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January 13, 2010 · By · Share

WPT: Leading Partnership | Fun in the Florida Sun | Thrill of Santa Anita | 2010 Winter Calendar
The Doctor Is In: Bucked Shins | Internet Cafe: Horse Racing Communities on the Internet

West Point Thoroughbreds Is Leading Partnership of 2009

2009 was a banner year for the black and gold. West Point Thoroughbreds led the nation in purses earned and races won by all partnerships.

Syndicate Starts Wins Purses
West Point Thoroughbreds 285 61 $3,829,450
IEAH 154 41 $3,266,194
Team Valor International 314 55 $2,467,105
Dogwood Stable 218 28 $1,327,602


2009 Leading PartnershipWest Point has established itself as the pinnacle racing partnership in North America.  Since 2007, the black and gold has won 171 races and earned over $11.2 million. Amongst those wins include 29 stake races, and 19 graded stakes. Our runners have also sold for over $8 million.

2009 was highlighted by Macho Again's dominating performance in the $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs in June. West Point enjoyed stakes success with several other horses in 2009, including 10 stakes wins.

1st Place:

  • Macho Again- Stephen Foster Handicap (G1), New Orleans Handicap (G2)
  • Awesome Gem- Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2)
  • Justwhistledixie- Bonnie Miss Stakes (G2), Davona Dale Stakes (G2), Ruthless Stakes
  • Mr. Fantasy- Withers Stakes (G3)
  • Amazed By Grace- Cornucipia Stakes
  • El Gato Malo- McCann's Mojave Stakes
  • Fitz Just Right- Darley Ocala Breeders' Sale Championship Stakes

2nd Place:

  • Awesome Gem- Eddie Read Handicap (G1), Longacres Mile (G3)
  • Macho Again- Whitney Handicap (G1), Woodward Stakes (G1)
  • Justwhistledixie- Acorn Stakes(G1), Top Flight Handicap (G2)
  • Fitz Just Right- Bourbonette Oaks (G3)

3rd Place:

  • Amazed By Grace - LaBrea Stakes (G1)
  • Awesome Gem- Berkeley Stakes (G3)
  • Buzzin and Dreamin- Southwest Stakes (G3)
  • Mr. Fantasy-Gotham Stakes (G3)
  • Merus Miami- California Derby
  • Encore Saritta- NATC Futurity

Back to TopJoin West Point Thoroughbreds For Some Fun In The Florida Sun


While many of us up North are using our carrots as noses for our snowmen, many of our horses are enjoying carrots in the "winter sun" in Hallandale Beach, Florida.  Although our horses can't enjoy the Florida beaches, they do run at Gulfstream Park, Florida's premier racing venue. Three of our trainers have horses running at Gulfstream this year; Tom Albertrani, Mike Hushion, and Dale Romans. West Point team member Tom Bellhouse also joined his favorite West Point horse, Bellhouse in south Florida last week.  Tom is excited to expand our presence at Gulfstream Park, as we have our largest number of horses ever set to start in south Florida this year.

In 2009, the ever talented Justwhistledixie sent us into a winter wonderland (just without the snow), capturing two graded stakes races at Gulfstream Park, the Davona Dale (G2) and Bonnie Miss (G2). ‘Dixie' couldn't make up her mind where she wanted to soak up the rays this winter and has joined our California string. She will look to continue her success and become one of the top older fillies in the country.  Ask anybody who was at Gulfstream for her two stakes victories last year, and they will tell you a trip to the races is a must.

Back to Bellhouse. The Tom Albertrani charge has been training like a rocket at Palm Meadows training center (training facility for Gulfstream Park), and he is on target to debut during the meet. We are all very excited for his first race (and really hope he runs faster than Tom Bellhouse). In the meantime, we invite you to join Tom Bellhouse for some racing in the sun. Come out and join us for a morning on the backstretch and watch the West Point runners train. Take a visit to the track (keeping an eye out for the black and gold of course).  Play some poker at the Gulfstream Park Casino. Spend a day on the beach. Visit Miami. The opportunities for racing lovers and those very few and far between non racing lovers are endless this winter.

Back to TopExperience the Thrill of Santa Anita With Us

The Thrill of Santa Anita

This past November, Zenyatta mesmerized the world with her scintillating performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Known as the "great race place," Santa Anita is set at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The scene is picturesque. The races attract the best horses in the country.

Join us for Santa Anita's winter meet and experience the magic for yourself. There is nothing quite like watching the horses train in the morning at the famous clockers corner with the mountains in the background, and the sun shining brightly.  Watch our own Jeff Bloom breeze a future West Point star. Meet our trainers Craig Dollase and Carla Gaines. Santa Anita has the best racing southern California has to offer. The West Point runners are set to make this year's winter meet a thrilling time.

East coast sensation Justwhistledixie is scheduled to make her first start in the Golden State in the El Encino Stakes (G2) on January 17th. The salty veteran Awesome Gem is back in training after a freshening, and is poised to return at Santa Anita.

The meet runs through April 18th. If you have never been to Santa Anita, this is the year to come. If you have experienced the majesty, you know what you're in for, and shouldn't need any convincing. Get to the "great race place." The black and gold is waiting.

Back to Top2010 Winter Calendar

Race Meets

Dates Track Location
Through April 24 Gulfstream Park Hallandale Beach, Florida
Through March 28 Fair Grounds New Orleans, Louisiana
Through April 18 Santa Anita Arcadia, California


Dates Sale Location
February 16th
(Under Tack Show Feb. 12th)
OBS February Select Two-Year-Old Sale Ocala, Florida
March 2nd
(Under Tack Show Feb. 26th)
Calder Selected Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale Calder Racecourse-Miami, Florida
March 16-17th
(Under Tack Show Mar. 11th & 12th)
OBS March Select Two-Year Old Sale Ocala, Florida

West Point Thoroughbreds Two-Year-Old Showcases

Dates Event Location
March 26th - 27th 2010 Two-Year-Old Showcase in Ocala Ocala, Florida
April 9th - 10th Peacefield Farm Temecula, California

Projected Stakes Races

Horse(s) Race Location Date
Justwhistledixie El Encino Stakes (G2) Santa Anita Park January 17th
Middle of the Nite Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) Tampa Bay Downs February 13th
Awesome Gem & Macho Again New Orleans Handicap (G2) Fair Grounds March 27th

Back to TopThe Doctor is In: Bucked Shins

Bucked ShinsAnyone that has been around a young horse in training has heard this phrase from their conditioner at least once, "We have to back off.  His shins are biting him."  What does this mean? We know it means that our patience will be tested, but what causes a horse's shin to become inflamed? One of the primary reasons is because of something called bucked shins.  What is a bucked shin and how does it affect horses?

Bucked shins are common condition that occurs in young horses.  Approximately 70% of young thoroughbreds in training develop the problem to one degree or another.  Horses with bucked shins have an enlargement of the front part of the cannon bone between the knee and fetlock joints of the leg. The condition generally only occurs in the front legs, and the swelling is caused by trauma to the periosteum, or the thin membrane that covers the bone. The horse essentially develops microfractures of the cannon bone. The condition is easy for trainers to diagnose because of the swelling on the front of the horse's leg, and many horses exhibit some degree of lameness.

In the long run, bucked shins are not a serious issue, and very few older horses develop the problem. Older horses have more developed bones than younger horses, so the difficulty in training young horses is stressing their bones enough to promote bone growth and strength, without stressing them too much so that they buck shins or sustain more serious injuries.

Horse SwimmingThe goal in treating horses with bucked shins is to strengthen the front part of the cannon bone. The most common practice is through continued light training with a gradual increase in intensity. Other treatments are used to increase the blood flow the area and promote healing. Some trainers choose to swim their horses to maintain their cardiovascular fitness while giving the shins time to heal. Many horseman will agree however,  that the best treatment for bucked shins is Mother Nature.

Mother Nature has worked her magic on several top West Point runners who once suffered from bucked shins, including graded stakes winners Flashy Bull and Mr. Fantasy and stakes winner Sweet Nanette.

Although it is frustrating to have a two-year-old with bucked shins when we are all dreaming of running our juveniles at Saratoga and Del Mar this summer, we must remember, patience is a virtue.

To learn more about bucked shins click here. (pdf document)

Back to TopTechnology Corner: Horse Racing Communities on the Internet

If you're reading this, you're a thoroughbred racing enthusiast.  You likely can't get enough news or conversation about the sport.  Unfortunately for you, nobody seems to want to talk about the Horse of the Year debate around the dining room table.  What are you to do? Well, help has arrived.  With the explosion of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin the latest news and dialogue with other passionate fans of racing is only a mouse click away.

There are also plenty of racing and breeding blogs written by some of the best journalists in the business, and most of them encourage comments and exchanges. You can find some of the liveliest conversations at these sites:

http://sidfernando.wordpress.com/  --Former Daily Racing Form Editor Sid Fernando is a great source for breaking news and videos from around the world and is also very active on Twitter.

http://fuguefortinhorns.blogspot.com/ --small-town newspaper editor Glenn Craven's blog has the best name on the web, and he's a very engaging writer

http://jessicachapel.com/ --Jessica Chapel's topical pieces are always intelligent and on point

http://www.r2collective.com/ --The folks at R2 Collective look at racing from a marketing point of view

http://fmitchell07.wordpress.com/ --Frank Mitchell keeps an eye on everything going on in the bloodstock world in Kentucky

http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/default.aspx  --The Blood-Horse's Steve Haskin is the best racing writer we have at the moment

http://pedigreecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/ --If you're interested in pedigrees, the conversation gets pretty lively at the blog of Thoroughbred Times Bloodstock Editor John Sparkman

We also encourage you to join the West Point Thoroughbreds community on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.