Owner: Magic City Thoroughbred Partners
Trainer: Ken McPeek
Jockey: Alan Garcia
- * Second at odds of nearly 24-1 in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby; also second as a 2-year-old in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club
* Finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby
* Purchased for $50,000 in the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale
* By stallion Scat Daddy out of the same female family as 1997 Delaware Handicap winner Power Play.
CARTER STEWART, KEN SCHLENKER
Both Stewart and Schlenker are from Billings, Mont., and in the oil business. Stewart, 55, is a petroleum geologist who founded Stewart Geological and now runs Cardinal Oil, an oil and gas exploration services company. Schlenker, 60, provides a variety of independent services for gas and oil exploration companies. Stewart and a prior racing partner, Dan Fuchs, purchased Golden Ticket in 2011 for $100,000. After the formation of Magic City (a nickname for the Billings), Fuchs sold his share in Golden Ticket and the colt went on to dead-heat with Alpha in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers.
Born in Fort Chaffee, Ark., McPeek, 50, began to study thoroughbred pedigrees at age 12, when he became interested in horses through his father, Ron. Has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky. In 1985, founded McPeek Racing Stable, which now employs approximately 100 people. Based at Magdalena Farm in Lexington, Ky. McPeek trained Sarava, who in 2002 won the Belmont Stakes at odds of 70-1, the longest-priced winner in history. McPeek finished third last year in the Belmont with Atigun at 20-1. McPeek sent out Tejano Run to finish second in the 1995 Kentucky Derby. Has nearly $57 million in career earnings. Received the Big Sport of Turfdom award in 2002 from the Turf Publicists of America. As a bloodstock agent, McPeek picked out Curlin for $57,000; the horse went on to twice be named Horse of the Year. Purchased Einstein while doing bloodstock work in Brazil. The horse went on to win five Grade 1 stakes races and more than $2.9 million.
Garcia, 27, a native of Lima, Peru, won the Belmont Stakes on his first try, a front-running score on Da’ Tara at odds of 38-1 in 2008. Finished fourth in the Belmont on Charitable Man in 2009 and seventh aboard Stately Victor in 2010. Both his father and grandfather were jockeys. Was the leading rider in New York in 2008. Has won three single-meet riding titles in New York.
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