It’s a huge Saturday of racing for West Point Partners.
You can tune in to watch the races live:
Broadcast of the Belmont Sprint Championship, Dwyer Stakes and Belmont Oaks Invitational from Belmont Park
4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. NBC
"Belmont Park Live" Presented by Claiborne Farm broadcast of the Suburban Handicap and Belmont Derby Invitational from Belmont Park
6 p.m.-7 p.m. FS2
Seven Trumpets kicks off stakes Saturday in the $300,000 Dwyer Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park. The son of Morning Line is coming off an impressive win in an allowance race at Churchill and has won three of four races run around one turn. Trained by Dale Romans, he’ll be piloted by Robby Albarado.
“Dale and I have both been very impressed with this colt’s recent works; he’s giving us all the signs he’s sitting on a big one,” says West Point EVP Jeff Lifson. “He ran some credible races on the Derby trail, but his game appears to going shorter. We look very live on the ThoroGraph sheets.”
Seven Trumpets and Partner Mary D. following training this morning at Belmont:
Next up is Coach Rocks in the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (G3). The daughter of Oxbow stamped her ticket to the Kentucky Oaks with a win in the Gulfstream Oaks (G2) earlier this year. She didn’t show her best on the first Friday in May but rebounded with a solid runner-up effort behind Red Ruby in the Black Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) on May 18 at Pimlico. She’ll try to turn the tables on Red Ruby on Saturday with Rajiv Maragh up for Dale Romans.
Chipolata looks to upset the $1,000,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1). West Point recently purchased a majority interest in the French-bred filly, and she arrived in the United States over the weekend. She’s been right there with some of the best fillies in Europe and finished a fast-closing second in her most recent start at Longchamp in France (clocking the fasted final quarter mile of the day). She’s one of only two fillies in the Belmont Oaks with experience past a mile and an eighth.
“Chipolata is on a massive upward curve and is well suited to American racing,” said West Point’s Joe Migliore. “Christophe Clement has done very well running fillies in big races off the plane, and expect us to be flying late!”
Chipolata finishing a fast-closing 2nd on June 10:
My Boy Jack round out what could be a banner day in the $1,200,000 Belmont Derby Invitational (G1). West Point purchased an interest in the colt following his win in the Lexington Stakes (G3) in April. He then finished a very respectable fifth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) after being stopped badly on the final turn. A versatile son of Creative Cause, My Boy Jack won the Zuma Beach Stakes in October at Santa Anita before stepping onto the Kentucky Derby trail and going on to win two prep races.
“We try so hard to coax a horse into an 'A' race every time, and it's hard to do,” Keith Desormeaux said. “But Jack does it every time, and those horses — everybody loves them. You would think with his style, he could be more effective on turf. I have confidence in him. That horse is easy to have confidence in because he brings an 'A' race every time. He's just a very nice horse. We're not saying that we're exclusive to the turf now. This is just a great race to set us up for whatever we've got after.”