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Soontobeking Gives Stallion King for a Day First Winner

New York-bred 2-year-old colt defeats open company in second career start.

Soontobeking (outside) wins a maiden special weight race May 24 at Aqueduct Racetrack

Soontobeking (outside) wins a maiden special weight race May 24 at Aqueduct Racetrack

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King for a Day , a multiple stakes-winning son of Uncle Mo , had his first winner as a sire May 24 when the 2-year-old colt Soontobeking won at the Belmont at the Big A meeting.

King for a Day stands at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions in New York for $5,000. He was a juvenile winner at Belmont Park in October 2018 and the next year won the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico Race Course and Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park, where he defeated eventual 2019 champion 3-year-old male Maximum Security .

Soontobeking was making his second lifetime start following a debut third in New York-bred company. In Friday's race, which was a maiden special weight for open company, Soontobeking bobbled and bumped at the start but came running three wide on the far turn. He caught up to the leaders around the sixteenth pole and won by a head under a hand ride from Eric Cancel. The time for the 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt was 1:05.53.

Mitchell Friedman trains Soontobeking for owner/breeders Our Blue Streaks Stable and SGV Thoroughbreds. Soontobeking is the first foal out of the winning Freud mare Swayed.

Soontobeking was reported as sold to J U Racing Stables for $80,000 at the Ocala Breeders' March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training earlier this year, where he was consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds.

King for a Day is out of the unraced French Deputy mare Ubetwereven and is a half to stakes winners Ima Jersey Girl and Feel That Fire, dam of multiple grade 1 winner Mind Control  and grade 1-placed Goddess of Fire.

Video: Race 1 (MSW) at BAQ on 5/24/24