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May 29, 2006 · By · Share

West Point Thoroughbreds has its second horse to run in the Triple Crown this year. On May 6th Flashy Bull ran in the 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) and on June 10th High Finance will run in the 138th running o f the $1,000,000 Belmont Stakes (G1).  Eibar Coa will get the mount for the mile and a half trip.

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High Finance is a two-time winner this spring for trainer Rick Violette Jr. A colt by Talk Is Money, High Finance owns two wins, a pair of seconds and a third from five starts. He has earned $75,145 in his young career.


After breaking his maiden by more than nine lengths on April 15th at Keeneland, High Finance ran his best effort to date on May 4th at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Belmont, winning an entry-level allowance by five lengths and earning a Beyer speed rating of 101. Although the "in control from start" comment he earned that day is impressive, don't forget that he broke through the starting gate prior to the race. "I thought he beat a really good field" Violette said.


High Finance has been training outstanding.  He worked an absolutely dazzling mile on May 28th at Belmont Park with Eibar Coa up.  High Finance went out in 28 and came home the last six furlongs in an eye popping 1:10 and change.

"He breezed really well" Violette said. "We know it's a huge step up, but it's a wide open race and nobody knows whose going to get a mile and a half. His breeze was really spectacular. He went the last eighth in 11 and change."


Terry Finley commented "We have a very talented stable of horses right now and this shows some of the depth of it. Rick has done a great job with High Finance; he keeps getting better and better and is set to run a big race for us. It's a big challenge for him but we think he can handle it he's a very special horse."

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