Frac Daddy, the three-year-old thoroughbred slated to run in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, was named as a tribute to oil field workers and the horse’s name is a reference to hydraulic fracturing, a practice environmental groups and many Hollywood actors have vehemently opposed.
According to the Billings Gazette, co-owner Carter Stewart has been in the oil business since 1981 and is the majority owner in Magic City Thoroughbred Partners, with Ken Schlenker, who is also an oil man who has worked with Stewart over the years on various projects.
“Ken and I kind of consider this horse, named Frac Daddy with all the fracking going on, as a tribute to the oilfield workers of America,” Stewart said.
The horse drew the No. 18 post position, and is at 50-1 odds to win the Derby. Giacomo and Mine That Bird were 50-1 when they won the Kentucky Derby, which is known as the greatest two minutes in sports, in the past decade.
“We’ve had really good faith in this horse all along,” said Schlenker. “He’s had a few medical issues, but when he’s shown his real colors, it was unbelievable.”
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