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Apr 13 2013 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park I 1 1/8 M 2 REPLAY
Nov 24 2012 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs II 1 1/16 M 2 REPLAY
May 5 2007 133rd Kentucky Derby presented by YUM! Brands Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 Mile 16 N/A


Kenny McPeek


McPeek's best finish in the Kentucky Derby came in 1995 with Tejano Run, who ran second. He won the 2002 Belmont Stakes with Sarava the longest shot on the board at 70-1. His horse, Noble’s Promise, finished fifth in the 2010 Kentucky Derby. Tejano Run became McPeek’s first standout runner in 1995. The colt was purchased for $20,000 and made $1.1 million on the racetrack helping showcase McPeek's talents in purchasing horses and developing them into talented runners. In 2005, McPeek took time away from training horses to focus on being a bloodstock agent. He originally purchased Curlin for $57,000 in 2007 for owners Midnight Cry Stable, who later sold Curlin to Jess Jackson for an estimated $3.5 million. McPeek returned to training in 2006 and opened his own training farm in Lexington called Magdalena. McPeek graduated from University of Kentucky and went to New York to interview for a position as a stockbroker, but instead went to work for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey as a hot walker. His father Ron McPeek owned horses and was Ken’s first client when he took out a trainer’s license in 1985. The Mcpeek trained Golden Ticket won the G-1 Travers in 2012. Ken tied for leading trainer at the Churchill Downs 2012 Fall Meet. Top stakes winners in the McPeek stable have included, Repent, Take Charge Lady, Harlan's Holiday, She's A Devil Due, Bizzy Caroline, Kathmanblu, Salty Strike and Pure Fun.

Victor Lebron


Victor Lebron is a native of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. He grew up riding pleasure horses but switched to race horses after seeing the Kentucky Derby on television. He rode at the track in St. Croix from age 14 before moving to the states in 2005. Victor has won numerous riding titles at ttracks in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

Magic City Thoroughbred Partners


Magic City Thoroughbred Partners is made up of two racing neophytes, Carter Stewart and Ken Schlenker from Billings Montana. The two friends are in the oil business and Magic City is the nickname for Billings. They owned a few cheaper horses that raced at a now defunct race track in Montana but dreamed as everyone does of once making it to the Kentucky Derby. They had seen the success of small partnerships that campaigned popular Derby winners Funny Cide and Mine That Bird and thought why not them too. Beginners luck kicked in quickly when their Golden Ticket, a $100,000 purchase, dead heated for a win in the 2012 G-1 Travers Stakes a race they had never heard of until a few days before it's running. They now own more than 15 horses and may find themselves at the Derby in 2013 with Frac Daddy.


Scat Daddy--Skipper's Mate, by Skip Away

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Frac Daddy has strong credentials for the 1 1/4-mile distance, especially from the maternal half of his pedigree.

He is from the second crop of Scat Daddy, the 2007 Florida Derby and Fountain of Youth winner whose only poor performance came in that year's Kentucky Derby. Retired soon after with a tendon injury, he got off to a fast start as a stallion with two Kentucky Derby runners last year in Daddy Nose Best and Daddy Long Legs. They weren't even the best of his first crop, which was topped by the outstanding turf filly Lady of Shamrock, winner of the 1 1/4-mile American Oaks. Handsome Mike, hero of the 2012 Pennsylvania Derby, was another headliner for his young sire.

Frac Daddy is out of the stakes-placed Skipper's Mate, whose first foal, Lemon Drop Red, has won from 1 1/2 miles on the flat to two miles over hurdles in England.

Skipper's Mate is a daughter of Hall of Famer Skip Away, best known for his prowess at 1 1/4 miles. The $9.6 million-earner scored several of his elite wins at that trip, including the 1997 Breeders' Cup Classic and consecutive runnings of the Jockey Club Gold Cup. The steely gray also placed in both the Preakness and Belmont in 1996. Although not a great success as a sire, Skip Away did beget a champion steeplechaser in Slip Away, and he factors as the broodmare sire of current millionaire Caixa Eletronica.

Skipper's Mate gets even more staying power from her dam, Power Play, who garnered the 1 1/4-mile Delaware Handicap.

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