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And Now For The Stakes Winners...

Wildcat Heir (TrueNicks,SRO) ended 2009 with the frankly-staggering total of 39 individual juvenile winners. Despite this, he’d reached November before a stakes winner appeared. But surely enough, time has begun to reveal quality among Wildcat Heir’s great quantity of winners. On November 13, Karmageddon took the Jersey Juvenile Stakes, and the very next day Wild Mia captured the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes. Fast forward to the most recent weekend, and Richiegirlgonewild led throughout to take her record to three-for-three in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. On the same card, Wildcat Frankie, winner of his only two previous races, ran a very promising second in the Spectacular Bid Stakes. Not bad considering that it’s only the second week of his runners three-year-old season (and also bearing in mind that this crop were sired at a fee of just $8,000).

With that in mind, it’s worth a look at Wildcat Heir’s first three stakes winners, and the promising Wildcat Frankie, to see if any trends are appearing. Richiegirlgonewild is out of a mare by Saint Ballado (TrueNicks A), and Forest Wildcat has done well with a variety of Hail to Reason branches, including Roberto and Cure the Blues (who should fit really well here, being out of a mare by Dr. Fager). Her granddam is by Storm Bird, so he has that horse 5 x 4 at the top and bottom of the pedigree. The third dam is by Valid Appeal, who is by In Reality, so doubling that horse, and building on the Rough’n Tumble/Precious Lady background. This fifth dam, Ridell, is a Nasrullah/Count Fleet/Sir Gallahad III cross, a very similar background to the dam of Mr. Prospector.

Wildcat Heir’s first stakes winner Karmageddon (TrueNicks A++) is also out of a Hail to Reason line dam as he's out of a mare by Krissin Kris, a grandson of Roberto. The dam is linebred to Nashua (remember, Wildcat Heir’s dam has Nashua and a sister), once through Exclusive Era, an Exclusive Native son who is bred on the same Raise a Native/Mr. Prospector cross to Mr. Prospector. The fourth and fifth dams are Nijinsky II (genetic relative to Storm Bird), out of a mare by Never Bend.

Wild Mia (TrueNicks A+) is out of an Argentine-bred mare by El Sultan (by the Blushing Groom son, Morning Bob). El Sultan goes back to a daughter of Northern Dancer (in the male-line of Wildcat Heir), and Wild Mia’s granddam is by son of Secretariat, so she supplies reverse-sex strains of Northern Dancer and Secretariat to Storm Cat. El Sultan is out of a mare by Damascus, who is good with Nevern Bend.
 
Wildcat Frankie, who surely has a stakes win in his future is out of a mare by Bet Big, who is very unusual, as he is a reverse cross (Distinctive/Raise a Native) to the dam of Wildcat Heir. Distinctive is interesting here as he not only brings in Never Bend, but also Precious Lady, so reinforcing the Questionnaire/Bull Dog strain.

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