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Friday, January 14, 2022

Reason to Soar a Warrior on Track and After Major Surgery

West Point’s Black and Gold Fund for Racehorse Retirement Reason to Soar, an 8-year-old warrior who raced for West Point Thoroughbreds between 2017 and 2019, has carried that grit into his recovery from a major surgery in December to fuse his right front ankle. Reason to Soar came out of his 14th and final win […]

Flightline Is a Finalist for Eclipse Award, ’22 Campaign Taking Shape

The exclamation points have been flowing since about 4 PT on December 26 when Flightline wrapped up his dominating display in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. After just three races, he has been nominated for the Eclipse Award for champion sprinter. Now what to do for an encore? The now 4-year-old […]

Friday, January 7, 2022

Gold for Kitten Eyes Graded Glory in WPT Debut

Gold for Kitten, the final addition to the West Point roster in 2021, debuts for her new connections Sunday in the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes (G3T) on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. WPT and Hronis Racing acquired Gold for Kitten in the horses of racing age portion of the Keeneland November sale and […]

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

O Besos Kicks Off 2022 in Style

O Besos roared into 2022 with a comeback triumph Sunday at Fair Grounds, ridden confidently as an odds-favorite and holding on to win the decisive nose bob. The fifth-place finisher in the ’21 Kentucky Derby, O Besos was racing for the first time since running second in June’s Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes. “We got […]

Sunday, January 2, 2022

2022 2-Year-Old Sales

Mark your calendars for the 2022 2-year-old in training sales! More info to come as we get closer, but we encourage Partners to attend the sales with the buying team. Tuesday & Wednesday, March 15-16 OBS March Sale in Ocala, Florida Breeze show: Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12 Wednesday, March 30 The Florida Sale at Gulfstream Park in […]

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Flightline Rises to the Occasion and Then Some in Grade 1 Malibu

With supreme excitement and anticipation having built for months, Flightline managed to outdo himself Sunday at Santa Anita in an outrageous performance to win the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes. The 3-year-old colt answered the big challenge after winning his first two races by a combined 25 lengths. Saturday’s winning margin was 11 1/2 lengths, the […]

Friday, December 17, 2021

Starting a WPT Wave Through End of Year

The 2021 racing season will culminate in exciting fashion for the West Point Thoroughbreds roster with a long slate of runners through New Year’s Eve. Morning Twilight and Jaxon Traveler lead things off in stakes this weekend and the crew is headlined by the stakes debut of Flightline in the $300,000 Malibu (G1) on Sunday, […]

Friday, December 10, 2021

First Look at Yearling Class of 2021

How much they have grown, both physically and educationally, in a few months! West Point Partners got a close up look at the Yearling Class of 2021 last weekend in Ocala, Florida. A group of about 45 WPT Partners and family members gathered for a happy hour event on Friday evening and an early Saturday […]

Friday, December 3, 2021

Flightline Eyes Grade 1 Malibu

Flightline has made a name for himself with two straight dazzling wins, now he is closing in on a marquee assignment, the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (G1) on Sunday, December 26 at Santa Anita.  The 3-year-old son of Tapit has been revving up at Santa Anita for his stakes debut for trainer John Sadler, including a bullet […]

West Point Reaches $60-Million in Purses

Coinciding with the 30th season of West Point Thoroughbreds, last weekend the stable reached the $60-million milestone in all-time purses. The current win total for the Black and Gold stands at 968, on pace to hit 1,000 wins during 2022.  The Grade 1-winning warrior Awesome Gem owns the double distinction of the most wins (11) […]

Friday, November 19, 2021

Jaxon Traveler Eyes Big Prize in Steel Valley Sprint

Jaxon Traveler already racked up five wins in his speedy career. On Monday, he will take aim at his biggest prize yet in the $250,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Mahoning Valley racetrack in Ohio. The Maryland-bred colt is 7-to-2 on the morning line in a field of 12 three-year-olds. Gerardo Corrales will guide him from […]

Bear Alley Lands WPT’s 50th Win of Season

Bear Alley landed West Point’s 50th win of the year Wednesday at Churchill Downs, but not without a few anxious moments waiting for the resolution of a photo finish. Jockey Joe Talamo even dismounted Bear Alley on the track and weighed out, skeptical that he would be entering the winner’s circle, but that changed when […]

Friday, November 12, 2021

Unbridled Mary Flies Home for Debut Win at Del Mar

Unbridled Mary flashed home along the inside to get up for a nose victory in her debut Friday at Del Mar. Guiding the 2-year-old filly for trainer John Sadler, Joe Bravo found a seam along the rail in the stretch and Unbridled Mary courageously dashed right through. “You saw what she did in the lane, […]

County Final Collects in Rich Churchill Allowance

County Final came through for a sharp victory Wednesday at Churchill Downs in his first dirt outing in about a year. Dashing five furlongs on the main track, the gray gelding took command turning for home, turned back a stretch challenge and drove away to win by a length in the $162,000 open allowance for […]

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Hard Not To Love Sells for $3.2 Million

Grade 1 winner Hard Not To Love thrilled her partners selling for $3.2 million to Whisper Hill Farm and Gainesway at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, also known as the “Night of the Stars” on November 9.  Trained by John Shirreffs for West Point, Mercedes Stables, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy Ingordo, David Ingordo, and Steve Mooney, the […]

Friday, November 5, 2021

Shadow Matter Scores Third Win of Year

Shadow Matter kicked off Breeders’ Cup week on the right note for West Point and trainer Dallas Stewart on Thursday, storming home at Churchill Downs for his third win of the year. Guided by Tyler Gaffalione in the $126,000 allowance, the 3-year-old colt registered a career-best 88 Beyer figure. Shadow Matter broke his maiden at […]

Gal in a Rush Ready for Spotlight in Stewart Manor

After nearly pulling off a huge upset in the Grade 3 Matron last month, Gal in a Rush eyes stakes glory Saturday in the $100,000 Stewart Manor on the grass at Aqueduct. The 2-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper lived up to her name in the Matron, rushing through the stretch and finishing second by a half-length […]

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Giant Game on Derby Trail after Giant 3rd in Juvenile

Giant Game delivered a giant performance in his very first stakes appearance Friday at Del Mar, finishing third in the $2-million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at odds of 22-to-1. The colt from the final crop of Giant’s Causeway earned 4 qualifying points for the 2022 Kentucky Derby. His two previous races consisted of a third-place […]

Friday, October 29, 2021

Swot Analysis Essays the Ontario Derby

After storming back into the picture with a victory on October 9, Swot Analysis proceeds to the $150,000 Ontario Derby (G3) on Sunday at Woodbine. The 3-year-old colt drew off to win a 7-furlong allowance by 4-plus lengths in his first outing since January. Rafael Hernandez will guide Swot Analysis for trainer Mark Casse, who […]

Friday, October 22, 2021

Strong Silent Looks to Be Heard in Grade 2 Raven Run

Strong Silent carries two straight wins into a big test Saturday at Keeneland in the $250,000 Raven Run Stakes (G2) for 3-year-old fillies. The bay filly broke her maiden in her second career start on August 1 at Ellis Park and was double tough along the rail to get the best of a stretch duel […]