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Belmont Stakes: Frac Daddy could be entered in race
By Marty McGee
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Trainer Ken McPeek revealed Saturday that he is seriously considering entering Frac Daddy in the Belmont Stakes.
Frac Daddy, 16th in the May 4 Kentucky Derby as a 25-1 shot, has had three swift workouts at Churchill Downs within a two-week span, ending with a bullet half-mile drill Friday in 47.80 seconds.
“He’s training as well as I’ve ever seen,” McPeek said. “It’s like [D. Wayne] Lukas says, you can’t win it unless you’re in it.”
McPeek engineered the biggest upset in Belmont history when sending out Sarava to a 70-1 victory in the 2002 running.
“We’ll make a firm decision by noon [Eastern] Monday,” said McPeek, adding he was still in the process of lining up a jockey. “If we run, he’ll go on the charter that leaves Tuesday out of
Frac Daddy, a gray Scat Daddy colt owned by Magic City Thoroughbred Partners, has one win from seven career starts. Among his best efforts were runner-up finishes in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill last fall and the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in April.
Entries will be taken Wednesday for the 145th Belmont, which is set for Saturday.
Three year olds make huge strides in a matter of weeks all the time. After watching the stupidity in the first two races, hard to predict much in the Belmont. A lot of talk about weak crop of threes, maybe should be equal talk of the weak crop of jockeys!
Ruler On Ice 24-1 , Drosselmeyer 13-1 , Summer Bird 12-1 , D'Tara 38-1 , Bird Stone 36-1 , Sarava 70-1. These all since 2002. If you think you gotta shot then you gotta shot.
A few really quality horses are pointing toward the Belmont, and the rest are good allowance-type horses. They are really swinging for the fences with Frac Daddy, but, as the article points out, McPeek pulled it off before with Sarava. Just don't see it happening here.
Unrelated to this story but did anybody notice how badly J LEZCANO rode at belmont this saturday in the 9th on LUBASH he fought the horse the whole way ( turned out well for me i had the 2 king kreesa but i could not help noticing the ride....then in the last race he had a disastrous ride on the 2 campogiovanni he held him up out of the break took him to stone last and then mad a huge premature move on the far outside until he got to the leader and stopped ridding until he was overtaken by the winner ...he is one of the best turf riders around so its puzzling when he gives such an obvious bad ride....kind of reminds one of his WINTER MEMORIES stiff job at Saratoga in the gr2 lake placid of course they never let him ride that filly again after that and she went on to win 2 stakes races including a gr1.
A mile and a half is a whole new ballgame, I don't blame any of them for taking a shot, but for the American breeding shed, I think the third leg is the least important
Somebody needs to put Tyler Baze on a good horse, he is the most underrated rider in America today
The owner is playing MEGA MILLION,a SHOT OF LUCKY in BELMONT STAKES
REALLY? Why includes many horse in BELMONT STAKE,ANY have a minimum of chance of WINNER,INCOGNITO,VYJACK,FRAC DADDY,ETC
What a sad joke, makes a mockery of the Belmont.
Humans are amazing..just because lukas won with OXBOW and has a habit of running in races he does not belong all the others feel they have to roll the dice too....but here are the facts OXBOW ran very well in the derby and had an excellent shot in the preakness...and when lukas runs a horse that does not belong he usually runs up the track...half field in the belmont does not belong an FRACK daddy is one of them....lets not confuse viable long shot with hopeless longshot.
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