Amazed By Grace: PTHA 3-Year-Old Filly of 2009
Patience is a virtue. These words of wisdom are perfectly illustrated by a filly who defied the odds. Early last year, Amazed By Grace was given a slim chance of returning to the races, let alone returning to the pinnacle levels of the sport. After a dismal first start, it was discovered that Grace had an inoperable throat condition. Our vets told us the only thing we could do for our filly was let Mother Nature take her course...
Our patience ended up giving us a plethora of excitement and thrills. Last night, Amazed By Grace earned the 2009 3-Year-Old Filly of the Year awarded by the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horseman's Association for her outstanding achievements in 2009. Click here to see footage from the awards.
Who would have knew that in just under a year's time, this talented filly would go from not beating a horse in her first start, to being Grade I stakes placed?
Grace returned to the races seven months after her first start and finished third in a maiden special weight at Charles Town. She then began a five race win streak, highlighted by the Cornucopia Stakes on November 24th at Philadelphia Park. We packed her up an sent her 3,000 miles to sunny Santa Anita Park and watched her put in a gutsy effort to finish third in the LaBrea Stakes (gr. I) on December 26th. Needless to say, the journey was magnificent.
Terry Finley, President of West Point Thoroughbreds says, "This filly is truly unbelievable. She is a big, strong, classy filly that we always had faith in. We applaud our trainer Lupe Preciado for doing such a fabulous job with her, and thank our partners for their patience on this journey."
Trainer Guadalupe Preciado says, "Amazed By Grace deserved this award. We had such a great year with her. She is as tough and as fast as they come."
Amazed By Grace is recovering from knee surgery on the farm in Kentucky. We look forward to continuing her success later in 2010.