Wildcat Heir’s Daring Kathy returned to her winning ways, taking down top prize in the $100,000 Perfect Sting Stakes at Belmont Park July 3.
In making her first start since winning the My Charmer Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream Park West last November and first for trainer Chad Brown, Daring Kathy attended the early pace in the one-mile turf test.
With jockey Javier Castellano rationing her speed, Daring Kathy took command near the quarter pole and fought off a stern challenge from race favorite Marbre Rose (IRE) nearing the wire to win by a nose. Daring Kathy stopped the clock in 1:33.85.
“We got her a couple of months ago and thought this would be a good starting point, the mile distance and the timing of it,” said Brown. “We just took the approach when we drew inside that we’re going to commit and go [to the lead]. I told [jockey] Javier [Castellano] that if someone gets crazy just let them go. Miss Frost may have run off a little bit, but Javier held his spot against the fence, on or near the lead. She did the rest. She really kicked good for home and had enough to hold on. She hadn’t run in a while and these other horses had, so I really think she’s going to get something out of this race.”
A Sunshine State homebred for John Eaton and Steve Laymon, Daring Kathy improved her record to 10-7-0-2 and now boasts career earnings of $407,531.
Wildcat Heir was also represented by a recent stakes winner in Japan. Looks That Kill won a stakes event at Ohi Racecourse in Tokyo on June 23. The 3-year-old Florida-bred colt was bred by Carol Maggio and sold to Masanori Taki for $120,000 out of the SGV Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2014 Barretts March sale. The stakes-winning colt is produced from the Two Punch mare Carol’s Amore.