1994 Lady's Secret Handicap - Hollywood Wildcat
Even though the Breeders' Cup Distaff will be the toughest race of the day to win, trainer Neil Drysdale acts as though he can't wait to get to Churchill Downs with Hollywood Wildcat, the filly who won the stake a year ago. Running out front, an unusual spot for the 4-year-old, Hollywood Wildcat beat Exchange by 2 1/4 lengths Monday in the $106400 Lady's Secret Handicap at Santa Anita, and Drysdale plans to have her on a plane Wednesday for Kentucky, where the 11th Breeders' Cup will be run Nov. 5. "Churchill Downs is a track that you should train (a horse) over before a race," Drysdale said. "That's according to Charlie (Whittingham). And Charlie does well there." Before launching his own career 20 years ago, Drysdale worked as an assistant for Whittingham, who won the Kentucky Derby with Ferdinand and Sunday Silence in the 1980s. The $1-million Distaff is expected to include Sky Beauty, Heavenly Prize and Lakeway, and Phone Chatter is also a possibility, depending on how she performs Sunday in the Spinster at Keeneland. Hollywood Wildcat didn't get back to the races this year until mid-June. After finishing third in the La Canada at Santa Anita, Drysdale put her on grass, where she won the Gamely Handicap and finished second in the Beverly Hills Handicap, both at Hollywood Park. She then ran second again, behind Flawlessly, the champion turf mare, in the Ramona Handicap at Del Mar. Hollywood Wildcat was back on dirt Monday, winning the same race that served as her ...
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