The New York-bred program has positioned itself as arguably the best state-bred racing program in the industry today. Racing on the New York Racing Association’s circuit (Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga) has been reinvigorated by the income received from the VLT casino at Aqueduct. Continue »
We tell prospective racing partnership owners about how critical it is to have a team of advisors you trust and how pedigree isn't the only thing to look at when evaluating a racehorse.
At the inaugural Thoroughbred Owner's Conference in Lexington this week, that message rang true from multiple panelists. West Point President Terry Finley served on the "Thoroughbred Auctions - Finding the Athletes" panel and offered some key thoughts along with a number of distinguished industry players. Continue »
Why in the world would you enter a turf race if you want to run a racehorse on dirt?
With fall approaching, the weather becomes more and more unpredictable. You’ll see a good number of horses entered in races for “main track only” across the country.
You guessed it. These horses are entered, but the connections only wish to run if the race is rained off the turf and moved to the dirt or synthetic and there are enough scratches (usually there are at least a few) to accommodate them. Continue »
Long time horse racing enthusiast and horse owner Sharon Balfe shares her thoughts on the unique role Saratoga plays in nurturing one of the often overlooked benefits of joining a horse racing p Continue »
Are you “that guy”? I used to be him.
You know him...He's your buddy, your fellow partner, or maybe even you.
He's the guy, who no matter the outcome of a race, can explain to you why his horse should have won and can detail the shortcomings of the ride, the break, the post, the track condition, the trip, and the distance. Continue »
Miguel Clement is a rising star in the industry. The son of trainer Christophe Clement, Miguel is a Darley Flying Start program trainee whose American work placement is with West Point Thoroughbreds. He’ll be part of our team through the beginning of July, and we look forward to introducing him to Partners this weekend at Belmont Park. And yes, we still consider him a part of the team even if he roots for Tonalist (his dad’s horse) in the Belmont Stakes!
Miguel spent a few minutes this morning with Dallas Stewart, longtime WPT trainer and conditioner of Belmont Stakes contender and Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve. Here’s what Dallas had to say.... Continue »
Partner Phillip Underwood and his family joined the West Point Thoroughbreds “family” last year. We sat down with Phil last week to talk about his ownership experience with West Point Thoroughbreds and how the sport of Thoroughbred racing has brought him closer to his two daughters, Katie and Emily. Continue »
Ragozin Sheets are a valuable tool when it comes to racehorse management. Are they the only thing that goes into race selection? Of course not.
There is no substitute for good horsemanship and managers cannot suffer from “paralysis by analysis” with the numbers, but these accurate performance ratings play a huge role in the “science” of managing racehorses. Continue »
Piggy backing off my colleague Shannon Castagnola’s great blog about getting more people into the game, I want to share my ideas as a young person in the sport. If you’re reading this, chances are you love Thoroughbreds and racing. I want my grandchildren (I’m getting married in June...mom’s already excited about grandkids -- sigh) to experience horse racing like I’ve been so blessed to experience. It sounds simple, but we all really need to do our part to bring in new fans, owners, and young blood into the game. Continue »