Wild About Marie repelled several challenges as the 4-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir scored a gate-to-wire victory in the $60,000 Dr. A. B. Leggio Memorial at Fair Grounds on Jan. 22. The filly is already the third stakes horse of 2011 for Wildcat Heir, who wrapped up a brilliant 2010 as Florida's leading sire and also the leading second-crop sire in North America.
The Leggio, run 5 1/2-furlongs on the turf, drew a well-matched field of eight. The bay filly popped out of the gate and shot right to the lead, going up two lengths after a quarter mile. She got her first challenge on the turn when her lead was cut to just a neck, but opened up a length once again in mid-stretch. She had to dig in once again in the final strides, but had something left to hold off Chantilly Nayla by a neck on the wire. The final time was 1:05.49 over a yielding turf course.
This was the first career stakes win for Wild About Marie, who was bred in Florida by Robert Dodd, Tonya Jurgens, and Dry Creek Stables LLC. Jurgens consigned the filly as a yearling to the 2008 OBS Select sale, where she was bought for $40,000 by current owners Ike and Dawn Thrash.
The $36,000 payday raised Wild About Marie's lifetime earnings to $122,950, with a record of 4-3-0 from nine starts.
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