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 »
A lot has happened with Awesome Vision since my last post on July 15 -- time is flying! On July 19 we did our first combined test together at Blackhorse Stables in Louisville and it was a successful day! He stayed relaxed in both dressage tests and acted like pro. Our canter circles were interesting, but he picked up the correct leads. He then went in and jumped around the greenie show jumping course first time. Our only hiccup occurred when they raised the jumps and put an oxer on the course. He’d never jumped one before and wasn’t too sure the first time. I came back and did a second starter round, and he went right over. I was thrilled leaving there considering it was only his fourth time jumping ever. Continue »
The morning after American Pharoah’s successful bid for the elusive Triple Crown, West Point Thoroughbreds EVP Jeff Lifson took pen to paper about his feelings upon witnessing history and what it takes to be a successful owner in horse racing.
I was the kid in 10th grade who never thought Jay Gatsby was pathetic. Quite the contrary. Continue »
West Point Thoroughbreds has enjoyed tremenodus 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, King Congie, Belle of the Hall, Mr. Fantasy, Sunrise Smarty, amongst others. Continue »
We’ve found over the years that some Partners become alarmed when they receive a workout notification and their horse worked five furlongs in 1.03 and the move was ranked 25 of 26 for the day. There are certainly instances where a slow work is a bad work, but many times trainers use slower works by design. On the other hand, a bullet work doesn’t always mean a quality work. Thus, assessing the quality of the move solely by time is not a good idea. Continue »
Jeff Lifson asked me to write a few words about managing travel as a Thoroughbred owner. I currently am invested in six horses spread throughout the country. Just to give you some perspective I live in Texas and I have no home track. So like the nomadic Ground Transport over the 18 months, I have seen my horses run at the following tracks. Continue »
Putting horses in the best places to succeed means so much more than circling a date on a calendar and then training them to peak at the right time. You need to be flexible, nimble, and not be afraid to make a decision to deviate from the plan. I just wanted to share some thoughts about all the things that went into getting Ring Weekend to the winner’s circle on Saturday after the Kilroe Mile. Continue »