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Stable has seven pointed for stakes races

January 18, 2008 · By · Share

Fresh off of a record year in 2007 in which the stable won five Grade 1 races with four different horses and earned nearly $4.5 million in purses, West Point Thoroughbreds has made stakes plans for several of its top runners.

Awesome Gem is slated to run in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap(G2) on February 3rd at Santa Anita.  This will be Awesome Gem's first start since running third in the $5,000,000 Breeders' Cup Classic(G1) at Monmouth Park.  The San Antonio will serve as a prep race for Awesome Gem's two major objectives this spring, the $1,000,000 Santa Anita Handicap(G1) on March 1st at Santa Anita and the $6,000,000 Dubai World Cup(G1) on March 29th at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

El Gato Malo, who broke the track record in the San Rafael Stakes on January 12th, came out of the race exceptionally and will now point for the $200,000 Sham Stakes(G3) on March 1st at Santa Anita.  Trainer Craig Dollase will look to the Sham and the Santa Anita Derby(G1) on April 5th at Santa Anita as a potential springboard to the Kentucky Derby(G1).  El Gato Malo is prominently featured on the Kentucky Derby web site www.kentuckyderby.com

Grade 1 winner Lear's Princess will make her first start since the Breeders' Cup in either the $150,000 Endeavour Breeders' Cup(G3) on February 16th at Tampa Bay Downs or the $200,000 Rampart Stakes(G2) on March 9th at Gulfstream Park.

Wincat, a three-year-old son of Hold That Tiger, is set to contest the $150,000 Swale Stakes(G2) on February 2nd at Gulfstream.  Wincat enters the Swale off of a dominating maiden special weight victory on December 28th.

Tropic Storm has been pre-entered in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint on January 26th at Gulfstream Park.  In his last start, Tropic Storm set a track record in a "two other than" allowance on January 4th at Santa Anita.

Keltish Lass, fresh off of a determined allowance victory at the Fair Grounds, will next contest the $60,000 Marie G. Krantz Handicap on January 26th at the Fair Grounds.

Pass The Punch is set to make his return to the races in the $75,000 Le Grande Pos Handicap for Pennsylvania Breds on January 26th at Philadelphia Park.  Pass The Punch will make his first start since finishing fourth in the Bayshore Stakes(G3) last April at Aqueduct.

West Point Thoroughbreds' President Terry Finley commented on the upcoming schedule saying, "We had one of our best years in 2007, but we are looking forward to continuing that momentum in 2008.  Our success is a testament to the hard work of everyone associated with the company and the overwhelming support of our partners who make this all possible.  We cannot wait to see these horses carrying the black and gold silks in some of the nation's biggest races."

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