Frac Daddy 7th in Florida Derby

2013-03-30T16:57:00Z 2013-06-07T22:43:08Z Frac Daddy 7th in Florida Derby The Billings Gazette

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Frac Daddy, a 3-year-old thoroughbred with ties to Billings, placed seventh Saturday in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.

He is owned by Carter Stewart and Ken Schlenker of Magic City Thoroughbred Partners.

Orb, ridden by jockey John Velazquez, topped the 10-horse field by 2 3/4 lengths, covering the 1 1/8-mile in 1:50.87 to earn the $600,000 top prize and a trip to the Kentucky Derby in early May.

It was Orb's fourth straight win, and he has now earned $921,050 with four wins in seven starts.

Orb also won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream in February. He earned 100 points with his latest victory, but entered Saturday's race already owning enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.

By finishing second, Itsmyluckyday earned 40 points in the points system to also qualify for the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field. Merit Man was third.

Orb and Itsmyluckyday were two of the favorites going in to the 62nd running of the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

Frac Daddy, needing at least a second-place finish to move on to the Kentucky Derby, was ridden by Corey Lanerie. Ken McPeek was the trainer.





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