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Concord Point (2007 gr by Tapit x Harve de Grace, by Boston Harbor)

Hill ‘n’ Dale $7,500

A winner in four of his six starts, Concord Point had some real ability, and he has the shape and top line of a quality racehorse. He was all that.

The big gray stands 16.1 hands and has good bone and scope. A pricey and naturally athletic young horse, Concord Point was the top-priced weanling by his sire in 2007 at $70,000 and also the top-priced yearling by Tapit in 2008 at $220,000 in the Keeneland September sale.

In addition to color and size, Concord Point has some of the quality that distinguishes his sire, grandsire Pulpit, and great-grandsire AP Indy. This is a line of horses that tend to show form that improves markedly at 3 and with racing around two turns.

This male-line tendency is in some conflict with Concord Point’s broodmare sire, juvenile champion Boston Harbor (a son of juvenile champion Capote). On the point of racing aptitude, it would appear the AP Indy side won out, as Concord Point showed marked progress through his 3yo season, winning two Derbys … the G2 West Virginia and G3 Iowa.

Concord Point shows best from the side, where his scope and athleticism draw attention. When walking at you, the horse is not perfect, with rotation in both forelegs. A modest but noticeable enlargement in the front ankles also indicates that he had some trouble there.

In selecting mates for the horse, some care in evaluating and preferring those mares with ruggedness and proof of racing soundness would be repaid.