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Mar 29 2014 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park I 1 1/8 Miles 2 REPLAY
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Jose Garoffalo


 Jose Garoffalo, 50, started out small in Venezuela, assisting in his family's breeding operation. He first developed his passion for the business while working at his father's farm, Haras Bucaral in Belen, but he simultaneously attended both the Venezuelan Academy of Thoroughbred trainers and law school. Upon completing both of his degrees in conditioning racehorses and law, Garoffalo decided to take out his trainer's license instead of further pursuing a career in the legal field, a decision he has never regretted. In 1999, some of Garoffalo's clients urged him to try racing in the United States. He viewed it as the perfect opportunity to kick his career up a notch. Garoffalo took on the challenge and saddled his first horse on North American soil at Hialeah Park in April 1999.

Luis Saez


Originally from Panama City, Luis Saez, moved to the United States in 2009.  Luis is known mostly for his victories aboard Will Take Charge in the Travers Stakes, the Pennsylvania Derby and the Clark Handicap as well as a runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2013. 

Honors Stable Corp.


Honors Stable Corp is owned by Venezuelan Salvatore Delfino, a wine importer/exporter, and his wife Josie Martino Delfino.  Salvatore Delfino is a newcomer to the racing industry and has one other horse training with Garoffalo, a winning mare named Trippi Honor. 


D'Wildcat-Racene, by Miner's Mark

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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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