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Best Performance Proves Best

May 18, 2017 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

Best Performance proved best and became West Point’s first 2-year-old winner of 2017 when she won a $100,000 maiden special weight at Belmont Park on May 17.

Trained by Christophe Clement, the West Point buying team purchased the Broken Vow filly at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale on March 1. She didn’t have the fastest work at the breeze show but checked all the boxes and wowed us with her smooth, efficient stride.




No less than two minutes after Terry signed the ticket on hip 62, trainer Clement approached him and said, “I love that filly and would love to train her. She's the one filly I wanted from this sale."


Why did Clement have his heart set on this lass? Clement’s horses were stabled at Payson Park over the winter, and he watched the filly train in the months leading up to the sale. Her consignor conditions his youngsters at Payson Park in preparation for the sale.

After spending some time at Eddie Woods Training Center, Best Performance headed back to Payson Park and eventually made her way to New York to complete preparations for her debut.

After the race, Clement said, “I just love the way everything has gone with this filly, and I am so thankful West Point has sent her to me. Her stride is lovely, and mentally she continues to be very mature. I love that Jose didn't rush her today he let her make a run at them. She's classy, and we have a fun future in store."

Congratulations to all of her Partners, including those involved in our Young Professionals Initiative!


Best Performance at the Fasig-Tipton Sale in March: