edited release courtesy of FTBOA
Journeyman Stud’s Wildcat Heir was named the 2013 Florida Stallion of the Year at the 54th Annual FTBOA Awards Gala on March 9 at the Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala, garnering the title for the third time in his stud career. He was also the leading Florida sire in 2010 and 2011.
Wildcat Heir led all Florida-based stallions by 2013 progeny earnings with $4,616,832. He was also the leading Florida sire by number of winners (107), graded stakes winners (2) and was the only Florida-based sire to be represented by a Florida-bred Grade 1 stakes winner in 2013. All earnings, stakes winners, stakes wins and win totals for Florida stallions include North American and international progeny as provided by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc.
The leading 2013 earner for Wildcat Heir was Florida-bred Grade 1 stakes winner Heir Kitty, who banked $273,472 on the season. Bred by Pedro Gonzalez and Jorge Herrera, the 3-year-old filly out of Be Silver, by Silver Buck, captured the La Brea S. (G1) at Santa Anita Park. Raced by David Bernsen and Paul Makin, Heir Kitty was also second in the Santa Ysabel S. (G3) and third in the Sweet Life S.
Wildcat Heir’s second-leading earner was Florida-bred Black Diamond Cat, who earned $213,050 on the season. The 6-year-old gelding out Sweet Glory, by Miswaki, posted a trio of stakes wins for owner Bluestone Thoroughbreds LLC of Lexington, Ky. Black Diamond Cat won the Ponche H. at Calder, as well as the Housebuster S. and Montbrook S. at Gulfstream Park. Bred by Mike Eckman and Mark and Debbie Ravenscraft, Black Diamond Cat was also second in the Champali S. at Calder.
Rounding out Wildcat Heir’s quartet of 2013 stakes winners were graded stakes winner Rainbow Heir and Florida-bred stakes winner Jewel of a Cat.
Rainbow Heir, a 3-year-old colt out of the Prospectors Gamble mare Rainbow Pride, captured the Jersey Shore S. (G3) at Monmouth Park on his way to earning $173,460. Jewel of a Cat, a 3-year-old filly out of the Pentelicus mare Marbleous Routine, won a pair of stakes. Raced by J and J Stables and GSP Stables, she scored victories in the Stormy Blues S. at Pimlico and Coronation S. at Saratoga. Bred by Marty and Carol Hershe of Ocala, Jewel of a Cat banked $115,155 on the season.
Wildcat Heir was also represented by stakes-placed runners Angel’s Glory, Sunset Silhouette, Sweet Alice Benbow, One More Wild Ride and Heir Joe.
Wildcat Heir, a Florida-bred Grade I stakes winner of $424,460, was bred by New Farm. He won the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G1), Icecapade S. and Drone S. Wildcat Heir, who was also second in the Sanford S. (G2), is a full brother to graded stakes winner Forest Heiress and stakes winner Forest Heir.
Wildcat Heir entered stud in 2006 at Journeyman, located in Ocala. He stands the 2014 season for $10,000 LFS&N.
Red Minx runs record to perfect 2-for-2
Wildcat Heir’s 3-year-old filly Red Minx has the makings of a star on the rise after winning for the second time in as many starts on Feb. 24 at Aqueduct (VIDEO).
The Alan Braun and Ken English homebred won the six furlong, first level allowance contest by 1 1/4-lengths, emerging from a three-way duel early to prove best in the final furlong. Red Minx won her debut, also at Aqueduct on Feb. 1, in a maiden special weight affair at the same distance.
In her two starts, Red Minx has earned $73,200. She is trained by Todd Pletcher.
Wildcat Heir now has 27 winners, four stakes winners and over $860,000 in progeny earnings, all good for the top spot on the Florida General Sire list.