Our rock solid Irishtocat filly by hot second year sire, Munnings.
Have you ever not quite gotten what a phrase is supposed to mean but you know from hearing it in context you have some idea of what is meant by the phrase? Wikipedia says this about "Bob's your uncle": it's when a simple means of obtaining the successful result is explained. So, American Pharoah wins the Derby, coasts in the Preakness, and with his breeding and running style, Bob's your uncle, American Pharoah's well on his way to a triple crown championship! Or, you decide to exercise more, eat less, and Bob's your uncle, your thin and young again. There's a bit of hitch to each of these examples -- Bob's your uncle should not be used when the means to the end aren't simple -- so just as it's hard to stay in shape, lose weight, etc., it's even harder to win horse racing's Triple Crown. The fact is that once you turn 40, keeping weight off becomes a major endeavor -- in your younger years, losing a few pounds could be done with a few weeks' effort; once you're older,it's a major undertaking. Likewise, it has been 37 years since our last triple crown winner, and while I think this one can do it, there have been many good horses who have won the first 2 legs of the Triple Crown only to come up short in the Belmont Stakes. I was at Belmont the day Real Quiet just fell short and there's only one day since where the crowd's excitement at the race track reached the almost palpable level felt in the stands while we were watching that stretch run as Victory Gallop nipped him at the wire -- the other day was when three year old filly Rachel Alexandra won the Woodward at Saratoga (anyone there remembers the noise, the excitement, and the jubilation when she held off the older males in that history making effort). 37 years is a long time, a lot of close calls, and some very good horses, but that all goes to show you, it ain't easy to do.
Most of us want to see a Triple Crown winner this year, and this horse looks like he certainly can do it -- you will have Materialty get overbet after his trip in the Derby; Conquest Curlinate ran the closing kind of race in the Peter Pan that will make many jump on his bandwagon as a potential upsetter; and, many more will stand behind Peter Pan winner Madefromlucky who just couldn’t match up against American Pharoah earlier this year. Since Affirmed won the Crown in 1978, Spectacular Bid, Sunday Silence and Pleasant Colony failed to win the Belmont despite being superior race horses. Others have failed as well since 1978, but the loss was not really surprising. I am a massive fan of Real Quiet, Silver Charm, California Chrome and Funny Cide, yet when each met his match in the Belmont, we were sorely disappointed but not shocked. That said, I admit that I think if all goes well between now and the Belmont, American Pharoah will be our next Triple Crown winner. You see, he won the Derby, he won the Preakness, and he’ll win the Belmont, then Bob’s your uncle, we have our first Triple Crown winner in 37 years!
I wish all things were that easy . . . speaking of easy, all you have to do is pick a pretty mare, go to the right stallion and then, Bob's your uncle, you've got a fantastic race horse!! OK, so didn't I tell you I never quite got the whole "Bob's your uncle" thing? Here's some pictures from over the weekend of the horses at the farm . . .and then a brief update and then more pictures:
First, the beautiful Bella Attrice who is in foal to Magician for 2016
. . . and the lovely Strikealinethruit looking the part of a broodmare, in foal to Shackleford for 2016:
Below is Irishtocat truly looking the picture of health with her outstanding Munnings filly - Irishtocat is in foal to New Year's Day for 2016.
Bella Attrice, who is dam of Bliss runner for 2015, Prima Attrice, enjoys her carrots.
Prima Attrice - Our 2 year old Posse filly continues her early education to become a race horse. There has been no significant developments in her progress, which is a good thing. She has been galloping and excercising each day and we expect some speed to be entered into her regimen by the end of the month. Once we have a sense of how she handles the added pressures of the works, then we can make the determination of when in her 2 year old year she would be looking for her first race. That decision will be made by the signs the filly gives her trainer. In the meantime, she looks great -- any partners looking to see her in training, please let me know. More on her next time.
And before we go, Strikealinethruit and Bella Attrice say hello to the camera once again:
Strikealinethruit is in the top photo of these last three, and the elegant Bella Attrice is in the lower two . . . it's great to see what fine fettle all the horses are in -- Irishtocat couldn't have had more dapples!
Thanks for reading this far. Next time, we'll get out to the farm, down to the training center, put together my selections for the Belmont, take and edit pictures along the way, and Bob's your uncle, there'll be another update!