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West Point Thoroughbreds January E Newsletter

January 18, 2013 · By Terry Finley · Share

Happy New Year! I love this time of year -- horses are stamping themselves as Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders and the 2-year-old sales are right around the corner.

Before we know it, it’ll be time for the Del Mar and Saratoga summer meets.

My team is busy preparing for the sales -- I’ve found there is no substitute for hard work in preparing to buy horses. First stop: the Barretts Sale the first Monday of March.

I hope you enjoy our newsletter.

Terry Finley
West Point Thoroughbreds
[email protected]

All Three CA-Based 2012 Juvenile Purchases are Winners

All three 2-year-olds (Pure Indy, Tree of Life, and Brokered) purchased by the WPT buying team at the 2012 Barretts March Sale are now winners.

Brokered, a just turned 3-year-old son of Eddington had a beautiful trip on Saturday, January 5 at Golden Gate, settling like a seasoned competitor before pulling away in the stretch to win by over three lengths. This was Brokered’s second start -- he ran credibly sprinting in his debut at Santa Anita. The handsome (love his chrome) chestnut is trained by Craig Dollase. Click here to read more.

WPT’s Fitz Just Right Foal Born on the 17th!

On Thursday, a third generation WPT horse was welcomed into the world in upstate New York. WPT’s stakes winning filly, Fitz Just Right, delivered her first foal, a filly, by European superstar and first crop sire Cape Blanco.  We also campaigned Fitz Just Right’s sire, the multiple graded stakes winner Seattle Fitz.  Hopefully the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in this family of stakes competitors...

Here’s a photo hot off the presses:

2-Year-Old Spotlight: Three Alarm Fire, Class of 2013

We love finding the “diamond in the rough” type of horses at the sales.  Take a look at Three Alarm Fire, our just turned 2-year-old son of multiple graded stakes winner Pyro. Purchased at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, he is believed to be the only individual by his sire outside of Japan.

The chestnut colt was conceived in Japan before breeder Runnymede Farm (they also bred Awesome Gem!) decided to bring his dam Tres Tres Joli back back to the United States to deliver her foal.

Take a look at Three Alarm as a youngin’ at Runneymede Farm in Kentucky:

He’s now in training at Kirkwood Stables in Camden, South Carolina and is an absolute star. He heads to trainer Tom Albertrani this spring. Click here to see a video of Three Alarm Fire galloping on the farm.

“This colt blew me away when he came out of his stall the sale in September, “ said Terry. “He’s a beautiful individual with some long legs on him. You can see in the video that he’s got a huge stride and looks like a racehorse.”

Racing Education: Entering Racehorses

For anyone wondering about the process of entering a racehorse, we highlighted a great educational resource from TOBA earlier this year. Read more>>

Track Term:  Quarter Inch Bends

Have you ever heard the announcer say “quarter inch bends on” when a horse steps onto the racetrack before a race? The part of a horseshoe around the heel is bent down a quarter of an inch to give the horse better traction and control while running, especially on wet tracks. These are also known as “mud calks” and are primarily used on the hind feet.