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West Point Thoroughbreds September Newsletter

September 13, 2013 · By Terry Finley · Share


I’m on the ground in Lexington, Kentucky at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. As I write, the horses in book one are about done selling. The market is strong, there are a lot of people excited about this business.

Our focus on yearling sales is to find two-turn prospects capable of getting our Partners to classic races.  The middle days of the sale are most important for us, they are where we find the most value.

On a personal note, I was on hand at the Columbus Crew game last week to see my son score his first professional soccer goal. It was a very proud moment.

Until next month.


Terry Finley
West Point Thoroughbreds
[email protected]



Rock Me Baby after his win at Del Mar


Twilight Eclipse at Saratoga before the grade one Sword Dancer

Rock Me Baby & Twilight Eclipse Targeting Breeders' Cup

WPT 4-year-olds Rock Me Baby andTwilight Eclipse have their sights set on the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, held at Santa Anita Park the first weekend of November.

World record holder Twilight Eclipse comes off a solid runner-up effort in the August 17 Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) at Saratoga.


He will use the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) (September 28 at Belmont) as his stepping stone to the $3,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).

Talented Cal-bred Rock Me Baby has run some serious numbers and takes his first swing at graded stakes competition in the$100,000 Eddie D. Stakes (G3) run at six and one half furlongs on the downhill turf course on September 27 at Santa Anita.

The Eddie D. is the local prep for the$1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.


WPT Purchases Winning 2-Year-Old

Last week WPT acquired an interest in School On a Hill, a 2-year-old Student Council colt who broke his maiden in impressive fashion on August 22 at Arlington Park. He’s set to make his debut for new trainer Wayne Catalano tomorrow, September 14th in the $200,000 Summer Stakes (G2) at Woodbine. This race is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series, which is very exciting for our Partners.

Click here to read about the newest face in the barn.

What Happens at the Keeneland Yearling Sale?

We sat down with WPT president Terry Finley for a few minutes earlier this week. Finley is on the ground in Lexington, Kentucky for the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which runs from the 9th-21st. 

With 3,908 yearlings catalogued, it requires hard work, dedication, and discipline when working to select the stable’s newest runners.  Read the interview with Terry here>

Yearling Spotlight:  Colonel John filly

We knew Colonel John well during his racing days, facing him on both coasts with El Gato Malo and Macho Again. A son of Tiznow, he’s gotten off to a dynamite start at stud, with four individual 2-year-old winners to his name. Concave became his first graded stakes winner when she captured the Sorrento Stakes on August 7 at Del Mar.

We purchased this pretty bay filly at the Fasig-Tipton Select Sale in Saratoga last month. She’s out of a hard knocking mare, and our entire team loved her from the moment she walked out of the stall. She’s got a big, flowing walk and is a sweetie around the barn. Click here to read about her.

Track Term:  Ragozin Sheets

Ragozin Sheets are an important management tool used by owners and trainers. These accurate performance ratings include speed, weight, allowance for unusual track condition, racing wide or saving ground, headwinds or tailwinds, peculiarities of track construction such as downhill areas, etc.


The numbers generally range from zero to the forties. The lower the figure the better the race. The numbers measure how far away from a championship rating (zero) this

horse was on this day. Click here to read our recent blog entry about Ragozin Sheets.