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Fun Week With Six Winners Around Country / Sunday, June 16, 2024

Final Boss asserted command Sunday, speeding to his first stakes win in the $100,000 Cinema at Santa Anita to highlight what would turn out to be six winners for West Point Thoroughbreds across the U.S. this week.

A 3-year-old colt who has found a home going two turns on the turf, Final Boss led throughout the 9-furlong Cinema to score comfortably for jockey Juan Hernandez and trainer John Sadler, carrying the blue and orange silks of co-owner Michael Talla. DRF recap

A day earlier for the same connections, Pony Express also led at every call in a breakthrough maiden win by 9 lengths going two turns on the dirt at Santa Anita.

On the opposite side of the country but with similar tactics on Sunday, Battle of Normandy and Flavien Prat went straight to the lead and never looked back in a 9-furlong allowance on the turf at Belmont, prevailing by 2 lengths. Shug McGaughey trains Battle of Normandy, who has been Graded stakes placed a couple times and ran well in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf as a 2-year-old. He is a year-older half brother to Cugino, whom Prat guided to a stakes win on the front end at Churchill on June 1.

It was at Churchill where West Point’s fourth win of Father’s Day weekend came Sunday with On My Honor, who rallied with a strong ride from Tyler Gaffalione to get up for a maiden victory in a 6-furlong sprint on the main track for trainer Greg Foley.

The fun continued on Tuesday with Run Away Rojo, an Indiana-bred who scored in an open-company allowance at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Reylu Gutierrez guided the stakes-winning 4-year-old for trainer Dallas Stewart.

On Thursday, Zverev kept things going with a grass allowance win at Churchill. Jose Ortiz piloted the 3-year-old colt for trainer Cherie DeVaux.

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