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Friday, June 18, 2021

Jaxon Traveler Takes to a Different Surface at Woodbine

Jaxon Traveler has shipped to Toronto for an interesting challenge north of the border on Sunday in the $125,000 Woodstock Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters on Woodbine’s synthetic Tapeta track. Maryland’s reigning juvenile champion, Jaxon Traveler is 4-for-6 lifetime but he has never raced on anything but dirt. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Jaxon Traveler did work […]

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

King’s Ovation Delivers Fitting Win for Dale Romans, DeShawn Parker

King’s Ovation brought together jockey DeShawn Parker and trainer Dale Romans for a fitting tribute Monday in an allowance victory at Indiana Grand. Dale said his late father, Jerry, and DeShawn’s father, Daryl, were best friends. They rubbed shoulders around the racetrack, the senior Romans as a respected trainer and the senior Parker in a […]

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

First Captain Shows Fight in Second Straight Win

A sale topper as a yearling and sparkling debut winner on April 24, First Captain showed that he is all racehorse on Saturday when he battled back after being passed and drew away to a second straight victory at Belmont Park. The Curlin colt out of the Graded stakes-winning mare America garnered the “Rising Star” […]

Friday, May 28, 2021

Determined Fury roars home on Belmont grass

Determined Fury aced his turf debut in the finale at Belmont Park on Friday, backing up jockey Manny Franco’s confidence after putting the 4-year-old gelding through his paces in the infield last weekend. “Wow he felt great out there,” Manny said. Determined Fury is a son of Tale of the Cat trained by Christophe Clement, […]

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Shadow Matter Shines Bright in Second Straight Win

Shadow Matter was no aberration Friday as he scored his second straight victory in gritty fashion at Churchill Downs . Pouncing with a sustained drive under Tyler Gaffalione, the 3-year-old colt improved to two wins and a second from three career starts for trainer Dallas Stewart. “He’s almost three for three!,” Dallas said. “I just […]

Monday, May 17, 2021

Little Drama All Business in Debut at Belmont

West Point Thoroughbreds went outside the box at the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training, acquiring its first-ever Oklahoma-bred, with the assessment that a bay son of Dramedy looked like a colt who could compete anywhere. After reaffirming that thought in his training over the last couple months, Little Drama delivered on it with […]

Saturday, May 8, 2021

O Besos An Admirable Fifth in Kentucky Derby

Top of the stretch in the Kentucky Derby, and you realize your horse is coming on strong. O Besos, oh what a feeling.  O Besos gave us that unbelievable thrill Saturday in the Kentucky Derby. At 40-to-1 odds, he didn’t quite get there–he got just a little tired in deep stretch and finished fifth, beaten […]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Kentucky Oaks/Derby Handicapping Contest

Play in the West Point Thoroughbreds’ Kentucky Oaks & Derby Handicapping Contest and win a $2,000 credit toward the purchase of 5% of one of WPT’s 2021 2-year-olds. The contest closes at 1 pm ET on Friday, April 30. *Contest is open ONLY to West Point Thoroughbreds Partners. 1st place: $2,000 credit toward the purchase […]

Monday, April 26, 2021

Epic 4-Win Day Leading Into 1st Saturday in May

West Point enjoyed a dream Saturday with four winners, capped off by a stakes triumph from Jaxon Traveler and a stunning debut about 10 minutes later by Flightline, who dropped jaws near and far with a dominant display at Santa Anita. The winning quartet ushered in the final week before O Besos’ bid for Kentucky […]

Thursday, April 22, 2021

O Besos Goes for Roses in Kentucky Derby

What beautiful words, O Besos will run for the roses on Saturday, beginning from post position six in the full field of 20 for Kentucky Derby 147. The draw was not without an anxious moment or two. Greg Foley said, “I don’t think my heart was racing that hard in a long time as one of five […]

Jaxon Traveler takes on rival for third time in Bachelor

After tasting defeat for the first time when a gallant stretch rally ended a head short, Jaxon Traveler gets a chance to make amends Saturday in the $200,000 Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park This will be a rubber match for Jaxon Traveler and Sir Wellington, who held on to win the Gazebo Stakes on March […]

Friday, April 16, 2021

O Besos Sitting on Go for Kentucky Derby

O Besos is doing his part, and the pieces are falling into place for him to get a chance to run in the Kentucky Derby on May 1. The Greg Foley-trained colt is poised to crack the official lineup of 20 horses for the Run for the Roses. O Besos worked Tuesday for a second […]

Monday, April 12, 2021

Breakthrough for Voodoo Zip and Bravo at Gulfstream

Voodoo Zip found his way to the winner’s circle and in emphatic fashion Saturday in a 2-length victory on the turf at Gulfstream Park. The 4-year-old colt had never been worse than third in his career and the breakthrough came with veteran Joe Bravo up, a reunion with one of the earliest jockeys for West […]

Friday, April 9, 2021

Girl Dad Drives Clear at Tampa Bay Downs

Girl Dad aced his trip to Tampa on Wednesday, pouring it on in the stretch for a 2-length win as the heavy favorite underneath jockey Hector Diaz Jr. Ironically given the name, Girl Dad is a 3-year-old gelding. He won for the second time in his last three starts for trainer George Weaver. George said, “He’s […]

Monday, April 5, 2021

Shadow Matter Shines Bright at Keeneland

With spring racing back at Keeneland after a COVID-19 cancellation in 2020, Shadow Matter kicked off the meet in fine style on a picture perfect afternoon Saturday. Shadow Matter came through with a determined victory as the favorite in a $79,000 maiden race. The speedy 3-year-old colt had finished second at Fair Grounds last month in […]

Decorated Invader Eyes Another Hot Start in Danger’s Hour

Decorated Invader began his 2020 season with three consecutive stakes wins. On Saturday, he will get started on 2021, returning in the $100,000 Danger’s Hour Stakes on the grass at Aqueduct. Junior Alvarado will pilot the 4-year-old colt for the first time since a maiden-breaking win at Saratoga in 2019. Decorated Invader scored his biggest […]

Friday, March 26, 2021

Grade 1 Winner Hard Not to Love Retired, Bred to Curlin

Hard Not to Love, the one-eyed mare who developed into a Grade 1 winner for trainer John Shirreffs, has been retired from racing and was bred to top sire Curlin on Thursday afternoon. The 5-year-old daughter of Hard Spun will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton November sale. Hard Not to Love captured the Grade 1 […]

Saturday, March 20, 2021

O Besos Officially a Kentucky Derby Contender After Big Rally in Louisiana

O Besos is on the cusp of a Kentucky Derby berth after igniting with a sustained rally to finish third in Saturday’s $1-million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds. The Greg Foley-trained colt earned 20 qualifying points for the Run for the Roses, boosting his total to 25, which ranks 11th in the current points […]

Thursday, March 18, 2021

King’s Ovation Tests Turfway Road to Derby in Jeff Ruby Steaks

A week after O Besos put himself in line for the Kentucky Derby, King’s Ovation will take his chances for a spot in the Run for the Roses on Saturday in the $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park. King’s Ovation finished second in Gulfstream’s Grade 3 Swale Stakes on January 30 before stretching […]

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

O Besos Eyes Saturday’s Louisiana Derby

O Besos takes another big step on the Triple Crown trail Saturday in the $1-million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds, looking to build on a creditable performance in a tall task last month when he finished fourth in the Risen Star Stakes. Stretching out from 6 to 9 furlongs in the Risen Star, the chestnut […]