West Point Thoroughbreds February Newsletter
As I sit down to write this, our racehorses are enjoying a 31% win rate this year. We couldn't be more proud of our athletes!
This weekend we're all looking forward to Twilight Eclipse racing in the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
We're also excited about Flashy Gray who's now on the national radar after a dominating performance on February 10th.
The excitement of our 2013 wins is sure to carry over into the next big task ahead of us. 2-year-old in training sales are fast approaching the first week in March and we're looking forward to selecting our next class of winners.
See you at the races.
West Point Thoroughbreds
Flashy Gray Stamps Herself as Kentucky Oaks Contender
Purchased by WPT at the Keeneland November Sale after her scintillating maiden win in November at Churchill Downs, Flashy Gray stamped herself as a Kentucky Oaks contender with an easy victory in an allowance race at Gulfstream February 10. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Flashy Gray sat just off the pace, made her move on the turn, and drew off, completing the seven furlongs in 1:22.64. The future looks bright for this Bill Mott trainee.
WPT Trainer Dale Romans Wins Eclipse Award
We’re one of Dale’s biggest fans. We’ve partnered with him for several years and appreciate the amount of enthusiasm and passion he has for this sport. Our entire team congratulates him on a job well done in 2012 -- he was named the Eclipse Award winning trainer. Here’s to continued success in 2013.
2-Year-Old Spotlight: Sallyport, Class of 2013
Ever heard of a horse named I’ll Have Another? He won the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. WPT has a beautiful chestnut filly by same sire - Flower Alley - learning the ropes in Ocala, Florida as you read this. Her name is Sallyport.
The stage is set... this filly has everything she needs to be the stable’s next star. She’s by a rising stallion and is a half sister to the multiple graded stakes winner Never Retreat. And she’s set to join the barn of top trainer H. Graham Motion this spring.
Want to see how she progresses over the next few months before heading to Graham? Check our website in a few weeks for some fresh, new video of her on the racetrack.
Patience is a Virtue in Racing - Rock Me Baby
Not every horse is destined to do their best running at two. For some even three. Look at Zenyatta. She didn’t make it to the races until the end of her 3-year-old season.
WPT’s 4-year-old Rock Me Baby has a long way to go to match Zenyatta, but he’s a perfect two for two thus far. He’s an example of patience paying off... and we appreciate our Partners’ patience.
By Rock Hard Ten, and trained by Craig Dollase, Rock Me Baby will be seen next in a Cal-Bred first level allowance at Santa Anita. Click here to read more.
WPT Buying Team Headed to 2-Year-Old Sales
The flights are booked and the catalogues are online. The WPT buying team led by Terry Finley heads to the first 2-Year-Old in Training Sale of the year in just a few short weeks. First up is Barretts March in Pomona, California.
Fun fact: all three of our purchases from last year’s sale are winners.
Racing Education: Shipping Racehorses to Different Venues
Racing partnership owners often ask us, “Why are we shipping out of town when the purses are better at my horse’s home track?” Find out why.
Track Term: Blow Out
A blow out is a short breeze (near full speed effort), normally between one and three furlongs only a couple days before a race. It is designed to sharpen a horse up, get some air in their lungs, and have them on their toes come raceday.