Stay Forever Along in Time in Hollywood Wildcat

Stay Forever captured the $150,000 Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Handicap at Calder Race Course on Saturday, coming from well off the pace and running down the early leaders in the final strides.

Owned by Santa Cruz Ranch, Inc. the 7-year-old chestnut mare has won six races from nine starts on the Calder turf course as well as a second and a third. The victory boosted her lifetime earnings to $446,053 in just 14 starts.

"She's been training great," winning trainer Marty Wolfson said. "This was the third year I had her pointed to this race and the first time she got to run. She missed two years with her tendon (injury) and another time with bad feet."

Stay Forever trailed early under jockey Eddie Castro as Dandy Rose set the pace going down the backstretch. The homebred daughter of Stack unleashed a powerful run at the quarter pole, wearing down Mrs. M near the wire for a three-quarter length score.

Going off as the fourth choice in the 11-horse field, Stay Forever paid $13.80 to win, $5.80 to place and $4.80 to show, finishing the 1 1/16 mile turf test in 1:42 flat over a 'good' course. Cocktailsandreams finished third.

(Chart, Equibase)