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Sales Blog: Sharp Humor colt Purchased for Wayne Catalano's Arlington-Based Program

April 26, 2012 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

Follow the WPT buying team throughout the two-year-old sales. The team's spent time in California and Florida since early March looking to acquire juveniles to campaign under the black and gold silks. Terry Finley leads the buying team and loves the class we've assembled thus far. Did you know WPT has purchased more grade one winners from the 2-year-old in training sales than any other owner in the country?


Each sale begins with an “under tack show” where each horse catalogued “breezes” or shows their speed mostly at an eighth of a mile, but sometimes at a quarter mile. Trainers, owners, agents, and consignors are on hands for the breezes. WPT then utilizes professional stride analysis to evaluate the action, efficiency, and stride lengths of each horse. That’s how we start narrowing things down. From there we look at horses back at the barns, consider pedigrees, then evaluate both vet results and heart scans before heading to the ring to acquire the the horses that jump through all the hoops and could potentially carry the black and gold silks.


If you're interested in learning more about West Point Thoroughbreds and these horses, please contact Casey Irving at (518)-583-6406.


OBS April Sale



Didn’t buy anything on day three at OBS. At an open sale like this, there are a lot of horses to weed through to find ones you like.

Today we purchased a lovely dark bay son of Sharp Humor. He’s a great fit for Wayne Catalano’s Arlington-based program. His pre-sale work was deceptively good last week. He’s a diamond in the rough and we saw a ton of value with him. With squeaky clean x-rays and a good mind, he could be an early 2-year-old winner just like his daddy!

Pictures and more video to come!

I’m down in Camden, SC this weekend to watch the babies train at Kip Elser’s place. Saw them two weeks ago and they all looked great! It’s so fascinating watching these 2-year-olds develop into racehorses.


Click here to watch his breeze.


4/24- Terry

Got a super NY-bred son of Utopia (JPN) (pictured top right) today at the OBS Sale. We love NY-Breds and have had quite a bit of success with them. Utopia’s first foals are 3-year-olds and he’s gotten off to a good start. He’s amongst the leading sires in New York right now. This colt is an excellent physical. He’s got good bone, a smart eye, and incredible balance.

Had a nice dinner in Tampa with a client. Back to the sales grounds tomorrow morning to do second looks on the day three horses and to make the shortlist for the day four horses. Expect us to get one or two more.

With an open sale like this, it takes quite a bit of work to weed through the not so good horses. If you do your homework, you can really find diamonds in the rough that jump though all the hoops. This colt vetted and heart scanned well above his peers. For anybody interested in racing in New York, this is the horse for you.


4/23 Terry- Bought an awesome Circular Quay colt (pictured at right) this afternoon at the OBS April Sale. I love this horse and have been watching him since I arrived in Ocala last week. We purchased him from Casse Sales, the same people who sold us grade one winner Lear’s Princess. A family of horsemen. This colt has a solid frame on him, but isn’t too big. I like to see horses with meat on their bones that aren’t too big and hard on themselves.

If he was by a more established stallion, he probably brings triple the money. Circular Quay was a hard knocking racehorse and I have no problem whatsoe
ver supporting a promising young stallion like him. This colt had one of the best works of the sale. He went an eighth of a mile in 10.1 and has a stride length 1.58 feet above average. Wow.

We’ve been hard at work the past few days. With over 1,000 horses catalogued, it takes time to find the diamonds in the rough. Have a few horses on the list tomorrow that have a strong chance to be future black and gold bearers. Maybe even a NY-bred or two :).

Click here to watch him breeze.


Keeneland Sale


WPT purchased two really exciting prospects at Keeneland. Both horses passed our stride analysis and heart scan process with flying colors. They both look like the type that should be making noise at Saratoga this summer! Click here to watch their breezes.

Hip #23 Lemon Drop Kid filly named Trophy Point. Her pedigree scream versatility and two turns.

Hip #156 Value Plus colt named Legalize. He’s a Louisiana-bred who’s as athletic as they come. Who wants to come to New Orleans?  




Fasig Tipton- The Florida Sale


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OBS Sale Summary: March 13th & 14th
WPT purchased five horses at the OBS 2-Year-Old Sale. It was a great couple days for the buying team, led by Terry Finley. We hope you enjoy the photos and videos of the horses.

Click here to watch the breeze videos.

Hip #4- Lawyer Ron colt out of Grade 1 Winner Jostle
Hip #81- Congrats filly out of Ponderway.
Hip #176- Stormy Atlantic filly out of stakes winner Touchnow.
Hip #321- Sky Mesa colt out of Flying Afleet
Hip #355- Tale of the Cat filly out of I’m Beguiled Again

See below for more details and photos.
The entire buying team is thrilled with the purchases and there's already been a great deal of interest in these juveniles.


Lawyer Ron colt- Hip 4


Congrats filly- Hip 81


Stormy Atlantic filly- Hip 176


Hip 321- Sky Mesa colt


Hip 355- Tale of the Cat filly




Barretts Sale Summary: March 5th


WPT purchased three rock solid juveniles at the Barretts Sale in California. All three will be trained by Craig Dollase.


Click here to watch the breeze videos.


Hip #8- Pure Prize filly out of Gatherindy

Hip #91- Eddington colt out of Gottah Penny

Hip #Lion Heart colt out of Profesora


Pure Prize filly:
















Eddington colt:













Lion Heart colt:














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