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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Frac Daddy Arrives; Brown Talks Normandy Invasion

4/17/2013

Frac Daddy arrived at Churchill Downs from Oaklawn Park early Wednesday morning.
 
Phil Bauer, assistant to trainer Ken McPeek, said the runner-up in the Grade II Arkansas Derby arrived in good order and would visit the track on Thursday

Frac Daddy broke his maiden at Churchill Downs in November by 9 3/4 lengths and returned a few weeks later to finish a neck behind Uncaptured in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club.
 
Frac Daddy is stabled in Barn 6 and is expected to be joined Thursday by Java’s War. A bay son of War Pass, the winner of the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass is no stranger to the Churchill Downs surface, either. He finished fifth at Churchill Downs in his career debut in June and returned in the fall to finish sixth in the Kentucky Jockey Club.

Normandy Invasion
 
Trainer Chad Brown discussed training plans for Grade I Wood Memorial runner-up Normandy Invasion.
 
“I’m going to try to work him the next two Sundays, and one of the times (Javier Castellano) will come out,” Brown said. “He’ll most likely come the Sunday before the Derby because he’ll be doing a little more then.”
 
Brown said Normandy Invasion will work without company.
 
“He always worked in company up until the breeze right before the Wood,” Brown said. “I finally took the company away because he was starting to get strong going to the pole. Now he’s matured to where I can take him to the pole and count on him to do his work. I work a lot of horses in company, generally. Not that I work fast, but I want them to stay in the bridle through the work. He doesn’t need it anymore.”

Golden Soul
 
Scheduled to work Thursday morning is Golden Soul, most recently fourth in the Grade II Louisiana Derby. Trainer Dallas Stewart said Golden Soul will work without company at 6:15 a.m. if the weather permits. The colt is knocking on the door of the top 20 Derby points earners and needs defections to make the race.

Edited Churchill Downs release
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