West Point Thoroughbreds December E Newsletter
It's been an exciting few weeks here at West Point Thoroughbreds. We have some young horses showing they have what it takes to compete at the highest levels.
In our sport that's where we all aspire to be!
What else can we say about Awesome Gem? His wonderful career and earnings of $2.8M are an inspiration to everyone and he will be remembered fondly in his retirement.
Enjoy your holiday season. All the best to you and your family.
Thanks for your interest in our horses and see you soon,
West Point Thoroughbreds
Twilight Eclipses Older Rivals in W.L. McKnight (G2)
3-year-old Twilight Eclipse became WPT’s newest graded stakes winner when springing an upset in the November 24 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT) at Calder Racecourse.
Trained by Tom Albertrani, Twilight Eclipse stalked the leader Ioya Bigtime in the early stages of the mile and a half event before dropping back to third with a mile in the books. When called on by jockey Manoel “Manny” Cruz at the eighth pole, he took off and drew clear down the lane. Watch the race here...
Awesome Gem Day at Hollywood Park
We’d like to thank all Partners and fans who made “Awesome Gem Day” on November 24 at Betfair Hollywood Park a memorable one.
Awesome Gem is one a kind, and we’re proud to honor his tremendous racing career. Many thanks to Hollywood Park for compiling this tribute video to our 9-year-old champ: watch the video now...
Awesome Gem Memorabilia Auction
We have some cool Awesome Gem memorabilia that is available to his Partners and fans via an Ebay auction. All proceeds will support West Point Thoroughbreds’ Congie Black and Gold Fund. Read about the auction (it closes soon)
Yearling Spotlight: Ring Weekend, Class of 2013
This is the colt we had to have at the Keeneland September yearling sale.
"This was one of the best colts in the sale,” said Terry Finley. “You’re not going to find too many other horses with this much class, athleticism, and scope. He comes right at you when he walks and caught our eye as soon as he came out of the stall. He jumped through all our hoops - cardio evaluation, biomechanical evaluation, and rigorous vetting.”
Ring Weekend is named for the United States Military Academy traditional weekend when senior cadets are awarded their class ring.
A Poem written by one of our Partners: Gloria Beckelman
One of Flashy Gray's Partners penned these lovely poems about the beauty and spirit of the Thoroughbred racehorse and her girl, Flashy Gray.
in a corner
of my eye
a silken image
beyond the horizon
a moving spirit
born to run
with heart and soul
with her agility
a dazzling racer
running to win
Track Term: Grabbed a quarter
This is a common racehorse injury which occurs when a horse steps on themselves and cuts into a front hoof with a back hoof, tearing the heel area of the front leg. This can also occur when a horse’s heel is clipped by a rival in a race or when they stumble out of the gate, get bumped, or are knocked off stride. Fortunately, it’s generally not a serious issue that only takes a couple weeks to recover from.