A pair of 3-year-old fillies by Wildcat Heir filled out the exacta on a cold, wet day at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24. In the six-furlong feature race over a sloppy main track, Jocata was a 3 1/2-length winner over Wild About Marie in the second-level allowance sprint for 3-year-olds and up.
Wildcat Heir is Florida's leading sire of 2010 as well as the nation's second ranked second-crop sire, which comes on the heels of his world-record 39 2-year-old winners in 2009. He is also Florida's only sire to have in excess of $4 million in progeny earnings for the year.
At Churchill, Jocata had to overcome breaking last in the nine-horse field to get the victory. She improved her position throughout the race, hitting the front in midstretch to win pulling away. Wild About Marie, meanwhile was always close to the front and had her head in front between calls, and while she couldn't stay with the winner, she was clearly second best.
Jocata, bred in Florida by Robert and Melinda Kitos and Southern Cross Farm, is 3-5-2 in 10 lifetime starts, earning $107,082 for owners Mary Grum.
Wild About Marie is also a Florida bred, by Robert Dodd, Tonya Jurgens and Dry Creek Stables LLC. She is owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash, who purchased the bay filly for $40,000 at the 2008 OBS August select yearling sale.
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