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West Point Thoroughbreds December E Newsletter

December 11, 2012 · By Terry Finley · Share


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,

Terry Finley
West Point Thoroughbreds
[email protected]

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.

Read about Ring Weekend here.

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
swept by
flying fast
beyond the horizon
a moving spirit
born to run
with heart and soul


for flashy

her beauty
she runs
from shadow
into sunlight
head high
legs out
connecting ability
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.