2012

It's Time To Begin

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It's Time To Begin

It has been a while since I've updated this section on the site, though partners have gotten regular updates on their horses via e-mail.  Quite a bit has happened, but before I get into the horses, I need to welcome a new group of partners on our latest horse -- welcome to Michael, Robert, Carol, Steven, Jan, Tom, Barbara, Linda, Jack and Sam -- we're hoping you'll enjoy owning your own thoroughbred race horse. In addition to the new partners, we have also turned the page on a number of our former groups who owned horses with us and we would like to thank all who bought a piece of the various horses over the years -- I have heard from many of you, many of whom will continue on the new filly.  Whatever your involvement - as current or past owner of one of the horses, a friend or family member of one of our owners, or simply a racing fan -- thanks for all the good karma you have sent our way in the past and please keep those positive vibes flowing our way for the year ahead. Next up -- let me apologize for the absence of ...

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Congratulations to...

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While Bliss Racing hasn't had too terrific a year up to this point, we do share in the excitement in some of our friends' racing accomplishments and hope you will too.   Living vicariously through their success has given me hope for similar results for us, and while not our primary focus in these racing updates, it doesn't hurt to start with some positive news.   So, congratulations are in order for the following success: Spring to the Sky/Hope Still Springs - Our friend Tony had a banner week when his very good horse Spring to the Sky won an overnight stakes and then shortly thereafter his Hope Still Springs broke his maiden in impressive fashion.   Tony has put a lot of time, effort, and of course money into his horses and this well deserved string of good luck has been the result of great patience and assiduity on his part. Crushing - Our friend Rita's horse finally broke through his allowance condition after a number of very nice seconds -- it was only a matter of time, but as we know, the second place finishes while appreciated aren't quite the same as winning. Bug Juice/Eepopporkahah - After many months ...

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Accentuating the Positive

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Accentuating the Positive

No more stream of consciousness prose for me, and no negativity.  Just short.  And sweet.  I will try . . . I promise. OK, what is it about that book 50 Shades of Grey??? which from what I hear is essentially porn for housewives???  How does a phenomenon like that take place? -- the reason I mention it is I was walking into the track the other day and was almost run over by a woman exiting the track with her copy of that book under her arm.  Was she rushing to read the next sex scene?  Did the book get her so worked up that she had to go home and have some privacy?  Mmmmm, not sure, but one could assume the book got her motor going somehow . . .   After that encounter, I was inside the track and didn't realize that a race was underway because I was in the club house and apparently NYRA doesn't think people watching on the TV's of the first floor of the club house should have sound in the first few weeks of racing.   Perhaps they are in cahoots with the publishers of 50 Shades of Grey and agreed to not allow the sound from the race calls to ...

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Summertime

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Summertime

"Summertime and the livin' is easy" ??!!!-- I'm guessing Mr. Gershwin didn't have to wear a tie to work because there's nothing easy about putting a noose around your neck as you head out into sweltering heat.   Anyway, it is summer which means that Saratoga season is not far off -- and who doesn't live for the track?   We are excited about a number of things going on with our horses this summer, but before I get to the update, take a look at recent pictures (Thirtycandan pictures were taken this morning) and you'll see why there's cause for hope, anticipation, excitement, etc. .....  enjoy the pictures: Enough of the pictures, now on to the horses:  Strikealinethruit - The mare ran very well in her second race of the year to finish 2nd in a competitive field of NY Bred allowance fillies.  She came out of the race well and we are looking to run her back on July 4th -- we hope to generate our own kind of fireworks with a well-deserved win in that event.  Irishtocat - As the photos above attest (and yes, I am biased and included probably too many of her, but so what?), Irishtocat looks ...

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We'll Have Another

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We'll Have Another

I'm rooting for I'll Have Another on Saturday and you should too.  It has been 34 years since Affirmed beat Alydar for the Triple Crown and it is high time another horse took down the honor.  It is most certainly time for us all to "have another" triple crown champion -- wouldn't you agree?? I don't need to wait until Saturday morning to post my selection - I know who I'm rooting for and who I think will win.   Once again, do with my choice what you will . . . Belmont Selection: I am a bad bettor because I am often influenced by what I want to see happen vs. what I think will happen.  Dullahan is a fresh horse who ran a good race in Kentucky and looks to be able to go the 1 1/2 miles of the Belmont; nevertheless, I will stick with I'll Have Another in hopes history will be made.  He's a very good horse, so why not him?  The picks: 1. I'LL HAVE ANOTHER - triple crown winner2. DULLAHAN OK - on to the horses: Ishkabibble -- The two year old filly reached new trainer Michelle Nihei's stable at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.   She looked fantastic as the photos ...

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Happy Preakness Week

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Happy Preakness Week

Clearly distracted by the NYRA events of the week past, I failed to wish everyone a happy, merry, and profitable triple crown season.   So, to make amends, let me start by wishing you and yours a happy triple crown season and much success in the racing year ahead. Preakness week always seems to sneak up on me - only two weeks after the Derby, it always seems as if they have just crossed the finish line and then are back in the gate for the second leg of the triple crown.  While the Derby is a lot of fun to bet and watch, the Preakness typically offers a truer reflection of the talent levels of the runners, mostly because the field is usually a manageable size and doesn't present as many excuses as does the Derby.   Not needing any excuses, Tone-lov hit it big with his call of I'll Have Another two weeks prior to the Derby - focus, focus, focus is the take-away from that experience.  Focus on having another cocktail, focus on people who have a definite opinion about the Derby, and focus on having another cocktail.   Did I already say that? . . .  what was that take-away again? ...never ...

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No More Nattering Nabobs of Negativism?

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No More Nattering Nabobs of Negativism?

I was recently reminded of the great term that was coined by William Safire when he was a speech writer for Spiro Agnew and the Nixon administration -- nattering nabobs of negativism.   I thought it would be great to use it so that I could point out how such recent and upcoming events as Spring having sprung, the Triple Crown season arriving, our horses hitting the track, would all serve as a great counter to all the negative people we meet and see on a daily basis.   Well, blah, blah, blah - guess what happens?  The arrogant, smug, and now apparently crooked leader of NYRA has opened up the franchise to investigation by a Governor who was just looking for a reason to take control of all gaming in the State.   Not only does Cuomo want to take control of gaming, he has no interest whatsoever in the racing game itself, rather his priority is the money that will be generated from casino gaming.   If he has to trod over thousands of farm owners and workers, race track operators and their employees, as well as owners and breeders, so what?   If the breathing room that was negotiated when NYRA resolved ...

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Baby, Baby!!

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Baby, Baby!!

Dixie Bluebell - our once retired broodmare -- came out of retirement with a vengeance by delivering a large, gorgeous filly by the very good Justenuffhumor (he is a Distorted Humor stallion and he comes from the family of Kitten's Joy).   When we saw Dixie almost as wide as she is high a week before she gave birth, we were wondering what she had inside -- on February 16, she delivered an exceptionally good looking filly.   She has "good bone" and nice long legs and is larger than Dixie's past foals for us -- we're very pleased with this 2012 filly.   Take a look at some of the pictures we took of her at only 2 days old: O.K., I'm smitten with her, so sue me . . . on to the other horses: Strikealinethruit - The mare will be sent to trainer David Duggan this week -- our hope is that she will be ready to start early in the year.   All reports are that she is doing well and ready for racing! Irishtocat - The filly is entering her four year old season with high hopes -- she displayed some ability but then didn't quite deliver in subsequent starts.   We're hoping she'll put ...

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