West Point Thoroughbreds’ talented stakes winning filly Belle of the Hall makes her four-year-old debut in Saturday’s $200,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint going 6 furlongs on the dirt at Gulfstream Park.
A Florida-bred daughter of Graeme Hall, Belle of the Hall has four wins and one third in four tries at distances under one mile. Her career started last April in a maiden special weight at Gulfstream. After notching a victory in her debut, she went on to win an allowance race at Belmont and the Jostle Stakes at Philadelphia Park before running a solid third in the Test Stakes (G1) at Saratoga.
Belle of the Hall didn’t fire in her first try around two turns in the Charles Town Oaks, but came back to run a huge race in the Catinca Stakes at Belmont on October 27th. That day she earned a career best 3+ Ragozin Sheet number, establishing herself as one of the best female sprinters in the country. We tried our hand at two turns in the Gazelle Stakes (G1) at Aqueduct on November 27th, and our filly didn’t take to the added distance. We’ve freshened her up, and think she is primed for a stellar four-year-old campaign at sprinting distances.
“She’s really trained well since shipping to Florida,” said trainer Tom Albertrani. “If you throw out her two two-turn races, she has a very solid body of work. If she runs like she did in the Catinca, we have a huge shot to win on Saturday. I think she will be just a few lengths off the early pace.”
Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds said, “Belle of the Hall has been a fun horse for West Point and our Partners. She was very competitive last year, and we are all very excited about what’s in store for 2011. Tom (Albertrani) has done a great job with her, and we love the fact that we are taking advantage of her Florida bred status in this spot.”
Javier Castellano takes the reins in Saturday’s race. The Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint is race 8 on the card with post of 4:16 EST. Belle of the Hall drew post #3 of 11.
Take a look at this photo slideshow of Belle of the Hall: