2010 Champion second crop sire Wildcat Heir sires first stakes winner of 2011
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Just two days into the new year and Wildcat Heir recorded his first stakes winner of 2011 when Breathoffreshheir scored a 3 3/4-length win in the $65,000 Ruthless S. at Aqueduct.

Wildcat Heir finished 2010 as America's leading second crop sire with $4,584,404 in progeny earnings. He had 89 winners on the year, 14 more than his nearest competitor. His eight stakes winners were led by Richiegirlgonewild, winner of the Grade 3 Old Hat S. at Gulfstream Park. Wildcat Heir was also Florida's leading overall stallion of 2010 and the state's second-ranked sire of 2-year-olds. The 11-year-old will stand the 2011 season at Journeyman Stud for $10,000 LFS&N.

In the six furlong Ruthless (VIDEO), Breathoffreshheir dueled for the lead for the first half mile before the she began to pull clear of the field. She widened her margin through the stretch to stop the timer in 1:11.30 over the fast track.

“Today, she just guided me around there,” said winning jockey Carlos Marquez, Jr. “She was much the best.”

“We put the blinkers on her, but she still plays around when she gets in front like that,” said trainer Ben Perkins, Jr., who trains Breathoffreshheir “We’re not sure what’s next for her – she’s had four races right in a row now, so maybe we’ll keep her here for one more, then give her a little break.”

The victory was the third in four starts for 3-year-old filly owned and bred in New Jersey by Everett Novak’s New Farm. Novak also campaigned Breathoffreshheir's dam Uphill Skier, who was a four-time stakes winner at Monmouth Park.

Breathoffreshheir's record now stands at 3-1-0 from four starts, including a win in the Jersey Juvenile S. at Monmouth Park last Nov. 13. She has earned $134,730.

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