The morning after becoming a graded stakes winner in Gulfstream Park's Hutcheson Stakes, Wildcat Red's trainer said the colt was strutting the shedrow.
“He’s very smart. He knows that there is something different around him,” Jose Garoffalo said. “He looks good, to tell you the truth; very good, very fresh, very full of himself. He ate up everything last night and came out of the stall this morning very nicely. It’s all good.”
Unlike his previous races, where he had shown a habit of drifting out in the stretch, Wildcat Red was kept straight to the wire by his first-time rider, Eclipse Award winner Javier Castellano.
“He showed me yesterday that he was very focused now in what he’s doing,” Garoffalo said. “He relaxed himself and he’s getting mature mentally. That’s one thing he needed, to get focused on business. He has the talent, but he needed to focus to do the job. That’s a very good sign of mental improvement.”
Wildcat Red lostl a head bob to General a Rod in the one-mile Gulfstream Park Derby on Jan. 1. Both horses are expected to come back in the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 22.
“He did the job yesterday with no effort, and he came back in very good shape,” Garoffalo said. “We’re probably going to the Fountain of Youth, and we see what happens after that. So far, everything looks good.”
The 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth would be the first time around two turns for Wildcat Red.
“If you look at his pedigree, he doesn’t show much stamina, but the way he’s training, the way he relaxes now, I think we could try him around two turns and see what happens,” Garoffalo said. “I think when the place is slower, we can go longer.”
Edited Gulfstream Park release