Hit the Road
Jockey (from last start)
BreederFred W. Hertrich III
SireMore Than Ready
Hit the Road always will be extra special to trainer Dan Blacker, who set a goal of winning a Grade 1 race within the first decade of his career. The colt made it happen in nine years by winning the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita in March.
Blacker first saw something special in Hit the Road at the 2018 Keeneland September yearling sale. When the youngster did not reach his owner’s minimum on a final bid of $200,000, Blacker purchased him privately on behalf of his clients.
“I don’t want to make this all about me; it’s all about the horse,” he said immediately after the Kilroe victory. “He’s such a professional animal, he is a true racehorse. He was born that way, he’s just a true athlete and so mentally focused on racing.”
Hit the Road, who is owned by D K Racing, Radley Equine, Taste of Victory Stables, Rick Gold, Tony Maslowski and Dave Odmark, was such a natural that he made his debut less than 10 months after the Keeneland auction in a 4 ½-furlong sprint at Santa Anita. He graduated to a mile on Del Mar’s turf course a month later, and rallied from off the pace to win. From there he cruised to victory in the 1-mile Zuma Beach Stakes on Santa Anita’s grass course before being placed 14th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) after encountering traffic trouble. He raced sparingly, but productively at age 3 by winning both of his starts last year.
He prepared for a return to the Breeders’ Cup and a run in the FanDuel Mile presented by PDJF (G1) by finishing third in the Del Mar Mile Stakes (G2) Aug. 21 and third in the City of Hope Mile (G2) at Santa Anita on Oct. 2.
Blacker’s extensive international Thoroughbred experience includes a stint as assistant to nine-time Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Richard Mandella. He is married to TVG analyst Christina Olivares Blacker. They have three daughters.
Hit the Road was bred by Fred Hertrich III who served as Breeders’ Cup Board Chairman from 2017 his term expired in September. Hertrich owns Watercress Farm in Paris, Kentucky.
|October 02, 2021||City of Hope Mile S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||3|
|August 21, 2021||Del Mar Mile S.||DEL MAR||2||3|
|April 09, 2021||Maker's Mark Mile S.||KEENELAND||1||5|
|March 06, 2021||Frank E. Kilroe Mile S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||1||1|
|February 06, 2021||Thunder Road S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||3||1|
|July 10, 2020||Runhappy Oceanside S.||DEL MAR||1|
|May 22, 2020||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|December 01, 2019||Cecil B. DeMille S.||DEL MAR||3||4|
|November 01, 2019||Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Presented by Coolmore America||SANTA ANITA PARK||1||7|
|October 06, 2019||Zuma Beach S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||1|
|July 28, 2019||DEL MAR||1|
|June 23, 2019||SANTA ANITA PARK||6|