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Rick Samuels

Rosen Buys Interest in Victoria's Wildcat

Bellamy Road filly won the Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Andrew Rosen has privately purchased a controlling interest in Victoria's Wildcat, winner of this year's Eight Belles Stakes (gr. III) who is scheduled to run in the June 11 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The amount was not disclosed.

A 3-year-old Bellamy Road  filly, Victoria’s Wildcat will remain with trainer Bob Hess Jr.

“Andrew's father, Carl Rosen, won the 1974 Acorn with Hall of Famer Chris Evert, so it's a Rosen tradition that we hope to continue Saturday at Belmont,” said Hess. “I'm happy Andrew has chosen to keep the filly with me. She's a May foal, and she's continued to improve. I'm really looking forward to a big second half of the season with her.”

Prior to the transaction, Victoria's Wildcat had raced for the ownership group of Bob and Victoria Bayer and Jonathan Metcalf, which has retained a minority interest in the filly. John Stuart of Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services and Chris Brothers of Xavier International Bloodstock brokered the deal.

“I purchased two shares in Bellamy Road when he went to stud,” Rosen said. “When John (Stuart) mentioned this filly to me, I could see the resemblance to her young sire and got excited about her potential.”

Victoria's Wildcat won the Eight Belles on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard May 6 for her third consecutive win. She sports a record of three wins from seven starts and earnings of $151,571.

Bred in Kentucky by Marvin Little Jr. and out of the Woodman mare Flaming Mirage, Victoria's Wildcat is a half sister to Dubai group I winner Kinsale King.