Wild Pussycat and Bay Runner, both eligible for the lucrative Florida Sire Stakes, captured the two $65,000 Lasix-free events for 2-year-old maidens Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
Red Oak Stable’s Wild Pussycat, by Journeyman stallion Wildcat Heir, broke alertly and was never threatened, registering a 4 ¼-length victory. Ridden by Edgar Prado, Wild Pussycat covered 4 ½ furlongs in 52.81 for trainer Wesley Ward.
“I was high on this horse. This is a special colt. The Brunettis were nice enough to send me more than a half dozen horses and this guy from Day 1 was the pick of the litter. There’s a lot more to come from this guy.”
Bay Runner, by Journeyman stallion Hear No Evil, also scored a front-running victory under apprentice Tyler Gaffalione, winning in 52.57 second time out for trainer Ronny Werner.
“We’re very pleased with him. He got away from the gates good. Last time, he had the far outside post and didn’t break as sharp. We had to use him to get position and he kind of flattened at the end of it,” Werner said. “This time he looked good, had a good post position and held on.”
Werner said Bay Runner will likely return in the $200,000 Dr. Fager Division of the Florida Sire Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Aug. 8.