West Point Thoroughbreds

Gormley Colt Runs Them Off Their Feet at Keeneland

8th-Keeneland, $100,000, Msw, 4-24, 3yo, 7f, 1:27.05, ft, 11 1/4 lengths. B DAWK (c, 3, Gormley--Mott N Hester, by Super Saver) closed to get up for third debuting at five furlongs on the Del Mar turf Nov. 14 and improved a spot switching to dirt at Santa Anita on New Year's Eve. Bombing at 1-2 when sixth switching to Tapeta at Golden Gate, he ran a distant third behind impressive High Connection (Connect) back on the Arcadia main track Mar. 26 and was dispatched at 44-5 shipping in for this...

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Third Session of OBS April Ends With a Bang

by Jessica Martini & Christie DeBernardis OCALA, FL--Action started off measured at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale's third session Thursday, but picked up noticeably throughout the day, capped by a $1.7-million Tapit colt purchased by Lane's End Racing and West Point Thoroughbreds. Hip 885 was the fourth seven-figure seller of the sale so far. There were a few new faces buying in the top end Thursday with Christine and Phil Hatfield's CHP Racing purchasing a $870,000 son of Into Mischief (Hip 844); trainer Cherie DeVaux securing a $685,000...

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West Point, Lane's End Team Up for $1.7-Million Tapit Colt

West Point Thoroughbreds and Lane's End Farm teamed up to purchase a colt by Tapit (hip 885) for $1.7 million Thursday at OBS. The gray, the auction's fourth seven-figure juvenile, was consigned by Eddie Woods on behalf of his breeder, Gainesway Farm. Out of Pension (Seeking the Gold), he is a full-brother to graded stakes winner Thoughtfully.

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Carter Field Takes Shape

Godolphin's Speaker's Corner (Street Sense) and First Captain (Curlin), owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Siena Farm, Woodford Racing and celebrity chef Bobby Flay, appear on course for a tilt at the seven-furlong GI Carter H. Apr. 9 at Aqueduct. This term, the former, trained by Bill Mott, has posted a pair of one-turn victories at Gulfstream Park--the GIII Fred Hooper S. Jan. 29 followed by the Mar. 5 GII Gulfstream Park Mile. Last year, he won three starts in New York, including a 6 3/4-length triumph in a Belmont optional...

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Terry Finley Talks OBS March, Next Start for Flightline On Writers' Room

Shortly before purchasing eight horses on the first day of the OBS March Sale, West Point Thoroughbreds CEO Terry Finley joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland Tuesday morning as the Green Group Guest of the Week to talk about the strength of the sales market, trying to find the perfect formula in analyzing and purchasing horses at auction, the latest with superstar Flightline (Tapit) and much more. "There is no secret sauce, and we bring that up to prospective partners all the time, to acknowledge something that's obvious...

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Terry Finley Joins the TDN Writers' Room

West Point Thoroughbreds' Terry Finley joined this week's TDN Writers' Room on the eve of the start of the 2-year-olds sales season at the OBS March Sale. The writers asked Finley about the health of the market, some of his picks for top first-crop sire, and of course, how superstar Flightline is training these days.

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“A Stake in Stardom” Initiative Unveiled by America's Best Racing

America's Best Racing, a multimedia fan development and awareness-building platform formed by The Jockey Club (TJC), has launched a new initiative designed to introduce racing to new fans. Named "A Stake in Stardom," the program has tabbed brand ambassadors Sarah Cline and Joey Mulinaro to go behind the scenes as partial owners of 3-year-olds in partnership with West Point Thoroughbreds. Cline is best known as a TikTok influencer and Mulinaro is a former Barstool Sports contributor and impressionist. Each will receive a minority ownership stake in Giant Game (Giant's Causeway)...

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Unbeaten Flightline Back in Training

Undefeated 'TDN Rising Star' and jaw-dropping GI Runhappy Malibu S. winner Flightline (Tapit) returned to the track at Santa Anita Saturday after a strain in his hock forced him to miss a planned start in Saturday's GII San Carlos S. "He jogged a mile which is pretty routine," trainer John Sadler said. "We think his setback is over and he's back to training." Flightline, campaigned in partnership by the powerhouse line-up of Hronis Racing, Siena Farm, Summer Wind Equine, West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing, made it a perfect three-for-three...

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First Captain First, Triple Tap Third in Returns

A pair of highly touted sophomores returned to make their 4-year-old debuts with mixed results Sunday. First Captain (Curlin), sent off the 4-5 favorite in a seven-furlong allowance at Gulfstream Sunday, looked to have left himself too much to do before making a furious late rally to win by a head in his first start since finishing third in the Curlin S. last summer. The 'TDN Rising Star' and $1.5-million Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling won last year's GIII Dwyer S. for West Point Thoroughbreds, Siena Farm, Bobby Flay and Woodford Racing...

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APBs: McGaughey Troops Gearing Up in South Florida

A pair of highly regarded sophomores of 2021 are on the comeback trail for Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey. Courtlandt Farm's homebred Greatest Honour (Tapit--Tiffany's Honour, by  Street Cry {Ire}) was a serious early contender for the GI Kentucky Derby following flashy wins in Gulfstream's GIII Holy Bull S. and GII Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S. last winter. After finishing a flat third as the 4-5 favorite in the GI Curlin Florida Derby Mar. 27, however, McGaughey decided to hit the reset button on the bay. "I wasn't really pleased...

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Unbeaten Superstar Flightline Sidelined

Unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' and jaw-dropping GI Runhappy Malibu S. winner Flightline (Tapit) has had a setback and will miss an intended start in the GII San Carlos S. at Santa Anita Mar. 5. "He had a little bit of a strain in his hock," trainer John Sadler said on TVG. "The good news is the X-rays are negative. He's not going to work tomorrow. He's not going to run in the San Carlos. But it's not a big thing. He's a little bit off pattern." Sadler added, "There's no...

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West Point Adds New Owner Concierge

West Point Thoroughbreds has hired Danielle Austin to work as an additional owner concierge alongside Nancy Dollase, and the newcomer is no stranger to high-pressure environments. Austin worked at Lane's End for six years as coordinator for bloodstock, racing, and sales operations as well as working with West Point's bloodstock advisor, David Ingordo. The native of Monmouth County, New Jersey has held several industry roles including at WinStar Farm, Brookdale Sales and leading Standardbred operation Hanover Shoe Farms. Founder and CEO Terry Finley praised Austin's preparation for the new position:...

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