Wildcat Red Targets Haskell

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5/29/2014
2:55 pm EDT

Wildcat Red has emerged from the Kentucky Derby no worse for the wear after taking time off.

“He’s doing good. He’ll breeze probably Saturday – an easy half-mile, a routine breeze,” trainer Jose Garoffalo said. “He’s been galloping good. There are no issues with the horse after the race.”

Wildcat Red was given a couple weeks off from training after his 18th-place finish in the Derby, in which he suffered a cut in his right front leg.

“It was above the right ankle – about an inch long. It wasn’t too deep, but enough to take care of it. He had other scratches and bruises everywhere,” said Garoffalo, whose colt’s comment line for the Derby read, “bobble, bump, steady, shuffled.”

The Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27 is a likely target for Wildcat Red, second in the Florida Derby before the Kentucky Derby.

“If the horse goes good, maybe we’ll find a race for him in the middle of June or the third week in June as a prep for the Haskell,” his trainer said.

Garoffalo said he would be rooting for California Chrome in his quest to complete the sweep of the Triple Crown.

“There’s going to be a new Triple Crown winner. He’s the best horse in the field. I don’t think he’ll have any problem with the distance, and he’s beaten all the other horses,” Garoffalo said.

“The trainer is doing a wonderful job with the horse, keeping him galloping without breezes. He doesn’t pay too much attention to the clock. He’s taking good care of the horse. I think the horse is going to be the new Triple Crown winner.”