A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT - DECEMBER
From the desk of Terry Finley:
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the holiday season is in full swing. It's at this time of year when I reflect on my life here at West Point Thoroughbreds. Debbie and I are spending our first holiday season without our children at home. Our daughter Erin is a freshman at the University of Kentucky, and our son Ryan is spending a year in Florida where he attends the IMG Academy for soccer. To have them both leave the house this fall was quite an adjustment, but we are so proud of the tremendous individuals they have become.
I am also very thankful for my loyal and talented staff at West Point Thoroughbreds. Rich, Josh, Kerry, Jeff, J.B., Congie, and Bill work tirelessly day in and day out to help make West Point Thoroughbreds the best company it can be. I cannot thank them enough for their hard work. Seven day weeks, early mornings and late nights can test the work ethic of any professional, but these guys do it all with a smile on their faces. I would choose nobody else to work with. Their enthusiasm and love for the sport inspires me.
Most importantly, I am thankful for all of West Point Thoroughbreds' Partners. As I sit at my desk penning this letter, I am humbled by the continued support you've given us over the past sixteen years. Without you, West Point Thoroughbreds could not exist. I cannot adequately put into words the gratitude I feel. However, I hope a hearty "thank you" and a pledge to do my best will suffice.
As 2006 comes to a close, I look back on a year in which we reached new heights as a stable. We had our first Kentucky Derby runner, Flashy Bull, and High Finance carried our gold and black colors in the Belmont Stakes. When I started this company with a claimer named Sunbelt at Philadelphia Park, I could only dare to dream of such success. For that dream to become a reality is almost surreal.
Heading into 2007, I wish you all a joyous holiday. May the season bring you and your loved ones happiness, good health and, of course, continued racing success.