Do you ever wonder how racehorses ship in the skies? I mean beyond the basic information such as they are transported via charter plane or Fed Ex and it costs thousands of dollars to fly them to their destination. How are they secured for landing? Are they always tranquilized? What health issues are associated with flying? Continue »
Breeding Thoroughbred Racehorses Blends Art and Science: Foaling Series Part I
It's that time of year again. With each passing day, more and more little ones are running through the fields here in Lexington, Kentucky with their proud moms. From now until June, more than 20,000 Thoroughbred foals will be born in North America. Of the foals born this year, only 20 of them will make it to the starting gate in the 2018 Kentucky Derby. A great deal of work goes into producing a healthy, thriving munchkin. The process begins long before a thoroughbred racehorse is ever born.
A galloping horse displays a four-beat footfall pattern with four distinct beats. When on the right lead the first beat is the left hind, followed by the right hind, left fore, and right fore. There is a period of suspension when all four feet are off the ground.
Racehorses in North America typically run around turns on their left lead and the straightaways on their right lead. The reason for this is that a horse is more balanced when they lead with the leg corresponding to the direction of the turn. Continue »
Losing a horse is one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult aspect of horse ownership. On this topic, one of the most common questions we receive from owners is, “Are West Point horses insured?” Continue »
We often hear this question from prospective owners trying to understand the best way to spread risk and diversify their equine portfolios.
If you ask people what their ultimate dream is as horse owners, many will probably tell you it’s winning the Kentucky Derby. The reality is, very few fillies run in the Kentucky Derby, and very, very few have ever won the Kentucky Derby. If you’re set on the chasing the Derby dream, stick with buying colts. Continue »
We tell prospective racing partnership owners about how critical it is to have a team of advisors you trust and how pedigree isn't the only thing to look at when evaluating a racehorse.
At the inaugural Thoroughbred Owner's Conference in Lexington this week, that message rang true from multiple panelists. West Point President Terry Finley served on the "Thoroughbred Auctions - Finding the Athletes" panel and offered some key thoughts along with a number of distinguished industry players. Continue »
Why in the world would you enter a turf race if you want to run a racehorse on dirt?
With fall approaching, the weather becomes more and more unpredictable. You’ll see a good number of horses entered in races for “main track only” across the country.
You guessed it. These horses are entered, but the connections only wish to run if the race is rained off the turf and moved to the dirt or synthetic and there are enough scratches (usually there are at least a few) to accommodate them. Continue »
Long time horse racing enthusiast and horse owner Sharon Balfe shares her thoughts on the unique role Saratoga plays in nurturing one of the often overlooked benefits of joining a horse racing p Continue »
Are you “that guy”? I used to be him.
You know him...He's your buddy, your fellow partner, or maybe even you.
He's the guy, who no matter the outcome of a race, can explain to you why his horse should have won and can detail the shortcomings of the ride, the break, the post, the track condition, the trip, and the distance. Continue »
Miguel Clement is a rising star in the industry. The son of trainer Christophe Clement, Miguel is a Darley Flying Start program trainee whose American work placement is with West Point Thoroughbreds. He’ll be part of our team through the beginning of July, and we look forward to introducing him to Partners this weekend at Belmont Park. And yes, we still consider him a part of the team even if he roots for Tonalist (his dad’s horse) in the Belmont Stakes!
Miguel spent a few minutes this morning with Dallas Stewart, longtime WPT trainer and conditioner of Belmont Stakes contender and Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve. Here’s what Dallas had to say.... Continue »