PARTNER OF THE MONTH - SCOTT CADWALLADER
Scott Cadwallader is West Point Thoroughbred's "Spotlight Partner" for the month of November.
Who are your current horses with West Point?
I am currently in on nine horses: Cambria Breeze, Soldier Gal, Brendolyn, Awesome Gem, Hennessey's Hope, Esoteric Thinker, Amazin' Blue, Cool Hand Lucca, and Shesalittlepistol.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the Trenton/Princeton area of NJ, but my family moved to So. California (Arcadia) when I was 16. Currently, we live in North San Diego County.
Have your owned horses before?
No. Our oldest daughter, Christy, and I had talked in recent years of owning one some day. The West Point syndication model was a perfect way to get the dream started.
How / why did you want to become an owner?
The aforementioned daughter has been a horse lover since Girl Scout camp when she was 11. She owns a Dutch Warmblood and rides Dressage, but also loves the track and thoroughbreds. (She has subscribed to The Bloodhorse since she was a teen.) My involvement and interest in horses slowly evolved through attending her shows and her wanting to go to the track. When I found out about West Point TB, it all came together. I'm still a bit of a novice in the game, but I'm learning a lot and thoroughly enjoying the experience as an owner.
What attracts you to a horse?
At present, I've only assessed and gone in on horses on the West Coast. I look at the breeding, personality, and gather as much information as I can from Jeff Bloom, the trainers, and my daughter (although she does shake her head now with each new horse and wonders what kind of monster she's created). I'm really pleased with the current portfolio. We have some talented two year-olds starting to run, and a couple of the three year-olds have been providing fairly regular trips to the Winner's Circle. It's been a fun year so far! I'm also anxious to see what next year's two year-old class will look like.
Do you remember your first trip to the track?
Living in Arcadia, you would think that we visited Santa Anita often. In reality, my first trip to the track was for the Arcadia HS Senior Prom held in the Turf Club at Santa Anita. I was 23 before I actually attended a race. My wife, Susan, and I were engaged at the time, and in the first race, there was a colt called My Name is Sue. He won that day, and after being married for 33 years, I think I've won too.
Who was your first horse?
Cambria Breeze was my first horse. I was looking into WPT syndication opportunities, and there was a small piece of her left. My ancestry is Welsh, and Cambria was the Roman name for Wales, so it seemed like it was meant to be.
Who was your first winner?
Brendolyn was my first winner.
Do you have any superstitions on race day or with your horses?
Not really. I usually put $20 to win each time one runs, but I'm not sure that's much of a superstition, since I've both won and lost doing it.
Who is your favorite all-time horse (maybe top three)? Why?
Off the top of my head, I'd have to say Secretariat and Seabiscuit. However, Affirmed and Alydar are up there because of their classic duals in the '78 Triple Crown. When I was a kid, the first horse I remember was named Tim Tam, who won the Kentucky Derby. Of course, I don't think he is so much a favorite as he had a cool name that sounded funny to an 8 year-old kid.
Who is your favorite all time jockey?
I'm not sure I have one. I always liked Bill Shoemaker, and we lived on Longden Ave. in Arcadia. I guess my favorite would be whoever rode our last winner.
Who is your favorite all time trainer?
I was a Bob Baffert fan at one point, but now it has to be Craig Dollase. He's gotten me to the winner's circle 5 times so far this year. Craig's also been really patient with some of my "learning curve" issues.
What is your favorite track?
Del Mar. We live close by, so it's the "Home Track". It's also a gorgeous venue, right next to the ocean with a cooling sea breeze. What could be better in the middle of summer?
What is your favorite race?
I don't really have one particular favorite. The Breeder's Cup Classic would be up there, but the Pacific Classic is always a great event.
Who is your favorite West Point horse? Why?
Brendolyn. She was our first winner, is all heart, and has a great personality. Also, I had the honor of naming her, so she'll always be special to me.
If you could win any race, which would it be?
That's a tough question. I think we'd all like to win the Kentucky Derby, but I'd love to have a Pacific Classic win some day.