UPDATE: The Ice Box gelding is training daily beneath the Churchill Downs Twin Spires and is on track to debut in early summer. He's already popped out of the starting gate a few times.
On the wash rack at Churchill Downs:
Of all the horses West Point Thoroughbreds pursued at the OBS March sale, this was the true no brainer, a bargain-basement value for a horse with eye-popping metrics from his pre-sale workout.
The son of Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box gobbled up ground while covering a quarter mile in 21 1/5, utilizing a stride rate that was 1.18 better than average for the distance and put him in our stride analyst's group 1 category for the entire sale, which takes into account things like efficiency, thrust and a unique set of power factors.
On top of all that, he is a Louisiana-bred, which means he will have an abundance of opportunities restricted to horses who were bred in the Bayou State, with decent-sized purses.
The consignor has a Louisiana-like name—Boutte, which is actually pronounced BOOT TAY—but she is based in Ocala.
“It's a legitimate operation, one I have bought horses from for years and years and years,” Terry Finley said. “Lyn Boutte does a lot of the work herself, so she is very hands-on and she does things the right way.”
Ice Box, by Pulpit, won the Grade 1 Florida Derby in 2010 and came flying to finish second to Super Saver in the Kentucky Derby. He now stands in Louisiana.
Dallas Stewart, always a force to be reckoned with in the winter meets at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, will train the dark bay or brown gelding.
Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2020.
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