West PointWest Point had a big weekend to say the least. With four horses running they scored 3 wins and a third. On Friday, October 1st Ellieonthemarch and Sultry Cat won their races, on Saturday, October 2nd Alocdito ran third and Sunday, October 3rd Watch Over Me finished the weekend with a win.
Ellieonthemarch scored a heart stopping victory on October 1st in the “a other than” turf marathon at Belmont. Breaking from post four, Ellieonthemarch got away in good order and quickly settled into third down on the rail as the pacesetters sprinted away to over a six-length advantage over Ellie after a quarter-mile in an honest 24.2. The pace dramatically slowed in the second quarter as Ellie remained tucked on the rail in third three-lengths back after a half-mile in 50.2. Shaun Bridgmohan kept Ellie on the rail down the backstretch as she sat fourth after six furlongs in 1:16.1. As the field headed into the final turn, Ellieonthemarch briefly dropped back on the inside and looked to be losing ground. The pace continued to slow for the mile with Ellie sitting just over three-lengths back after a mile in 1:41.2. Shaun Bridgmohan swung Ellie wide in the stretch and she began a sustained rally to get to the pacesetter. The field was really picking up the tempo, but Ellie dug in and outgained the pacesetter to the wire to win by a neck.
Sultry Cat scored a convincing eight-length victory on October 1st in the Jersey bred claimer. Breaking from post four, Sultry Cat got away in good order and was hustled to the front by Rajiv Maragh. Sultry Cat quickly opened up a daylight lead sprinting clear by two-lengths after a quarter-mile 22.2. Sultry Cat continued to pour it on getting away five-lengths after a half-mile in 44.3. Sultry Cat widened his margin through the stretch, crossing under the wire in front by over eight-lengths under a drive. The winning time, as mentioned earlier, was a superb 1:08.3.
Alocadito ran a game third on October 2nd beaten less than a length in the “a other than” allowance at Belmont. Breaking from post three, Alocadito ended up on the lead with little urging. He was pressed from the inside through a quarter-mile in 23.2. Alocadito remained on the lead while being pushed from both the inside and out through a half in 46.3. Alocadito put away the inside challenger but remained under protracted pressure from the outside getting six furlongs in 1:10.4. He grudgingly gave way as he and his pace presser were collared with about 25 yards to go. Alocadito ended up third beaten just over a half-length. Running time for the mile and a sixteenth was a solid 1:42.2.
Watch Over Me broke his maiden on Sunday, October 3rd at Santa Anita. He won a MSW going 6 furlongs with Corey Nakatani aboard. This was West Points first win in California and it was fitting that it was Watch Over Me who is a Cal Bred and the first horse West Point had based out in California. Breaking from the #13 post he was forced five wide on the back stretch Watcher went into the turn being forced three wide. Once he came out of the turn heading for home it was a two horse race. Watcher dueled with the #2 horse until the final furlong and then he pulled away for the win. He appeared to be in control the entire time and Corey Nakatani felt he had plenty more left at the end. The winning time was1:09.53.
What a great way for West Point to start the month of October. We look for more of the same this fall.