Wild Card proves much the best in Listed Betelgeuse Stakes

Son of Street Sense draws off to win impressively at Hanshin Race Course

Wild Card took the lead with just over a furlong left to run and pulled away to win the Listed Betelgeuse Stakes by one-and-a-quarter lengths at Hanshin Race Course Dec. 28.

The five-year-old horse by Street Sense improved his overall record to six wins, two second-place finishes and two third-place finishes in 12 starts.

Wild Card was bred in Japan and races as a homebred for Godolphin. He is out of Perfect Chance, an unraced daughter of Unbridled’s Song out of the Graded Stakes-winning mare, Win Crafty Lady. Perfect Chance is a half-sister to Harmony Lodge (G1 Ballerina, G2 Gallant Bloom, etc.), Graeme Hall (G2 Arkansas Derby, G2 Jim Dandy, etc.) and Win McCool (G3 Floral Park).

Street Sense is the sire of six Graded Stakes winners in 2019, including Maxfield (G1 Breeders' Futurity), McKinzie (G1 Whitney, G2 Alysheba Stakes), Champagne Anyone (G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks), Air Strike (G2 Triple Bend), Doctor Mounty (G3 Tropical Turf) and Aztec Sense (G3 Fred W. Hooper Stakes). 

Street Sense will stand the 2020 breeding season at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for $75,000, stands and nurses.