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St. Elias Yearlings



St. Elias Stable/West Point Thoroughbreds Partnership

West Point Thoroughbreds purchased some yearlings this year in partnership with St. Elias Stable, a racing entity owned by Vinny and Teresa Viola of New York City.
Vinny Viola is a 1977 West Point grad and a huge supporter of our business. He owned horses with us about 10 years ago and has exhibited great passion for the game. He’s been on Wall Street for many years and served as the head of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Vinny and Teresa came back into our world less than six months ago. They indicated they’d like to compete at the very highest end of the business. After discussing our visions, we saw an opportunity for the Violas to begin assembling a high-quality string of horses while affording West Point a chance to offer our investors more premium-pedigreed prospects at the same time.
This partnership is unique in the fact that it doesn’t function like a normal WPT syndicate. St. Elias retains majority ownership, but West Point manages the horses and the operations. These horses will run under the St. Elias colors with West Point Thoroughbreds listed as co-owner. We believe this arrangement is a huge win for both parties. It gives the Violas a chance to experience well-managed competition at the top of the game, and affords West Point investors with an opportunity to participate in horses that previously would have been out of our price range.
Watch a video/photo presentation on the St. Elias Yearlings:





Curlin-Tears I Cry filly


10%: $87,500





  • “Probably the best physical in the entire sale,” according to Mike Shannon.
  • This beauty is from the first cop of multiple Grade 1 winner and superb racehorse Curlin. Curlin earned over $10 million on the track and was Horse of the Year twice. His notable victories took place in the Dubai World Cup (G1), Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Preakness (G1), Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), amongst others.
  • Her dam, Tears I Cry by Chester House, is a graded stakes placed runner out of a half sister to top sire Street Cry and to the dam of another top sire in Sharmardal. Multiple Grade 1 winner Twirling Candy is also out of Chester House mare.
  • She is inbred 3×3 to Mr. Prospector for a 4% inbreeding coefficient, which is great for a broodmare.
  • This is a young, super exciting family. Curlin has all the potential to be a top, top stallion.
Terry Finley on Curlin Filly: "From the moment I saw this girl, I fell in love with her. She has so much presence and class. Curlin was one of the best racehorses we've seen over the past ten years, and I feel supremely confident that he is going to be a world class sire. This filly also has a very strong female family as well. From the looks of her, she should handle two turns no problem."
Curlin Filly under saddle at Kirkwood Stables. Note there is no sound in the video. 


Curlin winning the 2008 Dubai World Cup:




Distorted Humor-Lady Lochinvar filly

10%: $75,000

  • Pedigree expert John Sparkman absolutely loves this filly on paper. She is by a great sire, out of a mare by top broodmare sire Lord at War. Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass is also out of a Lord at War (Arg) mare. Distorted Humor is the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide. His runners have earned over $78 million, and he is 7th on the general sire list. Other top runners include Flower Alley, Any Given Saturday, Commentator
      • This filly has the physical presence to back up her excellent pedigree. She is stout, big boned, and athletic.
      • She’s a half sister to two graded stakes winners (Master Command and Aurora Lights), and her dam is half sister to five stakes winners, two Grade 1 winners, and tracing back to the great Phipps/Jacobs family of Searching.
      • This versatile family has graded stakes winners on dirt, turf, and synthetic.

      Terry Finley on Distorted Humor filly: "Take a look at her. She's stout and has great bone. When you glance at her pedigree page, you can't help but think "wow." Not only does she have one of the best pedigrees around, but she's got the body to back it up. This is an average-sized filly, but she has very strong hindquarters and a well-developed shoulder. With so much going for her, it's hard not to be excited."

    Distorted Humor Filly under saddle at Kirkwood Stables. Note there is no sound in the video. 


Drosselmeyer, by Distorted Humor winning the 2010 Belmont Stakes: 



Tale of the Cat-Satin Sunrise colt

10%: $32,500




  • One of the strongest pedigrees you’ll ever see, this colt is by top sire Tale of the Cat and a FULL brother to champion nine-furlong runner and sire Lion Heart.
  • Tale of the Cat is 8th on the general sire list. Notable runners include champions Gio Ponti, earner of over $5 million, Malevola, and Platinum Couple. Other Grade 1 winners include Lion Heart, Tale of Ekati, Glamour Puss, My Trusty Cat, and Tell at Tale. Nine crops of racing age have produced 150 worldwide stakes performers and earners of more than $70,000,000.
  • This colt’s dam, Satin Sunrise, won 23 times from ages 2 to 7, and earned over $263,000 on the track. Her record as a broodmare is strong. Not only is this colt a full brother to millionaire Lion Heart, he is a half brother to graded stakes winners Connemara and French Satin. He’s also bred on the same cross as Grade 1 winner Studentessa.

Terry on Tale of the Cat colt: "What I loved most about this colt at the sale was his attitude. Calm, collected, and smart. He walked into the ring and stood there like a staute. He's extremely athletic-looking and well-proportioned too. Tale of the Cat is about as solid a sire as they come, and this colt's full brother, Lion Heart, was a monster on the track and is making quite a name for himself at stud. This one looks precocious. I could see him making some noise at Saratoga next summer."
Tale of the Cat colt under saddle at Kirkwood Stables. Note there is no sound in the video. 


This colt's full brother, Lion Heart, winning the 2004 Haskell Invitational (G1):