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Frac Daddy Finishes Florida Derby Preparations

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC

Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ 3-year-old Frac Daddy worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 under jockey Corey Lanerie Friday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a start in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1).

“He worked super,” said trainer Ken McPeek who was beginning a busy weekend of travel to Turfway Park to saddle Taken by the Storm in the $550,000 Spiral Stakes (G2) and morning-line favorite Pure Fun in the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3) on Saturday.

A roan/gray colt by Scat Daddy, Frac Daddy came to Gulfstream this winter with high expectations from McPeek after a game second-place finish by a neck in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24 won by Uncaptured, who is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in the Spiral.

In his lone start since the Kentucky Jockey Club, Frac Daddy had a bad day in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) on Jan. 26 when he grabbed a quarter rather badly and was never a factor. It was later determined Frac Daddy was suffering from a throat ulcer.

“I’ve never changed my mind about thinking he was a good colt. In fact, the extra time I had to give him may have done him a lot of good. I think Corey fits him very well and I’m looking forward to the race,” said McPeek, who sent out Harlan’s Holiday to win the 2002 edition of the Florida Derby.  



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