All Hail The King - King Congie scores!
Fairy tales are often times the story of something or someone triumphing in the face of long odds. Usually, these stories require courage and heart. It's a feel good tale.
Such is the case of King Congie. There were no dragons to slay, but there were most other elements of a great fairy tale story. Triumph in the face of long odds? 43/1? Check. Couarge and heart? Such as facing sure-fire two-year-old champion Uncle Mo in his debut? Check.
Interesting backstory? As in King Congie being named for long time West Point Thoroughbreds communications director, Congie DeVito, a young man afflicted with brittle bones that confines him to a wheelchair. Yeah, that qualifies.
The script was written, but not every story gets the ending it deservers. Afterall, Zenyatta got beat, and King Congie was trying two-turns and the grass for the first time.
Breaking from post five, King Congie settled well into a stalking position in the early stages of the race. He remained in third or fourth a few-lengths off the lead through the first three-quarters of a mile. Then, jockey David Cohen sprung into action. He swung King Congie into the middle of the track in the stretch and got busy with a vigorous ride. King Congie flattened his ears to his head and charged down the trick as if he'd just entered the race at the eighth-pole. He vanquised the pacesetter and easily repelled the late charge of the favorite to win by over a length.
West Point Thoroughbreds President Terry Finley said, "What a story. We named this horse after someone that's overcome the odds with over 160 broken bones, and King Congie wasn't given a chance today. That's the beauty of our sport. Each horse will write its own story. While there may be only one finish line and one winner, the trip you take is priceless."
Trainer Tom Albertrani said, "Everything went like we hoped it would. The horse has always trained like a real nice runner. I guess the turf really woke him up. Nobody was going to beat him."
The story was complete. Paying $88 to win, King Congie would become the longest-priced winner in West Point Thorougbreds history. Most importantly, the dominant win now places King Congie in position to compete in some of the better three-year-old races over the winter.