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Hollywood Wildcat

Hollywood Wildcat was foaled in 1990. She won her first four starts at age 2 including her graded stakes debut in the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park. It took her five races to return to the winners circle at age 3, and it came in her Grade 1 debut in the Hollywood Oaks.

That win was the first of five in a row in 1993 including the Del Mar Invitational (G2) and culminating with a victory in the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita. Sent off as the 6-5 favorite, Hollywood Wildcat with Eddie Delahoussaye in the irons would race stride-for-stride in the stretch with the second-choice Paseana (AGE) and Chris McCarron. In a thrilling finish, Hollywood Wildcat would win by a nose and earn Champion 3-Year-Old Filly honors for trainer Neil Drysdale.

The 1993 Distaff proved so inspiring that it was chosen by readers of The Blood-Horse as the "Race of the Year."

During the 1994 season, Hollywood Wildcat won three more times including the Gamely Handicap (G1) and finished in the money in six races. Her only off the board finish was in her return trip to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff where she finished sixth. 

As a broodmare, Hollywood Wildcat’s second foal, homebred War Chant, won the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Mile. It was only the second time that a Breeders’ Cup-winning filly or mare had produced a Breeders’ Cup winner. 

In 2012, Hollywood Wildcat died at age 22 due to complications from cancer at the Oak Tree Division of Lane’s End Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

Hollywood Wildcat career statistics

Starts: 21

1st: 12

2nd: 5

3rd: 3

Hollywood Wildcat career honors:  

1993 – Champion 3-Year-Old Filly

1993 – 1st Place Breeders’ Cup Distaff

2002 – Calder Race Course Hall of Fame