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October 23, 2006 · By · Share

West Point Thoroughbreds' two-year-old New York bred Defrereoftheheart ran second on Sunday, October 22nd, at Belmont Park.  However, that runner-up finish was enough to catch the eye of the New York newspapers.  Here's what they're saying:

NY Daily News:
5TH: Those who cashed out on firster Premier Perfection have to thank jockey Kent Desormeaux, who finished third aboard favored Citifest. On the turn for home, Desormeaux held his ground, and wouldn't let Defrereoftheheart get out until too late, Defrereoftheheart just missing catching Premier Perfection. If Desormeaux gives up his space, Defrereoftheheart wins. Give credit to Desormeaux for holding his ground. It wasn't illegal, it was just solid race-riding.

NY Post:
October 23, 2006 -- Track was fast, turf yielding on getaway day. Big A opens Wednesday, with a 12:30 p.m. post.

Defrereoftheheart, one of three West Point Stable 2-year-olds owned in part by Post readers who won 10 percent share in contest last spring, almost became first one to break maiden, finishing hard-luck second in yesterday's fifth race. Fourth in her first two starts under Mike Luzzi, Defrereoftheheart, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, was 7-2 with rider switch to Edgar Prado.

Premier Pefection, 6-1 debuting for Todd Pletcher with Luzzi up, shot to daylight lead, chased outside by 2-1 favorite Citifest under Kent Desormeaux, with Defereoftheheart tucked inside tracking pace along rail. Top of stretch, Defereoftheheart rallied, tried to come through inside Citifest, but Desormeaux kept him boxed in, forcing Prado to steady. When finally clear, Defrereoftheheart finished full of run, but fell a neck short of catching Permier Perfection at wire. Turned out, that loss cost Prado clear-cut riding title at meet, as Eibar Coa tied him winning four of last five races on card.

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