WPT taking dead aim on two Grade 2 races
May 5th will be a big day for West Point Thoroughbreds as two horses contest prestigious Grade 2 races.
The day kicks off at Churchill Downs where Moon's Halo will contest the $250,000 Churchill Downs(G2) on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Post time for the race is 1:21 EDT, and the race will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Moon's Halo enters the Churchill Downs off of an authoritative allowance victory on March 30th at Gulfstream Park. The race was Moon's Halo's first effort in nearly nine months and served as a coming out party for him as a top class sprinter.
West Point President Terry Finley calls Moon's Halo, "One of the fastest colts we've had. He's been a hard luck horse, but he showed the kind of talent he has in that race at Gulfstream. We know we're taking a pretty big step up in class this weekend, but when this colt is doing well like he is he could emerge as a top class sprinter."
The day wraps up when Dream Rush enters the starting gate as a prohibitive favorite in the $200,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup Stakes(G2) at Belmont Park. Dream Rush is the clear headliner in the field of five, and her appearance in the race has caught the attention of the racing world. The Daily Racing Form has a substantial feature on Dream Rush. You can read the article by clicking here(free registration required).
The Belmont web site also has a large piece on Dream Rush that you can read by clicking here.
Dream Rush enters the Nassau off of a dominating wire-to-wire score in the Old Hat Stakes(G3) at Gulfstream Park. Dream Rush defeated champion filly and a Kentucky Oaks favorite Dreaming Of Anna in the Old Hat.
Dream Rush has tasted defeated only once in her career losing by a head after suffering a brutal trip in her 2007 seasonal bow.
Terry Finley says Dream Rush is, "A championship level filly. She was ranked #1 in her division in the Daily Racing Form for a reason. Her Partners are truly living out a dream, and the entire West Point team could not be happier. I have always told prospective Partners that our goal is to win races on the weekend, particularly Saturdays. Those are the days of the biggest races, and this filly is worthy of running in such races. We look forward to her taking the next step in her development in the Nassau."
Certainly, with the eyes of the world focused on thoroughbred racing this weekend, it is a great time to run in some of the country's biggest races.