Pataky Kid continued his progress up the ladder and gave a hint of good things to come in the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) Sept. 8 at Arlington Park, earning his first stakes score for Swifty Farms off an Aug. 9 maiden win (VIDEO).
The 2-year-old son of Rockport Harbor managed the three-length victory under jockey Garrett Gomez despite bearing out greenly at the left-handed whip in deep stretch. They negotiated the one-turn mile on Polytrack in 1:37.58. Favored Muppet Man at odds of 7-10 held for second, while Stormin Monarcho was one length farther back in third.
Sent off as the 2-1 second choice in a field of eight juveniles, Pataky Kid broke well and carried Gomez up from fifth to third under his own power while Muppet Man led the way through a quarter in :23.50 and a half in :46.85 with Stormin Monarcho at his outside flank. The leader appeared ready to continue his progress in hand after three-quarters in 1:11.57, but Pataky Kid was poised to pounce off the far turn.
"He was ready for me to tell him to go throughout the whole race, and traveled beautifully," Gomez remarked. "It was just a matter of finding a little seam turning for home."
Slipping out to commence his bid at the head of the stretch, Pataky Kid easily overcame the frontrunner in the final furlong. He swayed right in the final strides when encouraged with two strokes of the stick, but had already obtained enough of an advantage to post a clear victory.
"The second time I got into him he didn't like it too much and told me so—he ducked out a little—but I straightened him up and he went about his way," Gomez explained.
Pataky Kid returned $6.80, $3.20, and $2.60 while Muppet Man brought back $2.40 and $2.20, and Stormin Monarcho paid $3. Ultimo Trago, Mylute, Glenco Kid, Scissortail G, and Urban Renewal completed the order of finish.
Trained by Tom Proctor, Pataky Kid now has two wins and a third from three starts, with earnings of $116,050. Bred in Oklahoma by H. Allen Poindexter, the bay colt out of the Gold Case mare Prom Princess.
Swifty Farms, the Indiana operation owned by Don and Dana Myers, bought the colt for $95,000 from Tony Bowling's All in Sales at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-year-olds in Training Sale. He was purchased by All in Sales for $62,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale when consigned by Select Sales, agent, on Poindexter's behalf.