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Jose was born in Venezuela and is currently based at Calder Racecourse and Casino is South Florida. The win by Yara in the Davona Dale stakes at Gulfstream was his first graded stakes win in the United States. He also trains the stakes placed Bartolome.
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Will Wildcat Red take more after his sire, the sprinter D'wildcat, or his dam, Racene, who stayed 1 1/4 miles? So far, his early speed tilts in the direction of D'wildcat.
As his name suggests, D'wildcat is by the Storm Cat stallion Forest Wildcat, a speed merchant himself. D'wildcat earned his biggest wins in sprints, taking the Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash, the Swale, and the Churchill Downs Stakes (the latter via disqualification). His only win at a mile also came courtesy of the stewards, when he was awarded the victory in a minor turf stakes at Del Mar.
D'wildcat has accordingly been an influence for speed, with his progeny including multiple Grade 2-winning sprinter D'Funnybone, Wildcat Lily, D'wildride, and Authenicat (who maxed out at 1 1/16 miles).
Wildcat Red's ability to carry his speed farther than D'wildcat did is likely thanks to his dam, the Grade 3-placed Racene. A maiden winner over a mile on dirt, she subsequently captured an entry-level allowance at 1 1/4 miles on turf, and finished third in the 1 3/8-mile Yerba Buena.
Yet Racene's other notable foal, Jamaican champion Racing Machine, was known for speed. Racing Machine's signature win came in the about five-furlong Reggae Trophy.
Racene is by the blueblood Miner's Mark, a son of Mr. Prospector and undefeated Hall of Famer Personal Ensign. Although successful in the 1 1/4-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup, as well as the 1 1/8-mile Jim Dandy and Colin Stakes in 1993, Miner's Mark did not compile a memorable stud career.
Wildcat Red's second dam, the unraced Vette, is by classy California handicapper Flying Paster. His third dam, Penny Legende, is a winning daughter of French champion two-year-old colt and successful sire *Grey Dawn II.
There is not much depth to Wildcat Red's maternal line in recent generations. Tracing further back, his eighth dam is Kassala (born in 1926), whose descendants include French champion and noted sire Prince Chevalier.
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