Classic trail for unbeaten Third Day; dam bought in Nov for $80,000
Third Day launched himself on to the Kentucky Derby trail on Wednesday when maintaining his unbeaten record in the Just One More Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
The colt’s dam, Onebadkitty, was purchased for $80,000 by Chad Schumer/SBA on behalf of Montfort Mares at last year’s Keeneland November Sale. The daughter of Street Cry was sold in foal to Carpe Diem.
Third Day was an impressive winner of his debut on the Haskell undercard at Monmouth Park last summer and was duly sent off at 11-10 to follow up at Gulfstream. Settled in fourth, he made headway to join Barry Karafin Bets and win going away.
“The horse had been training very well. He showed a lot of promise in his debut and he needed a little time after that,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “We were optimistic being a son of Bernardini and out of a Street Cry mare that the distance would be OK for him.
“We were just hoping we had him tight enough to go a mile off the layoff and I thought he handled that part of it well,” he added. “He’s still learning and still a little green, but considering the layoff and the stretch out in distance I thought it was very encouraging.”
Pletcher plans to next start the Bernardini colt, a $575,000 2yo purchase by Spendthrift Farm and Town and Country Racing, in either the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) or Fountain Of Youth Stakes (G2).
Third Day is the third foal out of Onebadkitty, whose three wins included the Valentine Dancer Stakes at Santa Anita. The daughter of Street Cry, a half-sister to Jaws N’ Paws, has a yearling filly by Into Mischief and recently foaled a filly by Carpe Diem.