Canada Update: Stakes and Sizzle
A year ago, West Point Thoroughbreds announced that it would return to the "Great White North" with two horses, Enduring Star and Bold Henry. Twelve months later, it's safe to say that our "Canadian Adventure" is off to a tremendous start.
One of the most intriguing aspects of racing in Canada is the plethora of restricted Canadian-bred races with huge purses. With the right horses, this is an opportunity to run in restricted races at one of the top tracks in North America for some of the most lucrative purses in the world. Competing at the highest levels: that's what it's all about.
Enduring Star takes to the turf in the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes on Sunday at Woodbine. The son of Sir Shackleton came flying late in his debut and should relish the mile and a sixteenth distance in his second start.
Trainer Mark Casse said, "One of the reasons we debuted on the turf was specifically for a race like this. I have run a lot of horses in these races, and I thought this colt fit. You can win a lot of money in these stakes races, and I expect him to give another good account of himself."
While Enduring Star has seen the limelight first, the other half of West Point's dynamic Canadian duo, Bold Henry, has been firing bullets in preparation for his debut this fall. After getting a couple months off to mature, Bold Henry seems to have come back even faster than he was.
He returned to the worktab over the weekend drilling three-furlongs in 36 and change, the second best work at the distance. If the opportunities for Enduring Star were big, well the advantages for Bold Henry are HUGE. Bold Henry is by top Ontario stallion Bold Executive. This means that he is not only eligible for Canadian-bred races but also the countless Ontario Sire stakes races. It's almost as if they've opened the cash register and dared us to take home the money.
Mark Casse continues to heap praise of Bold Henry saying, "I have had two stakes winners by Bold Executive. One is a multiple graded stakes winner of nearly $1 million, and the other won the Bull Page Stakes last year. I don't want to make it sound too easy, but you have a great chance to roll up $400-500k in earnings just in Ontario Sire races without facing too much. This colt is so fast that I can already see him running in some of those big five-furlong sprint stakes next spring."
Needless to say, our foray into Canada has been quite the success. If you want immediate action, you can still get involved with Bold Henry. There is a small percentage of him still available. Just visit the opportunities page to learn more.