It certainly has been a while and we're overdue for a Web update -- hopefully all partners have been receiving the emails with photos and other news on a regular basis. We've got a mixed bag since our last update, some good, some not-so-good, but that's life and racing certainly reflects reality . . .so, on to the latest:
Crawfish Shorts - Pictured above on a rainy day in October at the Oklahoma track in Saratoga, our two year old Congaree colt continues his preparations for the races under the tutelage of our new trainer Tom Morley. The colt had a slight fever that set him back shortly after arriving at Tom's barn but as the photo above proves, he's looking and doing very well . . . .odd though it might seem, I'm particularly happy to see how much he enjoyed the slop -- small fields and not every horse's cup of tea while our horse likes it??? - I'm in! Anyway, the colt looks great and soon will be headed down to Belmont -- actually tomorrow is what I've just learned . . .last week's snow storm scared more than a few trainers out of Saratoga for the year! Our hope is that the colt will continue to progress nicely and will be ready for a first race early in 2017. Here are a few more of the colt on the same rainy day -- you'll see how much he has developed and settled into the training routine from these pictures:
Prima Attrice - our beautiful Posse three year old filly continues her recuperation from a stress fracture earlier this Spring. The filly is now jogging and the injury appears to be healing nicely. We hope to get her back to the track by January for a start in the first quarter of 2017. Fingers crossed on this one -- it has been a long time and we still don't know what we have -- the trainers' input on her has always been favorable, but we won't know until she actually races where things stand.
I Like Your Style - our two year old Langfuhr filly has recently started to add some strength behind and gain the maturity she will need to make it as a racehorse. Mike at In Front is pleased with her recent progress and if all stays on track, she too could make it to the track to begin her training there in early 2017! (I will get down for photos of both Pete and Danni in the next few weeks.)
On the breeding side, we couldn't be more pleased with the filly Strikealinethruit gave us this year -- her Shackleford filly, who we call Gracie since she is as purdy as Grace Kelly, really is outstanding. We hope to be able to sell her in one of the sales next year when she is a yearling. Take a look and you'll be as enchanted as I have been with her:
A lovely head . . .
a keen eye . . .
Gracie is as feisty as can be.
We have for the most part positive news on the breeding front, with three very nice weanlings (or shares in three weanlings) on the ground and all the mares that should be pregnant are pregnant. Our downside being our Bella Attrice failed once again to deliver a live foal, and we're giving her one last shot to make it as a broodmare -- most significantly, however, we lost one of the first mares we owned this Fall. Our old girl, Dixie Bluebell who produced a Saratoga, Belmont and Finger Lakes winner for us in Lyke a Hurricane -- sadly had to be put down in her advanced years due to failing health. Many thanks to Michael and Cheryl who took such great care of her that she probably got a year or two more than other horses with her health issues might have -- and we truly appreciate their efforts. Here's a few shots to remember our Dixie and her babies:
Dixie with Ishkabibble at her side
Dixie with Pippa
Ishkabibble at Saratoga
So long Dixie - and thanks!
Best of luck to all in the Breeders Cup next weekend - I won't go on my rant about how the people running the Breeders Cup have lost sight of the original goals/intent of the Cup and that their failure to move the site of the event around the country has tremendously reduced its importance and my willingness to support it . . . that said, there will be great betting opportunities and I wish you all the best in your wagers.
As always, call or email if you have any questions about any of the horses . . .take care,