Heated Verdict is the first West Point horse trained by George Weaver and the first winner! The handsome bay 2-year-old colt broke his maiden at second asking on August 28 at Saratoga. When entries for the race were drawn on Monday, our colt was first on the also-eligible list. We were ecstatic Friday morning when a scratch was announced and he drew in.
Off as the favorite in the field of 10 statebred maidens, Heated Verdict broke sharply and immediately dueled for the lead under Luis Saez. On the turn he opened up by two lengths and maintained his advantage in the stretch.
It was no surprise the son of Court Vision went off as the favorite. In his first start he was second to the highly regarded Christophe Clement trainee Too Discreet, who came back to win the Schenectady Stakes on August 21.
Heated Verdict is the second winner for freshman sire and Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Court Vision. He’s eligible for restricted races in New York and also Ontario sired races in Canada since Court Vision stands at Park Stud.
“I’ve liked this colt since he shipped up to Saratoga at the end of May,” said Weaver. “He trained well on the dirt up here, but with him being by Court Vision, we decided to try him on the grass first time out. He ran second to a really nice horse, and we figured we’d be tough to beat coming back in the same spot. He’s a gutsy horse who tries hard.”