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We ended a great month of June last week. A good number of our horses are running well. Time to focus on Del Mar and Saratoga. We should be loaded for both meets. Was thinking over weekend about excuses and how they play out in this game we call racing.

Sometimes horses have legitimate excuses for not running better. Most of the time, excuses are just plain dumb. The vast majority of times the best horse won on that particular day. Now, don't get me wrong, the best horse on one day can be very different than the best horse on another day. I have to laugh when I read about owners, trainers, racing managers, partnership managers, etc. blame the jock, the trainer, the surface, the starting gate crew, the lead pony, the shadows on the racetrack - and on and on and on.

We think we have a pretty good system in place. We run, we evaluate our horses, and look to the future. Even the best horses can't be the best every day. All we can do is keep them healthy and happy, and hope they are the best more often than not. Saratoga and Del Mar here we come.

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Sep 8 2010 - 12:24pm
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11 pm on July 05, 2009

We ended a great month of June last week. A good number of our horses are running well. Time to focus on Del Mar and Saratoga. We should be loaded for both meets.

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We finally got our six year-old gelding, Awesome Gem, to the winner's circle after a little more than two years (his last win was on June 23, 2007 in an allowance at Hollywood Park) on Saturday out West.   He's made over a million dollars since then yet not winner's circle photos.  Lets hope he's got his mojo back and rolls right into the Hollywood Gold Cup in two weeks.

Also good to see our other six year-old gelding, RJ's Brigade get the job done at Belmont today in his second start off the layoff.  He's such an honest horse who we should have some fun with.  Another comebacker, Saratoga Russell, ran a solid second today at Monmouth in his first start since last March.  He'll be doubly tough in his  next start.

We finish the first half of the year right at two million in earnings and just under thirty wins.  Currently we are the fifth leading owner in money won in North America.  Not too shabby and we are loaded for bear for the second half of 2009.

Unfortunate news out of Kentucky - the state Senate failed to pass the slots legislation last week.  What were they thinking?  More and more states in the region have slots.  Horses and horsemen follow the money trail.  I am not very bullish on the future of Kentucky racing if things don't change in a big way.

Saratoga and Del Mar only a few weeks away.  That has a nice ring to it, no?

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Jun 29 2009 - 11:00pm
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11 pm on June 29, 2009

We finally got our six year-old gelding, Awesome Gem, to the winner's circle after a little more than two years (his last win was on June 23, 2007 in an allowance at Hollywood Park) on Satur

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A good week on the racetrack.  South Bronx breaks his maiden on Thursday at Belmont.  Voodoo Child shows quite a bit of improvement running second at Churchill the same day.  Rereadthefootnotes (pictured) wins a first level allowance off the layoff on Saturday at Belmont.  The Whammer runs a game second off the layoff at Hollywood.  Erin's Golden Star just gets beat in an allowance at Philly, and Palace On The Lake is a fast-closing third in her first effort against winners at Philly.  Pygmalion wins a thriller Sunday in the slop at Finger Lakes.

Dale Romans started our first two year-old of the year, Successful Score, in the last at Churchill on Saturday.  This colt has the potential to be a star after finishing a closing second to a very good Asmussen winner.  Watch out Saratoga.

Sure is nice to have several fit and fresh runners as we start the summer campaigns across the country.  I've said it for a long time - nothing is better for these horses then giving them time off and out of training. 

Sunday was Father's Day.  Many of our clients relate the fact that they caught "the racing bug" by going to the races as youngsters with their fathers.  I know that's how I got hooked.  My father was a teacher - after school, we used to go to Keystone Racetrack (now known as Philadelphia Park) for the last two races several days a week.  They used to let everyone in for free after the seventh race in those days. 

Have a good week.

Terry

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Jun 21 2009 - 11:00pm
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11 pm on June 21, 2009

A good week on the racetrack.  S

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Just back from a weekend in Kentucky and what a weekend it was.  Started out on Thursday in Lexington for a very interesting Breeders Cup Stratagy pow wow.  More to follow on BC but I think the organization is in pretty good shape considering how the industry is wavering a bit.

Friday, my daughter Erin and I went over to Louisville for a few hours before meeting some of the Macho partners for drinks at the Pub in Downtown Louisville.  We finished the night with a great dinner and a few hands of blackjack at the casino in Indiana, but only about ten miles from downtown Louisville.

Saturday rolled around and the partners started moving toward Churchill Downs.  Beautiful day, sunny, slight breeze and about 78 degrees.   Churchill provided two suites upstairs in the Jockey Suites area and the group got settled for a long day of waiting.

Fast forward five hours.  Macho Man is in the paddock.  He looks very good and handles himselft with class.  The rest of the field looks superb.  Keep in mind this is the paddock for a Grade One, in fact I learned it's the only Grade One on the dirt for olders in the Midwest - All Year!

They break and our little Grey colt drops over to the rail and just gets into a nice easy rhythm chasing the seven horses in front of him.

As they turned down the backside, I sensed the leaders were picking it up some.  Just what we needed.  Truth be told, at the half mile pole, I questioned if he was good enough to run by every one of these good  horses after such a sensible pace.  I, and the entire racing world, was about to get the answer. 

Macho started his run, reminiscent of the New Orleans Handicap rally.  I glanced at Einstein.  He is in a trap very similar to the trap Macho found himslft in on the far turn in the Travers last summer.  No where to go with some run - oh well.

Everybody knows what happens next.  Macho makes a sweeping six wide run from dead last to run by a very, very classy field of older handicap horses.

West Point Partners stand in the winner's circle after the Foster for the second time in three years.  Dave Berman from New York was the only WPT Partner in both of the photos as he owned a peice of Flashy Bull as well.

And now the pundits come out of the woodwork. 

This little colt is too slow.  He will never beat Einstein or Adriatic Boy ever again.  He Beyers are below par.  His sheet numbers are below average.

Here is what I do know - the colt won the Derby Trail, finished second in the Preakness, won the Jim Dandy, second in the Super Derby, won the New Orleans Handicap, won the Foster, and now has dead aim on the Whitney.

So, as long as the Pundits don't "get to" the horsemen's paymaster at Churchill and we can withdraw that $360k from the Foster win within the next week - I think we will be ok.

Have a great week.

Terry

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11 pm on June 14, 2009

Just back from a weekend in Kentucky and what a weekend it was.  Started out on Thursday in Lexington for a very interesting Breeders Cup Stratagy pow wow.  More to follow on BC but I

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A great weekend for racing and a fitting finale for the Triple Crown.  As Summer Bird crossed the wire in the third jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday, my daughter Erin reminded me of a statement I made on Thursday before the Derby standing outside barn 42 at Churchill Downs.  She asked me who "really didn't belong in the gate for the Derby?"  I distinctly remember telling her I thought both of the "Bird Horses" just didn't fit.  Those "Bird Horses" were Mine That Bird and Summer Bird.  Both of them were housed very close to our Oaks Contender, Justwhistledixie.  That's racing.

The New York Times, while not very kind to racing overall this spring, did have an interesting article on reworking the Triple Crown.  Take a look http://therail.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/triple-crown-needs-major-reform/?scp=1&sq=len%20friedman&st=cse

I am going to take a harder look at this issue in the coming months. On the surface, changing the timing of the Triple Crown seems like a decent idea, but is it viable?  A very important question is what it does to the economics of the two tracks involved, Pimlico and Belmont. 

More and more, I am realizing the only real "magic wand" for horses is time and Mother Nature.  As the article indicates, they run so hard and dig down so deep; horses need more and more time to "regroup".   I know some need more time than others, but the data is pretty darn conclusive that time helps in a big way.

I do know something has to change as the Triple Crown season destroys too many horses.  Year after year, people push and push horses who just aren't ready - and for what?  Almost all owners talk about "doing the right thing for the horse".  Sadly not everyone puts words into action.

We have a big week ahead with Macho Again in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs on Saturday.  We'll try to win the race for the second time in three years with Robbie Albarado on a grey colt from the Holy Bull line.

Have a great week-

Terry

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11 pm on June 07, 2009

A great weekend for racing and a fitting finale for the Triple Crown.  As Summer Bird crossed the wire in the third jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday, my daughter Erin reminded me of a

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We are at the start of Belmont Stakes week.  Man, the Triple Crown has gone by quickly.  Of course, the Belmont is a funny race and don't be surprised if the racing world is left scratching its collective head late on Saturday afternoon by the outcome.

The horse cards, depicting our new Class of 2009, go in the mail this week.  The entire process of buying, and then presenting, these young horses to potential investors is both lengthy and interesting.

Check them out, buy them, photograph them, do a writeup on them (we use the Bloodstock writer from the Thoroughbred Times, John Sparkman for a detailed pedigree writeup on each of them), send the mockups to the printer, proofread the returned drafts, send them to the printing press, and finally address them and  get them out the door and into the hands of West Point clients and prospective clients.

This year we'll send out about 4300 full packets to the group.  Now we just have to start getting the class up and running and into the winner's circle.

By the way, I love Mine That Bird in the Belmont.   He'll be the favorite but I think he runs away from the field during that long journey around the Belmont strip.

Have a good week.

Terry

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11 pm on May 31, 2009

We are at the start of Belmont Stakes week.  Man, the Triple Crown has gone by quickly.  Of course, the Belmont is a funny race and don't be surprised if the racing world is left s

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Celebrated Memorial Day today by honoring our veterans of current and past wars.  Always good to give thanks and remember the many people that paid the ultimate price so we can enjoy the freedoms of living in the greatest country on earth.

Tough weekend with the scratch of Mr. Fantasy from the Met Mile, and a difficult beat suffered by Awesome Gem at Golden Gate in a Grade Three.  Mr. Fantasy just wasn't himself during training on Saturday morning.  The spring had gone so well with things falling into place.  We most likely would have been first or second choice today.  Just wasn't meant to be.

We'll live to fight another day.  Can't look back in this game.  Once they run a race, whether we're in it or not, just turn the page and look forward.   Gotta be positive all the time in this perplexing game we call racing.

I spent the weekend at Saratoga with Debbie and my daughter Erin.  What a beautiful place.  The first wave of horses is training on the Oklahoma Training Track.  The pace around town is picking up each and every day.  In a few days the Saratoga meet will be "next month".

Looks like Justwhistledixie is back to her old self.  She worked as good as ever on Saturday morning at Belmont (five furlongs in 59 and change).  They better bring their running shoes to beat her in the Acorn on Belmont Stakes Day.

Until next week,

Terry

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11 pm on May 24, 2009

Celebrated Memorial Day today by honoring our veterans of current and past wars.  Always good to give thanks and remember the many people that paid the ultimate price so we can enjoy the fr

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What a race.  The filly got the job done today in the Preakness holding on over a fast closing Derby winner, Mine That Bird.

A great day of racing.  Big Crowd, lot of buildup and coverage and an exciting race. 

Let's see what happens in the Belmont.  How fun would that have been if Mine That Bird got up and we moved on to the Belmont Stakes with a Triple Crown chance.  Not this year but we may get a rematch between the Preakness one/two runners.

Our filly Justwhistledixie got back on the worktab at Belmont today for the first time since scratching from the Oaks.  She worked in company with our three-year-old star, Mr. Fantasy.  All is set for this colt to run in next Monday's Met Mile.  We'll get in light - maybe 110 pounds so we're looking around the country for a rider who can tack at or near that weight.  Rafael Bejano from California fits the bill - now we just have to get him out to the East Coast.  Sure would be nice if NYRA published the weight at least ten days out from a big race like the Met Mile.  We'll only have five days from Wednesday to round up that rider for our three-year-old colt.

Lets hope the American Press gives the racing industry favorable coverage of the Preakness.  Seems like it's too easy to take shots at our industry these days.  There are so many good, solid story lines in the business today.  As I like to say, there is so much magic in racing.  We just have to promote that magic and spread the word each and every day.

Until next week,

Terry

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11 pm on May 15, 2009

What a race.  The filly got the job done today in the Preakness holding on over a fast closing Derby winner, Mine That Bird.

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An interesting week in racing to say least.  On Sunday, I listened all day to the comments, claims and counterclaims of the owners of Pioneer of the Nile and Mine That Bird.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/50705/zayat-reconsiders-wont-keep-rachel-out

What a bunch of bunk.  I am very glad the mess got squared away and no one will attempt to keep Rachel Alexandra out of the Preakness.  She is a wonderful filly and deserves a chance to run in the second leg of the Triple Crown.
The great thing about our game is we settle all of our scores on the racetrack.

We've had a rash of injuries over the last four weeks in our stable.  In fact I'm not sure we've ever had such a tough run of bad luck.  We know this is a cyclical matter and we will redouble our efforts to make sound and smart decisions in managing these horses
What a race the Preakness could turn out to be.  Don't count out Mine That Bird - he could very well prove the Derby was not a fluke.
Until next week,
Terry

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11 pm on May 11, 2009

An interesting week in racing to say least.  On Sunday, I listened all day to the comments, claims and counterclaims of the owners of Pioneer of the Nile and Mine That Bird.

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Wow, what a Derby weekend.  A cowboy trainer from New Mexico trailered his horse 21 hours to Churchill Downs and left with the Derby Trophy.

The Derby winner was a bad fourth in his last start (the Sunland Park Derby).  Over 15 jockeys turned down the mount on the winner.  Calvin Borel's agent was not even at the races.  He had had lunch near us on Friday, Oaks Day.  Late in the day on Friday, someone asked him if he was coming back to the track on Derby Day.  His reply?  "No, Calvin has a light day of mounts and is riding a horse with no shot in the Derby - I'm staying home to watch it on the TV".

We had a tough Friday when Dixie was scratched two hours before the Kentucky Oaks.  The way Rachel Alexandra ran, we would have been second at best.  What a filly.  She could be the best horse we've seen in a long, long time.  I was not totally sold before the race - I am sold in a huge way right now.

The crowds were solid over Derby Weekend.  I know we have issues in this business.  But - don't count us out yet - there are too many people who are over top passionate with this business.  Over $165 million was bet on the Derby Card. 

Preakness next up in the Triple Crown run.  We may have a starter in the form of Mr. Fantasy - more to come.  Have a good week.

Terry

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11 pm on May 02, 2009

Wow, what a Derby weekend.  A cowboy trainer from New Mexico trailered his horse 21 hours to Churchill Downs and left with the Derby Trophy.

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