West Point Thoroughbreds May Newsletter
Flashy Gray, Twilight Eclipse, and 10 new 2-year-olds. This past month has proven to be one of the most successful in our history.
We're delighted with our new horses purchased at the sales this spring. The extra work and diligence we put into our purchases put us in a position to buy great prospects... without paying a premium.
I hope you can tune in to watch Flashy Gray in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday -- it's a very exciting time for our company and Partners.
See you at the races.
Flashy Gray Entered in Kentucky Oaks (G1)
We’re running in the “lilies for the fillies” Friday, May 3rd. Bill Mott is putting the finishing touches on Flashy Gray as she prepares for the $1,000,000 Kentucky Oaks (G1). She is the first Oaks starter for West Point Thoroughbreds and her Partners are over the moon about this chance of a lifetime. Flashy Gray drew post position 10 and will leave the gate with jockey Junior Alvarado in the irons. Post time for the race is 5:45 ET. Coverage runs from 5-6pm on NBC Sports Network.
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Twilight Eclipse -- Where’s He Headed?
World recorder holder Twilight Eclipse excited his win in the Pan American Stakes in great shape.
He will train up to the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes (G1) run at 1 1/4 miles on the turf on Belmont Stakes day, Saturday, June 8.
The majority of the big money long distance turf races for older horses are later in the summer. Our goal is to see him compete in races like the Man O’War, United Nations, and Arlington Million this year.
WPT Buys Horses in April
The WPT buying team came away with three awesome colts, all with strong pedigrees, at the Keeneland 2-Year-Old in Training Sale. We bought sons of Lemon Drop Kid, Tiznow, and War Chant.
The OBS April 2-Year-Old in Training Sale proved fertile ground to find young horses at great value. There were double digit gains in all sale indicators -- it just goes to show there are a lot of people excited about the industry.
At OBS April we bought colts by Patriot Act, High Cotton, Master Command, and Flatter, and a filly by Golden Missile.
Two-year-old Spotlight: Tiznowforamerica, Class of 2013
Aptitude is taken wide by Gander and the field turns for home…here comes the Arc winner, Sakhee, and he storms to the lead! Sahkee a narrow lead, and Tiznow is battling on! The American Horse of the Year and the Arc winner are heads apart with a furlong to go in The Classic! On the outside Sahkee, ..Tiznow fights on! Here's the wire…desperately close!....TIZNOW WINS IT FOR AMERICA!
The colt was named in honor of Tom Durkin’s famous 2001 Breeders’ Cup Classic race call. Tiznow stormed to victory at Belmont Park just weeks after the 9/11 attacks. You can watch the famous call here.
We’re very excited to have two colts by Tiznow in our barn this year. After buying this colt out of Papa to Kinzie at the Keeneland Sale, we thought of Tiznowforamerica and were ultra excited when this patriotic name was approved by the Jockey Club.
Track Term: Starter Allowance
A starter allowance is a race restricted to horses who have previously run for a claiming tag. Similar to an allowance race, a horse in a starter allowance cannot be claimed.
Starter allowances in essence reward owners and trainers who risk their horses for a claiming price since a whole new class of conditions (starters) become available to them.