April 21, 2011 · By
Erin Birkenhauer · Share
We were so close to securing a spot in the Kentucky Derby. King Congie ran a huge race on Saturday to finish third behind stablemate Brilliant Speed in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland. He rated off the pace before making a big run under jockey Rajiv Maragh. Although it was a cold and blustery day, the West Point team had a fantastic time with our 15 Partners and their guests who made the trip to the Blue Grass State.
We’re looking at the bright side. We’ve got a talented, sound, versatile horse going into the rest of the spring and summer. He’s now run huge races on both the turf and Polytrack. His first two races over the conventional dirt last summer were subpar, but we think he’s a different horse now. Bigger, stronger, better.
It’s off to Baltimore for King Conige and his Partners. We’re taking dead aim on the $1,000,000 Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday, May 21st at Pimlico. King Congie will ship back to New York from Keeneland within the next few weeks to prepare for Preakness 136! Follow him on Facebook for the latest updates on King Congie.
"Our visit to Keenland an unbelievable experience. As a first time owner, and a horse like King Congie, There are no words that express the feeling you get when he comes across the finish line. The was one of the most remarkable and gutsy races I ever wittnessed!!"
"I was so excited before the race I felt I could land the plane into Lexington myself. We were so close to winning, but running 3rd in a Grade 1 is a cause for celebration."
Best of luck to Tom Albertrani trainee Brilliant Speed in the Kentucky Derby!