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King Congie Ready for Kent Stakes / Friday, September 23, 2011



King Congie will continue his pursuit of a second stakes score on the turf this Saturday in the $250,000 Kent Stakes, a Grade III event hosted by Delaware Park. Our Badge of Silver runner rolls off a solid third-place effort behind stablemate Brilliant Speed in the Grade III Saranac Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 4 to contest the 1 â…›-mile grass race as one of a field of 13.

“The lack of pace really set him back in that race,” said trainer Tom Albertrani. “He saved ground and rallied gamely, but they went too slow up front early and they just didn’t come back to him the way they would have if they’d been going a little faster.”

Just a head-bob away from second last time out, King Congie is clearly at home on the turf and remains strong in training up to this race.

“King Congie has done a lot this year for a youngster, and the fact that he’s still running hearty and sound is a testament to his breeding and Tom’s great program,” Terry Finley said. “He turned in one of his best races this year in the Saranac, and we’re confident he’s in great form coming into this one.”

A horse with a lot of back class, our Tropical Park Derby winner finished third in the Blue Grass Stakes – beaten only a neck – before running in the Preakness. Earlier in the season he crossed the wire first in the Hallandale Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park in February, but was disqualified and placed third.

Race eight on a nine-race card at Delaware on Saturday, the Kent is carded with an approximate post time of 4:24 p.m. King Congie breaks from post seven under Joe Rocco Jr., Delaware Park’s leading rider.

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