Horseman are notoriously known for trying to stay in the moment and not get caught looking too hard ahead. So even though trainer Ian Wilkes is pleased with the notion that McCracken has been tabbed the horse to beat in the upcoming $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) he knows it’s not a one-horse field.
“It may appear that way but they still have to run the race,” said Wilkes. “Whether there are 10 or 12 horses in the starting gate, they still have to run. He’s a nice colt, but you still got to break good, get a good trip. He always has worked well, always showed that he had a lot of talent, but how good he is you never know until you put him in that starting gate.”
With wins in both of his first two starts it’s not hard to see why all eyes are on McCraken. It was the latter win of the two, a last-to-first win in the Street Sense Stakes that has industry folk talking about the Ghostzapper son.
“He’s always showed how talented he is but you just never know until they start racing,” said Wilkes. “One race at a time, it’s a long way to go and anything can happen. We haven’t won the Jockey Club yet. Everyone seems to be handing it to him but he hasn’t won it yet. He’s got to go out and do it and go out and earn it. There are a lot of good 2-year-olds out there right now. You can’t let yourself get too far ahead.”