Bred: Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (Ky.)
Sire (father): Tapit
Dam (mother): Free the Magic, by Cryptoclearance
Ring Weekend made his stakes debut a memorable one when he posted a dominant, front-running win in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 8, 2014 to punch his ticket to the Kentucky Derby for trainer Graham Motion.
Ring Weekend went from maiden winner to Kentucky Derby hopeful in just one start as the Tapit gelding entered the Tampa Bay Derby after securing his first career win in his fifth race. He then ran second in the Calder Derby.
He was a $310,000 purchase at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale by West Point Thoroughbreds and St. Elias Stable.
Ring Weekend spiked a fever in the week leading up to the Derby and may instead run in the Preakness.