One of the top 2014 Kentucky Derby contenders is Wildcat Red and we’ll preview this Triple Crown entry now.
Wildcat Red, and really no other 2014 Kentucky Derby contender, is in California Chrome’s realm atop the board as race favorite but you have to consider this Jose Garoffalo-trained 3-year-old in the group right behind him. Wildcat Red is owned by Honors Stable Corp. and has never finished outside of 2nd in 7 career races while facing some above average competition.
All 7 career races for Wildcat Red have come on the Gulfstream Park dirt and this is where he broke his maiden and won an allowance race before finishing 2nd in the Juvenile Sprint and the Gulfstream Park Derby. Wildcat Red really started to garner attention when he won the Hutcheson and the Fountain of Youth Stakes while taking out another of the 2014 Kentucky Derby contenders in General A Rod in the latter of those races.
It would seem likely that Wildcat Red and California Chrome would be 1 and 1A for Kentucky Derby betting if this horse had won last time out but he settled for 2nd in the Florida Derby while losing to Constitution and beating General A Rod once again. Constitution is out of the Kentucky Derby due to injury so Wildcat Red is the top Florida horse out of this year’s contenders.
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Wildcat Red’s 7 career races on dirt will help out at the Kentucky Derby dirt at Churchill Downs with some of the other contenders less experienced on this surface. One concern I have is that Wildcat Red has finished 2nd in 2 of his 3 races at longer than a mile while winning in 3 of 4 at less than that distance.
D’wildcat is the sire of Wildcat Red and this is a horse that raced just once at longer than 7 furlongs and ended up finishing 9th in the Met Mile back in 2002. D’wildcat has just one career graded stakes win (2001 Swale) but has put up strong showings in the San Vicente, Commonwealth, and Churchill Downs Handicap at lesser distances.
Wildcat Red will get his distance from his mother’s side it appears as dam Racene was sired by Miner’s Mark who ran well at longer than a mile. Miner’s Mark was of course sired by Mr. Prospector, who, although he didn’t achieve a ton of success on the track, has produced a large number of successful Kentucky Derby contenders over the years with 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus probably being the most recognizable name of the bunch.