King Congie Favored in Hallandale Beach Stakes
West Point Thoroughbreds' talented three-year-old King Congie (pronounced Kahn-Gee) looks to make it three wins in a row on Sunday when he takes on 9 rivals in the $100,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1 1/16 mile event is our son of Badge of Silver's third race over the green. He broke his maiden on November 13th at Aqueduct before ringing in the New Year in style with an impressive victory in the Tropical Park Derby at Calder on January 1st. He earned an 83 Beyer Speed Figure and a solid 8 figure on the Ragozin sheets in his first stakes win.
King Congie is named for long time West Point Thoroughbreds communications director, Congie DeVito, young man afflicted with brittle bones that confines him to a wheelchair. King Congie has a very special namesake in Devito. Congie is unable to make it to Gulfstream for Sunday's race, but we'll be sending our best wishes (hopefully from the winner's circle.)
"He's been working very steadily at Palm Meadows," said trainer Tom Albertrani. "He's really grown and developed so much since the summer, and has really taken a liking to the grass. We are anxious to see what is in store for the rest of the spring with this horse."
Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds said, "King Congie is named after a very special person and an integral part of the WPT team. He's blossomed since shipping south, and we were very impressed watching him train over the past few days. He's full of energy, and his Partners are very excited not only about Sunday, but the rest of the year."
King Congie is #8 of 10 in the Hallandale Beach with Javier Castellano aboard. Post time is 4:52 EST.