Saratoga Russell Wins!
West Point Thoroughbreds partner Russell Horvat loved Saratoga. He was a huge racing fan and horses were his passion through both sickness and health. When Russell lost his battle with cancer in 2007, our team named a Trippi colt in his honor. That horse was Saratoga Russell. Russell would have been proud on Wednesday.
Saratoga Russell lead from gate to wire on opening day of the Saratoga meet to score decisively in an allowance race. Ridden by jockey Julien Leparoux, our three-year-old colt cruised around the oval and never looked back. Under quick early fractions of 21.94 and 44.65, Russell dueled down the backstretch and shook loose all competitors in the stretch to win by just over two lengths. The final time for the six furlongs over the fast gong was 1:10.58.
Trainer Kiaran McLauglin was thrilled with the performance. "He ran great today. He is a big smooth moving horse that has a bright future."
Julien Leparoux was equally impressed. "I had a good trip. He is a fast horse. At the quarter pole when I asked him for more he kept running hard."
West Pont Thoroughbreds' Terry Finley was thrilled with the performance but also took time to remember a great person in Russell Horvat. "Russell was a great person with a tremendous passion for the game and the horses. I am proud of our horse and glad to honor a member of the West Point Thoroughbreds community."
Saratoga Russell has three wins in six career starts, and earnings of just over $112,000. If all goes according to plan, the colt will return to the Saratoga starting gate before the end of the meet.