06/05/2013 3:05PM

Belmont Stakes: Frac Daddy to gun it from the rail

Barbara D. Livingston
Frac Daddy, who has won just once in seven starts, has been training extremely well at Churchill Downs.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Those trainers looking for an honest pace in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes may have found themselves a new ally in Ken McPeek, who said he plans to have jockey Alan Garcia put Frac Daddy on the lead after getting the rail at Wednesday’s post position draw.

Frac Daddy finished 16th and was never a factor in the Kentucky Derby and was a last-minute addition to the Belmont field after training brilliantly over the past several weeks at Churchill Downs.

“He’s doing real well now,” McPeek said. “He’s been working bullet, bullet, bullet down there at Churchill. And we’re going to send him from the inside because he needs to be in the clear. He trains freaky good, but he’s got some mental holes in him if things don’t go his way. But he is talented. Don’t forget he beat Oxbow two starts back in the Arkansas Derby.”

Frac Daddy, who finished second at a 23-1 in the Arkansas Derby, arrived at Belmont on Tuesday and wasted little time getting a good feel for the racetrack, open-galloping 1 1/8 miles in 2:09 and change from the mile pole with a 25.52-second quarter-mile from the top of the lane to the wire thrown in for good measure.

“I told the boy to two-minute-lick him to the three-eighths, just go 15, 15, 15, then come home in 37 and change from there,” McPeek said. “It was a little unusual, but it didn’t hurt him , because he wants to do it. He’s a galloper, and he’ll love the mile and one-half because it’s a galloper’s race.”

McPeek knows a little something about winning the Belmont with a longshot. Eleven years ago, McPeek sent out the 70-1 Sarava to register the biggest upset in Belmont history and last year his Atigun finished third behind Union Rags at odds of 20-1.

Frac Daddy, who has won just once in seven starts and not since earning his diploma at Churchill Downs last November, is 30-1 in the morning line for the Belmont.

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TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
Orb looks like he really loves this track (Belmont) the way hes been working out there.
Duane Leigh More than 1 year ago
Has anybody watch Freedom Child after the win at Belmont by 13 1/2 lenghts =that was a walk in the park for him =he was not even breathing hard =out of Seattle Slew =might go wire to wire = with all others chasing him with there touges hanging out+++ Duane Leigh
Steven Rolf More than 1 year ago
Mcpeek is not smart enough to handicap the race. Maybe he should look att he horses breeding before putting him in a mile and a half race.
TEVIN More than 1 year ago
Union rags last year was not breed for mile and half won the Belmont today races any thing can happen i will always throw out breeding over fitness trainer intent
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Two for two, so far. Now for the third leg..................... 1) Frac daddy- No shot in this race. Is in way over his head and won't make 1 1/2 miles. 2) Freedon Child-Will show speed, but doesn't have the stamina to make 1 1/2 miles and the pace of the race willl do him in late. 3) Overanalyze-Can sit a nice trip behind the 1,2,8 &13 and still have first move on the leaders when the real racing starts. Not concerned about distance limitations and should be in a nice spot with a 1/4 to go. The pick. 4) Giant Finish-This owner/trainer should be cited for "cruelty to animals" putting this horse in this spot. No class. no ability. No shot. 5)Orb- See comments on #3. Gets everything his way, but not sure of that last 1/4 miles. I'm thinking he has to run his A++ race to win, but more likely gets beaten late. 6)Incognito-Darley is just taking a shot because they have a gazillion horses, right? No shot with this dog either. 7)Oxbow. Like Overanalyze and Orb, this one gets a nice stalking trip and makes a good run into the stretch. Just thinking that this one hangs late also for the win spot, but should make a nice account of himself. 8)Midnight Taboo-Repote is just an ASS putting this horse in this spot. Why not just take the horse out back and shoot him. This race is TOO much, TOO soon and will most likely ruin the poor animal. 9)Revolutionary- I am not one for the horse with the long closing stride to with this event. The RARELY do. The horse looks nice in this race, but expecting him to hang like all the other with his style before him. On the super or high5 tic, but not on top with me, unless I "back" into a superfecta with my top choice running 2nd or 3rd. 10)Will take Charge- No chance of doing that here. I'm gonna say that this one stops badly in this spot. Can't make 1 1/2 miles regardless of that great Derby run you all fell into believing. 11)Vyjack- Now that Rudy has been exposed as a juicer in Ky and can't seem to train winners anymore, i have been making much more money, as his horse don't have me running second 5-7x a week to his junkie horses. I hope Rudy does so bad from now on that he quits entirely after losing all his clients. Back to Vyjack. battles for last. 12)-Palace Malice- Same as orb, overanalyze, Oxbow. gets a nice trip and can make some niose. Distance limitations late, i suspect. 13)Unlimited budget- Goes towards the top early and watches them pass her somewhere down the backstretch. in over her head, for sure. Another Repole dream. 14)Golden Soul- Will be within 2-3 leangths of Revolutionary at the end of the race. Another ONE BIG RUN horse that falls short. THE PICK: Overanalyse to Win/Place/Show Exacta box 3,7,9,12 3/2,5,7,9,12,14/2,5,7,9,12,14/2,5,7,9,12,14 3/5,7,9,12/5,7,9,12/2,5,7,9,12,14 3/5,7,9,12/5,7,9,12/all Also the #3 in the 2nd and 3rd spots for the super. At 18-1 (i am guessing) OVERALYZE is a nice play to go 1 1/2 miles in a field that doesn't seem to have a horse that can or wants to. Good Luck.
John Burton More than 1 year ago
Excellent handicapping! You gave valid reasons for your opinion regarding each horse's outcome. By now, however, you probably heard about the tropical storm that will pass over Belmont Park on Saturday. In light of the worsening weather projections for the Belmont Stakes Race, would you change any opinions regarding your picks? Does that move FREEDOM CHILD up to "The Pick"?
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
I believe Freedon Child stops in this spot. I saw the big move when he got left at the gate and I saw the terrible field he beat last time. He doesn't look like he is in this class. This horse will be pushed. There is more speed than normal for a Belmont race here. I expect the fily to be the main reason for the pace being a little too fast for a field of horses that really look like none of them want to go 1 1/2 miles.
Mike Barker More than 1 year ago
freedom child and revolutionary are the only 2 who can win this race
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Get lucky and catch the flu this weekend, my friend. Revolutionary has a chance, but I don't like those type in the Belmont. I have him on my tix. Freedon Child will lead, so I have him on my tix. As for the win..... It comes form the stalkers Overanalyze, Orb, Oxbow, Palace Malice. They all get dream trips. i like Overanalyze the best. You may want to check out the final 1/16's and 1/8's of Revolutinary's races. not the best.
Chris More than 1 year ago
2 for 3
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Nah..... 3 for 3. I know my Sh**. Been doing it a loooooong time.
steve szymanski More than 1 year ago
Gunning it won't help frac Daddy. Even Cannon-ing it won't work. Maybe if they ICBM-it, they can hit the board. No shot.
Dave More than 1 year ago
Interesting. If he wants the lead he's going to have run with Freedom Child right next to him.
Bob More than 1 year ago
Daddy just ended Freedoms chances. Both quit turning for home along with Ox. Castellano cruises right by with Revolutionary.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Got Frac Daddy and Palace Malice in my office pools. I would never wager on either to win but Id like to fall back on them if my wagers fail!
randsautoshop More than 1 year ago
you will be cryiing in the office with your loosing tickets