Undefeated Dak Attack ‘At The Top Of His Game’ To Kick Off Triple Crown Campaign

by | 12.30.2017 | 3:41pm
Dak Attack takes the Ellis Park Juvenile easily under Robby Albarado

 Albaugh Family Stable and Brereton Jones' Dak Attack breezed a 'bullet' five furlongs in 59.03 seconds Saturday at Gulfstream Park in his final tune-up for next Saturday's $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes, the first stakes for 3-year-olds on Gulfstream's Road to the Triple Crown.

Tammy Fox was aboard for the workout, which was the fastest of 37 recorded at the distance.

“He went very well,” trainer Dale Romans said “He's at the top of his game right now.”

Dak Attack is undefeated in two starts, including a 1 ¼-length debut victory at Churchill Downs June 15. Second-place finisher Sporting Chance went on to break his maiden in his next start and capture the Hopeful Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. The son of Ghostzapper came back two months later to win the Ellis Park Juvenile by three lengths.

Dak Attack was bought for $625,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Earlier in the morning, the Romans-trained Tiz Mischief breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:00.01.

“He worked really good too. We won't start him out until February,” said Romans, who trains the son of Into Mischief for longtime client Frank L. Jones Jr. “I guess we'll start him out in the Holy Bull and go from there.”

The $350,000 Holy Bull (G2), which will be contested at 1 1/16 miles, is scheduled for Feb. 3.

Tiz Mischief finished second by a head to Enticed in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs Nov. 25

He was purchased for $55,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale.

“He's a horse that was a modest-priced yearling, but he's gotten better and better every day he's trained,” Roman said. “He continues to improve.”

Romans also trains Triple Crown prospects, Free Drop Billy and Hollywood Star, who are expected to return to the worktab at Gulfstream Park next week. Free Drop Billy won the Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland, while Hollywood Star placed in the Saratoga Special (G2) and Churchill Downs' Iroquois (G3).

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