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Wildcat Red ‘Is Back’ and Targeting Grade 1 Forego Plus More News & Notes

Aug 6, 2015

Wildcat Red ‘Is Back’ and Targeting Grade 1 Forego

Five Stakes Support Saturday’s Desert Vixen, Dr. Fager

Bullet Gone Astray on R & R after Mountaineer Juvenile Win

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Multiple graded-stakes winner Wildcat Red, who returned to winning form in Sunday’s $100,000 Teddy Drone Stakes at Monmouth Park on the Haskell Invitational undercard, is scheduled to race next in the $700,000 Forego Handicap (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 29.

Trainer Jose Garoffalo returned to Gulfstream Park this week to tend to his stable, but the 4-year-old son of D’wildcat has remained at Monmouth Park and is slated to move on to Saratoga in a couple weeks to prepare for the seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup Win & You’re In event.

“He’s back. He is back in perfect shape,” Garoffalo said. “He’s going to the Forego. I think it’s the best distance for him. It’s going to be a tough race, but I think seven-eighths is his best distance.”

Wildcat Red, who finished third in the Smile Sprint (G2) at Gulfstream July 5 off a six-month layoff, battled between horses in deep stretch to win the six-furlong Teddy Drone by a head under Paco Lopez. The Honors Stable Corp.’s colt became a millionaire with a hard-fought victory worth $60,000.

“I’m really happy that he is back in shape after a hard campaign of about a year and a half. He showed he has a lot of class,” Garoffalo said. “I’m going to keep him at short distances now. He gained a lot of weight and more muscle. He looks like a sprinter.”

One of Wildcat Red’s best races came at seven furlongs, when he captured the 2014 Hutcheson  (G3) by 4 ¾ lengths. He subsequently stretched out last year to win in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream over 1 1/16 miles before falling short of winning the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at 1 1/8 miles by a neck in a second-place finish behind Constitution. Wildcat Red finished well back in the 2014 Kentucky Derby (G1) after being eliminated early by traffic. He won his next start in the Quality Road Stakes at Gulfstream before checking in third in the Haskell (G1), fifth in the King’s Bishop (G1), third in the Oklahoma Derby (G3) and second in the Millions Classic Preview Stakes to complete his 3-year-old season. After finishing fifth in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream on Jan. 17, he was given an extended rest before returning in the Smile.

Bullet Gone Astray on R & R after Mountaineer Juvenile Win

Trainer Henry Collazo reported that undefeated Bullet Gone Astray came out of his dominating victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile victory in good order.

The son of Gone Astray, who debuted with an off-the-pace victory by 1 ½ lengths at Gulfstream June 28, drew away to a nine-length victory under jockey Luca Panici as the 1-2 favorite in the Mountaineer Juvenile.

“He’s going to get a week of R & R,” Collazo said “Shipping can take something out of a 2-year-old, so he’s been walking and probably won’t go back to the track until Aug. 10.”

Collazo has no immediate stakes plans for Bullet Gone Astray.

“I’m waiting to see if I can get something here,” he said. “I’m waiting for him to get over the trip. We’re waiting on the horse.”

Collazo bought Bullet Gone Astray privately for Four Horsemen Racing Stable and Lady Lindsay Racing Stables.

“I bought him at OBS (April sale) privately for $15,000. He went through the ring but didn’t bring his reserve,” Collazo said. “I liked his personality, his body language and the look in his eyes.”

Five Stakes Support Saturday’s Desert Vixen, Dr. Fager

Saturday’s $200,000 Desert Vixen and $200,000 Dr. Fager will kick off the 2015 Florida Sire Stakes season at Gulfstream Park Saturday, supported by five other stakes on the 12-race card. The Florida Sire Stakes will inaugurate two stakes for 3-year-old horses sired by accredited stallions standing in Florida: the $150,000 Unbridled for colts and geldings and the $150,000 Three Ring for 3-year-old fillies. The $75,000 Jackson Bend is for 3-year-olds bred in Florida. All three will be contested at seven furlongs.

The $75,000 Eight Miles East, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up, and the $75,000 Soaring Softly, a mile turf stakes for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, are open stakes.

Ninfa Del Cielo, the 2014 3-year-old filly champion in Venezuela, is entered in the Soaring Softly. The daughter of Big Prairie, who has been idle since capturing the prestigious Classico Internacional del Caribe (G1) on Dec. 7, captured Venezuela’s Triple Crown for fillies.

Ninfa Del Cielo, who has been training steadily at Gulfstream for Oscar Gonzalez, has never raced on turf in 10 lifetime starts. Emisael Jaramillo, the winningest jockey in Venezuela history, has travelled to Gulfstream specifically to ride the champion filly.

Vegso Racing Stable’s Lemon Point is slated to return to turf in the Soaring Softly after finishing a clear second behind Marty Wolfson-trained Kiss to Remember, who is slated to run next in the Ballerina (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 29.

“I was definitely pleased with her last race. I looked at Marty’s filly afterwards and saw that she is a quality filly, so we were beaten by a quality filly on the dirt, which is not her preferred surface, so we were very happy with that effort,” trainer Phil Gleaves said.

Multiple-stakes winner My Point Exactly will stay on turf in the Eight Miles East. The Bill Kaplan-trained son of Concord Point is 2-for-2 on the Gulfstream turf this year, including a victory in the $75,000 Bear’s Den Stakes for 3-year-olds July 25.

“He’s staying on the grass, and we’re going to take a shot at the older horses,” said trainer Bill Kaplan, whose trainee broke his maiden on the Gulfstream main track last year by more than 10 lengths. “He’s very game, and he wasn’t tired at the end [of the Bears Den]. He galloped out like 30 lengths in front of everybody. The horse plays around. He does that every time he runs.”

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