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Practical Joke Racing News
Practical Joke was a leading juvenile in 2016, and his first 3-year-old run suggests he’s on the right path toward the Kentucky Derby.
Trained by Chad Brown, Practical Joke fought strongly to win the Hopeful Stakes (G1) and Champagne Stakes (G1) before finishing a distant third to Classic Empire in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).
At his first 3-year-old start he finished second in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 4, looming up near the top of the stretch but failing to go with the more seasoned Gunnevera in the final stages.
Bred by Whispering Oaks, Practical Joke was a $240,000 purchase at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. He is raced by Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence.
Practical Joke’s sire Into Mischief won the Cash Call Futurity (G1) as a juvenile before being forced off the Triple Crown trail by injury at three, his stamina untested. His best progeny include Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Goldencents and Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Vicar’s In Trouble. Practical Joke’s dam Halo Humor descends from the stakes winning mare Careless Moment, dam of the multiple graded stakes winner Moment of Hope.
With 34 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, Practical Joke is close to earning a Derby start. His pedigree raises some questions about his ability to stay 1-1/4 miles, but his racing style – settling midfield and finishing on strongly – suggests he could.
Practical Joke was at 19-1 when Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager finished Feb. 24, and if he can improve on his first 3-year-old effort, he should be a good betting proposition for the Derby.