Tracksmith overtook longtime leader War Treaty at the sixteenth pole and pulled away to win the $75,000 Frisk Me Now Stakes by a half-length at Monmouth Park 27 July.
It was the first Stakes victory for the three-year-old son of Street Sense, who was making just his second start of the year. As a juvenile in 2018, Tracksmith was runner-up to Henley’s Joy in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Stakes in just his second career start.
A field of five sophomore colts went to the post in the Frisk Me Now. Breaking alertly under jockey Adam Beschizza, Tracksmith settled nicely at the back of the compact group, content to let War Treaty led the way through the early stages of the eight-furlong turf contest.
Midway on the far turn, Beschizza angled Tracksmith into the clear on the outside. The Calumet Farm color bearer came four-wide into the lane and began to close in rapidly on War Treaty. Tracksmith then took command at the sixteenth pole and edged clear, eventually crossing the wire a half-length ahead of War Treaty.
Bred in Kentucky by Cobalt Investments LLC and Godolphin, Tracksmith is out of Hot Water, an unraced daughter of Medaglia d’Oro. Hot Water is out of the Stakes-winning mare, Elusive Heat (by Elusive Quality), and is a granddaughter of Eclipse Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, Xtra Heat.
In addition to Tracksmith, Street Sense is also represented by 2019 Graded Stakes winners Doctor Mounty (G3 Tropical Turf), Air Strike (G2 Triple Bend Stakes), Dixie Blossoms (G1 Coolmore Classic), McKinzie (G2 Alysheba), Champagne Anyone (G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks) and Aztec Sense (G3 Fred W. Hooper Stakes).