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Champion and top mare Hollywood Wildcat dies

CHAMPION Hollywood Wildcat, who also bred the 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile winner War Chant, died on Saturday at Roseglade Farm in Kentucky from complications from cancer.

The daughter of Kris S was 22 and in foal to Kitten's Joy.

Bred and raced by Irving and Marjorie Cowan, Hollywood Wildcat was trained by Neil Drysdale as a three-year-old to win five stakes races, including the Breeders' Cup Distaff, in which she beat defending champion Paseana by a nose, and Grade 1 Hollywood Oaks. At the end of the year, she was named the champion American three-year-old filly of 1993.

She returned at four to take the Grade 1 Gamely Handicap and retired in 1995 as the winner of 12 of 21 races and nearly $1.5 million in earnings.

Hollywood Wildcat made an immediate impact at stud, producing the top miler War Chant in her second year. The son of Danzig is now a prominent stallion at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky where he is the sire of Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby winner Midnight Interlude.

Sent to Danehill, Hollywood Wildcat produced Ivan Denisovich, who won the Group 2 July Stakes and ran second in the Group 1 Prix Morny and Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes for Aidan O'Brien. He later stood for a brief period at Coolmore.

Hollywood Wildcat's other eight winners include the minor American stakes winners Double Cat (by Storm Cat) and Ministers Wild Cat (by Deputy Minister), and Shintoh (by Giant's Causeway), who was Group 3-placed for Jim Bolger.




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