Frac Daddy's racing career is on hold after the Billings-owned thoroughbred underwent a surgical procedure on Wednesday to repair a torn tendon in a front leg, which occurred during a freak stall accident last weekend in California.
Owner Carter Stewart of Magic City Thoroughbred Partners said the doctor who treated the 4-year-old gray colt in Lexington, Ky., gave him a "favorable prognosis" to race again.
The Kentucky-bred Frac Daddy has already returned home to trainer Ken McPeek's farm, also located in Lexington, to begin his recovery with several weeks of stall rest.
"The plans are to follow the doctor's orders and see if he can race again," Stewart said of the coming months. "If he heals well and everything works out, we'll try to race him again next year. If not, he'll probably be headed to the stud barn."
As a 3-year-old, Frac Daddy captivated horse-racing fans throughout Montana in 2013 by running in both the Kentucky Derby (16th place) and Belmont Stakes (14th).
The colt, who was going to race in $1 million Pacific Classic in Del Mar, Calif., last Sunday, suffered the slight tear to a tendon while in his stall last Friday and was scratched from the prestigious Breeders' Cup qualifier on Saturday.
While the accident remains a mystery, Stewart believes that Frac Daddy may have been "so amped up" following a workout that he might have reared up in his stall and momentarily got a front leg caught in the webbing on his stall guard.
In 18 starts over three years of racing, the colt has five firsts and six seconds to his credit, along with $686,036 in earnings.
Frac Daddy had two firsts and two seconds in six starts in 2014, with his wins coming in the Eclipse Stakes at Woodbine on June 1 and in the Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland on April 19.
"Thank God he was a good horse," Stewart said. "If he does lose a step, he'll still be pretty good."
He added that the colt's grandfather, Skip Away, had $5 million in earnings as a 5-year-old.
"We hope he has the same thing in him," Stewart said of Frac Daddy.