Wildcat Heiress capped an excellent 2010 with a victory in the $60,000 Esplanade S. at Fair Grounds. The Dec. 18th win was the fourth in five career starts, all this year for the 3-year-old filly by Wildcat Heir, who finished second in her only loss.
Wildcat Heiress came out running in the 5 1/2-furlong Esplanade (VIDEO
), opening up two lengths in the first furlong. She continued to dictate an uncontested pace around the turn and into the stretch. She pulled away late for a final margin of 3 1/4-lengths on the wire. The final time was 1:04.14.
Bred in Florida by Clover Leaf Farms II, Wildcat Heiress began her career on Sept. 5 with a maiden win at Hoosier Park. After losing her next out at the same track a few weeks later, she won allowance races at both Keeneland and Churchill Downs.
Owner Ron McCauley bought Wildcat Heiress at the 2009 OBS Open 2-year-old sale for $40,000. She has now earned $123,372.
Wildcat Heir is Florida's leading sire of 2010, with progeny earnings in excess of $4.4 million. He is the only Florida stallion above the $4 million mark. He is also the nation's second leading second-crop sire by money earned and leads the category in terms of winners, with 84, twelve more than his closest competitor.
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