Frac Daddy worked five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 at Gulfstream Park
Monday morning in preparation for a likely start in Saturday’s $400,000
Holy Bull (G3).
“I’m leaning toward the Holy Bull,” trainer Ken McPeek said. “Nothing
set in stone. I’ll wait until Wednesday and see how he’s eating and see
how he’s doing. No pressure.”
The son of Scat Daddy, who was ridden by jockey David Cohen, worked
in company with Twining Hearts, an unraced maiden who was clocked in
1:01.66 under Corey Lanerie.
“It was a nice solid breeze. We didn’t want to go too fast the first
three-eighths. He finished up the last quarter and galloped out good.
He went the last quarter in :24 3/5 and galloped out three-quarters in
1:14,” McPeek said. “He worked faster last week, but he worked too fast
Frac Daddy debuted at Belmont with a second-place finish in the mud
on Oct. 4, before breaking his maiden by nearly 10 lengths at Churchill
Downs a month later. Three weeks later, the gray colt led to deep
stretch before being headed by multiple-stakes winner Uncaptured in the
Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill.
“That race was an excellent race,” McPeek said. “He just got a
smidgeon tired. It was only his third race. The other horse was going on
six or seven.”
Should he pass on the Holy Bull, Frac Daddy could turn up in an
entry-level allowance at Gulfstream on Saturday or the Sam Davis (G3) at
Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 2. Undefeated Shanghai Bobby is scheduled to
make his 3-year-old debut in the Holy Bull. How much will the presence
of the 2012 juvenile champion have on his decision?
“Not much,” McPeek said. “I think we can run with him.”