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Instant Action Spotlight: Enduring Star

August 17, 2010 · By · Share

Opportunities.  West Point Thoroughbreds' success has been predicated upon taking advantage of favorable conditions.  Whether it's the improved buying climate at auction or geographic shift in power among tracks, we look to be a part of the action.  That's why we expanded our base of operations to Woodbine Racetrack, just outside of Toronto, Ontario this year.

Now, you have an opportunity to get right into the action with our first Canadian runner, Enduring Star.  He is expected to debut within the next three weeks at Woodbine, so if you've thought about expanding your portfolio or getting into the game for the first time this is the colt to do it with.  The training wheels have been taken off, and he's ready to take flight.

Enduring Star Biography:

  • A two-year-old colt by Sir Shackleton, a four-time graded stakes winning millionaire.  Click here for Sir Shackleton's Stallion Register Page.
  • Sire already has a pair of two-year-old winners.
  • A Canadian-bred, Enduring Star is eligible for lucrative restricted races including the $250,000 Coronation Futurity on November 7th at Woodbine.
  • Colt comes from the family that produced brilliant 2010 three-year-old Eskendereya.
  • Dosage index of 3.00
  • Click here to check out his pedigree.

Enduring Star on Video:
Check out the video below shot last week of Enduring Star breezing in company from the gate with another very highly regarded horse of trainer Mark Casse's.  Enduring Star is on the outside and breaks very awkwardly spotting his workmate four or five lengths.  Watch him power up with huge strides to collar his company, and look at the way he strides out in the gallop out.  I think it's safe to say that distance won't be a problem for this colt.

Okay, anyone can look good on video one time, right? Check out the other videos to take a look back chronologically at Enduring Star's development.  Click the arrows or the thumbnails at the bottom to navigate between videos.
Show Me the Numbers:
Check out Enduring Star's last eight breezes over the polytrack at Woodbine.
8/12 4F 48.60 HG
1:01.20 B
1:02.40 B
36.40 B
6/29 4F
51.20 B
38.40 B
6/9 3F 37.80 B
 2F 25.60 B
What They're Saying About Enduring Star:
Mark CasseTrainer Mark Casse, "I saw this colt over the winter down in Ocala and I thought he was all class.  He was a nice long-legged colt.  I thought it might take him some time to grow into his frame.  In the back of my mind I saw him as a two-turn horse, so I did not know how early he'd be.  He came to my barn this spring, and I loved the way he filled out.  He really gets over the ground.  I still think he'll go long, but I keep setting the bar higher for him, and he just keeps clearing it.  Now, I expect him to debut him in late August or early September, and I am looking at a race the $250,000 Coronation Futurity for him in November.  It's great to have a talented Canadian-bred like this."
Terry FinleyWest Point Thoroughbreds President Terry Finley, "We bought this colt as a yearling over in Ireland.  We loved his upside.  He had excellent conformation and the type of frame that had plenty of room to mature.  He's been asolutely flourishing in Mark Casse's program.  Mark has won three of the last four Sovereign Awards as Canada's top trainer.  He knows a thing or two about top horses, so to hear the way he's talking about this colt is tremendously exciting.  We've already run one horse in the Queen's Plate, and we'd love to have another colt get us to Canada's biggest race in 2011."
David McKathanTrainer David Mackathan (had Enduring Star in Ocala over the winter), "We used to call this horse the charmer around the barn.  He was so easy to get along with, and all the help loved him.  I got him as a yearling, so you love to see that kind of attitude.  He has the physical tools, and I see the kind of mind that it takes to be a top class runner.  I know that Mark Casse brings his horses to his facility here in Ocala over the winter, so I can't wait to see what kind of horse Enduring Star turns into."

Why race in Canada?

  • Economics: Thanks to years of slot machines, the purses at Woodbine are simply the best in North America.  Maidens run for $68,400 purses.  That's nearly $66,000 US Dollars.  The purses just go up from there in allowance races.  You will not find those kind of purses anywhere else year round. 
  • Opportunities: We keep using that word, but as a Canadian-bred this colt is eligible for lucrative Canadian-bred restricted races.  Just to give you a guideline, there are two $250,000 stakes for Canadian two-year-olds in October and November alone.
  • Mark Casse: We partner with the best trainers in their region, and Mark Casse is no exception.  Besides winning three Sovereign awards as Canada's top trainer, his horses have won nine Sovereign awards.  He has won a training title at Churchill Downs and four titles at Woodbine.  He's well on his way to a fifth this year.
  • The Facility: Woodbine is described by many as the most beautiful track in North America.  The best way to see it is by watching your horse win.

Now you know the story.  The ending is up to you.  What will you do? Give us a call at 859-523-6559 to discuss how you can become a part of the Enduring Star syndication.