As the “new stallions for 2009” winds down, I will be following up with a continuing series of observations on the freshmen sires of 2009 whose first runners are beginning to compete across the country.
The first freshman stallion off the block and now a sire of winners is Florida-based Wildcat Heir (by Forest Wildcat), who has had a pair of winners in the past two days. The first came April 2 at Santa Anita and the second April 3 at Gulfstream.
A shockingly fast stallion by the consistent Storm Cat sire Forest Wildcat, Wildcat Heir earned his G1 victory in the highly competitive DeFrancis Dash and won half of his 12 starts.
Retired to stud in Florida (where breeders love their speed horses), Wildcat Heir stands at Journeyman Stud as a part of a joint venture with Taylor Made and WinStar.
The Wildcat Heir stock are fast, and they are early. There will be many more in the winner’s circle before the season ends.
In the first race for 2-year-olds at Keeneland April 3, the Trippi filly Jealous Again squirted out of the gate like a watermelon seed and was not seen again by his rivals, winning by 11 1/2 lengths.
There were a pair of starters in the Keeneland race by freshman sires, and the best effort came from Cater to Kitten (by champion turf horse Kitten’s Joy). He was seventh at the start, seventh at the quarter, then rolled past the remaining competition to finish second by 5 1/2 lengths.
A well-intended colt bred and raced by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Cater to Kitten ought to progress from this race and ought to be really tough in his next start, especially if he gets to run a somewhat longer distance.
A good-looking colt with a big blaze, Cater to Kitten resembles his strongly made sire, who is by leading sire El Prado, just like last year’s successful freshman sire Medaglia d’Oro.