Happy New Year
It's the end of another year, and what an interesting year it was. Our stable's stats in 2010 were solid. The West Point horses earned over $ 2.5 million on the racetrack, making it our third best year in history.
We also have another year's worth of institutional knowledge in our brains, so we are very excited about 2011.
We continue to work hard to make our Partners' experience better. We're all set to launch a new website in the first quarter of the year. My team is also working analyzing some data to better arm us at the sales this year. We're looking at a several variables, and hope it helps us find the best possible horseflesh out there. We've already got a very solid group of yearlings assembled, and I look forward to adding to our class of 2011 with purchases from the two-year-old in training sales.
I'm hoping for some déjà vu in 2011. We started off 2010 with a win on New Year's Day, and we hope to start 2011 the same way. We've got two very talented Tom Albertrani trainees entered on Saturday, Dominant Jeannes at Aqueduct and King Conige in the Tropical Park Derby at Calder. It sure is nice to get the ball rolling on the first day of the year.
Many people have asked me who my vote would go to for Horse Of The Year. Well, no owner in the country has a vote for this honor (which is a travesty that I'll address in the coming months) My vote would be for Blame. This may not be popular, many on my team disagree with me, but let's look at the facts.
Zenyatta was truly extraordinary and there's no denying all she has done for this sport. As industry insiders we should all be grateful. It's tough that she went 19 for 20 and may never receive the Horse of the Year honor. However, I've always said the thing I love about our business is that there is a finish line. First one to that wire is the winner. No replays, no judgment calls, no politics, no back office deals, etc. As tough as it was for us to watch the Breeders' Cup Classic on that chilly November day at Churchill Downs, Blame beat her fair and square. All things being equal, he has my vote.
Here's hoping that 2011 is filled with many triumphs and great stories. I wish everyone the best of health and happiness in the new year. We'll see you in the winner's circle!