2014

Daring Greatly . . . and other thoughts

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Daring Greatly . . . and other thoughts

So, I've been completely mesmerized by the Roosevelt series that has been on TV recently -- I must not have paid enough attention in history classes, because while I learned about all three who were featured, I learned the most about and was most impressed with Teddy.  He consistently applied himself and lived what he preached about entering the fray and not -- as Garth Brooks would say -- standing outside the fire.  In one of his great speeches, Teddy urges folks to apply themselves and try to accomplish a goal -- he lauds the assiduous who are as he says, daring greatly, to participate and make a difference/attain a goal, and he shows disdain for those who sit idly by afraid to try something new or exert themselves for fear of failure.  Basically, if you're not making any mistakes, you're also not doing anything.  All these principles and ideas certainly appeal to me, but I also started thinking about the horses we race as well.   We want a horse that tries, exhibits a gameness that allows them to exceed any expectations their physical make-up or breeding would suggest would be possible.   A horse daring to be great is ...

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Iz You Really Real?

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Iz You Really Real?

"Iz You Really Really or Iz Your Really Fake?" is but one of the great lines from Aloe Blecc's song "The Man."  Along with "be a king when kingdom comes" and other bits of wisdom, it's always amazing to me that a catchy pop tune like that can be so profound -- if not truly thought-provoking, it at least provides fodder for future names of race horses.  Which is where this latest update is headed - can you think of a better pairing of names for a two horse partnership than Iz U Really Real and Iz U Really Fake?  Sure you can, but I'm hung up on those two and am looking for some clever ideas to get me inspired and beyond my latest distraction -- and, no, Fric and Frac won't cut it. Speaking of distractions -- sorry my ADHD has been in high gear this summer and I can't stay on one topic too long -- I only recently got hooked on Breaking Bad and realized how far outside the cool circles I travel; the show is over and done with by the time I realized how terrific (and awful) a show that was.  The characters are ...

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Back At It

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Back At It

Above is Danni - Strikealinethruit's beautiful Langfughr filly -- we think she'll be shedding that furry coat soon! And left - the beautiful Stephanie's Secret, now back in training . . .   It has been some time since the last posting, but partners on Stephanie's Secret have been getting updates through e-mail so I'm not going to beat myself up too much about the lapse.  After a truly exciting triple crown season, we are about to begin a new racing year for the Bliss Racing partners.  We have given the filly Stephanie's Secret a few months of R&R and she has been back under saddle for a while and starting to breeze regularly (see the video on the home page to see how much energy she has after last week's breeze).   As you can see from the photos, the filly looks great and seems to have grown up a bit and is described as being "a lot more horse" than she was even a few months ago -- we need to always remember that even though horses race at 2 and 3, they are fully mature until their 4 and 5 year old seasons. It isn't until age 5 that fillies become mares and colts become ...

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Tribute

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Tribute

  Irish Actress . . . A tribute We recently learned that Irish Actress, the first thoroughbred we owned as a group, passed away in 2013 at her retirement home.  Anyone who has ever had pets or has been around animals will understand the impact of such news even though she wasn't immediately in our lives any longer.   Her passing triggered many great memories -- from the day we bought her while drinking the better part of a bottle of Kettle One in my living room while our bidders acted on our behalf on site at the sale to the days after she produced her final foal for us (Irishtocat).  By the time we bought her, Irish Actress (at left in a lovely photo by Barbara Livingston that she so generously shared with me years ago) had been written off as a strong broodmare prospect by knowledgeable horsemen.  A hard-knocking daughter of Seattle Slew line stallion Seattle Song, Irish Actress was a 1987 foal who would ultimately start 54 times, win multiple stakes races and be a graded stakes-placed runner with over half a million dollars in earnings at a time when purses made that no easy accomplishment.  She was bred to sires like Storm Cat in ...

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