2017

Getting There . . .

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Getting There . . .

Happy Pre-Saratoga Season! Once we hit July, it's only weeks from the first race at Saratoga -- so enjoy the build up to the greatest racing event in the country!  For Bliss Racing, it looks like we'll definitely have a horse racing at the track this summer, which is very good news indeed.  Prima Attrice ran well on June 29 and appears she will be competitive at the level she has been competing during the Saratoga race meet -- she finished fourth in a nice effort and we're hoping with a better trip, she'll improve on that and possibly get us to the winner's circle at the Spa! (We can dream, right?) Anyway, here are a few photos of the lovely Prima Attrice -- or Pete as we've called her since she was a baby -- from her last start at Belmont. As you can see from the photos, she is doing very well physically, and we hope her racing success will soon match her looks:       Pete's calm before the race . . .   Warming up nicely . . .   She is a close up 4th . . .  She sure is pretty -- a little tired after the race, but man does she look good! And if you've never ...

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Happy Derby 2017!

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Happy Derby 2017!

Happy Derby 2017!! It's Derby Eve, and I just watched the Kentucky Oaks -- I picked 2 horses that I thought had a shot. One was a huge favorite and the other had finished 2nd to her last time and was second to the highly talented Unique Bella before that. The other horse, Abel Tasman, won the race -- I tell you this to explain 1. why you should stay away from my Derby picks and 2. to prove that when I don't post picks, I do well and when I do post, I'm likely to not hit the board.  That said, I see this year's Derby as one in which the likely favorites will be tough to beat.  I have some chalkie selections I know, so do with them what you will: 1. Irish War Cry - I love the Curlin's and the way this horse ran his last race; Motion knows how to get it done and I expect a strong showing. 2. Classic Empire -- A bit of a whack job (who doesn't love that?), but also supremely talented -- he beat Not This Time in the BC Juvenile and I thought Not This Time was a superior race horse. He's had some ...

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Oh Happy Day!

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Oh Happy Day!

You may recall that our first baby grew up to win several races at Saratoga, raking in almost a quarter of a million dollars in her racing career, and went on to attempt a broodmare career.  Her first foal -- now her only foal - to reach the races is "Pete" or Prima Attrice.  The horse, of course, is Bella Attrice.  Once we knew it was in Bella's best interest to forego a broodmare career, we were fortunate to find someone who would care for and love her for what we hope will be many years to come.  While I never had any doubts about the match with her former groom, Ronnie, I was tickled, thrilled, over-the-moon - yea, I was excited -- to get pictures this week that demonstrate how terrific a match they are.   As you can see from the photos below, Bella and Ronnie look great together and the beautiful Bella has started her life with Ronnie in great fashion.  Ronnie reports:  "I just wanted to send you a message and let you know that Bella and I had our first rides this weekend!  She's doing fantastic.  She's settled in very nicely and we've been doing a ...

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What's New Irishtocat?

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What's New Irishtocat?

I'm happy to introduce the newest member of the Bliss family, born March 23 (the same day as her "aunt" Strikealinethruit), all legs and angles the latest filly out of Irishtocat:   The little filly has quite the long legs and will take a few weeks to lose the gangly look of a newborn.  She certainly seems likely to be a good sized horse when fully grown if her legs are any indication.  Mama Irishtocat and her new baby are doing well, and they will be traveling to Kentucky in a few weeks for Irishtocat's date with next year's baby daddy. On the trip to the farm earlier today, we also got to see the ever-friendly and carrot loving, Strikealinethruit -- as you can tell from the photo Strike is quite pregnant and there's no question that baby has ruined her racehorse figure.  Strike is due in about 3 weeks and we hope to have photos of her new baby shortly thereafter.  Deb and Kathy always enjoy getting to give their girl carrots and peppermints, so it was a great day all around!     As you can see, there's still snow on the ground in the Saratoga area, but that won't stop Strikealinethruit from ...

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Animal Magnetism

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Animal Magnetism

Happy March! It's foaling season -- and I was fortunate to be there when one of the mares on the farm had a beautiful baby this week. Here's a photo when the big colt is just minutes old: None of our mares have had their foals yet, but this certainly captures what's great about foaling season -- hopefully this big guy will be on track at Saratoga in a few years!  I'll have pictures of the Bliss babies as soon as they are safely foaled. With Spring right around the corner and with daylight savings time now in place, we find much to look forward to on the horse front.  We have three horses who are all healthy and working toward active racing this spring and summer, two of our mares have yet to foal, and we have a few horses on the ground that we will follow through sales and training for other owners.  Lots to draw our attention for sure.  Here's the latest on the horses: Crawfish Shorts - The gelding's second race was one in which we all had high hopes for a strong performance only to see him drop out of contention on the backstretch and ...

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Bella, Bella, Bella!!

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Bella, Bella, Bella!!

Happy New Year! As always, the first day of January triggers many to look back, remember (and in some cases learn from) our individual and collective history as well as spurring on others to renew promises and redraft "to do" lists for the future.  We get so caught up in the back, forward, back, forward, we sometimes miss the present.  So, here's my latest stream of consciousness ramblings focusing on the present followed by some pictures of the horses -- as the title of today's update suggests, I'm (as always) obsessed with our first baby, Bella Attrice and there is a preponderance of photos of the most beautiful, smartest, horse in the world -- that doesn't sound biased, does it? Let's start with the ramifications of yesterday's games - we have a rematch of Clemson and Alabama next Monday night. While many think Clemson was the better team last year and lost only because of the onside kick trickery of Coach Saban, others are looking forward to what will certainly be a great game. Clemson has a not so bad QB and Alabama's defense should give him something to think about.  Looking forward to a great game next week -- ...

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