Wildcat Heir’s Wild Dude overhauled odds-on favorite Masochistic in the final sixteenth of a mile to take down top prize in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) at Del Mar July 26.
With Flavien Prat in the saddle, Wild Dude tracked the leaders from fourth early. He collared Masochistic in the lane and rolled to a 1 ¼-length score, stopping the clock in 1:09.51 for six furlongs. The Bing Crosby is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, securing Wild Dude a spot in the starting gate for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).
“The last time I rode him (Triple Bend June 27 where he finished third), I let him get a little too far back,” Prat noted. “This time I was closer and the pace was a better one for us. They were going quickly. When I came around the turn, I knew I had horse, but I could see that other one (favorite Masochistic) out front and I know how well he’s been running. I wasn’t sure if I could catch up to him. But my horse leveled and he went right on by. He’s impressive.”
Now a winner in six of 16 lifetime outings, Florida-bred Wild Dude is owned by the partnership of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Green Smith Jr. The $180,000 winner’s share of the purse boosted his earnings to $724,887. He was bred by Versatile Thoroughbreds out of the Doneraile Court mare Courtly Choice.
In addition to the Bing Crosby victory, Wild Dude also owns wins in this year’s San Carlos Stakes (G2) and in last year’s Palos Verdes Stakes (G2), also at Santa Anita.
Wildcat Heir was also represented by Mick’s Miracle, a 7 ½-length winner of an allowance/optional claiming event at Del Mar July 25. The 3-year-old colt led the 6 ½-furlong test wire to wire in winning his 2nd race from three lifetime outings for trainer Philip D’Amato.
The John Liviakis homebred is produced from the Cuvee mare Bubbly Blonde.
Wildcat Heir, who passed away earlier this year, far and away leads all Florida stallions by progeny earnings in 2015. With 101 winners and six stakes winners, Wildcat Heir boasts progeny earnings of more than $3.9 million.