Decorated Invader sets sights on New York's 'Turf Triple'

Decorated Invader sets sights on New York's 'Turf Triple'
Photo: Courtesy of Gulfstream Park

After a big win in Gulfstream Park's Cutler Bay Stakes on Saturday, Decorated Invader is likely to make his way to New York's "Turf Triple" series scheduled for this summer.

Terry Finley, president and CEO of the colt's owner, West Point Thoroughbreds, said Decorated Invader's performance in the Cutler Bay was "a very solid way to start the year -- in a legitimate group of 3-year-olds. Overall, we were tickled pink by the effort."

Decorated Invader, trained by Christopher Clement and ridden by Joel Rosario, went from next-to-last to first while covering the turf mile in 1:33.12 to finish 1 1/4 lengths ahead of South Bend.

Finley said his team is not in a big hurry for Decorated Invader's next start. "We weren't going to be in a big hurry even if the work stoppages did not occur," he noted.

For now, he said, "it looks like we'll end up going to the Pennine Ridge," which is a 1 1/8-mile, Grade 2 race worth $200,000 scheduled for May 30 at Belmont Park.

From there, Finely said, they'll "target the New York triple crown."

New York's Turf Triple is scheduled to kick off July 11 with the $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) at Belmont followed by the $1 million Saratoga Derby Invitational on Aug. 9 and the $1 million Jockey Club Derby Invitational at Belmont on Sept. 12.

Regarding the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Finley said West Point is "taking it day by day. We're keeping a good attitude about it, and we're staying flexible, and we're focusing on the things that we can control."

He also noted there is one positive associated with the situation: "This is a great opportunity to engage more with our partners."

Noting that most people are at home rather than at their offices, he said, "we're more likely to get them and be in a position to talk about their horses, the stable overall, the industry, events worldwide. In that sense, we've seen more engagement with our partners, and that's a very, very good thing."

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