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May 1, 2014 7:21 PM by Kari Beal

Abbeville sire breeds Kentucky Derby racehorse

A stallion that bred a Kentucky Derby race horse lives right here in Acadiana. D'Wildcat from Circle H Farms in Abbeville is the sire of Wildcat Red who will be racing in the famed Derby.

Some say it's the most exciting two minutes in sports. The Kentucky Derby gets underway at Churchill Downs on Saturday, and Louisiana has some close connections to the horses.

"Most stallions never get this chance. That's what everybody breeds these horses for, is to get a baby on the derby trail," said Valerie Stakes, the daughter of the owner of Circle H Farms.

The farm bought D'Wildcat two years ago after a previous stallion, Topcat, passed away.

"He crossed excellent with mares we had just purchased, and he also crossed excellent with Topcat daughters," Amie Miller with Circle H Farms said.

D' wildcat himself comes from a racing lineage. His grandfather is the legenary stallion Storm Cat and his father is Forest Wildcat, who has sired racehorses.   Circle H Farms' website says D'wildcat has produced more than 43 winners of over $100,000.

"We've been getting calls from everywhere of people who want to breed with him," Stakes said.

In the two years this horse has been in Louisiana it has bred with almost 200 mares.

"By him having a baby in the derby it gives everybody who has ever bred a mare to him the hope and dream that one day their baby will end up on the same trail," Stakes said.

Another horse in the derby is Vicar in Trouble. This horse was born and raised in Louisiana. If the horse wins the race its jockey, Rosie Napravnik, would make history as the first female jockey to win the derby.

Three jockeys from Acadiana are also racing in the Derby. Calvin Borel will be on Ride on Curlin. Robby Albarado will ride Medal Count and Cory Lanerie will be on Harry Holiday.


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