Saturday, January 24, 2015

Riding... Ebby retired!

I rode again yesterday.... don't worry! Gizmo did not escape. It was pretty good. Star jumped again and we worked a little more on sideways during groundwork... it appears she had forgotten it! And I also loped on her. For the first time bareback (voluntarily). It was amazing. I think I shall have the hang of it soon. Jogging is still uncomfortable, though.

Zenyatta's celebrated half-sister, who won her first two starts and has a record of 7:2-1-0, retired. Eblouissante is by Bernardini and out of Vertigineux. She is already in quarantine to be shipped to Europe, where she will either meet Oasis Dream or Frankel.

Good luck in the breeding shed, Eblouissante!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Camelot's First Foals/Jump!

My favorite living male racehorse, Camelot, had his first two foals born Sunday and Monday. The first is a bay daughter of Apparel, a daughter of a Grade 2 winner and half to Grade I winner Mount Nelson. The second is a bay son of Mora Bai, an unraced Irish-bred bay mare by Indian Ridge and out of Kasora, by Darshaan, foaled in 2000. She is a half sister to Grade I winner High Chaparral.

Apparel: Bay mare foaled in Ireland (Cape Cross x Independence, by Selkirk) 6 starts, winner
2013: Unnamed, bay filly by High Chaparral, unraced (Ire)
2014: No foal
2015: Unnamed, bay filly by Camelot (Ire)

Mora Bai: Bay mare foaled in Ireland (Indian Ridge x Kasora, by Darshaan) unraced
2005: Scream Eagle, bay horse by Sadler's Wells, 24 starts, winner (Ire)
2006: Expelled, bay horse by Sadler's Wells, unraced (Ire)
2007: Tupelo Honey, bay mare by Sadler's Wells, 9 starts, winner (Ire)
2008: Copernica, chestnut mare by Galileo, unraced (Ire)
2009: David Livingstone, bay horse by Galileo, 14 starts, G2 winner (Ire)
2010: Magic Spell, bay horse by Galileo, 2 starts, unplaced (Ire)
2011: Just As Well, bay filly by Galileo, 9 starts, unplaced (Ire)
2012: Goodwill, bay colt by Montjeu, unraced (Ire)
2013: Unnamed, bay colt by Galileo, unraced (Ire)
2014: No foal
2015: Unnamed, bay colt by Camelot (Ire)

I rode yesterday... and did some groundwork. It was awesome. First I put the bareback pad on her and then Star and I did some ground serpentines and some sideways and pole work before I got her over the cross poles I had set up. She did those effortlessly. I felt confident so I brought her to the brush jump and she became the first horse to attempt it, and it took some convincing but she did it, after crashing into it couple times. Crashing into it was probably a good thing, because then she learned it was easier to jump it without actually hurting herself. And she learned that it wasn't going to hurt her. Then I brought her back to the pole jump and it had already been raised because we were trying out the weanling jack over it so I sent her over and she didn't complain about that. So... I raised it again, placing the poles on the barrels and sending her over. She knocked them down but did attempt to jump. I lowered it a bit but made sure it was still wide enough to force a jump. She cleared it easily, several times, so I reset the poles to their highest, and she cleared it without knocking a single pole or the barrels. She did that twice. So.... I pushed the barrels together and took out the poles. She hesitated a little but didn't throw a tantrum. She cleared them!!! And several times!!! After a bit of that I took her over a rather large puddle in the arena, and also to sideways. She is OK doing sideways to the right but to the left not so good, especially when in a "hot" state of mind, which she was yesterday. It was fun nonetheless.

I then took her back to the hitching post and bridled her, and tightened the bareback pad. I mounted and we did some walking and jogging without the stirrups, so I could practice gripping instead of relying on the stirrups. I did try the stirrups momentarily, but they don't help with posture at all. I wanted to use the stirrups because it's much easier to tell if I'm leaning too much with them. Can't do that in a saddle. Anyway, I'm sore today.

After riding I took the bridle and bareback pad off and did some more ground work. She did some jumping and poles again, and we tried sideways. Apparently, she needs to be a bit more focused to do that. But having her happy about clearing something she used to be scared to do is just amazing. That was fantastic.

Gizmo is a jumper, apparently. I took Star past him on the way to the house before we began work and he decided to clear a low spot in the fence (which is still higher than his withers) once we were out of sight. My brother, who was watching him, said his hind legs were caught momentarily in the fence, and one would think that would have stopped him. Nope. My sister and I did some ground work with him a little later in the arena and he has no cares whatsoever, though he does have some little bad habits we need to work with. But so far he's a pretty good baby donkey. Later on, however, after we had put him in the barn where the fence is sturdier and much higher, I rode past him on the way to gearing Star down and we'd been in sight the whole time I'd been working with her. He had enough of just watching, though, and charged right into a cattle panel, doing a little jump as he hit it. It bent under the pressure and he got all four legs stuck in it. One by one, he got them out and I was about to help him, afraid he couldn't get the last hind leg out, when he worked himself free and came jogging over, those big ears pricked. It hadn't even put a dent in his judgement. He does have a couple little scrapes on his face from hitting the cattle panel, but he is otherwise undamaged. He had to wait until after I was done the final groundwork with Star to be put back with the sheep. He hasn't jumped out since, but the horses haven't been brought up yet today. I might go riding this afternoon, though. And we'll see how that goes. Bleh.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Race Results/2015 Foals/Smarty Jones Day

EVERYTHING BLING broke her maiden in her second start, the ninth race at Oaklawn on January 19. She earned $36,000.

2015 record: 7:2-1-0. Earnings: $106,775.

The first reported foal of 2015 for my mares is a Shanghai Bobby x Opulence, by Giant's Causeway, colt. The dark bay foal was born at Ashford Stud on January 16. The daughter of Rags to Riches will be sent to Declaration of War next.

I was up at 6:30 Monday morning until near 11 at night. It is a blessing to have a high-class track just 3 1/2 hours away!
Welcome to Arkansas!
At 8am we left +Kit Marie SavvyEquus 's house... and headed east. When we reached the I-30 we made our way northeast to Texarkana, where we crossed into Arkansas. We traveled that way for nearly two hours before turning onto the 7 and winding our way around to Central Avenue, Hot Springs, and finding a parking spot at the Oaklawn Park. Then, we hiked out to the gates and went in. We each bought a racing program, and waited for an hour at a good spot near the finish line before the first race. But half an hour out we saw the animals come to the paddock, and I got some good pictures.
Oaklawn Park Finish Pole
First pony for the first race... he has blue eyes!
Somebody needs to relieve himself before his job

Getting ready for the first race

Call to the post!

#1 is Copperhead Cross

#2 is We Have Rainbows/#4 is Hunting Manda

#5 is The Arkansan

#6 is A.P.'s Dynasty

#7 is Improvised Brush

#8 is Hunter Henry, the favorite

#9 is Arwalkingdeputy/#10 is Dramatic Brassy

#11 is A.P. Brannigan

#12 is Mr. Atomic

Mr. Atomic coming in after a 10th place finish
The winner, The Arkansan

The Arkansan
In the winner's circle for the first race

The Arkansan breaks his maiden in his 8th start, from Where's Lewis
I chose the 1, 2, and 3 to win.... I didn't bet... but the 3, Where's Lewis, a chestnut gelded 3yo son of Kipling and Navy Clipper, by Polish Navy, finished second. The Arkansan, a 4yo chestnut gelding by Romeo's Pistol and out of Blue Ribbon Affair, by A. V. Eight, won the 6 furlong maiden claiming sprint for Arkansas-bred 3 year olds and upward by 1 1/4 lengths. #6 A.P.'s Dynasty was 3rd, and #8 Hunter Henry, the favorite, was fourth. We Have Rainbows was 6th and Copperhead Cross finished 11th. Hunter Henry was claimed for Jerry Caroom.
Ready for the second race

#1 is Designated

#2 is Hapiboy

#3 is Kipper Dan

#4 is Sadler's Warrior

#5 is Stonecrusher

#6 is Moon Gun/#7 is Bluestem

#8 is Indian Red/#9 is High Diver

#10 is Forty Grinder/#11 is Muzu

#12 is Everyday Man

The start of the 2nd race

Everyday Man after his 11th place finish
Indian Red
Indian Red in the winner's circle
In the second, I chose 7, 9, and 12 to win, again not betting. None of them finished in the money, with High Diver, the 9, the highest finisher. He took 5th. Bluestem, the 7, finished 8th, and Everyday Man, the 12, finished 11th. The winner was the favorite Indian Red, who won by 2 3/4 lengths. It was a 1 1/16 mile claimer for 3yos and upward which had never won 2 races. The winner, Indian Red (5yo bay gelding Bernardini x Silver Breeze, by Silver Deputy), was claimed, as were Forty Grinder, the runner-up, and Designated, who finished 12th and last of all.
Indian Red wins the 2nd. Calvin Borel up.

Calvin Borel on #1 Wilko Tango before the 3rd race

The break for the 3rd race
     The third was a mile waiver maiden claiming for 3 year olds and upward (3 year olds preferred), which started and ended at the sixteenth pole. The third, fourth, fifth, and eighth races were milers that began and finished there. We moved to the sixteenth pole for these races. I chose the 1, Wilko Tango, the 3, Sierra Delta, and the 9, Memphisinmay. A flashy gray, Memphisinmay won by 1 1/4 lengths. Sierra Delta was fourth and Wilko Tango finished 7th in the nine-horse field. Memphisinmay is a 3yo gray/roan colt by Rockport Harbor x Traditionalist, by Aptitude. He was making his 5th start. Irish Shanachie, the 6th place finisher, was claimed. Parks Ridge finished 2nd in the race and Squidalem was third.
Memphisinmay wins the 3rd from Parks Ridge
The break of the 4th race
De Score (#9) nails From Day One on the line to win
    The fourth was another mile claiming, this time for 4 year olds and upward which had not won 3 races. I chose the 2, From Day One, 7, Muvon, and 9, De Score. The 4, Red Wings, had been scratched. De Score took it in a photo from From Day One, and Muvon finished 10th in the eleven horse field. Gentleman's Honor was third. De Score is a 5yo dark bay or brown gelding by Dehere and out of Score Six, by End Sweep. Gentleman's Honor was claimed.

     The fifth was yet another mile race, a waiver claiming for 4 year olds and upward without 4 wins or a win since August 19, 2014. I picked My Crafty Friend, the 4, No Rules Now, the 7, and Wild By Nature, the 9. The 12, Me 'N My Wildcat, was scratched. Wild By Nature finished 6th, My Crafty Friend 8th, and No Rules Now was 11th and last. The top three finishers were Good Tickled, who just held off the 1, Dazzling Okie (and Kit's pick), to win by a nose, Dazzling Okie, and B L's Tsunami. Good Tickled is a 5 year old chestnut stallion by Flatter and from Varus, by Vicar. Good Tickled, My Crafty Friend, and No Rules Now were claimed.
The break of the 5th
Timeless Truth before the 6th
Easter Indy before the 6th
Southern Flash before the 6th
Easter Indy breaks her maiden on debut
     The sixth was a 3 year old preferred 6 furlong sprint for Arkansas-bred fillies and mares 3&up, maiden special. I chose Timeless Truth, the 2, Easter Indy, the 3 and a first-time starter, and the 9, Southern Flash. Easter Indy won by 2 1/4 lengths. Zonly was second and Jean's Beauty third.
Easter Indy in the winners circle
Timeless Truth finished fifth and Southern Flash was vanned off. I didn't see the van come and get her. Too busy watching the race. Hopefully she is fine. Easter Indy is a 3 year old bay daughter of A. P. Million and out of Anniano, by Jamiano.

Tekton before the 7th

Daddy Devine before the 7th

Phenomenal Phoenix before the 7th

1st time around in the 7th race
     The seventh was a 1 1/16 mile Allowance Optional Claiming for 3 year olds without a 2 wins, a win other than maiden, claiming, or starter, or claiming price $75,000. I chose Tekton, the 2, Daddy Devine, the 7, and Phenomenal Phoenix, the 8, who is also a gelded son of Summer Bird. Phenomenal Phoenix looked the winner in the stretch but was overwhelmed by Instant Replay, who won by a length. Instant Replay is a bay colt by Lemon Drop Kid and out of Run Kate Run, by Cherokee Run. Oak Brook finished 3rd. Tekton finished 8th and Daddy Devine, who was the only one in with a tag, finished 11th and last. Kit's bet (she put some money down to show), Distant Kingdom, was beaten a neck for third, getting fourth spot.
Instant Replay beats Phenomenal Phoenix in the 7th

Far Right (right, duh!) wins from Bayerd in the Smarty Jones
Far Right in the Smarty Jones' winners circle
Far Right after the Smarty Jones
Mr. Z before the Smarty Jones
Private Prospect before the Smarty Jones
Far Right before the Smarty Jones

Runaway Bling before the Smarty Jones
The break in the Smarty Jones
Mike Smith after winning the Smarty Jones
 The eighth was the $150,000 Smarty Jones. We moved back to the sixteenth pole and watched the race from there. Kit and I each put $5 to show on Mr. Z, the 3. I also picked, but didn't bet, Far Right, the 1, and Private Prospect, the 8. Runaway Bling I would have enjoyed a victory from. Mr. Z looked the winner coming into the stretch but suddenly veered to the outside rail (this I saw) and tried to come back, beaten half a length for second and 2 1/4 for the win. Far Right, a chestnut colt by Notional and out of Zindi, by Vindication, won by 1 3/4 lengths. Bayerd was second, and Private Prospect fourth. Runaway Bling finished last of 9. Kit and I made a dollar each on our wagers.

Everything Bling before the ninth

Danele Durham
Everything Bling breaks her maiden
Everything Bling after her victory
Everything Bling-post parade 9th race
     The ninth and last race was a 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight for 3 year old fillies. The 4, Passion Police, 5, Appachee Squall, and 8, Remember Lucy, were scratched. I picked Polite Pearl, the 1, the 10, Come On Baby, and, of course, the 12, Everything Bling, who ended up being the favorite. Kit put $3 to show on her, and we sidled up as close to the paddock as we could. Everything Bling stalked the pace and lagged a bit in front in the stretch, scaring me, then pulled away to win by 3 1/4, the largest win margin of the day. Polite Pearl was 4th and Come On Baby was 8th of 9. Everything Bling is a gray or roan daughter of Too Much Bling and Anythingmore, by Country Pine. Kit made $1.20 on the bet.

Everything Bling in the winner's circle
Panoramic view of the stretch at Oaklawn after the races
We left soon after the last race and headed back to Texarkana, where we got briefly lost trying to get to the Olive Garden on the Texas side of town. We both had delicious meals (and took to-go), and then gassed up the car and made it home before 10:30. I was exhausted. But we had a ton of fun. And thanks to God everyone was safe.
Welcome to Texas