June 7, 2019 - Belmont Park, Race 3, AOC, USD $92,000, 1M, 0.0000, NW1$X
Valid Point, C, 3, 2016 by Scat Daddy
1st Dam: Goldbud, by Buddha
2nd Dam: Sweet Gold, by Gilded Time
3rd Dam: Anti Social, by Pretense
Owner: e Five Racing Thoroughbreds & Michael J. Ryan
Breeder: Westwind Farms
Trainer: Chad C. Brown
E Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Mike Ryanâ€™s Valid Point
(c, 3, Scat Daddy--Goldbud, by Buddha) took his record to two-for-two at Belmont Friday to become one of a trio of â€˜TDN Rising Starsâ€™ on the day amidst a flurry of them in recent weeks. A debut winner going a mile at Gulfstream Feb. 10, the $140,000 KEESEP buy was given a 7-5 chance to repeat in this first try against winners. Stalking from second early as Jerome Avenue (Speightstown) clocked splits of :24.26 and :48.17, the bay looked like he could have the leader whenever he wanted him and blew by that foe in the stretch, rolling clear to a seemingly effortless 3 1/2-length score. James W. Murpy S. third Shootin the Breeze (Hard Spun) got up for second. Jerome Avenue was fourth. Valid Point had been flattered when the runner-up from his debut, Bar Harbor (Orb), came back to score impressively at Keeneland in April and fourth finisher Hardredcandy (Hard Spun) scored at Pimlico in May. Two more also-rans returned to finish good seconds next out.
Valid Point is the 16th â€˜Rising Starâ€™ for the late, great Scat Daddy, who earned the publicationâ€™s distinction himself. His dam, a half to GISW Santa Teresita (Lemon Drop Kid), has a yearling filly by Orb and a filly foal by Connect.