Tracksmith overcame a wide trip and plenty of traffic to post a hard-fought, half-length victory in the $75,000 Woodchopper Stakes at Fair Grounds Dec. 28.
Breaking from post 10 in a field of 12, the three-year-old son of Street Sense was carried several paths wide into the clubhouse turn. Tracksmith was stuck racing wide for most of the eight-furlong turf contest but was able to forge to the lead nearing the wire and held on to post a half-length win.
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.
Street Sense is the sire of six Graded Stakes winners in 2019, including Maxfield (G1 Breeders' Futurity), McKinzie (G1 Whitney, G2 Alysheba Stakes), Champagne Anyone (G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks), Air Strike (G2 Triple Bend), Doctor Mounty (G3 Tropical Turf) and Aztec Sense (G3 Fred W. Hooper Stakes).
Street Sense will stand the 2020 breeding season at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for $75,000, stands and nurses.