Breeders' Cup 2013: Behind the Scenes at WPT
West Point has three horses running in the Breeders’ Cup this year: Suns Out Guns Out (Marathon), Twilight Eclipse (Turf), and Rock Me Baby (Turf Sprint).
Three new sets of silks are ordered, and we’re getting black blinkers for Suns Out Guns Out. If you watched his last race you’ll see he sported bright red ones -- can’t clash with the black and gold on national tv!
We started the process of securing Breeders’ Cup seats for our Partners months ago. As of yesterday, WPT Partners spent over $90,000 on tickets plus $6,000 on participant hats. If you estimate a conservative cost per person of $1,550 just for air, lodging, food, and entertainment, our Partners and staff alone will proudly contribute about $300,000 to the Breeders’ Cup and local economy.
Earlier this week we had conference calls with each of the partnerships competing in the Breeders’ Cup to go over how their horse is training up to the race and all the wonderful upcoming events. I received several calls afterwards from Partners so pumped that they were literally jumping out of their skin from the build up! That’s what I love about this moment in time: excitement, wonder, and possibility of it all.
Once again we’ll join industry leaders supporting Thoroughbred aftercare by pledging 0.5% of Breeders’ Cup winnings to New Vocations. Giving back to those who give us all so much joy is important, and we sure would love to write a big ol’ check come mid-November.
Terry Finley, Tom Bellhouse, and Erin Finley land in California on Tuesday. Jeff Lifson and Lindsey Heumann arrive on Wednesday. Our West Coast customer service guru Nancy Dollase will also be the grounds -- she knows the lay of the land out there as much as anybody.
Win, lose, or draw, it’s shaping up to be a very special weekend for our Partners and team.
P.S. We’ll take lots of pictures Breeders’ Cup week. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to get the latest trackside news from the team.