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High Finance entered in Deputy Minister

February 01, 2007 · By · Share

West Point Thoroughbred's High Finance has drawn post three in the Grade 3, $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap at Gulfstream Park on February 3rd. High Finance enters the Deputy Minister off a second place finish in the Mr. Prospector Handicap(G3) on January 6th. Jockey Rafael Bejarano once again has the mount aboard High Finance.

A four-year-old son of Talk Is Money; High Finance is trained by Rick Violette, Jr. for West Point Thoroughbreds.  Violette discussed the Deputy Minister saying, "This colt could not be training any better. We had some bad luck with traffic in our last race, but I loved the way he finished up.  Six furlongs probably isn't his optimal distance, but he was in it with a huge shot late.  I think the added distance in the Deputy Minister could be the difference for us. It's a small field, but it's not short on talent. I think we're in here with a real big chance.  This colt has the talent to be a very nice racehorse, so our goal is to get him his first graded stakes win."

Terry Finley said, "High Finance has done everything but win a stakes race. He's run as fast as almost anyone around, but we're still in search of that ultimate breakthrough.  We hope it comes this weekend."

The race has only drawn a field of five, but it is an extremely well matched field.  Kelly's Landing, who just held us off last time, is back.  Keyed Entry who proved his affinity for Gulfstream last year is also in.  We would not trade places with a single colt in the race. High Finance is training exceptionally, and he looks poised for a huge effort.  We are going in looking to win.

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