Security for Our Retired Racehorses with the Congie Black and Gold Fund
Thoroughbred racehorses give owners their all each time they compete. Horses provide us with thrills and memories to last a lifetime. Eventually, a racehorse retires from competition. An owner's responsibility does not end after the final call to the post.
In 2011, West Point Thoroughbreds lost a cherished friend and faithful employee when Congie DeVito passed away due to complications from Osteogenesis Imperfecta (also known as brittle bone disease). In his honor, we’ve created Congie Black and Gold Fund to secure retirement of past, current, and future horses purchased and raced by WPT.
Congie was our first employee. He bravely faced his physical challenges, was a real inspiration to all of us, and absolutely loved horses - they were a huge part of his life. I can’t think of a better way to honor his memory than to secure a safe future for all runners that carry the black and gold.
The fund will go toward re-homing, re-training, shipping, and daily care and maintenance for West Point horses no longer competing on the track. All donations are tax deductible. WPT will also allocate resources to monitor horses lost by sale or claim, ensuring their safe retirement to the fullest extent possible.
Funds are raised in several ways:
Since 2012, financials for each new partnership formed by West Point include a $1,000 donation to the fund.
$10 per start per horse will be drawn from the partnership to be placed into the fund on behalf of that runner’s future, with WPT matching this amount.
Individual donations from Partners.
Jewelry Creations by marmar Marlene, a racehorse owner & WPT partner, created West Point Thoroughbred Jewelry to help support the Congie Black and Gold Fund for retired West Point Thoroughbreds racehorses. 25% of purchases are donated to the Black and Gold Fund. Special thanks to equine photographer Louise Reinagel for donating use of her horse images to support the CBGF
Below are some former WPT runners that have been successfully placed in second careers:
Stakes winner Merus Miami lives out his days on a ranch In Montana.
Stakes winner and Breeders' Cup competitor Tropic Storm retraining for a second career at Palm Beach Polo Club.
Smokinalisa was adopted by a Partner in North Carolina. She receives a lot of love in new home.
South Bronx was retired to a farm in New York.
Partner Sylvia Batchelder compete in dressage events with Casey's Joy.
Chris' Pride excelled as an event horse.
The Defense Rests was adopted by a Partner in Mars, Pa.
Grand Vow was placed with the assistance of Niall and Stephanie Brennan's Final Furlong Horse Retirement Program.
Grey Chatelaine is in foal to Papa Clem and is the dam of this Roman Ruler yearling.
Stalking Man competed through Preliminary level three-day-eventing.
Trumpeter Swan at a horse trial in Maryland.
Partner John Hayes loves Wincat.
Seminary Ridge is a successful three-day event horse.
Kohana is about to start his career as an event horse in Ohio.
Megapunch was claimed from us in 2007, but ensured a happy retirement in 2010.
Partners Jim and Jeanne Fletcher love their former runner Siouxnami.
NY-bred speedster Rereadthefootnotes is lovin' life as a show horse in North Carolina.
Boulder Creek was claimed from us and suffered any injury in his last race. However, with the help of Niall and Stephanie Brennan's Final Furlong Racehorse Retirement, he's been retired to a good home in Florida.
Graded stakes winner Mr. Fantasy is living out his days at his breeder's farm in upstate New York.
Esoteric Thinker resides in Panama City, Florida.
Lieutenant Ron is training for a second career.
Smile Down on Me was adopted by one of his Partners.
Stakes winner Quiet All American (right) at Partner Dan and Anne M.'s farm in North Carolina.
Common Currency started a new career as a hunter/jumper in New Jersey.
Stakes winner Fitz Just Right is a proud mama. This is her 2013 Cape Blanco filly.
Jamms Secret learning how to jump in South Carolina.
Mine For Love retired at age six and is now at a farm in Kentucky.
Itsmyhonor is a broodmare in Kentucky.
Graded stakes winner Sunrise Smarty is beginning his new career as a pleasure horse in New Jersey.
Grade 1 winner Awesome Gem is now training to be a pony horse for his trainer Craig Dollase. The now 10-year-old competed in four Breeders' Cup and earned over $2.8 million.
Bellhouse was purchased by WPT in May 2013 after making his final start at Charles Town. He had been claimed from us earlier in the his career. He is now a pleasure horse in New Jersey.
Multiple graded stakes winner El Gato Malo was adopted by one of his Partners and is retraining for a second career in California.
Midnight Arch has started eventing with his new owner in South Carolina.
Stakes placed runner Runflatout enjoys his retirement in Texas with Partner Eric C.
Feed A Fever enjoys her retirement in California.
Say It Ain't So is a pony horse at Churchill Downs.
Partner Sharyn Neble purchased the beautiful Flat Bold and he is now enjoying his retirement at a farm near Saratoga Springs, NY.
Let the Cat Out with his new owner Pam.
Sheryl's Melody retired to a ranch in Montana.
Legalize retired to South Carolina.
Switzers Da Man enjoying his second career as a showjumper.
T J's Passion is known around the barn as "Wicklow".
Partners Jim and Wendy J. followed Comstock Prize and made sure he found a good home after he was done racing.
Cinco De Mayo Mio is proud mama of a Flashy Bull filly.
Valuation (IRE) enjoying his second career.
Montana Knight is a successful event horse.
Southern Match was claimed from us in July 2013, but we ensured his happy retirement.
Contempt of Court retired sound and is starting a new career.
Freedom Child is at stud in Maryland
Mesa Thunder retired to a farm in Southern California.
Edenise was ensured a happy retirement in California.
Former WPT stakes winner Belle of the Hall is enjoying life as a mom.
Sabel Browne (IRE) is a broodmare in New York
Enduring Star competed in the 2011 Queen's Plate and is now preparing for his first horse show with his 14yo owner.
NY-bred Bellamy is retired to Florida
Sister Teresa is retraining to be a show horse.
Flat Jack was adopted by one of his Partners
Ultimate Empire retraining to be a show horse in New Jersey
Miss Lafayette was adopted by one of her Partners.
Bold Charger is training to be a show horse in New York.
NY-bred stakes runner Awesome Vision is entered in 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover.
Honorable Break greeting visitors from a retirement home in New Jersey.
Southern Match is now known as "Taavi" and is doing very well in his second career.
Skye Saratoga is loved by her teenaged owner.
Brokered was High Point Thoroughbred Hunter at his first show
Private Show is enjoying an eventing career
The Lunch Maker was adopted
Cajun Spirit and his 15-year-old owner
Cleveland Sound was placed through the South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue & Adoption Program
Dixie Caravan retired to a beautiful farm in Oregon
Stakes winner Rock Me Baby is training for the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover
School On A Hill
Touch of Paradise was adopted by one of his Partners
Irish at his new home in Colorado
Cost Affective was claimed from us but his owners did the right thing and retired him to Old Friends.
Tony Adams being loved on at Fair Hill
Ginello is now a successful event horse.
Stakes winner Ground Transport in his new job.
After a career as a pony horse did not work out, Suns Out Guns Out entered stud in Ohio.
Quality Lass and her 2016 Oxbow filly.
Sky Afleet was adopted by Kip Elser's wife Helen.
Too Wild for Words
Giant Strike at his new home.
Three Alarm Fire is preparing for the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover