Trainer George Weaver has his eyes on the Grade 1, $500,000 Test on August 24 for Lighthouse Bay, who on Saturday registered a 21-1 upset in the Grade 1 Prioress for 3-year-old fillies.
tired. She ran hard, but she looks good," reported Weaver. "If she's
doing well, we'll probably try the Test. It's a marquee race up here,
and it seems like the logical thing to do with her."
a Richlyn Farm homebred, has now won three stakes at six furlongs,
having already taken the Smart Halo last November at Laurel Park and the
Miss Preakness at Pimlico in May in her final start before the
Prioress. She'll be stretching out from six furlongs to seven in the
Prioress was Weaver's first Grade 1 victory in North America. In 2005,
he won the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen with Saratoga County.
got a lot of texts from a lot of people," said Weaver. "It's a good
feeling knowing that you have a following. There are a lot of people who
are happy we won."
Prioress also marked the second Grade 1 win and first at Saratoga for
jockey Joe Rocco, Jr., who won his first Grade 1 in May when he guided
Tiz Miz Sue in the Ogden Phipps Handicap. Rocco won the Evan Shipman for
New York-breds aboard Bigger Is Bettor earlier in the Saratoga meet.
have a lot of confidence in [Rocco], and I thought he rode a smart race
[in the Prioress]," said Weaver. "He sat behind those front three,
saved ground on the turn, it opened up, and he went through."