahoussaye. She started out winning the Hollywood Oaks (gr. I) and then reeled off scores in the San Clemente Handicap on turf, the Del Mar Invitational Oaks (gr. IIT), and the Lady Secret’s Handicap. Ridden by Delahoussaye in the Distaff, Hollywood Wildcat held on to win by a nose as the 6-5 favorite.

The Distaff proved so inspiring that it was chosen by readers of The Blood-Horse as the "Race of the Year."

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A very sad loss indeed. May this champion rest in peace...
That's so sad :( I did not know that about Easy Goer....Lost in the Fog was another sad loss.
Easy Goer, upon necropsy, was full of cancer and according to his groom; "We had just showed him to Geroge Brent (baseabll player) and after he just fell over dead. NOt a thing wrong with him until then." You never know with some of these. Look how long it took to diagnose Lost in the Fog.
That was the same question I had too. She was covered late Feb.
So, my question is.....did they know she had cancer when she was bred? Or was this a recent diagnosis?

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