West Point Points Duo Toward LaBrea (G1)
It is heart pounding enough to have one horse in a Grade I race. Imagine having two. West Point Thoroughbreds is pointing our two talented three-year-old fillies, Amazed By Grace and Justwhistledixie toward the $300,000 LaBrea Stakes (G1) on December 26 at Santa Anita. We could not be more excited.
The LaBrea is run at a distance of seven furlongs and is restricted to three-year-old fillies. Both of our fillies are primed to run big races. Both are also seeking the first Grade I win of their careers.
Amazed by Grace has amazed us with five straight victories this year. The daughter of Bowman's Band has taken Philadelphia Park by storm, winning her last four races there. Her most recent victory came in the $75,000 Cornucopia Stakes on November 24. She has a record of 5-0-1 from 7 career starts and earnings of over $152,000.
Trainer Guadalupe Preciado says, "This filly is very fast. The LaBrea will be a big test for her but she is training extremely well. She has been amazing for us this year. Earlier this year we weren't sure if she would make it back to the races. Now we have a big shot in a Grade 1."
Justwhistledixie returned to the races on November 24 after a freshening this summer to finish second in the Top Flight Handicap (G2) at Aqueduct. Earlier this year, the daughter of Dixie Union won five in a row, including the Bonnie Miss (G2), Davona Dale (G2), Ruthless, and True Affair Stakes. She has hit the board in all nine of her career starts, and has five wins to her credit. Her career earnings are over $427,000.
The Top Flight was her first start under Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. Mott says, "Since this filly has joined my barn, she has been training very well. Seven furlongs is the perfect distance for her, and she has shown that she can compete with the best fillies in the country. I think she is poised for a big effort."
Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds says, "All of us at West Point are extremely excited. Both of these fillies are extremely talented and have a huge shot in the LaBrea. We are confident one of them will be a Grade I winner before 2010."
Both fillies are scheduled to ship to California in short order. If both of these talented girls end up starting in the LaBrea, this will be the first time West Point runs an entry in a Grade I race. This is definitely an exciting time.