Blog Series: Terry's Blog
Well, sort of. A horse breaking a step slow isn’t always a bad thing. I’ll explain...
Earlier this week at Palm Beach Downs I had a great chat with Bob Duncan, a legend in the racing industry who's been around a starting gate for the better part of 45 years and was head NYRA starter for 10 years. A longtime friend and the most respected starter in the business, Bob now spends time in Saratoga and South Florida working as a private consultant. Continue »
Gulfstream Racetrack - the hottest (no pun intended) racetrack on the East Coast during the winter months. The Gulfstream Championship Meet runs from December 3rd through April 2nd. During this time, the most recognized faces and names in the racing industry compete. Owned by the Stronach Group, the track was opened in 1939 and is located in Hallandale Beach. Continue »
When are we running? That's probably the most popular question any Thoroughbred racing manager or trainer is asked. While the question is rather simple, the answer is not always as easy. Why? Well, owners and trainers are really at the mercy of the track's racing secretary, the person who writes the condition book, also known as the holy grail of racetrack information. Ah, the condition book. Two words that both bring both joy and frustration. Continue »
West Point Thoroughbreds celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. We owe our success to our horses and loyal Partners, the people who have grown the company into one of the leading racing syndicates in the country. It all started back in 1991 with an Army captain who was determined to build and live the American dream. Continue »
West Point Thoroughbreds achieved a 700 win milestone Sunday, August 28 when three-year-old filly Street Surrender won an allowance race at Golden Gate Fields. Street Surrender drove home clear by four and a half lengths. Continue »
With the Saratoga meet in full swing, excitement circulates the town. In horse racing, it’s the “most wonderful time of the year.”
While we welcome the class of 2016 2-year-olds, you may see an old, familiar face on the racetrack. Does the name Songster hit a high note for you?
The dark bay (nearly black) thoroughbred with a distinctive blaze and a white eye accompanying trainer Tom Albertrani’s horses to and from the track was once in the same shoes as the youngsters he is helping keep calm now. Continue »
Today is the Kentucky Derby, the greatest two minutes in sports. My husband and I weren’t planning on going to the Derby this year, until about two days ago. One of our good friends had two extra tickets and invited us, so I went through my hats and fascinators from past years and put an outfit together at the last minute.
Sometimes I just love watching the television broadcast and seeing all the interviews and behind the scenes stories. The years I’ve watched on TV, it isn’t until they play “My Old Kentucky Home” that I regret not going.
Two years ago West Point Thoroughbreds Commanding Curve ran second in the Derby. Continue »
Spend the morning of the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale with Terry Finley, Jeff Lifson, Tom Bellhouse, Erin Birkenhauer, and Tom Durkin. Learn the steps and strategies West Point Thoroughbreds deploys to find the best horses at the 2-year-old in training sales and why we love showing West Point Partners the “inner circle” of the horse sales in this video. Continue »
Finding and selecting the best equine athletes at 2-year-old in training sales takes hard, “roll up your sleeves” work, long hours, and discipline. Watch how our team uses decades of experience, the art of observation, and technology to select horses for our Thoroughbred partnerships. Continue »