King Congie Will Have An Angel Riding Along With Him in May 21st Preakness
When King Congie breaks from the starting gate in next Saturday's Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico, he may be carrying something more than jockey Robby Albarado on his back. “We like to think that Congie DeVito will be along for the ride with his angel wings,” said president and founder of West Point Thoroughbreds, Terry Finley. “Riding is something he could not do when he was confined to a wheelchair his entire life, but we think he is with this horse each time he goes to the post.” Finley should know. He’s the one who hired the persistent Congie DeVito about twelve years ago when WPT was just getting off the ground.
is entire life. Although he broke 100 more by the time he was 12 and spent his life in a wheelchair, Congie did not let this condition hold him back. He graduated from Temple University with honors. His mother, Roberta, drove him to and from school virtually every day and pushed him from class to class in his wheelchair. For those that knew Congie, he was an intelligent, passionate, kind individual who developed strong relationships with people from all walks of life and was an inspiration to many after overcoming so much.
A lifelong, passionate Thoroughbred racing fan, DeVito gave himself a graduation present, a share in one of West Point’s horses so he could fulfill a lifelong dream of being a Thoroughbred owner. Soon after, DeVito offered his services to Finley building t
he company’s website and managing client communications, and kept calling Finley for weeks insisting that he could do the job. Finley hired him and DeVito served as Communications Director for WPT for 12 years. Last summer, Finley gave DeVito the opportunity to name one of the racing syndicate’s horses after himself, and DeVito chose King Congie. For those that knew him, the name was fitting to say the least.
"It's so great to see so many people coming to Baltimore," said WPT director of communications Erin Finley. "Not only is it great to see people becoming involved in the industry, it's also touching to see people honoring Congie DeVito through this horse. Congie was not only my colleague, but a dear, dear friend. I know he would want nothing more than to see a group of happy people cheering King Congie back to the winner's circle next Saturday."
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