WPT Wins Two on Saturday
Palace On A Lake and Prince Teton Score on Saturday
Presently, West Point Thoroughbreds has five horses in the stable whose names begin with the letter P. On Saturday, two of those five were scheduled to run. Both did, and both scored impressive victories in their respective races.
At just before 2:30pm EST, Palace On A Lake went to the post in a maiden claiming race at Philadelphia Park. The race was originally scheduled for the turf, but was washed off and run on dirt.
Under jockey Richard Moneterrey, the four-year-old would defeat her six rivals en route to her first lifetime win. The daughter of Lido Palace would make a run as they turned for home, then dropped back, and then came again for the narrow win.
"She showed a lot of heart today," said trainer Lupe Preciado. "It looked bleak there for a second, but she found a way to get the job done. I was proud of her."
The win was worth $18,000 and Palace On A Lake has now earned just under $57,000 in her career.
Just about twenty minutes later at Churchill Downs, Prince Teton would score to record his first career win. The three-year-old son of Teton Forest would linger towards the back of the pack early, but would commence his rally with about three furlongs remaining in the mile race. Picking off horses one by one, Prince Teton would take the lead inside the sixteenth pole and hold on for the win in the maiden claiming event.
"He was really game today," said trainer Dale Romans. "I thought the drop (in class) would help him get some confidence and I think it did. He's a nice horse, and today he showed it."
Prince Teton earned $14,400 for the win, and has now earned over $35,000 in his career.
Needless to say, it was a good 25 minutes of racing for the WP family of horses.