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West Point Thoroughbreds November E Newsletter

November 20, 2012 · By Terry Finley · Share


Welcome to the first issue of the West Point Thoroughbreds e-Newsletter.  Our fans and followers have been asking us to put together a newsletter for them...

...so here it is!

Each month we’ll send you an update with recent stable news, an educational feature, a spotlight on a developing young horse, and a track term.  We'll also throw in some inside stories that we won't release publicly so stay tuned.

Enjoy our e-Newsletter and the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanks for your interest in our horses and see you soon,

Terry Finley
West Point Thoroughbreds
[email protected]

Better Than Rachel Alexandra?

Our newly acquired juvenile filly's previous owner seems to think so.

Breeder Dolphus Morrison sent his impressive 2-year-old filly, Flashy Gray, through the auction ring at Keeneland as part of his complete dispersal and we signed the sales slip. Read more about this runaway juvenile filly winner and see her win by a pole at Churchill.

Mr. Morrison, also Rachel Alexandra's breeder, told drf.com that Flashy Gray has so far exceeded all of Rachel's times at the training center, and that he was very pleased she will be under our management.

That's a pretty lofty compliment, and we've got a long way to go. However, we expect her Partners to have a fun ride as this filly develops. Read more now!

Belle of the Hall Runs 4th in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

West Point Partners enjoyed a whirlwind 72 hours as their prized mare, Belle of the Hall, proved she belonged on stage with the world’s fastest fillies and mares on November 3 at Santa Anita.

She then jetted to Lexington, Kentucky where she sold for $230,000 at the Fasig-Tipton November sale. Read more >

Watrugonnadorosie Breaks Maiden at Belmont Park

WPT’s Watrugonnadorosie relished the slop in an “off the turf” maiden race at Belmont Park in late October, scoring by two lengths in her second career start for trainer Bill Mott.

Under confident handling by jockey Junior Alvarado, the bay daughter of Curlin prompted the pace from the outside, challenged the frontrunner at the five sixteenths pole, and emerged from quarter pole the leader before being geared down in the final yards. 

Purchased at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Watrugonnadorosie is owned in partnership with St. Elias Stables. Watch the race >

King Congie Recovered, Retired, and Ready for the Good Life

Ken Ross, stallion manager for Highcliffe Stallions at Mill Creek adopted West Point runner King Congie this fall. An experienced horseman, Ross has an interest in breeding King Congie to quarter horse mares to produce appendixes (TB/Quarter horse crosses).

King Congie is a frisky son of a gun.  We don’t think he’ll have any qualms about breeding to a few mares every year :).

King Congie was named for longtime WPT Communications Director Congie DeVito who passed away in early 2011 before he could see his namesake compete in the 2011 Preakness Stakes. King Congie sustained a career-ending injury in April of this year during a race. He recovered from surgery and is eager to enjoy retirement.

WPT Partners enjoyed honoring King Congie's racetrack success on “King Congie Day” at Mill Creek Farm near Saratoga Springs.

Yearling Spotlight:  She’s Justified, Class of 2013

They call her “the pretty grey filly” around the barn at Kip Elser’s training center in Camden, South Carolina. This yearling filly is by Harlan’s Holiday, leading sire of juveniles.

She’s Justified has been galloping a mile every day in company at Kip’s place, Kirkwood Stables. Since she is only a yearling, she won’t make her career debut until well into 2013, but she’s already at the top of her class.

Kip describes her as “smart, strong” and says she has a great mind, which are all positive attributes of a high class racehorse. Read about She's Justified.

Racing Education: Benefits and Drawbacks to Entering Main Track Only

Why in the world would you enter a turf race if you want to run a racehorse on dirt?  See the answer here >

Track Term:  Bullring

Hearing this term might conjure images of Hemingway and Spain. However, in horse racing, the term “Bullring” is used to describe a smaller racetrack, usually less than one mile in circumference. Charles Town in West Virginia, Delta Downs in Louisiana, and Fairplex Park in California are examples of bullring tracks.