03/17/2015 12:16PM

Wildcat Red named Florida's Horse of the Year

Barbara D. Livingston
Wildcat Red (right), winner of the 2014 Fountain of Youth, was named Florida 2014 Horse of the Year.

Multiple graded stakes winner Wildcat Red was named Florida’s 2014 Horse of the Year Monday night at the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association annual awards banquet and gala in Ocala, Fla.

Wildcat Red, a son of D’Wildcat won 3 of 10 starts last year for earnings of $848,600, highlighted by victories in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, the Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes, and the Quality Road Stakes, all at Gulfstream Park. His campaign, which also secured him Florida’s champion 3-year-old male honors, also included a runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, third-place finishes in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes and the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby, and he competed in the 2014 Kentucky Derby.

Jose Garoffalo trains Wildcat Red for owner Honors Stable Corp. He was bred on Florida by Xavier Moreau’s Moreau Bloodstock International and Wilson Winter’s Winter Racing Enterprise, both based in Ocala.

His dam, the Grade 3-placed Miner’s Mark mare Racene, was named Florida’s Broodmare of the Year. Wildcat Red was her sixth foal and her sixth winner from seven foals to race, also including Jamaican champion Racing Machine.

Wildcat Heir was posthumously named Florida’s Stallion of the Year, while With Distinction was honored as Florida’s Active Stallion of the Year. With Distinction, a 14-year-old son of Storm Cat, stands at Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds in Ocala.

Kantharos, a 7-year-old son of Lion Heart, was honored as the state’s leading active freshman and juvenile sire. He stands at Ocala Stud.

Thomas and Lori Fackler’s Best A Luck Farm was presented with the Needles Award as a small Thoroughbred operation that made outstanding contributions to the Florida Thoroughbred industry. The Ocala-based farm bred Dance With Fate, winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes.

Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield Sales of Williston, Fla. was awarded the Joe O’Farrell Memorial Award, presented by Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co to the original consignor of the year’s best Florida-bred racehorse offered at public auction in Florida. Summerfield Sales handled Grade 2 winner El Kabeir, who sold to Zayat Stables for $250,000 at the 2013 OBS August yearling sale.

Ocala Stud was named Florida’s Breeder of the Year for the fourth time in the last five years, leading the state’s breeders with $2,318,486 in earnings. The farm was represented as a breeder by Florida-bred graded stakes winner Asia Express and multiple graded stakes-placed Calculator, who was named Florida’s champion 2-year-old male.

Following is a complete list of winners from the 2014 FTBOA awards banquet.

2-year-old male: Calculator
Gr. or ro. c., 2012, In Summation—Back to Basics, by Alphabet Soup
Owner: Richard Pell
Trainer: Peter Miller
Breeder: Ocala Stud

2-year-old female: Peace and War
B. f., 2012, War Front—More Oats Please, by Smart Strike
Owner: Qatar Racing
Trainer: Olly Stevens
Breeder: Sally J. Andersen

3-year-old male & Horse of the Year: Wildcat Red
B. c., 2011, D’Wildcat—Racene, by Miner’s Mark
Owner: Honors Stable Corp.
Trainer: Jose Garoffalo
Breeder: Moreau Bloodstock International & Winter Racing Enterprise

3-year-old female: Daring Kathy
B. f., Wildcat Heir—Dare to Mambo, by Kingmambo
Owner/Breeder: John Eaton and Steve Laymon
Trainer: David Fawkes

Older male & male sprinter: Happy My Way
B. g., 2010, Wilko—Holy Queen, by Holy Bull
Owner: Sagamore Farm and Mel Paikoff
Trainer: Joseph Orseno
Breeder: Mayo West Farm and Liam Benson

Older female & female turf horse: Parranda
Ch. m., 2009, English Channel—Dyanmic Feature, by Rahy
Owner: Jerry Hollendorfer, Gillian Campbell, Dan Clark, Gatto Racing, and Greg Skoda.
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Breeder: Kinsman Farm

Female sprinter: R Free Roll
B. m., 2010, Rockport Harbor—Jewels N Gems, by Acceptable
Owner: Averill Racing and Silver Oak Stable
Trainer: Ralph and Kirk Ziadie
Breeder: Richard Averill

Male turf horse: Reporting Star
Dk. b. or br. g., 2010, Circular Quay—Classic Beauty, by Sword Dance
Owner: Copper Water Thoroughbred Company
Trainer: Pat Parente
Breeder: Gilbert G. Campbell

Florida Stallion of the Year: Wildcat Heir
Florida Stallion of the Year (Active): With Distinction
Leading Florida Freshman and Juvenile Sire: Kantharos
Florida Broodmare of the Year: Racene
Needles Award: Best A Luck Farm
Joe O’Farrell Memorial Award: Summerfield Sales
Leading Florida trainer of Florida-breds: Stanley Gold
Leading Florida trainer of Florida-breds by wins: Kathleen O’Connell
Leading owner by Florida-bred earnings: Jacks or Better Farm
Florida Breeder of the Year: Ocala Stud