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Practical Joke Racing News
Practical Joke was a leading juvenile in 2016, and his two 3-year-old runs suggests he’s on the right path toward the Kentucky Derby.
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. He improved on that in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland, beating all but Irap while finishing in front of McCraken and Tapwrit.
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.
Practical Joke’s pedigree raises some questions about his ability to stay 1-1/4 miles, as has his inability to win past a mile so far in his career, but it would pay not to dismiss his stamina just yet.
Practical Joke was at 25-1 when Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager finished April 2, and if he can continue to improve, he has solid credentials for punters going into the First Saturday in May and would be a wise pick.