12/05/2017 1:57PM

Wildcat Red retired to Buck Pond Farm

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Barbara D. Livingston
Wildcat Red had a solid 3-year-old campaign, which included wins in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes.

Grade 2 winner Wildcat Red will enter stud at Buck Pond Farm in Versailles, Ky., for the 2018 breeding season at an advertised fee of $7,500.

The 6-year-old D’wildcat horse retired with six wins in 22 career starts for earnings of $1,108,975.

Wildcat Red is best known for his 3-year-old campaign, in which he won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, Grade 3 Hutcheson Stakes, and non-graded Quality Road Stakes. He also ran second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, and finished third in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes and Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby. He also competed in the 2014 Kentucky Derby.

Later seasons saw Wildcat Red win the listed Teddy Drone Stakes, and finish on the board in races including the Grade 2 Smile Sprint, and the state-restricted Sunshine Millions Sprint.

“He’s really a good-looking horse,” said Douglas Arnold of Buck Pond Farm. “He’s got a great disposition. He danced every dance, and he has a lot of speed.

“He’s just a good racehorse, and I love the sire line,” Arnold continued.

Wildcat Red raced his first three seasons for owner Honors Stable Corp. and trainer Jose Garoffalo. He was acquired privately in 2016 by Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, and was sent to the U.A.E. for his 6-year-old campaign, going unplaced in two starts for trainer Doug Watson.

Arnold bought Wildcat Red for $45,000 at this year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Bred in Florida by the partnership of Moreau Bloodstock International and Winter Racing Enterprise, Wildcat Red is out of the Grade 3-placed Miner’s Mark mare Racene, whose eight foals to race are all winners.

Stakes winner Luck Penny is in the extended family, as are Puerto Rican Group 1 winner Dazzling Dr. Cevin and Venezuelan Group 3 winner La Hucha.