SPOTLIGHT OPPORTUNITY: MIDAS POINT
As we head into the last few weeks of the year, we wanted to spotlight one final member of the Class of 2006 that has been training very well for Becky Maker in New Orleans. If you've ever dreamt of owning a thoroughbred, this could be your perfect holiday gift. Today, we spotlight Midas Point.
Midas Point is an intriguing Illinois bred son of Malabar Gold. Malabar Gold is a freshman son of Unbridled, one of the world's leading sires. Malabar Gold's first crop of runners has already shown success on the racetrack. On Friday December 1st, Golden Dreamer, a daughter of Malabar Gold, destroyed an allowance field at Aqueduct by nearly five-lengths bringing her career earnings to nearly $80,000. Malabar Gold currently ranks among the top forty freshmen sires in North America.
An April 1st foal, Midas Point has really filled out beautifully to turn into quite a handsome individual. However, he also showed tremendous athleticism working a sparking eighth of a mile in 10.2 while never feeling the whip at the OBS March sale.
Becky has begun turning up the intensity in Midas Point's training. He has now put in three solid works since shipping to New Orleans, and he looks on target to debut in January of 2007.
Another advantage for Midas Point is the fact that he is a registered Illinois Bred. In 2007, Illinois Bred three-year-olds will have the opportunity to compete in seven restricted stakes races worth $75,000 or more in purses. The Illinois bred program returns over $21 million each year to owners and breeders. In addition, Illinois bred horses competing in open company in Illinois are paid an additional forty percent of their purse money for finishing first, second, or third. This is a tremendous benefit and huge bonus for a talented horse like Midas Point.
The reviews have been strong for Midas Point. Here's what they're saying:
Terry Finley, President of West Point Thoroughbreds, "We haven't really dabbled too much in the Illinois Bred program, but when we saw Midas Point in the auction we thought he was an exceptional candidate for our program. We look for athletes that we believe can compete at the highest levels, and Midas Point flashed brilliant athleticism at the sale. He's the kind of horse we have had a lot of success with. The fact that he is an Illinois bred is the icing on the cake. We've had Becky Maker training horses for us for a few years, and she spends her summer at Arlington Park. Midas Point was a natural fit for her, and we couldn't have many hotter trainers working with him. Becky has had a phenomenal year that was topped off by winning the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup(G2). We're really excited to see what she does with Midas Point."
Becky Maker, trainer, "Midas Point has what I love in a horse, the fire to compete. He'll be out there by himself on the racetrack and look like one horse, but when he looks eyeball to eyeball with another horse you can feel the transformation. He doesn't like to have other horses beat him. Fast horses win races, but there have been a lot of fast horses that don't succeed because they don't have that drive to compete. Based on what I've seen in the mornings, Midas point seems to love competition."