Derby. The mere mention of the word sends shivers up the spine of any horse owner. Any owner of a three-year-old dreams of winning a Derby. However, only one three-year-old can be
Derby. The mere mention of the word sends shivers up the spine of any horse owner. Any owner of a three-year-old dreams of winning a Derby. However, only one three-year-old can be the first Derby winner of the year, and that horse is King Congie. Our three-year-old son of Badge of Silver captured the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby at Calder Racecourse. King Congie rated just off the pace early before launching a four-wide move midway down the backstretch. King Congie struck the front just outside the quarter-pole but showed his inexperience in the stretch when ducking out from a left handed stick. King Congie was headed but surged again late after straightening out to draw away by a half-length.
Trainer Tom Albertrani said, “To jump from a maiden race to a stake race is quite a jump. We knew he ran a great race last time, but this was a whole different ball game. Needless to say, I cannot be happier with the way he ran. He was wide the whole way then decided to try and make his own track in the stretch, but he just kept running. It felt like he ran a mile and a half by the time all was said and done. Everything has gone great since we tried the grass.”
Jockey Javier Castellano said, “This horse has gotten a lot better since I rode him the first time. I wanted to get him into a good position early and just let him settle. Once I got him into the clear that was the key. He got out in the stretch, but I thought that was the better part of the course. He kept running the whole way.
King Congie earned an 85 Beyer in the race. He will point for $100,000 Hallandale Beach on February 6th at Gulfstream as we look to keep him undefeated around two-turns.
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