WPT On Pace for Record-Breaking Year
WPT Caps off Remarkable 1st Quarter, Looks to Surpass Historic 2007 Campaign in '09
In 2007, West Point Thoroughbreds won 64 races and nearly $4.5 million in purses. It currently stands as the company's best year ever. With the start that the stable has gotten off to in 2009, however, that superlative could be in serious jeopardy. Through the first quarter of the year, WPT has already had 15 winners, including three in graded-stakes races and has won over $1.05 million.
In '07, the stable had 240 starters and 126 of them finished in the money, good for a 53% clip. This year, WPT has seen 72 starters go to the post, with 39 of them hitting the board, which stands at 54% in the money.
Already this year, West Point Thoroughbreds has taken three Grade II stakes races, with wins in the Davona Dale, the New Orleans Handicap, and the Bonnie Miss.
By comparison, at this time last year, WPT had 13 winners and only one graded-stakes win under their belt.
While reaching those lofty heights established by the stable in 2007 may be difficult, with the stable doing as well as it ever has, it might just be a possibility. With 11 horses already having competed in stakes races during their career, and certainly more to come, 2009 could be an historic year.
"I feel better about the quality of the horses that we have right now than ever before," said West Point Thoroughbreds President Terry Finley. "We're at a very good place in terms of depth and talent. 2007 was undoubtedly an amazing year, but we think with some good luck, 2009 could be just as good, if not even better."