(Edited Press Release)
Racecar Rhapsody, a 3-year-old son of Tale of the Cat who ran fourth to Big Brown in the Preakness (gr. I), was scratched from the seventh race at Churchill Downs June 18 after the colt was purchased by new owners.
Trainer Ken McPeek would not disclose the name of the new owner or any details on the deal, but said Racecar Rhapsody “looks to be going to Dubai.”
Racecar Rhapsody was the even-money morning line favorite in the seventh race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance race for 3-year-olds. The colt has a career record of 1-1-1 in seven races and earnings of $208,391, but his last three races resulted in solid fourth place finishes in top 3-year-old competition. He finished fourth to Adriano in the $500,000 Lane’s End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park in his 2008 debut, then lost to Behindattthebar in the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington (gr. II) at Keeneland, and Big Brown in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico.
The colt – who was previously owned by former Turfway Park owner Jerry Carroll, Stan Kaplan, Ronald Plattner and Mark Guilfoyle – had finished third to Anak Nakal last fall in the $250,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) at Churchill Downs and finished fourth behind dead-heat winners Turf War and Z Humor in the $1 million Delta Jackpot (Ggr. II) at Delta Downs.
“This was a good deal for Jerry and his partners,” McPeek said. “We hate not to run him, but all this came together after he had been entered in this race.”
Bred in Kentucky by G. Watts Humphrey Jr., Racecar Rhapsody is out of the A.P. Indy mare Reflect the Music. He was originally sold for $390,000 at the Keeneland 2005 November Breeding Stock Sale.