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Jan 14, 2011

Sadler takes over West Point's California unit


Mt. Laurel, NJ (Sports Network) - Veteran trainer John Sadler has been engaged by West Point Thoroughbreds for its California operation.

"John is one of the country's premier trainers," said West Point's Terry Finley. "He's had horses run very well at the country's finest venues. He has a vast knowledge of the industry and of the horse. We are very excited about our new partnership with him."

Sadler is coming off one of his best years since he began training in 1979. In 2010 he saddled 115 winners from 540 starts and earned $7,327,753. Sadler surpassed $69 million in career earnings and has recorded 1,795 lifetime wins.

"When West Point asked me to join their team, I immediately agreed," Sadler noted. "They are a top notch organization that selects and develops quality horses.They've enjoyed much success in California over the past few years, and I look forward to working with them."

Last year Sadler saddled Sidney's Candy to victory in the Santa Anita Derby and Arkansas Derby champ Line of David. He also had Switch defeat Blind Luck in the Hollywood Oaks in 2010.

Sadler, who has won training titles at Hollywood Park, Santa Anita and Del Mar, saddled winners of all three graded stakes on opening day of the current Santa Anita Park meet; Switch in the LaBrea Stakes, the Sir Beaufort Stakes with Sidney's Candy and Twirling Candy in the Malibu Stakes.

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