A filly breaking through on Saturday and a veteran renewing his career on Sunday added up two sprint wins in New Orleans over the weekend for West Point Thoroughbreds.
Nearly scratched due to wet conditions, Foxfire stayed in after all Saturday evening and stormed to a 6 1/2-length maiden win on a muddy track at Fair Grounds.
The 4-year-old Empire Maker filly split horses gamely at the top of the lane for jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. and quickly drew off to prevail in her third career start for trainer Cherie DeVaux.
Cherie said, “I like that she rated and split horses and ran away from the competition. This is a great step forward and we will build on her career from here.”
Acquired at the Keeneland September yearling sale, Foxfire is campaigned by West Point and racing partners Belladonna Racing, Edward Hudson Jr., LBD Stable, Nice Guys Stable, Manganaro Bloodstock, Runnels Racing, Steve Hornstock and Twin Brook Stables.
Brian said, “That was an impressive race, she really relaxed and then was there for me when I asked her. She ran all the way to the wire and was professional today. The track was no issue for her.”
In Sunday’s nightcap, six-year-old Swot Analysis resurfaced for his first start as a gelding and led all the way to a 3 1/4-length triumph against fellow Louisiana-breds. Reylu Gutierrez guided him for trainer Mark Casse.
The gray speedster earned his sixth career win and pushed his bankroll just over $300,000. Swot Analysis was a private acquisition in late 2020.