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Ring Weekend Takes on 4 in Arcadia

February 10, 2017 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

Ring Weekend takes on only four in Saturday’s $200,000 Arcadia Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita. Read Jay Hovdey’s article about the “deadly honest” gelding.


A number of West Point Partners are joining Jeff Lifson and Erin Birkenhauer for morning training followed by a great day of racing at “The Great Race Place”.


The only millionaire in the field, Ring Weekend was fifth in his last start, the San Gabriel on January 7. We put a line though that race, as it was taken off the turf and run over a sloppy main track. Two starts ago he captured the Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar in impressive fashion, earning a 107 Beyer Speed Figure.


Ring Weekend will be ridden by jockey Rafael Bejarano in the Arcadia as regular California pilot Drayden Van Dyke was injured in a spill.

“After the San Gabriel we thought about just waiting for the Kilroe in March,” said trainer Graham Motion. “But he’s been training so well, and I didn’t want to hold that last race against him because the conditions weren’t ideal.”

As a 3-year-old Ring Weekend won the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), Saranac (G3), and Hill Prince (G3) before notching the biggest win of his career in the the Kilroe (G1) as 4-year-old. Following over a year long hiatus from racing, he set a track record in the Bernard Baruch (G2) at Saratoga in 2016 before coming back to California for the Breeders’ Cup (where he got beat only three lengths) and the Seabiscuit.

West Point and Vinnie and Teresa Viola of St. Elias Stables purchased Ring Weekend for $310,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Viola and Terry Finley are both graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point and named the chestnut colt after an Academy traditional where senior cadets are awarded their class rings.

Post time for the 5th at Santa Anita is 2:30 PT/5:30 ET on Saturday. Ring Weekend breaks from post 2 in the field of 5.


Playlist of Ring Weekend’s major victories: