Combatant

18th
20
70-1
$453,345
Owner
Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC
Breeder
Paget Bloodstock
Sex
Colt
Color
Bay
Birthplace
Kentucky
Foal Date
May 02, 2015

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Horse Profile - Combatant

 

Combatant broke his maiden in his second start at Churchill Downs in 2017, then proceeded to record three straight runner-up finishes, including the Smarty Jones Stakes in his 2018 debut followed by the February 19 Southwest Stakes (G3), both at Oaklawn Park. In that latter contest, he rallied five wide from seventh to finish second in the Southwest, and trainer Steve Asmussen then entered Combatant in the Rebel Stakes (G2). The bay colt rallied again from well out of it to just miss the runner-up spot by a head, finishing third behind Magnum Moon and Solomini; all three are expected to return for the April 14 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn.

 

Since his debut on turf last September, Combatant has shown gradual but steady improvement with every race. His 96 BRIS speed figure in the Smarty Jones opened some eyes and he's run well in both subsequent races. Combatant appears to be blossoming as a three-year-old, and he’ll try to show he can carry the distance farther when he goes 1 1/8 miles for the first time in the $1 million Arkansas Derby. The Kentucky-bred colt has 22 Derby points currently and will need a top-three finish in the Arkansas Derby to quality for the Kentucky Derby (G1).

 

The improving Combatant appears to mirror 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, who was consistently placed and then fourth in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) before winning the Kentucky Derby in come-from-behind fashion as a 50-1 longshot. The 2005 Kentucky Derby was one of the largest payouts in history of the race.

 

Combatant is by Scat Daddy, who won the 2006 Champagne Stakes (G1) as a juvenile and the next year added victories in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and Florida Derby (G1) to his resume. Scat Daddy's career finale came in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, as he suffered a tendon injury and was retired after finishing 18th in the Run for the Roses.

 

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Race History

FinishRaceGradeDistanceSurfaceDate
18th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve

Churchill Downs

I1 1/4 MilesDirt May 5, 2018
4th Road to the Kentucky Derby Arkansas Derby

Oaklawn Park

I1 1/8 MilesDirt Apr 14, 2018
3rd Road to the Kentucky Derby Rebel Stakes

Oaklawn Park

II1 1/16 MilesDirt Mar 17, 2018
2nd Road to the Kentucky Derby Southwest Stakes

Oaklawn Park

III1 1/16 MilesDirt Feb 19, 2018
2nd Road to the Kentucky Derby Smarty Jones Stakes

Oaklawn Park

1 MileDirt Jan 15, 2018
2nd Road to the Kentucky Derby Remington Springboard Mile Stakes

Remington Park

1 MileDirt Dec 17, 2017
1st Maiden Special Weight

Churchill Downs

1 MileDirt Oct 29, 2017
4th Maiden Special Weight

Churchill Downs

1 MileTurf Sep 24, 2017

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