|Born||Apr 25, 2018|
The runner-up in the Lecomte Stakes and Risen Star Stakes is aiming to go one better in the 2021 Kentucky Derby.
Godolphin's Proxy is one of the leading names on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby. The three-year-old is trained by Michael Stidham, one of this year's leading trainers.
Proxy has a career record of 2-3-0 from seven starts and earnings of $237,700. In 2021, the colt has two runner-up efforts and two fourth-place finishes from four starts.
2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby
As of April 10, Proxy was sitting on 36 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
The colt managed to pick up his first set of points when he finished second in the January 16 Lecomte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds. The race offered qualifying Derby points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers.
In that race, Proxy was joined by jockey Mitchell Murrill. He bumped with another runner at the start before going three-wide on the first turn. He tracked the pace down the backstretch before being urged on the far turn. He fell behind the winner in the upper stretch and drifted out before finishing second.
That race was won by fellow Road to the Kentucky Derby contender Midnight Bourbon, while third place was taken by Mandaloun.
Next time out, Proxy finished second again in the February 13 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds. Breaking under John Velazquez, he bumped a rival again at the start. He sat well towards the front as he passed the half-mile pole.
The colt went three wide on the far turn before going five wide into the stretch. He then drifted out before finishing in second. He was beaten by Mandaloun and trailed by Midnight Bourbon in third.
With his runner-up effort, Proxy picked up 20 qualifying points. The race awarded points on a larger scale of 50-20-10-5.
Proxy finished fourth next time out in the March 20 Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds. Joined by John Velazquez once again, he was bumped on both sides as he broke from the gate.
The runner went three wide before being urged inside the five-eighths. He then went three to four wide in the far turn, five wide into the stretch, and tried to kick forward while moving towards the wire but couldn't get it done.
With his fourth-place finish, he earned an additional 10 qualifying Derby points to bring his total to 34. This increased to 36 with a fourth-place finish in the Lexington Stakes on April 10. This saw Proxy finish 21st on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, thus forcing to rely on injuries and scratches to qualify for the big race at Churchill Downs.
Early career and maiden win
Proxy made his debut on October 24, 2020, when he finished second in a maiden special weight race at Monmouth Park. In that outing, he was beaten by Spectatorless.
Proxy's first win came next time out in a November 26 maiden special weight event at Fair Grounds and he followed that up with another victory in a December 19 allowance event at the track. The latter was his last race before the Lecomte Stakes.
Proxy is trained by multiple graded stakes winner Michael Stidham, one of the leading trainers in the 2021 season so far.
He has trained more than 2,100 winners and brought in over $69million in prize money.
Proxy's stablemates under Stidham include Mystic Guide, Micheline and Pixelate.
Proxy is owned by one of the greats in multiple graded stakes racing - Godolphin. The ownership group have a career record of more than 250 wins and their earnings sit above $19million.
Godolphin won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Owner in 2020. Some of their runners have taken significant events like the 2020 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Essential Quality) and the 2018 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (Line of Duty). In 2020, Godolphin ranked second by earnings among all owners.
Some of the ownership's top horses besides Proxy this year include Gifts of Gold, Space Blues, Essential Quality, Mystic Guide, Maxifeld and Micheline.
Proxy's regular rider is John Velazquez, one of horse racing's best jockeys. Velazquez guided the colt in his Risen Star and Louisiana Derby performances.
Velazquez has a career record that includes more than 6,250 wins from 34,000-plus starts. He has huge career earnings of more than $432million.
Proxy is a three-year-old colt from Tapit and Panty Raid by Include.
One of the top sires, Tapit is a son of Pulpit and is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC. He was trained by Michael Dickinson and retired with a career record of 3-0-0 from six starts and earnings of $557,300.
The last race of his career was a ninth-place run in the 2004 Pennsylvania Derby (G2) at Philadelphia Park and his final victory came in that year's Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) at Aqueduct. Tapit finished ninth in the 2004 Kentucky Derby (G1).
Some of his other leading progeny include Tacitus, Essential Quality, Greatest Honour and Pauline's Pearl.
Panty Raid is a daughter of Include and is owned by Glencrest Farm LLC. She was trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher and retired with a career record of 5-1-1 from 10 starts and earnings just north of $1million.
Some of her top career races include a victory in the 2007 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (G1) at Keeneland and first in that year's American Oaks Invitational Stakes (G1) at Hollywood Park.
Include is a Maryland-bred son of Broad Brush and is owned by Robert Meyerhoff. The runner retired with a career record of 10-1-4 from 20 starts and earnings of more than $1.6million. He ranked seventh by earnings in 2001 and his top performances included a runner-up effort in the 2001 Clark Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs and first in that year's New Orleans Handicap (G2) at Fair Grounds.