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June 06, 2005 · By · Share

Get Down, West Point's three-year-old son of Doneraile Court, punched his ticket to the $1,00,000 Queen's Plate, the Canadian equivalent of the Kentucky Derby, by placing second in the $150,000 Plate Trial on June 5th at Woodbine.

Get Down was making his first start at a mile and an eighth and his first start around two turns since suffering a brutal trip and nearly falling in a race down at Tampa in February.  The Plate Trial serves as the final key prep race for the Plate, and thgis edition unfolded a little differently than expected when a contentious pace did not really materialize as expected, and Get Down was forced to prompt the pace early.  Get Down got caught between horses turning for home and brieflylost his best running action while getting in behind horses.  However, he swung out into the clear late and finished up willingly.

Trainer Nancy Triola said, ""I loved the way he ran.  Sure, I would have loved to have gone out there and won by eight-lengths and had the feeling he was unbeatable, but I don't think we got to the bottom of him today.  He should have more to give in three weeks, and I like being in that position... You could see the way he galloped out and came back that he had more in the tank.. This race was really his first two-turn serious experience, and I thought he was really professional.  He relaxed, he wasn't fighting Slade (Callaghan), and he ran through the wire.  Now we can really focus on getting him to peak condition for the Queen's Plate.  I wouldn't want to change position with anyone with all things being equal."

Jockey Slade Callaghan said, "Get Down wasn't really grabbing the track as well today as he had before, but he still came to hand for me really nicely.  The pace scenario didn't shape up like we were expecting, and I ended up having to press the pace.  We thought we might be sitting third or fourth with a couple targets to run at, but it didn't materialize.  Then the other two came up on the turn and we ended up getting caught toward the inside in the stretch and he wasn't as comfortable.  I switched him to the outside late, and he actually gave me more and started to get his action again.  He ran on hard, and I loved the way he galloped out.  The way he relaxed was key.  We should have no questions about the added distance going into the Plate."

Get Down now has a lifetime record of three wins and one second place finish from five career starts with career earnings of over $136,000.

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