06/01/2013 1:01PM

Belmont Stakes: Frac Daddy could be entered in race

Barbara D. Livingston
Frac Daddy is being considered for a start in the Belmont Stakes.

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

[BELMONT STAKES: Probable field and latest updates]

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.


Robert Johnson More than 1 year ago
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!
Bryan E More than 1 year ago
Do you really think they can be as bad as they seem? Or do you think it has become a well acted drama with the bettors as the victims? I wonder more lately than ever....
Mike Rozier More than 1 year ago
One of the problems is that many of these horses are so lightly raced nowadays heading into the Derby that they are still very green at times along with the huge amount of growth that they are going through. Throw in the fact that they are running in a 20 horse field in the Derby and 12 to 16 horse fields in the Preakness and Belmont, and these green and maturing horses are going to run into each other and cause each other problems. And lastly, throw in the hype and jockeys, owners, and trainers all make bad decisions due to the enormous pressure. As for Frac Daddy? Why not. Sounds like he is training extremely well. If Giant Finish, Incognito, Midight Taboo, and Always In a Tiz are running then Frac Daddy has as good or better chance than those entries. He does have a runner up finish in a G1 race. That is better than a number of horses in this field can say.
Mark Ford More than 1 year ago
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.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
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.
B More than 1 year ago
It would be nice to see a really good horse win this great race rather than some mediocre one who will never win a big race again.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
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.
chad Steffy More than 1 year ago
He was on a Saturday afternoon booze cruise. Left him off my exacta tickets on the latter race thinking he'd tank again.
Bryan E More than 1 year ago
I wondered if anyone else noticed that about him. I realize that many of the top jockeys tank races on a regular basis for various corrupt reasons (watch a weekday at Gulfstream or in NY for video reference) but Lezcano seems to do it in a really spectacular way. Maybe he just isn't a very subtle like Cordero or some of the current best actors. He seems to be a rider who must get paid as much to lose sometimes as he does to win. Because it is too frequent and too obvious with him. Either trainers must grow to hate him or he is riding according to the script they give him and holding the place for a different jokey to win. His rides on Emolliont and Normandy Invasion earlier this year were classic examples. But those races seemed to be set up for other results. Regardless, he was taken off the horses after which they improved again dramatically with Smith and Castellano. He is simply too good to ride as bad as he often does.
BRUCE More than 1 year ago
Bryan ... When is your next book coming out ? Easy on the keyboard,clown.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Lezcano is the most overrated rider in the game. I have no idea why top trainers continue to give him mounts on their good horses.
mrm More than 1 year ago
I think more than a few jocks bet King Kresa in that race.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
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
B More than 1 year ago
Well, I believe you are correct, but I also believe that to be part of the downfall of American racing. We breed for speed and fast money, retire them and do it all over again. It's very sad to look at the history of this sport and see the long distance races that no longer exist and even more sad to see how many races still in existence have consistently been shortened. I remember when the JCGC was two miles, the Woodward a mile and a half and a mile and a quarter and the Coaching Club American Oaks a mile and a half and those are just a small sample of examples. The glory days of American racing are over unless we change the way we breed. We just gave our HOY award to a miler, something that I do not believe has ever happened before, but it looks like it will not be a rare occurrence in the future.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
Somebody needs to put Tyler Baze on a good horse, he is the most underrated rider in America today
RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
this has to be a joke right? not top 30 and it isn't even debatable
Mike B More than 1 year ago
I'd much rather see Russell Baze, he of almost 12,000 wins at essential Triple-A minor-league tracks, over tyler
Juan More than 1 year ago
Juan More than 1 year ago
REALLY? Why includes many horse in BELMONT STAKE,ANY have a minimum of chance of WINNER,INCOGNITO,VYJACK,FRAC DADDY,ETC
Mike More than 1 year ago
What a sad joke, makes a mockery of the Belmont.
NEUSH More than 1 year ago
I'm sure everyone thought that when Ruler On Ice, Drosselmeyer, Summer Bird, D'Tara, Bird Stone, and Sarava were entered too.
B More than 1 year ago
Yea and it's a shame any of them won. There were better horses than these in all of their Belmonts. Drosselmeyer is a real oddity though. Winner of the Belmont and the BC Classic and yet it still feels like he was not a top notch horse. I guess it's possible for a horse to run two fluke races.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
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.
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
hey Ray watch the arkansas derby who finish in front of who Frac daddy was in front of oxbow way in front