Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 6f ,)

WILDCAT HEIR (B h, 119 lb) $180,000
Forest Wildcat —Penniless Heiress , by Pentelicus
B—New Farm, FL.; O—New Farm; T—Benjamin W. Perkins, Jr.

Midas Eyes (B h, 123 lb) $60,000
Touch Gold —Bayou Plans , by Bayou Hebert
B—Jacks or Better Farm Inc., FL.; O—Edmund A. Gann; T—Robert J. Frankel

Clock Stopper (CH g, 119 lb) $33,000
Gilded Time —Great Fun , by Farma Way
B—David Hochberg, KY.; O—Overbrook Farm; T—Dallas Stewart

Margins: neck, 1½, ¾. Others: Gators N Bears 126($18,000) , Philadelphia Jim 119($9,000) , A Huevo 123 , Abbondanza 117 , Champali 126 , True Direction 119 , Shake You Down 123 . Winning Jockey, Stewart Elliott.

Eb Novak’s recent success in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I) has been striking. Novak, who breeds and races in the name of New Farm, started his splendid run in the De Francis Memorial Dash by winning the 2001 running with Delaware Township.

The following year, Novak was the breeder of the winner, D’wildcat, and this year, he won the race with homebred Wildcat Heir, who outlasted a fast closing Midas Eyes to win by a neck. This year’s running was held at Pimlico instead of Laurel because the latter’s track surface is being rebuilt.

Novak has another good reason to cheer. He raced the colt’s sire, Forest Wildcat, first alone, then with Central Kentucky horseman Fred Seitz. A son of Storm Cat, Forest Wildcat won two graded stakes, including the Maryland Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. III) in track-record-equaling time for six furlongs at Pimlico for Novak. Wildcat Heir was foaled at Seitz’ Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Ky.

Forest Wildcat has achieved uncanny success with the Pentelicus mare Penniless Heiress. The mare’s first three foals are all by him, and all three are stakes winners. Wildcat Heir is the second graded stakes winner of the bunch. The other is Forest Heiress, who won the Sorority (gr. III) and Valley Stream (gr. III) Stakes. Penniless Heiress also is the dam of a winning 2-year-old colt, Potent Heir, by Forest Wildcat and a weanling filly by him. Her only other living foal is an unraced 3-year-old colt by Appealing Skier, who was a multiple grade II winner for New Farm. New Farm is located near Marlton, N.J.

Penniless Heiress is in foal to Forest Wildcat. Novak plans to send the mare to another of Storm Cat’s sons next year. Novak also announced the retirement of his homebred stakes-winning filly Uphill Skier (by Appealing Skier), who is booked to Forest Wildcat.

“She’s a big, nice-looking, sound mare,” Novak said.

Forest Wildcat has sired 25 stakes winners. His eight added-money winners of 2004 include Var (Fr-I). Forest Wildcat stands at Brookdale and his fee will be $35,000 in 2005.—D.S.