With the Saratoga meet in full swing, excitement circulates the town. In horse racing, it’s the “most wonderful time of the year.”
While we welcome the class of 2016 2-year-olds, you may see an old, familiar face on the racetrack. Does the name Songster hit a high note for you?
The dark bay (nearly black) thoroughbred with a distinctive blaze and a white eye accompanying trainer Tom Albertrani’s horses to and from the track was once in the same shoes as the youngsters he is helping keep calm now. Continue »
Get up early. We mean really early. Head to the backside to watch morning training and then watch some works from the frontside after the break. Make sure you grab your coffee and copy of the Saratoga Special newspaper at the Morning Line. It’s even money you’ll see the West Point team and Partners.
Today is the Kentucky Derby, the greatest two minutes in sports. My husband and I weren’t planning on going to the Derby this year, until about two days ago. One of our good friends had two extra tickets and invited us, so I went through my hats and fascinators from past years and put an outfit together at the last minute.
Sometimes I just love watching the television broadcast and seeing all the interviews and behind the scenes stories. The years I’ve watched on TV, it isn’t until they play “My Old Kentucky Home” that I regret not going.
Two years ago West Point Thoroughbreds Commanding Curve ran second in the Derby. Continue »
Spend the morning of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale with Terry Finley, Jeff Lifson, Tom Bellhouse, Erin Birkenhauer, and Tom Durkin. Learn the steps and strategies West Point Thoroughbreds deploys to find the best horses at the 2-year-old in training sales and why we love showing West Point Partners the “inner circle” of the horse sales in this video. Continue »
Finding and selecting the best equine athletes at 2-year-old in training sales takes hard, “roll up your sleeves” work, long hours, and discipline. Watch how our team uses decades of experience, the art of observation, and technology to select horses for our Thoroughbred partnerships. Continue »
West Point Thoroughbreds has enjoyed tremendous success at 2-year-old in training sales over the past decade. Juvenile purchases include grade one winners Dream Rush, Awesome Gem, Flashy Bull, Lear’s Princess, and Macho Again and stakes winners Toasting, Empire Dreams, Cajun Spirit, Quality Lass, Quiet All American, Rock Me Baby, Tree of Life, King Congie, Belle of the Hall, Mr. Fantasy, Sunrise Smarty, amongst others. Continue »
October 28, 2015
It’s the Wednesday after the Thoroughbred Makeover. I wanted to take a break from Breeders’ Cup planning and prep to just write. Please excuse any spelling/grammar mistakes, as I just let it flow. Continue »
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.
Dayatthespa became the first New York-bred to win a Grade 1 Breeders' Cup race, ending her wonderful career with a score in the 2014 Filly & Mare Turf. She was later named Eclipse champion Female Turf Horse. Continue »
Let’s start with the simple truth here, before this headline raises your blood pressure to the point of “Call the ambulance and bring my bathrobe and slippers to the emergency room.” At West Point, we buy both yearlings and 2-year-olds, and we’re comfortable offering both at various times of the year to our customers. But there has to be a difference, right? And there have to be pros and cons to owning a piece of a yearling versus a 2-year-old in a racing partnership. There are. And I’m going to spell them out and let the jury - you and other potential racehorse owners - deliberate. Continue »