Arkansas-bred Weast Hill Aiming for Graded Stakes at Churchill

Weast Hill (inside) went over the $200,000 mark in earnings (Photo by Coady Photography)
Weast Hill (inside) winning at Oaklawn (Photo by Coady Photography)

Arkansas-bred standout Weast Hill is pointing for the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G3) May 6 at Churchill Downs, trainer Brad Cox said Saturday morning.

Weast Hill, in his two-turn debut, won the $100,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes Friday at Oaklawn to remain perfect in five career starts in Hot Springs.

The 5-furlong Turf Sprint will mark the grass debut for Weast Hill, a 4-year-old Rockport Harbor gelding who races for owner/breeder Starsky Weast of Star City, Ark.

“The timing is great,” Cox said. “It’s five weeks. We really do think he’ll love the grass. This is not something we just came up with. When we had this horse early in his 2-year-old year, we always said this could be a grass horse.”

Weast Hill has a 6-1-0 record from eight lifetime starts and earnings of $279,710. He is a three-time stakes winner at Oaklawn against state-breds, and has also won in open company.

Cox said Weast Hill’s dam, Copperelle, is in foal to champion Midshipman and due in the next two weeks.

(from Oaklawn news release)