01/05/2015 2:54PM

Florida stallion Wildcat Heir euthanized

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Wildcat Heir, a Grade 1 winner and leading sire in Florida, was euthanized the morning of Jan. 5 following a severe case of colic.

The 15-year-old son of Forest Wildcat stood at Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla., where he was advertised to stand the 2015 season for a fee of $10,000.

Homebred in Florida by New Farm and trained by Benjamin Perkins Jr., Wildcat Heir won six of 12 lifetime starts over four seasons of racing for earnings of $424,460. His most lucrative season came at age four, when he won the Grade 1 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes at Pimlico, as well as the Icecapade Stakes. He won the listed Teddy Drone Stakes the following year, and finished second in the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes as a juvenile.

Wildcat Heir was retired to CloverLeaf Farms II in Florida for the 2006 breeding season, and was moved to Journeyman Stud for the 2008 season. Along the way, he became an upper-echelon Florida stallion by progeny earnings and mares bred, leading the state’s sire rankings four times.

Wildcat Heir is represented by seven crops of racing age, with 1,070 combined wins and progeny earnings of more than $26.7 million through Jan. 4. His nine graded/group stakes winners include Grade 1 winner Heir Kitty, Grade 2 winners Wild Dude and Vexor, and Grade 3 winners Derwin’s Star, Daring Kathy, Rainbow Heir, Wildcat Marie, and Richiegirlgonewild.

He has one son advertised at stud, Wildcat’s Storm, who stands at Campione Stables in Florida.

Wildcat Heir was out of the winning Pentelicus mare Penniless Heiress, whose eight foals to race were all winners, including Grade 3 winner Forest Heiress and stakes winners The Hunk and Forest Heir.