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Frac Daddy Ends Major Florida Derby Work; Cast Grows


Frac Daddy worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 (2/16) under Corey Lanerie Friday at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a start in the Grade I Besilu Stables Florida Derby.

Frac Daddy grabbed a quarter during the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes and later developed a throat ulcer. Both things delayed his training.

“He worked super,” said trainer Ken McPeek. “I’ve never changed my mind about thinking he was a good colt. In fact, the extra time I had to give him may have done him a lot of good. I think Corey fits him very well and I’m looking forward to the race,” said McPeek, who sent out Harlan’s Holiday to win the 2002 Florida Derby.

Are You Kidding Me?

The answer is no.

Are You Kidding Me has been committed to the Florida Derby. Jose Lezcano booked to ride the Kentucky homebred son of Run Away and Hide in his first ever start on dirt.

“He’s run well on the Polytrack and turf, and trained well on dirt here all winter at Payson Park,” said trainer Roger Attfield. “Of course you really don’t know how they’ll handle it until you try it. We’ve always thought he could be good enough to be thinking of him as a (Kentucky) Derby horse and this is where we’ll find out."

Are You Kidding Me was scratched from the Grade II Swale on March 2.

“He drew the far outside for the Swale and we didn’t like that, so we went to Tampa and he got beat a nose on the turf (by Noble Tune). I was pleased with the race, and he got what he needed from it for his next race. We considered the Louisiana Derby, but I was concerned that he it might be over-subscribed and we might not get in. This way, we don’t have to worry about shipping and we’ll find out where we are.”

Are You Kidding Me was developed last year at Woodbine, making his first five starts there, the first three on Polytrack, and breaking his maiden going six furlongs in his third start. He followed with an allowance victory on turf and a strong runner-up effort when beaten a half-length in the Grade II Summer Stakes on yielding turf. He completed his juvenile campaign with a good try in the Grade I Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Joha.

Edited Gulfstream Park release

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