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Get To Know The West Point Team

November 17, 2011 · By Terry Finley · Share

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ - Here at West Point Thoroughbreds, racing is a passion for each member of our team - and there are some pretty good stories about how everyone who works for us came to love this sport.

We’re rolling out a new bio section on the website, and we hope you get a chance to become familiar with each team member through the new profiles they wrote about themselves. We’ve included interesting facts you may not know - some “outside the box” information, if you will.

Did You Know...

I love soccer - and have been caught viewing more than one episode of Jersey Shore.

Debbie Finley loves Sundays - church, breakfast, sports, movies, family dinner and 60 Minutes.

Dawn Lenert got her owner's license when she was 13 and was a WPT Partner before she joined the management team, counting Holly Huges Stakes winner Rereadthefootnotes among her most successful horses with us.

Tom Bellhouse was only allowed to go to the races if he got straight “A”s as a youngster - and took horseback riding lessons in the hopes of being the next Steve Cauthen!

Jeff Liffson was a second row "scrummy" at Williams College, but escaped with his face and bone structure pretty much intact.

Erin Finley has owned six off-the-track horses and has participated in the sport of three-day-eventing since middle school, competing through the CCI* level.

Shannon Castagnola found herself in horse heaven after her family moved to Lexington, Ky, when she was eight - and from that moment on, life was about Saturday morning riding lessons, showing at local county fairgrounds, and working as a riding instructor at a local summer day camp during college.

Lindsey Heumann started to ride at such an early age, she had to stand on a chair to put the saddle on her horse.

Clifton Hickock was a Partner in WPT’s first stakes winner (Big City Bound), first graded stakes winner (Ethan Man) and first Kentucky Derby entrant and subsequently first Grade 1 winner (Flashy Bull) - not to mention about 65 total winner’s circle photos in his collection.



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I had to share with Lynn that you might "occasionally" watch Jersey Shore. Be prepared for a phone call! LOL And not surprised about Josh--one of my favorite people to work with :)
Dawn also practiced calling races after Phil Georgeff at Arlington Park. She was pretty good at it.
bellhouse sort of outgrew his dream. tom bailey
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