Heir Kitty, a Grade I stakes winner by Journeyman Stud stallion Wildcat Heir, was the $750,000 sales topper at the third annual Del Mar Paddock Sale of Race Ready Horses on Sunday, July 20, 2014. On behalf of owners David Bernsen and Paul Makin, the 4-year-old filly was purchased by Narvick International (Emmanuel de Seroux). The sale was reportedly made for an undisclosed Japanese buyer.
Bred by Pedro Gonzales and Jorge Herrera, Heir Kitty was trained by Peter Miller, the talented filly captured the 2013 La Brea Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park and was graded stakes-placed three times. The latter included seconds in the 2014 Las Flores Stakes (G3), 2013 Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3) and 2012 Best Pal Stakes (G2). At the time of her purchase at the Del Mar sale, Heir Kitty had a career bankroll of $421,272.
Wildcat Heir, who has been managed by Brent and Crystal Fernung since he entered stud in 2006, was the leading Florida sire in 2013, 2011 and 2010. Wildcat Heir is currently the 2014 leading Florida sireÂ with more than $3.2 million in progeny earnings. That total also to date places him 27th on the 2014 leading North American sire list and he is the only Florida stallion in the top 65 nationally. The sire of six stakes winners to date this season, Wildcat Heir’s leading current earner is graded stakes winner Wild Dude ($211,000).
“It was very exciting following Heir Kitty during her racing career and now show her worth as a broodmare prospect. Â We are very please to see her top this sale and think that Wildcat Heir is going to make an excellent broodmare sire” said the Fernungs.