Some colts get schooled, and some of them go to grad school. Frac Daddy is one such colt, and there's a reason for it.
He's become a familiar face to Gulfstream Park Paddock Judge George Berry during the past couple of weeks, schooling almost daily in the paddock and walking ring.
Frac Daddy badly grabbed a quarter during the Grade III Holy Bull, but before the race he acted up in the post parade and while loading into the gate, something that didn't go unnoticed by trainer Ken McPeek.
“He did not act well at all in the post parade. He was fine in the paddock, but when he got on the race track, he did not handle it at all,” McPeek said. “He was looking at the crowd, and he seemed distracted. I never had that at all before.”
Frac Daddy's grad school has been going well, according to the trainer.
“He’s doing great right now. I couldn’t get him better,” McPeek said. “If he’s good enough, great. If he’s not, it won’t be our fault because we’ve hit all the details.
Prior to the Holy Bull, Frac Daddy showed talent, finishing second behind Indy’s Illusion in his debut on a muddy track at Belmont Park and breaking his maiden by nearly 10 lengths at Churchill Downs. He finished a close-up second behind Uncaptured in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club.
“If I was down on this colt, I’d be running him in an allowance race,” McPeek said. “He’s a nice horse, and I think he deserves a shot. His race in the Kentucky Jockey Club showed that he has graded-stakes talent. He showed his immaturity in his first race of the year. Let’s hope he’s matured at this stage. I think he’ll be fine.”
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