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October 21, 2006 · By · Share

I'd love to have a horse ready to run.  I wish I knew how long it would take for my horse to run.  Those are two of the comments we often hear from people looking to get into thoroughbred ownership.  In an effort to spotlight two-year-olds that represent unique opportunities, we wanted to bring to your attention these "Instant Action" colts.

We have one colt on the east coast and one colt on the west coast, so we believe this is a tremendous opportunity for anyone looking for immediate action on the racetrack.  Here are thumbnails of the two colts.

Keystone Native - New York Based

Based in New York with Rick Violette, this colt is on target to debut in the first half of November at Aqueduct.  A son on Allen's Prospect, this colt has shown a lot of zip in the mornings while working in company with another West Point two-year-old, Noosa Cat.  Keystone Native is from the final crop of Allen's Prospect the Maryland based stallion that has thrown fast and precocious runners.  His last crop progeny have carried on his success.  Just this past weekend, Clifton Park, a two-year-old son of Allen's Prospect won the $125,000 Maryland Million Nursery Stakes.  That win was a mind blowing twentieth victory by offspring of Allen's Prospect in Maryland Million races.

As a Pennsylvania Bred, this colt has an advantage as well.  In November, slot machines will be making their debut at Pennsylvania tracks.  Experts forecast that Pennsylvania will become one of the most lucrative states to race in.  They also anticipate that there will be an increase in opportunities for Pennsylvania bred runners.  Each year, Philadelphia Park holds Pennsylvania's Day at the Races.  All races on that day are restricted to Pennsylvania breds.  Philadelphia Park is expected to increase their daily purses twice next year.  We want to be in a position to take advantage of those opportunities.  At the same time, we have sent this colt to New York to train and compete at one of the premier circuits in the world.  He will debut at Aqueduct, and we believe he belongs there.

This colt has shown seven published workouts since the last week of August.  We've gotten a tremendous foundation under him and are anxious to see him debut.

Here's what they're saying about Keystone Native:
Terry Finley, President of West Point Thoroughbreds, "We bought this colt over the winter.  We don't like to rush our horses, but we knew that he was fast.  David McKathan really liked him on the farm, and that has carried over to the racetrack.  He looks like the sort of colt that could be a top class runner."

Rick Violette, Jr., trainer, "I call this colt sneaky quick.  You get him out there and he looks like he's going nice and easy and then you look at the stopwatch and see he just went in 48.  He's got a very efficient stride, and he hits the ground nicely.  He hasn't done anything wrong.  I couldn't be happier with him."

To learn more about Keystone Native, click here.  Be sure to check out the new slideshow feature and see recent training photos.

Cool Hand Lucca - California Based

Based in Southern California with Craig Dollase, this colt is tentatively penciled in to debut in a MSW on November 5th at Hollywood Park.  A son of Honour and Glory, this colt has the pedigree to be any sort.  Honour and Glory went to stud in 1997, and the results of his progeny have been high quality and consistent.  In 2000, when his first runners hit the track, Honour and Glory was the leading freshman sire as well as the leading juvenile sire.  He backed those results up ranking as the fifth leading second crop sire in 2001 and the twelfth leading third crop sire in 2002.  In 2005, Honour and Glory was in the top ten among all sires for earnings on dirt tracks.  Also in 2005, he ranked in the top forty overall in both sprint and route earnings.  That's versatility.

Honour and Glory continues to throw top notch runners.  He is the sire of 2006 graded stakes winner and Kentucky Derby runner Keyed Entry.  He also is the sire of graded stakes winning two-year-old U D Ghetto who captured the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile(G3) at the end of September.  In his seven crops of racing age foals, Honour and Glory has already sired two champions, fifteen graded stakes winners, and 31 stakes winners.  His offspring have already earned over $31 million on the track.

You'll see seven workouts on his card since arriving in California.  Craig Dollase has taken his time with this colt, but we are now ready to run.

Here's what they're saying about Cool Hand Lucca:
Terry Finley, President of West Point Thoroughbreds, "When we bought this colt, we saw him as a horse that would grow into himself, and he has.  He was well put together, but he still had room to mature.  We wanted a horse that would continue to develop and hopefully be better as a three-year-old.  We weren't sure how early he would be, but he's come along really nicely.  He became the perfect candidate to send to California and try to have some real fun with."

Craig Dollase, trainer, "When I saw this colt get off the van, I couldn't help but notice what a handsome individual he was.  He had a real nice head and shoulder to him.  He has some of the traits of his father.  He carries his head a little higher when he runs which is distinctly Honour and Glory.  He's not suffered any setbacks since I got him, and now it's time to see what he can do.  Honour and Glory's runners can do a little bit of everything, so we'll get him out there and see what he's best at."

To learn more about Cool Hand Lucca, click here.  Be sure to check out the new slideshow feature and see recent training photos.
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