$200,000 Firecracker Draws Competitive Field of Nine
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Thu 25/06/2015 - 15:25 EDT
Frac Daddy headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Kenneth McPeek. A five-year-old son of Scat Daddy, he has won five of his […]
Frac Daddy headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Kenneth McPeek. A five-year-old son of Scat Daddy, he has won five of his nineteen career starts and has won on turf, dirt and synthetics. He made his first start off of a ten-month layoff last time out in the Opening Verse Stakes at Churchill Downs and finished second after setting the pace. Corey Lanerie will be back aboard and they will break from the rail.
Departing making second start on the turf
Al Stall, Jr. will saddle Departing as the second choice at 3-1 on the morning line. A five-year-old gelded son of War Front, he has won seven of his sixteen starts and will be making his second start on the turf after finishing third in the Opening Verse Stakes last time out. That race was his first start back off of a six-month freshening and he will get a jockey change to Miguel Mena from post position seven.
Sky Flight returning off of a layoff
Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is Sky Flight for trainer Mark Casse. A four-year-old son of Sky Mesa, he has won three of his five starts and will be trying to earn the first graded stakes victory of his career. He was third, beaten only a neck, in the Tampa Bay Stakes (G3) in January as the heavy favorite. Julian Leparoux will be in the irons and they will break from post position two.
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