Brent Fernung, owner of Journeyman Stud, reported today that Wildcat Heir, Florida's reigning Stallion of the Year, was humanely put down Monday morning after suffering a severe bout of colic.
Wildcat Heir was Florida's leading sire in 2010, 2011 and 2013, as well as 2014. When Wildcat Heir's first crop raced in 2009, he set a North American record by siring 39 two-year-old winners that year. He followed that breakout year by being North America's leading second crop sire of 2010 by money earned. In 2014, Wildcat Heir led all Florida stallions and ranked 24th in the nation with earnings of more than $6.2 million.
Wildcat Heir was represented most recently by grade I stakes winner Heir Kitty, grade II stakes winner Wild Dude and stakes winners Rainbow Heir, Daring Kathy and Coco's Wildcat.
“We're truly saddened by the loss,” said Fernung. “Wildcat Heir was the impetus for us starting Journeyman Stud in the first place. I feel fortunate to have been able to be associated with such a fine animal these past eight years.”
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