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Friday, April 9, 2021

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 […]

O Besos Revving Up For Derby Bid

O Besos turned in a strong first work back at Churchill Downs as he gets ready for the Kentucky Derby. Stretching his legs for the first time since a much-improved third-place finish in the Louisiana Derby (G2), O Besos covered a half-mile in 49 (9/27) on Monday and kept on going with a strong gallop-out, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Friday, March 12, 2021

Perfect at 2, Jaxon Traveler Looks to Keep Rolling in Gazebo

A perfect 3-for-3 as a juvenile, Jaxon Traveler looks to extend the success into a 3-year-old season Saturday in the $150,000 Gazebo Stakes at Oaklawn. Recently crowned Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old male of 2020, the swift bay colt will be racing for the first time since his victory in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity on December 5 […]

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Galilean and Jaxon Traveler Garner Championships

Opposite coasts, same kind of recognition for Galilean and Jaxon Traveler, who both were singled out for championships in their birth states. Galilean garnered the award for California-bred champion older male, on the strengths of three stakes wins (two on turf, one on dirt) during 2020. John Sadler trains Galilean, who is resting up for […]

Friday, February 26, 2021

Get to Know Jason Blewitt

Check out a video meet and greet with new West Point Partner Representative Jason Blewitt, hosted by Jeff Lifson. Jason, a long-time racing broadcast host, joined the team a few weeks ago and has been quick into action at the racetrack and a couple farm tours with Partners this week in Ocala.  

Friday, February 19, 2021

O Besos Picks Up Kentucky Derby Points

Not quite a bullseye but O Besos did fire a strong shot in Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes, nosing out 5-to-2 Senor Buscador for fourth place behind the same top three who ran 1-2-3 in the Lecomte Stakes a month earlier at Fair Grounds. O Besos had never raced beyond six furlongs prior to the mile-and-an-eighth […]

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Risen Star Stakes Handicapping Contest

Participate in West Point Thoroughbreds’ 2021 Risen Star Stakes Handicapping Contest and you could win a $50 gift card to our online store. How to play: -Players will place a mythical $2 win bet on each of the stakes races run at Fair Grounds on Saturday, February 13, 2021. The person with the largest bankroll […]

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

O Besos Leads Brigade for 3 Stakes on Risen Star Day

By Saturday, we will be more than ready for the Risen Star card at Fair Grounds with three West Point runners sitting on go for stakes races, including a major Kentucky Derby prep. O Besos leads the charge, seeking his third straight win and stepping onto the main stage for the first time in the $400,000 […]

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Terry Finley’s Partner Address

Terry Finley does an annual look back for West Point Partners, and why not after all that came with 2020? Terry also takes a look forward.  

Monday, February 1, 2021

Room to Finish Seeks One More Win at Fair Grounds in Red Camelia

Already this winter at Fair Grounds, Room to Finish has collected a stakes win and a big second in an open stakes, and she gets in one final assignment for the meet on Saturday in the Red Camelia Stakes. The dark bay mare struggled on a very soft course last time, finishing off the board […]

Friday, January 29, 2021

King’s Ovation, Lady Traveler Step Up in Grade 3s at Gulfstream

Pressed into unexpected duty, 3-year-olds King’s Ovation and Lady Traveler both responded with big performances at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. King’s Ovation encountered trouble at the top of the stretch but kicked on to finish second in the Grade 3 Swale Stakes. About 90 minutes later, Lady Traveler checked in second in the filly equivalent […]

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

King’s Ovation Tests Derby Trail in Fountain of Youth

King’s Ovation responded to a big challenge in his 3-year-old debut by rallying to finish second in the Grade 3 Swale Stakes. On Saturday, the chestnut colt will proceed to the Kentucky Derby trail with a heady assignment in the $300,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. West Point races the son of Not […]

Monday, January 25, 2021

Chestertown Cruises to WPT’s Fourth Win of Week

Chestertown has been a stakes winner since late summer but he may have been better than ever Saturday when he drew off to win a lucrative allowance race at Aqueduct by 4 lengths. The gray son of Tapit collected his third win in his last four races, dating back to a victory in the Albany […]

Friday, January 22, 2021

Shawn Smeallie on the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act

The WPT team is producing podcasts (some long, some just a couple of minutes) for your enjoyment and education. The topics? Anything and everything horse racing. To kick off the 2021 “Awesome Gems” podcast series, WPT Partner and executive director for the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, Shawn Smeallie, joins us to discuss the Horse […]