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Get to know Kentucky Derby Contender

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC & Willis Horton Racing, LLC
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

2018 Southwest Stakes Replay

Get to Know Combatant

Sire: Scat Daddy (Johannesburg)
Dam: Border Dispute (Boundary)
Foaled: May 5, 2015
Breeder: Paget Bloodstock

Starts: 7
Wins: 1
Seconds: 3
Thirds: 1
Earnings: $388,550

Bettors’ Edge

By Jeremy Plonk

Combatant: The only horse to compete in all 4 stakes routes on the Oaklawn trail to the Triple Crown, this consistent colt has never missed a superfecta finish in his 7-race career. That certainly would be tested in the Kentucky Derby, where the 1-1/4 miles distance appears beyond his best trip despite being a come-from-behind runner going shorter trips. He tends to make a menacing move and flatten out late, signaling he’s likely best at a mile or 1-1/16 miles. Sire Scat Daddy also favored Justify, the ballyhooed Irish invader Mendelssohn and consistent brawler Flameaway in this year’s lineup.

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2021 Breeders' Cup Entries Announced | Monday, November 1

BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC 1. TRIPOLI (J. Sadler/I. Ortiz Jr.) - 15/12. EXPRESS TRAIN (J. Shirreffs/V. Espinoza) - 20/13. HOT ROD CHARLIE (D. O'Neill/F. Prat) - 4/14. ESSENTIAL QUALITY (B. Cox/L. Saez) - ...

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2021 Breeders' Cup Wager Menu Announced | Thursday, October 28

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Race 1 (2:55PM ET) | WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, P3, DD, P5, HI5Race 2 (3:25PM ET) | WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, P3, DD, P4, HI5Race 3 (3:55PM ET) | WPS, EX, TRI, SUPER, P3, DD, HI5Race 4 (4:30...

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2021 Breeders' Cup Pre-Entries Announced | Wednesday, October 27

Pre-Entries for all 14 Breeders' Cup Championship Races have been announced.  196 horses were pre-entered for the two-day event. Fields will be drawn and finalized Monday, November 1. BREEDERS' CUP...

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Gulfstream Park: Rainbow 6 Mandatory Payout Set | Saturday, September 11

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot pool has been scheduled for Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The Rainbow 6 has gone unsolved for 19 consecutive racing days si...

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Combatant Race History

Date Race Track Finish
April 14, 2018 Arkansas Derby (G1) Oaklawn Park 4th
March 17, 2018 Rebel Stakes (G2) Oaklawn Park 3rd
February 19, 2018 Southwest Stakes (G3) Oaklawn Park 2nd
January 15, 2018 Smarty Jones Stakes (Listed) Oaklawn Park 2nd
December 17, 2017 Remington Springboard Mile Stakes (Listed) Remington Park 2nd
October 29, 2017 Maiden Churchill Downs 1st
September 24, 2017 Maiden Churchill Downs 4th