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Frac Daddy could join Holy Bull cast

  • Frac Daddy (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer)

Trainer Ken McPeek has added Frac Daddy to the list of prospective candidates for the Grade 3 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park on January 26.

"I'm leaning towards maybe running him in the Holy Bull," said McPeek, who had originally targeted the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream on February 23 as his three-year-old debut.

"We don't have to decide today. We'll just see how he does for the next week or two."

Frac Daddy worked five furlongs in company with Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner of last summer's Grade 1 Travers Stakes, at Gulfstream on Saturday morning. The Scat Daddy colt and his four-year-old stablemate were timed in an identical :59 4/5 on the fast main track.

"It was a good work, excellent. They pretty much worked together. He (Frac Daddy) got a little tired the last part of it, but we're getting him ready," said McPeek, whose colt was ridden by jockey David Cohen.

Frac Daddy concluded his two-year-old campaign with a close second-place finish in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs on November 24. The Kentucky-bred debuted with a second-place finish at Belmont in October before breaking his maiden by nearly 10 lengths at Churchill on November 3.

"I'll either run him in an allowance or the stake. I can take that up to a few days before," McPeek said.

Holy Bull contender Dewey Square, third in the Kentucky Jockey Club, breezed six furlongs Saturday in 1:13 4/5 for trainer Dale Romans.

The Holy Bull is expected to feature presumptive champion Shanghai Bobby, who capped his perfect 2012 season in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

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