On Monday, Crawfish Shorts got a big maiden win at Finger Lakes race track in an outstanding effort at a distance he had not tried before. In the six furlong race, Shortie broke well and then ran down a loose on the lead winner who had set easy fractions up front -- Shortie was the only one to close and won going away, a much improved performance and an impressive win for sure!
We were pleased with the win, but the day was made even more special with the fact that our partners, Cheryl, Michael and Sue will also receive a nice breeders check as a result of the big "W" the horse got this week. Further, with the horse going from 6-1 odds when I bet him in doubles to 14-1 at post time, I've heard a few of the partners did quite nicely cashing tickets on our boy! He certainly was proud of himself after the race as these pictures with trainers Ron and Deb Breed and partner Kathy will attest:
The big gelding stands proud with trainer Ron Breed after his first win.
Kathy, Deb, and Ron are all smiles as Crawfish Shorts holds his head high after putting away his competition earlier in the day!
At this time, it looks like he came out of his race well and will continue on through his conditions at Finger Lakes. As you can see from the photos, the horse has been maturing very nicely and is stronger and more athletic than ever. If he continues to improve, he may bring us back to the NYRA circuit over the winter -- let's not get ahead of ourselves, but he ran a big race and certainly looks as good as a horse can at this point. Well done Shortie -- it's nice that he gave the partners a nice taste of winning! Thanks to all for staying with him . . . and now on to the other horse in that partnership, I Like Your Style.
The filly is also housed at Finger Lakes where she is training until we have a sense of where she might compete. She has matured quite nicely and trainer Steve - who works with nephew Jeremiah Englehart on training horses - indicated that things are going well with her and he thinks she might be a runner. We'll know more soon, but her early breezes has them thinking they "like her" at this point in training. From these pictures you can see she is a pretty filly with some nice heft to her shoulder and backend that hadn't been there earlier in the year -- patience has been the key with her. We should know more soon about plans for her, but in the meantime, here's some nice photos - yes, I know she's sticking her tongue out in one, but I like the attitude!
I Like Your Style has developed well physically with training . . . and even has a little attitude as she poses at right. We hope to get her to the races soon!
Prima Attrice, Pete, headed to her second start at Saratoga - the filly ran much better the second time out at Saratoga, but still had some issues with her wind. The problem has been addressed and we're looking for a much better performance when she returns to the turf at Belmont in a few weeks!
On the breeding front, we were pleased to see our Shackleford filly out of Strikealinethruit sell nicely at the Saratoga NY Bred sale a few weeks back. Cheryl, Michael and Rick on the farm did an outstanding job conditioning her -- and as you can see, she was a superior physical specimen -- thanks to them and best of luck to her and her new owners in her racing endeavors. You won't see too many prettier than this big filly - here she is just before heading to the sales ring:
Lastly, we were so happy to see some old friends over the summer -- well, let's say long-time friends, it sounds nicer, right? -- anyway, Billy and Aimee were here with William and Caitlyn to visit Strikealinethruit, Irishtocat and the babies on the farm a few weeks back with our partners Tony and Denise. All had a great time and the horses behaved very nicely for them -- great to have this good looking group visit:
OK, that's enough for now -- the win really got me revved up. Thanks to all -- breeders, trainers, and jockeys once again -- congratulations to us as well and here's hoping there are more W's in the near future for us. Winning may not be everything, but it sure is . . . . what's that word? . . . oh yeah, BLISS!!!
Have a great week -- and let's all give Shortie our thanks for the big effort!