Not long before buying 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 like Green Team Guest of the Week to talk about the power of the sales market, trying to find the perfect recipe in analyzing and buying horses at auction, the latest recipe with superstar Flightline (Tapit) and more.
“There’s no secret sauce, and we always bring that up to potential partners, to acknowledge something that’s obvious to all of us who’ve been in the game.” Finley talks about the horse trade. “There is a small portion of the group of horses that will be sold [this week] that, on the surface, is obvious. They put everything together – they surpass the vet, they work really, really well. Those things, you don’t really have to think much about it. But most of them are in the middle… Some shippers, if you see: 10 1/5 [furlong breeze] And knowing their history and how they bring these horses to market, you know that can be very, very good. Then you see someone else with a ratio: 9 4/5 and they have a horse speed: 10 2/5, that’s a factor. You talk about how they come out of the pole. There are some of them who don’t get off the eighth pole as quickly as they could, so: 10 2/5 on top of a good gallop will catch us. You look at how they got out of the wind and how they acted because they were under a lot of stress. There are many things that work. It’s a beautiful game, and you always have to keep improving your progress. ”
Finley was then asked for an update on the undefeated supernova Flightline, which was three to three, with each showing more devastating performance than the next, but missed a tentative start in GII San Carlos S March 5 due to tension in a notch.
“Like everyone else, we wanted to run him more,” Finley said. “It was just the situation. He is not an unruly horse. He only strained one lap and that put him out of practice for three and a half weeks, four weeks, but he was back on the track and about to turn around and start galloping. We’ll be in New York on Belmont Stakes for the Met Mile, and we can’t wait. We wanted it to be as solid a court as possible, because I think as he goes up against those better horses and succeeds, the aura around him will continue to grow. It’s going to be a long wait between now and the end of the day on Belmont Day, but we just hope the wait is worth it. It’s an honor to be associated with a horse like this. Anyone who buys a horse and plays the game, they will see Evenlys, the American pharoahand you dream about, ‘How does it feel?’ I constantly ask myself, ‘When is our time?’ Horses do so much for us, and when you get one like this, it’s a very, very special feeling. He could be one of those people they talk about 100 years from now. And that just brings a smile to your face. “
Elsewhere in the show, also sponsored by Coolmore, Purebred West Pointthe Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeder and Owner, End lane, Canterbury Park, XBTV and Legacy Bloodstockwriters discussed the state of the GI Kentucky Derby trail, D. Wayne Lukas’ decision to try the dirty Arrogate against men in the GI Arkansas Derby, Churchill ran the GI Arlington Million card in Louisville this summer and beyond. Click here to watch podcasts; Click here for the audio-only version or find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.