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Wildcat Red breezes in preparation for Holy Bull
Wildcat Red breezed five furlongs over Gulfstream Park's fast main track on Thursday morning, in his lone tune-up for the Grade 2 Holy Bull on January 25.
Under jockey Paco Lopez, the Jose Garoffalo pupil went out at 7:30 a.m. (EST) following the first renovation break, and was clocked in 1:01 4/5, ranking seventh of 13 horses. It was his only work since finishing second in the Gulfstream Park Derby on January 1.
"He went pretty good," Garoffalo said. "It was a routine workout and he came out of it in good shape, so we will be entering in the Holy Bull on Wednesday. I think the horse is ready for the next race."
Owned by Honors Stable Corp., the bay son of Grade 1-winning sprinter D'wildcat has two wins and two seconds in four lifetime starts. He crossed the wire first in each of his first three races, but was disqualified to second in his third outing, the November 9 Juvenile Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream, for interference.
In his most recent start, Wildcat Red stretched out to one mile for the Gulfstream Park Derby, where he dueled with winner General a Rod through sharp fractions of :23, :45 4/5 and 1:10 1/5 before settling for second, beaten a head.
"He proved to me that he has the class and that he belongs in these kinds of races from now on," Garoffalo said. "He showed a lot of class and he showed that he can handle the distance, which is good.
"One of my concerns in the beginning was how he was going to handle the mile, but he did it pretty good. I think that he's going to handle the mile and sixteenth the right way."
Lopez will be back aboard for the Holy Bull. It is run on the same card as the Grade 2 Forward Gal for three-year-old fillies.
"From now until the race he's going get into his routine gallops, maybe one strong gallop in the middle of the week, and then that will be it," Garoffalo said. "So far everything looks good for the Holy Bull."