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Thursday, March 26, 2020

WPT Florida Derby Day Handicapping Contest

Participate in West Point Thoroughbreds’ 2020 Florida Derby Challenge and win a free ownership experience in a 2-year-old filly by Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense trained by John Shirreffs (trainer of Zenyatta!)  Contest involves selecting the winner of each of the 10 stakes races on Florida Derby day at Gulfstream and closes at 12:45 ET […]

Thursday, March 19, 2020

One Year Later, OBS Sale-Topper Chestertown Tackles Louisiana Derby

A year ago this week, Chestertown joined the fold as the most expensive sale purchase in West Point Thoroughbreds’ history, topping the OBS March sale. On Saturday, he will tackle the $1-million Louisiana Derby, the biggest qualifying race thus far on the 2020 prep schedule for the Kentucky Derby. Of course, the Road to the […]

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Hard Not to Love Takes on More Distance in Beholder Mile

Hard Not to Love has been nearly perfect in sprint races. On Saturday, she will tackle a new challenge, stretching out around two turns in the $400,000 Beholder Mile (G1) at Santa Anita. The one-eyed filly owns five wins in six career starts for trainer John Shirreffs, who has done valiant work managing her quirks […]

Room to Finish eyes new peak in Red Camelia at Fair Grounds

Room to Finish can wrap up the Fair Grounds meet on a personal high note Saturday, bidding for stakes glory on the turf in the $60,000 Red Camelia for Louisiana-breds. The 5yo mare has been at home in New Orleans with four wins and two seconds in six starts over the Fair Grounds course. She […]

Monday, March 2, 2020

Freaky Styley soars home for two in a row at Aqueduct

Ever see the Seinfeld scene where Kramer watches hopelessly as his “sure thing” horse struggles at the back of the field, only to come alive at the last possible moment and rallies for a narrow victory? Freaky Styley provided a similar rollercoaster of emotions Saturday at Aqueduct – a normally speedy colt who looked sluggish […]

Monday, February 24, 2020

Three winners shine for WPT Saturday

Two wins at Aqueduct and another in New Orleans highlighted a big Saturday across the country for the West Point Thoroughbreds black and gold. Desbordes and Septimius Severus led the charge in New York for the combination of trainer George Weaver and red-hot jockey Manny Franco. Desbordes broke through emphatically, drawing off to an 11 […]

Friday, February 21, 2020

Joe Migliore analyzes Gulfstream races on Saturday

West Point’s Joe Migliore is back with a handicapping guide for a pair of turf maiden special weight races on Saturday’s card at Gulfstream Park.  

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Hard Not to Love an easy winner again in Santa Monica

Hard Not to Love handled another challenge with ease on Saturday, cruising to victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita. The one-eyed filly improved to five wins in six career starts for trainer John Shirreffs. Like in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes on December 28, she rumbled home from […]

Friday, February 14, 2020

Hard Not to Love Takes On Four As Favorite for Saturday’s Santa Monica

Hard Not to Love can enhance an already sparkling record when she begins her four-year-old season on Saturday in the $200,000, Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita. The one-eyed filly owns four wins in five career starts. She nailed her first Graded stakes assignment on December 28, rumbling home from last place to […]

Friday, February 7, 2020

Hard Not to Love Hard to Keep in Barn for Santa Monica

After Hard Not to Love soared to a Grade 1 win in the La Brea Stakes on December 28, the original plan was to wait to run her again until the Grade 1 Beholder Mile Stakes on March 14, but she had other ideas, convincing trainer John Shirreffs that she is primed and ready for […]

Monday, January 20, 2020

Carressa Stylish Switching to Turf For Grade 3 Megahertz Victory

After two easy wins on dirt, Carressa switched to turf for her stakes debut on January 20 and came away with an impressive victory in the Grade 3 Megahertz at Santa Anita. Under Victor Espinoza, the 4-year-old filly drove to the front turning for home, spurted away and lasted gamely by three-quarters of a length […]

New to Racing? Join WPT at 2020 2YO Sales

We encourage people seriously considering ownership with us to attend the sales with the West Point buying team. It’s an educational opportunity to learn about assessing conformation and identifying athletes as you get an “inside baseball” look at the sales process. It’s a good way to engage with the people who will be stewards of […]

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Hard Not to Love Caps 2019 With Grade 1 Glory in La Brea

An exclamation point for West Point Thoroughbreds’ 2019 season came from a remarkable filly on December 28 at Santa Anita. Hard Not to Love, who lost her left eye as a young horse, became a Grade 1 winner in the La Brea Stakes, storming home from last to first under Hall of Fame jockey Mike […]

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

First look at yearlings on the racetrack

Every December we gather with Partners in Florida for a glimpse of what we have to look forward to in the coming year.  This past Saturday was the annual winter open house at Eddie Woods training center in Ocala for a first look at yearlings training on the track, many of them only a month […]

Monday, December 2, 2019

Chestertown, Seven Trumpets, Room to Finish spice up holiday weekend with 3 wins

Like a classic Thanksgiving feast, West Point relished a bit of just about everything in collecting three wins over the holiday weekend. There was a high-profile 2-year-old in Chestertown, who aced his second career start Sunday in New York. A few hours later, stakes winner Seven Trumpets put a bow around the Churchill Downs season […]

Monday, November 25, 2019

Carressa crushes again at Del Mar

“Carressa and Victor Espinoza absolutely trotting in!“ That was the description from the Del Mar track announcer as Carressa cruised through the stretch Friday to win by more than 8 lengths in a breakout performance. Carressa is the latest filly with terrific upside to emerge from a group West Point acquired through bloodstock agent David […]

Friday, November 15, 2019

Former jockeys Leyva, Bisono making different kind of impact in Sadler barn

John Sadler has built one of the best racing stables in the country over the last three decades, but he believes that right now is the strongest his operation has ever been in a key area, the assistant trainers who help run his barns at Santa Anita Park and Los Alamitos Race Course. What is […]

Friday, November 8, 2019

Eyeing Record Win Total for 2019 Season

The pace has been strong for West Point Thoroughbreds in 2019, and a big finish could be enough for the stable to set a new record for wins in a season. Replete’s victory at Churchill Downs last weekend was West Point’s 54th win of 2019. That is one win behind the total for all of […]

Friday, November 1, 2019

Soldier Boy Scores by 5 Lengths

Soldier Boy capped a strong Breeders’ Cup lead-in for West Point Thoroughbreds over the weekend, breaking his maiden by 5 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita on Saturday. The victory came after Hard Not to Love captured the Friday feature at Santa Anita and Giza Goddess chipped in a second-place finish in Saturday’s Grade 3 Autumn […]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Decorated Invader 4-to-1 for Friday’s Juvenile Turf

Decorated Invader drew beautifully with post position four in a full field and is listed at 4-to-1 for Friday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita. The race will air live on NBC Sports Network, with a scheduled post time of 4:52 p.m. Eastern/1:52 p.m. Pacific. Decorated Invader is the only Grade 1 […]