Ring Weekend tuned up for the Longines Turf (G1) at 1 ½ miles by racing in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland on Oct. 8. He finished seventh that afternoon but he was just 2 ¼ lengths behind the victorious Miss Temple City.
“Ring Weekend is such a naturally athletic and talented horse,” trainer Graham Motion said prior to the Keeneland race. “It’s a shame he missed most of his 4-year-old season, but I really think he’s come back better than ever.”
After winning Santa Anita’s Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) in the spring of 2015, the Tapit gelding was sidelined for more than a year by a severe hoof abscess that required corrective shoeing and time to heal.
He confirmed he is back on the top of his game when he captured the Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2) at Saratoga Sept. 5.
The Tapit gelding named for a West Point Military Academy tradition in which senior cadets are awarded class rings. He is owned by the West Point Thoroughbreds partnership headed by Terry Finley and the St. Elias Stable of Vinnie and Teresa Viola. Both Finley and Vinnie Viola are West Point graduates. The group purchased Ring Weekend for $310,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale.