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Well, it's finally here - Derby Week.  We've been going as a company to Louisville for the first Saturday in May for the last 12 years.  Our first one was in 1997 when Silver Charm got up by a small head in a thrilling race.

Every year when I arrive at Churchill I look forward to the feeling I get when I see the twin spires for the first time from the backstretch.  What  a feeling - pure awe reflecting on all the owners and trainers over the last 140 years who looked at those same twin spires and dreamed of basking in the glory beneath them.

This year we are set to run our first Oaks runner, Justwhistledixie.  Take a look at her page http://www.kentuckyoaks.com/2009/racing-information/contenders/justwhistledixie.  We think she fair well against the big favorite Rachel Alexandra.  We've beat everybody we've run against this year and so has Rachel.  Let the best filly wear the lilies late on Friday afternoon.  The race is on the Bravo Channel from five to six.

Our friend Mr. Fantasy came back from a brief break yesterday with a huge effort in winning the Withers at Aqueduct on Saturday.  We have so many options with him over the six months.  One of the most talented horses ever to run under the black and gold.  Take a look at his effort - http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/aqu/2009/4/25/9/withers-s

Of course we can't forget about our big shot four year-old Macho Again.  He'll be odds on in the Alysheba Stakes on Friday at Churchill in a prep for the Grade One Foster.  He's never trained or acted better. 

This week typifies all that is good about thoroughbred racing.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I intend to.

Have a good week.

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Apr 25 2009 - 11:00pm
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11 pm on April 25, 2009

Well, it's finally here - Derby Week.  We've been going as a company to Louisville for the first Saturday in May for the last 12 years.  Our first one was in 1997 when Silver C

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The Kentucky Oaks is 13 days away.  We are all set with Justwhistledixie.  After looking at the video of Dixie working along side Fitz Just Right on Friday at Keeneland- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhhuMw0J1RI we decided "we gotta run Fitzy in the Oaks". 

So, there it is - we are set to run two nice, nice fillies in the most famous filly race in the world.  We think both have a shot to get the job done.  Today we found out Stardom Bound and Just Jenda will both miss the Oaks.  Rachel Alexandra will be a strong favorite on the first Friday of May at Churchill Downs.

I leave on Sunday to go back to California for a charity golf tourney in Palm Desert.  My golf game is improving but it's still not as good as our COO, Josh Cooper's game.  He plays more than I do and has better clubs...

We are twittering for both Dixie and Fitzy.  Check out their pages on Twitter.... twitter.com/dixieintheoaks and twitter.com/fitzjustrightwp  

We can't forget about Macho Again.  He is set for the Alysheba on Oaks Day.  So glad we passed on the Charlestown Classic which was run on the 18th.  Speed favoring track won by a hometown horse.  Just did not fit our colt's running style.  We'll be tough to beat next week.

The entire world focuses on Churchill Downs on May 1st and 2nd.  Let's hope we are in play in a few spots.

Until next week.

Terry

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11 pm on April 19, 2009

The Kentucky Oaks is 13 days away.  We are all set with Justwhistledixie.  After looking at the video of Dixie working along side Fitz Just Right on Friday at Keeneland- Entry 20

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Sitting in the San Diego Airport waiting to board the redeye back to Philly to be with Debbie and Ryan to celebrate Easter.

Busy week.  Had a Breeder's Cup Meeting on Tuesday in Lexington.  Stayed over and bought two very nice colts at the Keeneland Training Sale.  An Offlee Wild colt and a Pleasantly Perfect colt (who is a half brother to Justwhistledixie).  On Wednesday, I went to Palm Desert to play golf and meet with a Dixie partner, RD Hubbard.  He's in his early seventies and has done so many things in his life - a true American success story - but he's still pumped beyond belief about having a big shot in the Oaks.

Drove to Temecula on Thursday to get ready for our Southern California Farm Tour and Two Year-Old Event.  Met up with Josh and JB.   Friday we had a neat wine tasting party for clients at a Southern Cal winery.  Highlight of that night was hearing Laffit Pincay discuss his amazing riding career and life. 

On Saturday morning we entertained over fifty clients at Peacefield Farm in Temecula.  We are certainly building for the future in Southern California....

The Oaks is 20 days away and the excitement is building.  I know our filly will not get top billing in the prerace buildup - Rachel Alexandra is the likely favorite.  Rachel has never run against a filly like Dixie - she better be ready to run the race of her life when the gates open.

We started a Twitter page for clients and fans to follow Dixie on a daily basis.  You can logon and get on the list to get updates by clicking here http://twitter.com/dixieintheoaks.

We've got Mr. Fantasy, Macho Again, Awesome Gem and Fitz Just Right all gearing up for stakes action over the next few weeks.

Nothing like a barn full of runners to get one up in the morning.  Kentucky Oaks here we come......

Terry

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11 pm on April 13, 2009

Sitting in the San Diego Airport waiting to board the redeye back to Philly to be with Debbie and Ryan to celebrate Easter.

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Just got back from Ocala and our annual two year-old gala at David McKathan's farm. Over fifty partners and guests got a chance to break bread together on Friday night following by a morning on the farm viewing the new stable prospects in action on the track.

Lotsa sunshine, lotsa interest, twenty nice racing prospects and an enjoyable time for all...

Looks like we will be second choice in the Oaks with Dixie. Rachlel Alexandra was very impressive today at Oaklawn in the Fantasy. She'll be tough to handle but I know she hasn't faced any other filly nearly as talented Justwhistledixie over the last four races. The Kentucky Oaks is the most prestigious race in world for three year-old fillies. A little less than four weeks away - the first Friday in May. Lets line them up and see who's best...

Headed to Kentucky on Monday morning for two days of sales (Monday and Tuesday nights for the Keeneland Two Year-old Sales). Leave Kentucky on Wednesday for a three days in California and the Peacefield Event. Take the redeye home on Saturday night and arrive in Jersey in time for Easter festivities on Sunday morning.

This train never stops - and that's the way we like it.

Have a good week.

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11 pm on April 04, 2009

Just got back from Ocala and our annual two year-old gala at David McKathan's farm.

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What a day we had yesterday at Gulfstream Park.  Our Kentucky Oaks-bound filly, Justwhistledixie, made it five in a row by winning the Bonnie Miss going nine furlongs.  She's now won stakes going six, seven, eight and nine furlongs.  We've never had such an accomplished horse this early in the three year-old year.

Congrats to her partners and hope we have a great month setting our sights on the first Friday in May.

Earlier this week, Joe Drape of the New York Times wrote an article about how little racing has done to reform in the year since the breakdown of Eight Belles after the Derby.

Joe's a friend of mine - that being said, I don't know how he could have made some of the points he made.  The racing industry, in particular the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), has done very good and effective work over the last eleven months.

Alex Walthrop, head of the NTRA, wrote a rebuttal to Joe's article on his blog earlier this week.

You can take a look at both articles by clicking here:

http://ntra.com/blog.aspx?blogid=15&year=2009&month=3&day=24

Finally, earlier this month, Bruce Casella, who does much of our video work, was at Gulfstream Park for Justwhistledixie's Davona Dale win. Thought you might like the Youtube clip he did profiling two of our partners - who just happen to be father and son.

Take a look - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOsIORzyoUw

Have a good week.

Terry

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Mar 26 2009 - 11:00pm
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11 pm on March 26, 2009

What a day we had yesterday at Gulfstream Park.  Our Kentucky Oaks-bound filly, Justwhistledixie, made it five in a row by winning the Bonnie Miss go

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Our class of 2009 is just about, if not, totally complete.  We went all over the country to sort through about ten thousand horses to come up with 22 that make up our new class.  Hard work but so much fun.  Can't wait to see which youngsters are the "ones" this time next year.

Busy couple of weeks coming up.  Justwhistledixie and Mr. Fantasy will run in the next two weeks in final preps for Kentucky Derby weekend.

One of the aspects of our business I find so interesting is the next six weeks before the Derby.  Several horses totally off the radar screen will jump on the train with huge performances over the next three weeks.  Today in the Lane's End at Turfway, a colt named Hold Me Back put himself squarely in the Derby window with a big win.  He had not run since November.  What a nice performance.  Goes to show you - it doesn't matter what they do as two year-olds or early three year-olds - it matters most what these horses do in late March and early April before the Derby.

A good week for the little gray colt that could stabled at Fair Grounds - Macho Again.  It's very cool - and rewarding - to see how a trainer, given a free rein and a solid prospect, develops and mentors a nice horse into a budding superstar.   Training horses is a tough profession - you have to be tough on the outside but soft on the inside.  And, you have to love horses - all of our trainers love the horses in their care.

Until next week.

Terry

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11 pm on March 19, 2009

Our class of 2009 is just about, if not, totally complete.  We went all over the country to sort through about ten thousand horses to come up with 22 that make up our new class.  Hard

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Just settling into Ocala for the next week. The March Sale is next Tuesday and Wednesday. We've always done well at this sale. Buzz Chace and Mike Shannon have been here in Ocala for the last eight days. They know every horse in the sale. We saw the entire catalog breeze over the last two days.

We have such an advantage over the trainers/buying groups who are just arriving and have to evaluate over 500 horses in the next few days.

Had a great trip out to the Barretts Sale earlier this week. Picked up a flashy, athletic colt by a new sire, Castledale.

Can't forget about the racetrack. We run our big gray, Macho Again, on Saturday in the New Orleans Handicap. Over the next few weeks we run in the Bonnie Miss, the Ashland and the Wood Memorial. Let's hope we can get a little lucky.

Magna Entertainment filed for bankruptcy recently. What a shame. We know some of the tracks under their umbrella will go by the wayside over the next few years. Our business is changing and changing in a big way. Bottom line is we have to get more people interested in our business. More people paying attention to the Derby Trail and Breeder's Cup. More people opening betting accounts. More people exposed to the MAGIC of our business.

It's up to each one of us to make it happen.

Have a great week.

Terry

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11 pm on March 12, 2009

Just settling into Ocala for the next week. The March Sale is next Tuesday and Wednesday. We've always done well at this sale.

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Greetings. 

Are you ready for Saturday? It's time for Mr. Fantasy to take his first step onto the big stage. 

Here is a blog with a preview of the race:

http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/triplecrowntalk/archive/2009/03/05/gotham-analysis-and-selections.aspx

Now, here are my thoughts on the biggest race of the year so far for a West Point horse:

#1 Naos - Got a confidence builder at Philadelphia Park. He has dangerous connections. Can't discount.

#2 Russell Road - Gem of consistency is a half-length from being 7 for 7. He's the equivalent of a AA Ballplayer pitching in the playoffs at Yankee Stadium. Will be interesting to see how competes against the big boys.

#3 Masala - Nice horse.  Stablemate of Naos.  Seems a bit slower than that one.  Respect Pletcher at all times.

#4 Axel Foley - Purchased at the beginning of February by a friend of mine, Jeff Singer, who has an extreme case of Derby Fever. He doesn't look fast enough from his Polytrack form, but we know they can improve first time on the dirt.

#5 Mr. Fantasy - Everything has gone according to plan. He's ready for this spot, but we don't think he's over the top because we have one more stop on the road to Kentucky. This is an acid test. Every year we see the trail strewn with talented horses that run too good too soon. Our goal is to get him to run well without having to run his eyeballs out.

#6 Haynesfield - Certainly done a lot right in his career. He's dominated the Aqueduct winter. He shows speed. His pedigree, in particular his sire, leaves a question as to how far he'll want to go against the best horses. His worktab in the last month has been less than stellar. His jockey opted to go to California to ride in the Big Cap.

#7 Imperial Council - Well bred by a hot sire. Ran well off the bench three weeks ago in Florida. Has worked twice since then. He did not retain Edgar Prado who went elsewhere. The wiseguys say he has a very good chance to bounce. If he doesn't, he will be a dangerous contender.

#8 I Want Revenge - A very legitimate horse who hung a bit in the last furlong of the R.B. Lewis at Santa Anita four weeks ago. This is his first time on dirt. His post draw could be a negative. I prefer others.

#9 Giant Ryan - Looks to be a huge longshot. That's compounded by a bad post. He'll likely be a factor early in the race.

There's the field.  Everything is set.  We'll be near the pace early.  Let's hope for a clean start, a safe trip and a little racing luck.  I hope to be in the Winner's Circle with our partners and friends at around 4:25 on Saturday.

Terry

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Greetings. 

Are you ready for Saturday? It's time for Mr. Fantasy to take his first step onto the big stage. 

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Really a fun week just past.  We conducted our first of its kind webinar on Tuesday.  Over 175 people watched at one point or another.  Take a look the replay by clicking here

Yesterday at Philly Park, Izzyy Fitzy went wire to wire in scoring another win.  His second in three starts.  We raced his sire five years ago.  What a neat thing to see several of Seattle Fitz's offspring running so well around the country. 

Today we try to get the money with Justwhistledixie in the Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park.

In the webinar mentioned above, we announced an initiative called FATE which stands for Find A Thoroughbred Enthusiast.  Bottom line is we want everyone associated with West Point to either bring someone they know to the races or introduce them to our great game via a website or newsletter.  Just get three people engaged in some way, shape or form between now and the time they break from the gate in this year's Kentucky Derby the first weekend in May.

Simple enough?  We think so.  We can all make this business better - one person at a time.  There are no magic wands - each one of us needs to step up and take responsibility.

Will you do your part?  Let us know how you are fairing in this program.

I'm at the Fasig Tipton Sale here in Miami.  The breeze show was Friday - track was much slower then in previous years.  We'll see how they sell on Tuesday starting at noon.  You can see the sale live at the Fasig Website here.

Of course, we are all anxiously awaiting the next start for Mr. Fantasy in the Gotham this Saturday at Aqueduct.  Things have gone perfectly so far.  He's worked twice since his last race.  Both works were almost identical, half in 47 and change and gallop out of a minute.  He's eating great and looks great.  The others better have their running shoes on when they line up against this dude on Saturday.

If he runs well on Saturday we are one step away from the first Saturday in May.   This is the best time of the year in Thoroughbred racing - the Derby Trail.  It's great to "Live The Magic" by having a legitimate shot at getting to the Big Dance.

Have a great week.
Terry

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12 am on February 27, 2009

Really a fun week just past.  We conducted our first of its kind webinar on Tuesday.  Over 175 people watched at one point or another.  Take a look the replay by Entry 13

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Just finishing up an amazing week.  I got back from the first training sale of the year on Wednesday night. We ended up with seven two year-olds.  Prices are down about 30%.  Quite simply it is a great time to buy and race horses.

Our horses are running well right now.  We won a stake last week in California with El Gato Malo, finished third with Buzzin and Dreamin in the Southwest, and won the Ocala Filly race on Monday with Fitz Just Right. We all look good when these horses run like they run.  Actually, it takes buying the right horses, putting them in the right hands and giving Mother Nature a chance to work her magic (i.e. giving them time to get ready to race and then recover between races).

The Triple Crown Trail is starting to heat up.  Each week the deck changes some.  We hope we have a chair to sit in when the music stops later this spring and the Derby Field comes together.

The entire WPT team is excited about our first ever live webinar to be held on Tuesday afternoon at 1pm est.  Here is the link:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/west-point-thoroughbreds

I'll discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of the thoroughbred industry.  I look forward to having you join us on Tuesday afternoon.

All the best,

Terry

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12 am on February 20, 2009

Just finishing up an amazing week.  I got back from the first training sale of the year on Wednesday night. We ended up with seven two year-olds.  Prices are down about 30%.

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