West Point Duo Primed For Holiday Weekend Stakes
It's that time of year again. The buzz is in the air. Horsemen around the country are priming their three-year-olds for the most prestigious stakes races all with one goal in mind, the first Saturday in May. Our journey begins now. West Point Thoroughbreds' highly touted son of Offlee Wild, Middle Of The Nite is looking to jump into the Derby limelight when he takes on six rivals in Saturday's $225,000 Sam. F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs.
The near black Tom Albertrani trainee is coming off a solid third place finish in a tough "a other than" allowance race at Gulfstream Park on January 7th. Prior to that race, he was ultra impressive in winning his second career start at Belmont Park on October 10th. He has been training extremely well at Palm Meadows, and is primed for a big effort on Saturday.
Tom Albertrani says, "He ran a nice race last time out. I definitely think he needed that one. He is bred to go two turns, and has really blossomed over the past few weeks. He could be the real deal."
Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds says, "We hope this colt can get us back on the Triple Crown trail. He seems to have all the parts. We are very excited about the Sam Davis and really think our colt will show up on Saturday. If he does, it will be a very exciting next couple weeks, that's for sure."
Middle Of The Nite drew post 4 of 7 in the 1 1/16 miles contest, and will be piloted by Hall Of Fame jockey Edgar Prado. Post time for the Sam F. Davis is 4:52 EST on Saturday.
Two days later, Quiet All American will look to carry the black and gold to the winner's circle in the $100,000 OBS Champions Stakes in Ocala. A solid performance in this race will likely find this son of Forest Camp in graded stakes company and in the Kentucky Derby picture.
Quiet All American is exciting a gutsy maiden breaking performance over the sloppy going at Gulfstream on January 9th. The grey Dale Romans trainee took a few races to get his competitive juices flowing, but since his victory, he has been training better than ever at Gulfstream Park.
Dale Romans says, "This colt has been doing very well. He is big, strong, and sound. He showed a lot of heart in his last race, and I think he is going to run well on Monday."
Terry Finley says, "I saw this colt two weeks ago and he looks fabulous. He worked great over this surface as a two-year-old, and I think he fits well in this spot. The race will be exciting."
Quiet All American drew post 3 of 11 in the 1 1/6 miles race. Post time is 3:30 EST on Monday. Jesus Castanon has the return call.