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Breeders Cup 2015

Wildcat Frankie tries Spectacular Bid

Monarch Stable’s Wildcat Frankie created quite a buzz when he romped home a 15 ½ lengths winner of his career debut at Calder Race Course on Dec. 12 under jockey Paco Lopez for veteran horseman Jim Hatchett, and will have his share of supporters when he makes his second start in Saturday’s $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

“We could have tried to find a ‘non-winners of two’ allowance,” said Hatchett Thursday morning. “But we also are looking for a class check. I’ve had some nice young horses over the years. I can’t say yet whether this one is the best, but I think he is the fastest. He is on the freaky side.”

A son of highly-successful freshman sire Wildcat Heir, Wildcat Frankie was a $25,000 OBS sales purchase early last year and was timed 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04 4/5 in his impressive maiden score, four-fifths off the Calder track record for the distance.

“Actually, we think he’ll stretch out down the road,” said Hatchett, who has a long-standing reputation for developing juvenile talent, including Midas Eyes before he was sold privately. “We’ve had some pretty serious offers (for Wildcat Frankie), but we’ll see how he shapes up Saturday.”

Hatchett has high hopes for another promising 3-year-old that is getting a test of his own in Thursday’s eighth race feature as F and J Stables’ Our Repent faces Eskendereya, Thank U Philippe and other high-profile prospects going a mile in the  ‘a other than’ allowance test.

“The one-turn mile may be a little short for him, but I really think he’ll be a good one over a distance. He finished a good second last out to Fly by Phil, who came back and won the Tropical Park Derby.”

Our Repent is a son of Repent that broke his maiden going a two-turn mile at Calder in his second start.       

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