HIGH FINANCE FAVORED IN PERRYVILLE STAKES(G3)
West Point Thoroughbred's High Finance has been installed as the morning line favorite in the Grade 3, $200,000 Perryville Stakes.
High Finance drew post position twelve of twelve in the race which will be contested at seven furlongs and 184 feet over the Keeneland Beard Course.
High Finance enters the Perryville off a dominating second level allowance race on August 26th at Saratoga. In the race, High Finance earned a 108 Beyer speed figure and bettered the seven furlong time run by Henny Hughes later that same day in the King's Bishop(G1).
"We're going to have to have our running shoes on," trainer Rick Violette said. "This is a very good field. You've got six stakes winners in the field and three of them are graded stakes winners. We'll certainly be tested for class, but I would not want to trade places with anyone. This colt is very talented. We took a shot in the Belmont Stakes(G1), and he didn't want to go that far. If you draw a line through that race this colt has done nothing wrong. We think he fits perfectly in this spot and expect him to run a big race."
"We've always thought this colt had a lot of talent" said West Point founder and President Terry Finley. "Rick (Violette) has done a great job with him. Rick's always said that he felt this colt would get better as time went on. I am not sure we've really found the bottom of him yet. That allowance win at Saratoga was awesome. He seems to be putting it all together, and if he continues to develop like that we'll be hearing from this colt for a long time."
High Finance's exploits have not gone unnoticed by the national media. Here is what was written about him in the Daily Racing Form, "High Finance drew the outside post as the probable favorite for the Friday feature at Keeneland, the $200,000 Perryville Stakes, for which entries were drawn Tuesday.
Owned by West Point Stable and trained by Rick Violette, High Finance earned a 108 Beyer Speed Figure in winning a second-level allowance on the Aug. 26 Travers undercard at Saratoga.
"We're thrilled with how he ran on Travers Day," said Jeff Lifson, director of Midwest operations for West Point. "Off that big effort, we've got some pretty high ambitions for him."
High Finance is part of a full field of 12 3-year-olds entered in the Grade 3 Perryville, which will be run over Polytrack at the Beard Course distance of seven furlongs and 184 feet. Other logical contenders include Court Folly, winner of the Grade 2 Amsterdam at Saratoga; Likely, winner of the Lafayette here in the spring; and Latent Heat, an impressive winner of his last two starts, both in allowance company in New York.
High Finance, a son of Talk Is Money out of the mare Margay (Conquistador Cielo) has three wins and six placings from seven career starts. His career earnings currently stand at $106,346.