King for a Day heads to the sidelines, but back at age 4

August 12, 2019 05:36pm

Through the far turn of last month’s Haskell Invitational (G1), rivals rolled up to pace-setting King for a Day, who under pressure from Maximum Security to his outside checked up and out of contention.

“He just lost his action, hit himself and came out of the race very body sore,” said Rick Sacco, racing manager for the Red Oak Stable runner.

A son of Uncle Mo, King for a Day has since transitioned to Red Oak’s farm in Ocala, Fla., where he’s due to receive “every bit of 60 days off.” Sacco isn’t anticipating another start this season, opting to bring the colt back next year at age 4.

“He actually hit his right-front sesamoid bones in behind when he abruptly pulled up,” Sacco said of the fifth-place Haskell result. “The pictures are clean as far as that goes. He just didn’t come out of the race how we wanted him to.”

King for a Day was off as the Haskell’s second betting choice to Maximum Security, who he had defeated in the Jun 16 Pegasus Stakes also run at Monmouth Park.

“He wasn’t the same horse as who walked into the paddock for the Pegasus,” Sacco said.

The afternoon King for a Day lived up to that name, the racing manager saw the colt “bright-eyed and bouncing.” He guesses a delayed start for the Haskell — the heat index surpassed 100 degrees — played a part, as Lasix was administered around 1 p.m.

By post time past 8 p.m., King for a Day “looked a little dead on his feet,” Sacco said.

Extended time off and patient handling have already served the Todd Pletcher trainee well once. After breaking his maiden at 2 and finishing fourth in Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2), King for a Day went nearly six months before returning to win Pimlico’s Sir Barton Stakes in his 3-year-old debut.

Overall, the Red Oak homebred is 3-0-1 in six starts.

 

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