West Point Thoroughbreds, an American-based operation that puts together partnerships for racing and pinhooking, purchased two of the most expensive horses Saturday at the Emirates Racing Association's third Pearls of Dubai international sale in Dubai. West Point, which is headed by Terry Finley, paid 500,000 dirhams ($136,120) for Seattle Fitz, an Argentinean-bred who is an unraced colt by Fitzcarraldo, and 425,000 dirhams (approximately $115,702) for Alocadito, who placed twice from his only two starts in Argentina.
"Dubai is a new frontier for us, we enjoyed our time and were impressed with what we saw," Finley said. "We hope to be back."
Les Benton, chief executive officer of the Emirates Racing Association, was pleased with the sale's results.
Said Les Bebton, chief executive officer of the Emirates Racing Association: "We were extremely pleased to have such a recognized group as West Point Thoroughbreds at the Pearls of Dubai sale and we hope that their first foray into Emirates racing proves very successful. Overall, the sale proved a great success, and we can now look forward to some quality races from those that were sold."
Seattle Fitz shared top-priced honors for the sale with the winning Argentinean 2-year-old Dreadlock. Local trainer Abdullah Mohammed Abdulla purchased Dreadlock for Sheikh Khalid Saqr Al Qasimi of Sharjah. The colt is by Candy Stripes and is out of the group winning mare Brushing.
In all, 50 horses were sold for a gross of 9,010,000 dirhams ($2,452,882) and an average of 180,200 dirhams ($49,058)