Wildcat Red Benched by Cold

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3:20 pm EST

Wildcat Red, runner-up in the Gulfstream Park Derby on Jan. 1, will miss the Holy Bull with a cold and be pointed to one of two races at Gulfstream Park next month.

Trainer Jose Garoffalo said the D’wildcat colt was treated for a cold after showing some mucous in his throat on Monday morning, the day entries were taken for the Holy Bull.

“We decided not to enter because the horse got sick,” Garoffalo said. “He’s got a little cold. He wasn’t a hundred percent good for the race, so we decided to skip the race. He’s in good shape. It’s just a routine cold, so we’re treating him and he’ll be better for the next time.”

Garoffalo said Wildcat Red did not have a fever and that he could train the horse up to the Fountain of Youth. That race is also being targeted by Gulfstream Park Derby winner General a Rod, who was another potential Holy Bull entry that's skipping the race.

“He just wasn’t reacting like he usually does. He wasn’t too happy that morning,” Garoffalo said. “Maybe it was the change of weather or something related to that, I don’t know. We hopefully have many races ahead for him.”

The Fountain of Youth is not necessarily the next target. Garoffalo also mentioned the one-turn Hutcheson Stakes on Feb. 1 as being possible. Wildcat Red has two wins and two seconds from four career starts, all at a single turn.

“We have to evaluate the horse in the next couple of weeks,” the trainer said. “He’s OK. We didn’t want to take the chance, so we just do what’s best for the horse.”

Edited Gulfstream Park release with additonal content by Dick Downey