Frac Daddy could run in Belmont

2013-06-01T18:00:00Z 2013-06-07T22:43:06Z Frac Daddy could run in BelmontGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
June 01, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

Frac Daddy's owner Carter Stewart of Billings said Saturday night that "we're leaning toward running" the 3-year-old gray thoroughbred in next Saturday's $1 million Belmont Stakes in New York.

"I think that would be a lot of fun," Stewart said.

Earlier in the day, trainer Ken McPeek told the Daily Racing Form that he was seriously considering entering Frac Daddy in the final leg of the Triple Crown races after he had a recent string of strong workouts at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

"That was a surprise to me," Stewart said of McPeek considering the Belmont. "I was very pleasantly surprised."

The two talked it over on Saturday morning, and Stewart said a final decision to enter the 1½-mile Belmont will be made by Monday afternoon.

He said it would be McPeek's call.

"I'll let Ken make those decisions," Stewart said. "If he wants to do it, then we'll do it. He's leaning that way. I have a feeling we're probably going to go that way."

The Kentucky-bred Frac Daddy, owned by Stewart and Ken Schlenker of Magic City Thoroughbred Partners, finished 16th in the May 4 Kentucky Derby as a 25-1 shot.

Since then he 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, according to the Daily Racing Form.

“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 also said he was still in the process of lining up a jockey.

If Frac Daddy runs, he will leave Louisville for New York Tuesday on a charter flight, McPeek said.

Entries will be taken Wednesday for the 145th Belmont, and the post positions will also be drawn that day.

Fourteen horses were listed Saturday as probables for the Belmont on the Daily Racing Form website. Frac Daddy wasn't included.

After the Derby, Stewart had indicated that Frac Daddy's next major race would be the Travers Stakes Aug. 24 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Golden Ticket, a thoroughbred also owned by Stewart and Schlenker and trained by McPeek, won the Travers in a dead heat with Alpha last summer.

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