COMBATANT (c, Scat Daddy–Border Dispute, by Boundary)
O-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC & Willis Horton Racing LLC. B-Paget Bloodstock. T-Steven Asmussen. Sales history: $320,000 yrl KEESEP ’16. Lifetime Record: MGSP, 8-1-3-1, $388,550.
Combatant drew wide in gate 20, and after breaking a step slowly, all of a sudden there was a three-horse gulf to his immediate inside as crowding occurred to his left. Ricardo Santana Jr. coaxed him ahead to narrow that gap, but this $320,000 KEESEP Scat Daddy colt still ended up widest through the stretch the first time before getting hung out in the six path entering the initial turn. He remained widest through the backside journey, and also lost ground through the far turn while never really entering contention. “I tried to get him into the best spot I could breaking from that far out but he never really handled the kickback,” Santana said.