Practical Coach 11th Winner for Practical Joke
Practical Coach (2c Practical Joke x Abundanceofcaution, by Kitten’s Joy) was the third winner in a week for his freshman sire on Monday with a debut victory as the race favorite.
A six furlong Maiden Special Weight on the dirt at Parx saw Practical Coach stalk a keen leader as he relaxed under Frankie Pennington. It didn’t take long before Practical Coach passed by that runner to have the lead before the field reached the turn.
Practical Coach had a length on the field coming into the stretch and opened up on all runners in the field except for one late closer. In the end, he had three quarters of a length on that runner with the rest of the field seven lengths back.
Trained by Robert Reid Jr, Practical Coach is another Practical Joke winner for Cash Is King and LC Racing, who also own the stallion’s two-time winner Stand Up Comic. Also trained by Reid, Stand Up Comic was fourth in last week’s Listed Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga.
Bred by Machmer Hall and Carrie and Craig Brogden, Practical Coach was a $150,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase by Bruno DeBerdt from Blandford Stud. The colt then brought $270,000 at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale when purchased by Glenn Bennett and LC Racing from Scanlon Training and Sales.
Practical Coach is out of the Kitten’s Joy mare Abundanceofcaution, who is a half-sister to Grade III winner and Grade II-placed Strict Compliance and stakes winner Tiree. Their Grand Slam dam is a half-sister to Grade II winner Unitarian and out of stakes winner Minimalist. This is also the family of dual Grade I winner General Quarters and Grade II winner A Shin Top.
Both of Practical Joke's runners hit the board on Wednesday with his daughter Lanfrankophine finishing third in a Colonial Downs Allowance as well.
Practical Joke’s 11 winners puts him second behind only Caravaggio among all North American freshmen sires. The stallion’s Grade III winning son Wit leads the charge with that runner targeting the Grade I Hopeful Stakes on September 6.