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 getting her attention and carrots. The very pregnant Strike is due in mid-April.
As you can see in the photo at right, Strikealinethruit's typically svelte physique has been altered dramatically with the foal inside due to arrive in April.
In addition to the new foal above, we have good news on the racing front as well:
Crawfish Shorts is entered to run on Friday, March 31, the first day of the return to main track racing at Aqueduct. We are hoping that he will run better than the last race in which he injured himself - he has steadily improved since that race and should be ready to show us what he can do. Go Shortie!
Prima Attrice maintains her steady list of works in preparation for her first start -- which will be on the turf at Aqueduct. She still needs to get her gate card, but trainer David Duggan expects she'll get that in the next week or so. Pete's first start should be in the last two weeks fo April.
Finally, we are pleased to announce that I Like Your Style has progressed enough that she will be sent to trainer Duggan at Belmont either late this week or early next week to begin her training. The filly has physically and mentally improved dramatically in the last 90 days and we're looking forward to seeing what she will do once she's on track.
Good news all around -- how about one last shot of the cutie patootie that Irishtocat gave us late last week?
She clearly likes to have her picture taken -- let's hope it's an omen for her racing career!!
Have a great week,