The long-awaited return of the undefeated superstar Flightline draws even more excitement on the day, especially now that the son is being coached by John Sadler. Tapit went to Belmont Park to prepare for GI Hill ‘n’ Dale Metropolitan H. Terry Finley, whose West Point Thoroughbreds campaign alongside Hronis Racing, Siena Farm, Summer Wind Equine and Woodford Racing, has been counting down the days until when the Met Mile for quite a long time. Finley joins the TDN Writers Room this week Presented by Keeneland as Green Group Guest of the Week chat with hosts Joe Bianca and Bill Finley about the upcoming showdown between Flightline and his top competitors.
“When you think about Saturday’s race, it’s not a joke,” admitted West Point President and CEO. “I wish I did, but it’s not. They don’t offer free million dollar races. We’ve got other Class I winners which include Breeders Cup Winners’ Aloha West (Spin hard) and Presenter Corner (Street Sense), is one of the most talented horses we’ve seen in a while. We’re going to have to make a big show on Saturday. I think we’ll make it, but man, this is going to be a race. “
When asked where Flightline could end up next assuming everything goes well within the Met Mile, Finley was unable to give a definitive answer.
“I haven’t actually asked that question to anyone in the partnership or to John Sadler,” Finley said. “I know John has been thinking about that. I’ve always thought of John as a great coach and a great person, but to see him perform over the past 18 months has been different. It’s clear he’s thinking about Del Mar or Saratoga and I’ll leave it to him because he made the right choice every step of the way. We will put our trust and confidence in John and his team will do the right thing with this horse. “
Elsewhere in the show, also sponsored by Coolmore, Lane’s End, XBTV, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeder and Owner, Purebred West Point and Legacy Bloodstockthe authors previewed the GI Belmont S. and the rest of the cards Saturday in Belmont, but lamented the small field size during some of the day’s most prestigious races. Click here to watch the show; click here for the audio-only version, or find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.