Yankee Wildcat Pounces Away in Mister Diz

(from Pimlico report)
The last time he raced at Pimlico, Yankee Wildcat set the five-furlong turf track record. Saturday, on a yielding course, he merely blew away his opposition to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes for Maryland breds.

Overlooked in the betting at 8-1, Yankee Wildcat and jockey Enrique Jurado were quickest from the gate and led their seven opponents down the backstretch in the five furlong test. They were in the clear at the head of the lane and crossed the finish line 3 1/2 lengths ahead of post time favorite Nortouch. Quest of Fate was third.

Yankee Wildcat's :55.99 turf track record remained safe. He finished the distance in :58.72 over a yielding surface. He paid $18.20, $7.40 and $4 and topped a $63.20 exacta with Notouch ($4.20, $2.80). Quest of Fate was $3.20 to show.

Owned and bred by Mrs. Frank P. Wright, the son of Forest Wildcat defeated a field that included five added money winners.

"If he gets away and secures the fence it was just a question of whether he was good enough or not," said winning trainer Tim Tullock. "There were some serious runners in the race and this was a testament to the breeding program in Maryland. Honestly, this was a salty-salty race and there is no denying it."

This was the third time that Wright has captured the Mister Diz. She was also victorious with North Carroll (1992) and Tyaskin (1998).

Ghostly Numbers, who won the last two runnings of the Mister Diz, finished last.

Trainer King Leatherbury saddled the winners of the first two races of the Saturday card with Loot ($8.40) and Maymont ($5.60). The Leatherbury double paid $26.80. The 71-year old conditioner now has 6,047 career victories, third most in the history of the sport.

(Chart, Equibase)