Multiple graded stakes winner Wildcat Red, third in Sunday's Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, may make his next appearance at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Jose Garoffalo said Monday morning that the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers at 1 ¼ miles and the Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One King's Bishop at seven furlongs, both on August 23, are among the races being considered for Wildcat Red.
“We're still thinking about it,” said Garoffalo by phone from New Jersey. “I'm going to check the horse today and tomorrow and then we'll see what we're going to do. The horse came back so far in good shape. He tried. He did his job. He's a hell of a horse.”
Owned by Honors Stable Corp., Wildcat Red has been off the board once in 10 lifetime starts when he finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby. At Gulfstream Park this winter, he won the Grade 3 Hutcheson at seven furlongs and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at 1 1/16 miles 20 days apart, and was second by a neck to Constitution in the 1 1/8-mile Grade 1 Florida Derby.
Breaking from post eight of nine under jockey Luis Saez in the Haskell, the son of Grade 1-winning sprinter D'wildcat stalked eventual winner Bayern in second before being passed in deep stretch and finishing a length behind runner-up Albano.
“He did a great job,” Garoffalo said. “I think it could have been better. I think that Saez should have been a little bit more aggressive with the horse the first part of the race. We could have gone maybe faster and maybe the result would have been different; at least, we would have finished second. But, it was good. I'm happy with the race and the horse.”
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