Layden: Owners Of Always Dreaming Share A Strong West Point Bond

Vincent Viola grew up attending the races with his father at Belmont Park and Aqueduct. After he graduated from high school, Viola went on to graduate from West Point, and later made his career in the financial sector. Viola founded Virtu Financial, a high-frequency trading company.

In the late 1990's, Viola wanted to return to the racetrack, this time by owning racehorses. He was eventually put in touch with Terry Finley, CEO of West Point Thoroughbreds, an ownership-syndicate group. The two men hit it off, bonding over their love of racing and the fact they were both West Point grads – Viola in 1977, Finley in 1986.

“We hit it off right away,'' Viola said recently in an interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Tim Layden. “There's a very special connection among West Point graduates. It's unspoken, but I felt it immediately.”

Finley added, “Vinnie was like a big brother to me. He's still like a big brother.”

Now the ‘brothers from The Point' have become members of an elusive club in horse racing – with the help of the aptly-named colt Always Dreaming, they are now owners of a Kentucky Derby winner.

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