Top Florida Sire Euthanised

Wildcat Heir Succumbs to Colic

Wildcat Heir

Wildcat Heir (photo: Louise Reinagel)

Wildcat Heir, Florida’s reigning stallion of the year, was euthanized the morning of 5 January 2015 after suffering a severe bout of colic, said Journeyman Stud owner Brent Fernung.

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 2-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, a 15-year-old horse by Forest Wildcat, was represented most recently by Gr1 stakes winner Heir Kitty, Gr2 stakes winner Wild Dude, and stakes winners Rainbow Heir, Daring Kathy, and Coco’s Wildcat.

“We’re truly saddened by the loss,” Fernung said. “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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