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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.



April 30: Combatant Workout

Combatant, who will break from post 20 in the Kentucky Derby, worked 4 furlongs in :49.60 at Churchill Downs on April 30th, 2018 for trainer Steve Asmussen....

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Instilled Regard, Combatant Now 'IN' Kentucky Derby

Quip and Gronkowski are out. Combatant and Instilled Regard are in. It was announced Monday that Quip, winner of the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby and runner-up in the Grade I Arkansas Derby, will not run...

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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