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West Point Thoroughbreds July Newsletter

July 26, 2013 · By Terry Finley · Share


Two heads. That’s what it would have taken to get us two stakes wins this week. Rock Me Baby got nipped at the wire at Del Mar and Awesome Vision ran out of real estate in the shadow of the wire at Saratoga. Tough to get beat a head, but both horses have bright futures and our Partners are enjoying themselves at the summer meets.

Four out of six WPT 2-year-olds have hit the board in their debuts. It's so exciting to see the youngsters start their careers. Freedom Child is entered in the Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga and Twilight Eclipse is likely for the Sword Dancer (G1) later in the meet.

I was very encouraged by a large turnout at the Thoroughbred Owners of California new owner seminar at Del Mar opening weekend. More than 50 people participated, the majority having a strong interest in getting into the game. My wife Debbie and I will be out to Del Mar in mid-August to meet up with clients and see some new faces.

Saratoga is celebrating its 150th anniversary  (did I pick the right time to relocate up here or what?) There’s great racing all summer long, and the Saratoga yearling sales in August are certain to attract horsemen and fans alike. You can rub shoulders with the industry’s best and hopefully get a glimpse of a future equine star.

Until next month,


Terry Finley
West Point Thoroughbreds
[email protected]


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Four Horse Blanket Finish in Saratoga Stake!

The $100,000 Evan Shipman Stakes for New York breds at Saratoga was a dramatic four horse finish, with closer Awesome Vision missing by just a head. Another jump and he would have gotten the money. Click the image to see the race.

Trained by Tom Albertrani, 4-year-old stakes winner also known as “The Visj”, boasts five wins from 10 starts and has hit the board in seven of his races, earning over $200,000 to date.



Freedom Child

Freedom Child Set for Jim Dandy(G2)

After getting hooked in a speed duel and fading (it happens) in the Belmont Stakes,Freedom Child is training as strong as ever for Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga. He shipped up to the Spa just over a week ago and put in a strong half workout over the main track on July 24. 

Click here to read Tom Albertrani and Terry Finley’s thoughts on the handsome chestnut’s chances.

40 Things to Do in Saratoga

West Point Communications Director Erin Finley shares a list of 40 things to do in Saratoga this season. Click here to see the list of things to do when you’re not at the races.

2-Year-Old Spotlight:  Skye Saratoga

Engine. Stride. Speed. Skye Saratoga, our New-York bred Golden Missile filly just arrived in Saratoga and is already turning heads. With two published workouts on the farm before shipping up, this filly will continue on a regular breeze schedule in preparation for her debut. We’re certainly fans of the statebred program after much success with horses like Mr. Fantasy and Rereadthefootnotes over the years.

Track Term:  Schooling

This simply means teaching the horse race day protocol around the starting gate and/or paddock. Horses are brought to the starting gate in the mornings to become used to the structure and to learn to break sharply. This time of year, it’s common to see young horses schooling in the paddock in between races so they can experience the crowds/noise/energy that they’ll encounter come raceday.

Click here for a video blog on the importance of the starting gate.