11/25/2005 1:00AM

Ministers Wild Cat heads to Tommy Town


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Ministers Wild Cat, a two-time stakes winner, was scheduled to arrive this weekend at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, where he will stand at stud in 2006.

Ministers Wild Cat finished last of 14 in the Grade 1 De Francis Dash at Laurel last weekend, the final start of his career.

Ministers Wild Cat, 5, won 6 of 22 starts and $368,729, winning the 2003 Golden State Mile at Golden Gate Fields and the 2005 Jacques Cartier Stakes at Woodbine. He was trained in his career by Neil Drysdale and Mark Casse.

Ministers Wild Cat was on the Kentucky Derby trail in 2003. Following his win in the Golden State Mile, he finished second in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields before finishing fifth in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

By Deputy Minister, Ministers Wild Cat raced for breeders Irving and Marjorie Cowan for most of his career. He is a half-brother to War Chant, the winner of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile, and is out of Hollywood Wildcat, the champion 3-year-old filly of 1993.

Tommy Town announced that Ministers Wild Cat will stand for $7,500.

Statebred filly shows promise for Frankel

Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel is branching out. His West Coast team features a promising statebred 2-year-old filly in Windy, who beat maidens in her second start on Nov. 20.

"I don't remember the last time Bobby had a Cal-bred," said Humberto Ascanio, Frankel's assistant trainer.

Ridden by Alex Solis, Windy beat a group of statebred fillies by 1 1/4 lengths, finishing 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.48.

"She is learning to run," Ascanio said. "Alex gave her a good ride. She's a nice filly. She ran spotty, but in the end, she came through."

The win could lead to starts in upcoming stakes for statebreds - the $125,000 California Breeders Champion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Santa Anita on Dec. 28, and the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks for California-breds and Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.

Owned by Gary and Mary West, Windy was purchased for $140,000 at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale. She is by Wild Rush and is a half-sister to the multiple stakes winner Summer Wind Dancer.

Summer Wind Dancer won 5 of 18 starts and $898,762 for breeders Yvette and Richard Wira, who bred Windy. Summer Wind Dancer's four stakes wins include the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap and the Grade 3 Hawthorne Handicap at Hollywood Park in 2004, while trained by Jeff Mullins. In 2002, Summer Wind Dancer won two stakes, including the California Cup Juvenile Fillies, while trained by Jenine Sahadi.

Many top sires in CTBA auction of seasons

The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association's stallion season auction on Tuesday will feature 2006 breedings to five of the state's top 10 stallions by progeny earnings this year - Atticus, In Excess, Lit de Justice, Swiss Yodeler, and Unusual Heat.

Through Thursday, Swiss Yodeler was second on the list with earnings of $2,715,467, slightly in front of In Excess. Bertrando is the top-ranked sire in the state.

The availability of a breeding to Unusual Heat for 2006 is a rarity, since the stallion is booked full for the upcoming breeding season.

Unusual Heat, who stands for an advertised fee of $12,500, was seventh in progeny earnings through Thursdsay with $2,411,448.

The stallion season auction benefits the CTBA's political action committee, which lobbies on behalf of the organization.