West Point Sends Out 3 Graded Stakes Horses On Saturday!
On Saturday, October 3rd, West Point Thoroughbreds hopes "three" will be its lucky number - except when it comes to finish order in graded stakes races. The company will be flying three of their most successful horses, 3,000 miles, from three different cities to run in three graded stakes worth $1,750,000.
"For a single stable to be flying three horses on the same weekend is very costly and extremely rare," said CEO/President of West Point Thoroughbreds, Terry Finley. "However, our organization has grown to the point that we have to seize these opportunities and savor them when they happen. These three are exceptional horses."
Frequent flier Macho Again has boarded a plane several times this year and has carried the black and gold silks to several impressive victories. He arrived at Belmont Park today and is set to run in the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). Robby Albarado has the return call for trainer Dallas Stewart. Macho Again is installed as the third choice at 7/2 on the morning line. The talented grey is a leading contender for the Champion Older Male Eclipse Award. He looks to use Jockey Club as a spring board to the Breeders' Cup Classic.
A four-year-old son of Macho Uno, Macho Again ran a near-miss second to the wonder filly Rachel Alexandra in theWoodward Stakes at Saratoga. He captured both the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) and the New Orleans Handicap (G2) earlier this year. Last year, he was triumphant in the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga. "Macho" is West Point Thoroughbreds' all-time leading money earner, with earnings of nearly $1.8 million.
World traveler, Awesome Gem, who had his passport stamped in Hong Kong last December, made his flight yesterday from sunny Los Angeles to prepare for the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2) in Cicero, Illinois where he is the race's co-high weight and morning line second choice. Trainer Craig Dollase feels very confident that this horse is primed for a big effort. Awesome Gem has been training very well in southern California. Jockey David Flores will make the trip to Illinois to pilot the third place finisher in the 2007 Breeder's Cup Classic (G1).
A six-year-old son of Awesome Again, Awesome Gem is lifetime earner of over $1.4 million with five wins and 11 second place finishes from 29 career starts. The veteran campaigner has one win, two seconds and a third from seven starts this year
Flat Bold, the relative neophyte of the trio arrived in Indiana yesterday to prepare for the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) at Hoosier Park, where he will face a full field of 11 as the morning line 5/1 third choice. Jockey Corey Lanerie has the call for trainer Tom Albertrani. A striking dark bay, Flat Bold has been training superbly in New York and is looking for his first stakes triumph.
A three-year-old son of Flatter, Flat Bold started his career in southern California before shipping to New York. His most recent win was in a Belmont Park allowance race in July. He exploded at the top of the stretch to win decisively. He now has two wins, two seconds and a third from seven career starts. With his latest win, this colt has earnings of over $100,000.
"When you look at these three races and the fact that we have a three-year-old, four-year-old and six-year-old each as top contenders in their respective races is a testament to our stable's depth and the hard work of our team. We strive to run in the biggest races, and we will be the only stable with this kind of firepower on Saturday," Finley said.
West Point Thoroughbreds is extremely excited about our three big chances this weekend. With a little racing luck we could hang three more photos on the wall.