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King Congie Makes Stakes Debut in Saturday's Tropical Park Derby

December 28, 2010 · By · Share

West Point Thoroughbreds looks to start 2011 off with a stakes victory when King Congie, our soon to be three-year-old son of Badge of Silver takes on 11 rivals in the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby at Calder Racecourse on Saturday, January 1st.

In his first two starts on the dirt, King Congie couldn’t find the winner’s circle. A switch to the lawn was all he needed. On November 13th at Aqueduct, despite going off at odds of 43-1, King Congie stormed home to win impressively in his first try around two turns, earning a solid 75 Beyer Speed Figure. Click here to watch the race.

After his maiden breaking score, it was off to Florida for this bay ridgling. He settled in at trainer Tom Albertrani’s barn at Palm Meadows, and seems to enjoy the Sunshine State, despite the recent chilly temperatures. He’s put in three solid workouts since arriving to Florida, and is primed for a strong effort in his first attempt against winners. 

Tom Albertrani said, "We were very encouraged by his win last time out on the turf. Badge of Silver two-year-olds are doing well on the grass. This is certainly a step up from the maiden ranks, but he looks great and is training very well." 

King Congie is named for long time West Point Thoroughbreds communications director, Congie DeVito, a young man afflicted with brittle bones that confines him to a wheelchair. A win on Saturday will certainly get DeVito’s 2011 off to a good start. 

The Tropical Park Derby is race 11 on Saturday with post time of 4:45 EST. King Congie is #4 of 12 with outstanding turf rider Javier Castellano aboard.


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