The General Wins / Friday, January 27, 2017

General Downs aka “The General” found the winner’s circle for the second time in five starts. A number of WPT Partners were at the Fair Grounds yesterday to celebrate the win alongside trainer Dallas Stewart.

General Downs aka “The General” found the winner’s circle for the second time in five starts. A number of WPT Partners were at the Fair Grounds yesterday to celebrate the win alongside trainer Dallas Stewart.

An equipment change turned out to be key for the 4-year-old son of Mineshaft. After breaking his maiden in gutsy fashion over the summer, he finished a solid fourth in his first try against winners at Churchill Downs before shipping to New Orleans. With blinkers on, he ran a disappointing sixth on December 29. Dallas scrapped the blinkers after that race, and it made a big difference yesterday.

 

  

 

“Florent (Geroux) said he’s a lazy son of a gun, but he responds to encouragement,” said Stewart.  “The jock did a nice job of getting him in the clear down the lane. This horse has some try, you just gotta ask him for it. He’s a little like a filly in the mornings, he just plods along and wants to do it his way. I’ve been training him a little different and not working him as much race to race.”

“Our Partners showed a lot of his patience with this horse earlier in his career, and it’s paying off now,” said West Point EVP Jeff Lifson. “He had some physical issues as a two-year-old and didn’t make his first start until the summer of his three-year-old year. He’s a neat horse, and I think we’ll have a fun year with him.”

Terry Finley and the West Point buying team purchased General Downs at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Sale in Saratoga.

 



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