BALTIMORE, Md.— Two days after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 following a 70-year reign, a horse Her Majesty bred in England won Saturday’s second race at historic Pimlico Race Course.
West Newton, a 6-year-old gelding ridden by Forest Boyce for trainer Richard Hendriks, rallied from sixth to win by a half-length while covering a firm 1 1/8-mile turf course in 1:52.12.
West Newton, by Kitten’s Joy, is out of the Queen’s Prize (GB), a Dansili (GB). mare bred by the Queen and raced under Her Majesty’s colors. She was trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Edgar Prado in her last start. Queen’s Prize’s dam, Daring Aim (GB) is an unraced mare also bred by the Queen.
Sold at the Tattersall’s July 2019 sale for $52,597, West Newton’s victory was worth $21,000 for owner Upland Flats Racing. West Newton paid $16.20, 9.60, and 5.60. Pursuing who finished second paid $6.40 and 3.60 and third place finisher Ballyhoo Prince paid $3.20.
West Newton, who had been competing over hurdles, earned his fourth career win in 19 starts. He recently won at Colonial Downs and Shawan Downs and has also raced at Saratoga this summer, all over hurdles. The royally bred bay also has two seconds and thirds over hurdles with earnings of $75,438.
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