Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wildcat Aly tries stakes company in Sweet & Sassy

Stanton, Del., June 22, 2011 — Peter Redekop’s Wildcat Aly, a recent $30,000 claim, will try stakes company in the $125,000 Sweet & Sassy Stakes at Delaware Park this Saturday. The six-furlong affair for fillies and mares has attracted a field of seven.

Wildcat Aly, who is four for four so far this season, has only been defeated once on the dirt, and in that race she broke awkwardly and got caught wide on the turn. In her most recent, the 4-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir posted a six-and-a-half-length triumph in a six-furlong allowance at Parx on May 17. Previously, the Florida-bred conditioned by Michael Stidham was claimed for $30,000 after posting a neck victory going five and half furlongs at the Fair Grounds. She has made six dirt starts and has won five. Her first 11 career starts were either on polytrack or the turf. In her first career outing on the dirt, she notched an eight-length score in a $30,000 claiming event going seven furlongs at Churchill Downs on November 12. She has a career record of seven wins, a second and three thirds from 17 starts with earnings of $176,397.

“I believe in the Ragozin numbers and she had a good line on the Ragozins,” said Stidham. “Actually, she had synthetic races and dirt races in her past performances, and I thought her dirt numbers were far superior to her synthetic numbers. Since I thought she had real solid dirt numbers and I knew we were coming to Delaware, I figured she would be a good horse to bring to the east coast.”

While Stidham believed she was a talented filly, he never really gave serious thought of running her in stakes company until after her allowance victory at Parx.

“You just hope you are making a good claim and you can turn her around and run her for the price you bought for her,” Stidham said. “I think I really took notice when she crossed the finish line at Parx and then when I saw her number was a six. That made me feel pretty good about her. But in order for her to win a race like this, you have got to have them run those kind of numbers consistently. If she goes back to her old numbers, she probably cannot win a stake of this caliber. But you never know until they run.”

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