A smooth-as-silk workout vaulted this colt into the spotlight at OBS as he breezed a quarter in 21 1/5 and proceeded with a powerhouse gallop-out into the first turn.
West Point's bloodstock adviser, David Ingordo, said the gallop-out was at least a second faster than a typical time for a horse at this stage. That is especially notable in this case since he is built and bred like a horse who still has a lot more developing to do and projects to be a bona fide two-turn horse on either grass or dirt.
Lemon Drop Kid won the Belmont Stakes and his top progeny have gone both ways, including Beach Patrol, the champion turf male of 2017, and Kentucky Oaks winner Lemons Forever on the dirt.
Eddie Woods, trusted to break and train West Point's own two-year-olds and also a favored source as a juvenile consignor, thought enough of this colt as a yearling to stretch to $185,000 to buy him at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. Woods, like he has so many times in projecting what kind of horse he will have on his hands seven or eight months later at the two-year-old sales, got what he was looking for, as the colt filled out and progressed beautifully in his training this winter.
Woods has sold a long list of horses who have gone on to success for West Point, including this year's Kentucky Derby candidate Galilean just a year ago, as well as 2014 Derby runner-up Commanding Curve.
Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winning trainer Graham Motion was smitten with the colt from the first time he saw him and called one of his long-time clients to say “You need to be in on this colt with West Point.”
The colt is the first foal out of a stakes-placed mare by Unbridled's Song, which surely accounts for the colt's steel gray coloration.
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