Friday, October 24, 2014

Racehorse Update; Wednesday with Star

Wandered for 45 minutes in the pasture looking for Star before finding her at the gate the second time I ventured back there. I intended to spend an hour in the pasture and I'm glad I only spent 15 minutes with her. That horse, when you have treats, will hover over you like a hawk. She slobbered all over me, but I loved it. Musician stayed away because I instructed her to, and Star thought about going with her but decided I was more interesting. Now if only I can do that without treats..... Hmmm....

My racehorses need a good update.

2yo colt Jess's Dream breezed a half-mile at Belmont last Wednesday. Time was 49.12, ranking was 21/68, and surface was the main track (dirt).

2yo filly T C B Kiwi's finished 3rd in the M2 Technology La Senorita Stakes (1 mile turf) 2 Saturdays ago, making a late rally to earn her show. The winner in the Retama Park listed stakes for 2yo fillies was the Ramsey bred and owned Right On Kitten, who was also the favorite.

5yo mare Eblouissante handily worked 5 furlongs at Los Alamitos yesterday. Time was 1:02.20, ranking was 11/11, and surface was dirt.

3yo gelding Shared Belief handily worked 6 furlongs at Golden Gate Tuesday. Time was 1:14.40, ranking was 1/11 (BULLET), and surface was All-weather.

2yo colt Promise Me Freedom breezed a half-mile at Fair Grounds on Saturday. Time was 49.40, ranking was 23/90, and surface was dirt.

3yo colt Honor Code breezed a half-mile at Belmont Monday. Time was 50.26, ranking was 43/62, and surface was dirt.

2yo colt Littlezapper worked 3 furlongs handily at Remington last Thursday. Time was 36.50, ranking was 1/11 (BULLET), and surface was dirt.

2yo filly Bootsy's Girl breezed a half-mile at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Time was 49.00, ranking was 18/83, and surface was dirt.

3yo colt Rhett Butler is entered in Oct 30th's La Sega at Amiens (closes tomorrow) and November 2nd's De Malpaire at Durtal (closes the 29th). The former is 2900 meters (1 3/4+ miles) and the latter is 2000 meters (1 1/4 miles). I would definitely go for the latter!!! Both are on turf.

5yo stallion Secret Circle handily worked 6 furlongs from the gate at Santa Anita on Tuesday. Time was 1:10.40, ranking was 1/16 (BULLET), and surface was dirt.

3yo filly Unbridled Forever breezed a half-mile at Churchill Downs last Friday. Time was 49.60, rank was 26/78, and surface was dirt.

4yo filly Beholder handily worked 7 furlongs at Santa Anita on Saturday. Time was 1:23.80, rank was 1/4 (BULLET), and surface was dirt.

Secret Circle has been pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita (6 furlongs dirt).
Shared Belief has been pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita (1 1/4 miles dirt).
Unbridled Forever has been pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita (1 1/8 miles dirt).
The Sprint and Classic are on Nov 1. The Distaff is on Oct 31.

I'm adding:
3yo Crown Queen (Smart Strike x Delta Princess, by A.P. Indy; Crown Queen is Royal Delta's 1/2 sister),
2yo Anymore Bling (Too Much Bling x Anymore Soup, by Alphabet Soup; Anymore Soup is Texas Bling's 1/2 sister, making Anymore Bling his nephew),
Tarfah's Unnamed '10 Cape Cross filly,
'11 Pivotal colt, (Tarfah is Camelot's dam),
4yo Pressurizing (Henrythenavigator x Vertigineux, by Kris S.; 1/2 sis to Zenyatta),
3yo Harley Rose (Henrythenavigator x Vertigineux, by Kris S.; 1/2 sis to Zenyatta),
3yo Samanatha Nicole (Medaglia d'Oro x Lotta Kim, by Roar; full sis to Rachel Alexandra), and
3yo Head Quarters (Curlin x Leslie's Lady, by Tricky Creek; 1/2 bro to Beholder) to the racehorse following list.

Mizdirection (Mizzen Mast x Deceptive),
Anymore Soup (Alphabet Soup x Anythingmore, by Country Pine),
Anythingmore (Country Pine), Tarfah (Kingmambo x Fickle),
Vertigineux (Kris S.), Lotta Kim (Roar),
Leslie's Lady (Tricky Creek),
Common Hope (Storm Cat),
Serena's Cat (Storm Cat), and
Lemons Forever (Lemon Drop Kid) to the broodmare list.

Likely there will be stallions added to that list but so far none retiring have caught my eye.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Breeders' Cup Pre-entries

The Breeders' Cup this year is PACKED.

Of the races this year I have favorites in the Distaff (Unbridled Forever), Sprint (Secret Circle) and Classic (Shared Belief).

Obviously, I am going for Unbridled Forever to pull the upset and Shared Belief to win.

In the Juvenile Turf, I am pulling for Hootennany, Luck of the Kitten, and The Great War, in no specific order. If one were to scratch I would draw in War Envoy. The Great War does have 1st preference in the Juvenile but I doubt he'd go that route, and War Envoy also has 2nd preference there. There are 6 extra pre-entries so even with scratches the field should be packed on race day.

The Dirt Mile has a full field of 12 but no extra entries. Of these horses Goldencents, Pants on Fire, and Golden Ticket are my favorites. Fed Biz would be my next choice if one scratches. Goldencents is the defending champ.

The Juvenile Fillies Turf is also overflowing, with 5 extra entries. Qualify, Sunset Glow, and Conquest Harlanate are my choices, with Isabella Sings next if one doesn't make it.

In the Distaff, Unbridled Forever, Untapable, and Iotapa are my choices. I would enjoy an upset (though not via disqualification) from Ria Antonia, though. This is one of only two races without a full field or overflow, with only 12 of a possible 14 entered. I am looking to pick back-to-back Distaff winners here as I chose Beholder last year.

The Juvenile Fillies has one overflow but that filly is probably going to opt for the Juvenile Fillies Turf, if she gets into that, as she is in the overflow there, too. Take Charge Brandi, Angela Renee, and Cavorting are my choices, but if one scratches By The Moon looks interesting.

In the Filly & Mare Turf Stephanie's Kitten is definitely my choice but Dank and Emollient follow closely behind her. Both Stephanie's Kitten ('11 Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Dank ('13 Filly & Mare Turf) have won previous Breeders' Cup races. Chicquita, who has first preference in the Turf, is my backup choice, and if Irish Mission makes the field I will be pulling for her, too. There are 3 extra horses pre-entered here.

I'm looking to make it back-to-back Filly & Mare Sprint winners here. I picked Groupie Doll last year. This year it's Sweet Reason, Better Lucky, or Midnight Lucky that are my choices, with Thank You Marylou as backup. Better Lucky has first preference in the Mile but she has been confirmed for this spot. Only 11 of a possible 14 were entered here.

Looking to make it back-to-back-to-back winners here (Mizdirection '12 and '13). Bobby's Kitten (2nd preference in the Mile), Reneesgotzip (2nd preference in the Sprint), and No Nay Never are my choices, with Tightend Touchdown backup. Reneesgotzip and Tightend Touchdown dead-heated for the place last year in this race, and Reneesgotzip was third in 2012. There are 15 extra pre-entries in this race, including 2011 winner Regally Ready and 2012 runner-up Unbridled's Note.

In the Juvenile, American Pharoah is obviously the one to pull for, and The Great War and War Envoy both drew into the oversubscribed field. However, Carpe Diem and Daredevil appear more interesting and The Great War and War Envoy have backseat to them here. There are three extra pre-entries but none look particularly inviting.

The Turf is my hardest race here. Twilight Eclipse, the world record holder, is my favorite, followed by Chicquita (one of my favorites and 2nd preference in Filly & Mare Turf), and Flintshire. Main Sequence and Brown Panther are my backups.

In the Sprint, Secret Circle is looking to take me to back-to-back wins on his own. Indianapolis and Rich Tapestry are with him, though, and Private Zone is backup. There are 7 extra pre-entries and of them Bahamian Squall (3rd down) looks the most interesting. Reneesgotzip will likely scratch or she would replace Indianapolis in my choice list.

In the Mile, Anodin, Seek Again, and Toronado are my choices, with Trade Storm backup. Anodin is 3-time winner Goldikova's full brother. 11 extras drew in.

The Classic is not my favorite race in the list, believe it or not, because the stakes are the highest. California Chrome, Shared Belief, and Tonalist are my choices, with Cigar Street as backup. The Horse of the Year title is on the line between the first three and I actually want Chrome to get it. Which means Shared Belief would have to lose. Big Cazanova is the extra entry here.

Who are your choices? Read here:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Star leaped a lying barrel on the 16th for the first time in her LIFE. And then tried walking over it and scraped herself. She doesn't like to jump. So we have to go back to getting her interesting in jumping it instead of being scared of jumping. It's the highest I have ever had her jump, though!

She is fine with Friendly Game. During Porcupine and Driving she is much harder to pivot on the hindquarters than on the forequarters. Mostly because she wants to keep her eye on me the whole time. Yo-yo I got between two poles on the ground without her stepping over them. Success! And I only had to use Phase 4 when she decided the grass was more interesting. Phases 1 and 2 were the most common so that was great. Circling she did well. I am not trying to get her to lope, yet. A 22-foot line will come in handy for that. Her quick jog is pulling the 12-foot line. Sideways is easier when she's facing right than left. But she has gotten better. Squeeze Game is pretty good, except she thinks it's Circling Game so it takes a bit of work to get her to stop after only half a lap. I can stand with barely enough space between myself and a fence for her to pass and she's comfortable with it.

Leading in Porcupine was a little rocky at first but she got it and was jogging easily and behaved after a few seconds of me insisting she actually come with me. Leading at Driving was fun. I was backing up and she jogged after me for the first time doing that! She stops and backs well at Driving but at Porcupine she's more inclined to wait until Phase 4 to respond.

I got her to Circle both directions through water. She won't jog through the water, yet. But she doesn't hesitate to enter it. She is easier to Circle to the left than to the right.

She was asking more and pricking her ears instead of just going because I told her to. I can't wait to see what she is willing to do today.

When I caught her last week I found out she centers on the black Morgan. She looked at me but wouldn't let me anywhere near her until she found her buddy. And then she was fine. She had no problems being led anywhere after that.

I did get her to jump twice on the 17th but has refused since then. I have, however, gotten her to go sideways over the barrels at least 4 times and last time I attempted trailer loading it took me less than 10 minutes to get her in and out twice. That was Sunday. Saturday it took me over an hour, but it obviously paid off. I haven't had the time to play/work with Star since then.

My sister and my mother both say that my horse is scared of me. And since I have decided to listen to advice and criticism instead of shrugging it off, this afternoon I intend to spend time just hanging out with my mare, instead of beginning bridle work like I planned this week. She does get bored quickly doing the seven games so I need to spice them up a little. That will come tomorrow.

Also, I'm a terrible driver...... haven't gotten in a wreck (yet), though. Whew!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Old Age Claims Hen; Gained Wisdom

Evil Eye finally succumbed to old age this morning. She was approximately 3 1/2 years old. In her legacy she left tough, sturdy proteges in the form of 10 hens and roosters. She will not be forgotten.

This past week I have learned many things. The highlights are:

I learned that I actually was doing something right with Star when she started jumping all over the place during groundwork. She was listening!

Approach and retreat. I had never actually SEEN it done so watching it was pretty cool.

Jadzia LOVES vehicles, people, and dead snakes. And moonlight runs, though she hates getting left behind. She can yowl!

Getting up very early improves my concentration in the morning.

Choose wisely what you do with your spare time in the morning. Just because you can have a blast doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Friends are very important to me. Possibly more important than family. But only God is there, not regretting a stupid mistake, not sick, not injured, forever. Praise the Lord I have both of my best friends still!

Also, I can have 11 different songs have separate parts running through my head in half an hour. Happened this morning! I guess I was thinking too much. it was interesting, though. One line was all too familiar. "....heart beat against me."

I also saw a shooting star!

I bought 11 foot black Finesse Reins and a 5 inch short shank B3 bit.

I also sat in several different kinds of saddles. They were amazing! I physically saw and touched both them and Cradle Bridles (drool!) for the first time last weekend. I also wanted a black Western bridle. The Parelli stuff is high-quality and expensive. And cheaper at their events than online!
product (bit)

product (reins)

product (cradle bridle)

product (snaffle bridle)

I can't wait to have pictures of Star in her bridle. But we're starting on line first this weekend and I'm not even bridling her until next weekend and getting on her until the 31st at the earliest. I need a good groundwork foundation first.

My beautiful Star.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Not A Great Day

I'm nervous. And scared. Not having a very good day today.

I had a great weekend.... sort of. I enjoyed the Parelli sessions and had lots of fun watching Linda on her Holsteiner gelding and Pat on his son's mare. My favorite was the session with the inflatable zebras. Especially when the Belgian Warmblood cross decided to play with them.

Lots of new things to do with Star, who is mine once again! Can't wait! It's pretty blustery today, though.

Bad news first:

Wise Dan broke his ankle and is skipping the Breeders' Cup.
Australia injured a hoof and is retired.
Rags to Riches half-brother died in a paddock accident on Saturday. Jazil was 11 years old.

And good news (kind of):

Seeking Paradise ran 2nd in a mile long turf MSW at Keeneland on Thursday. It was her first in the money finish, and her third race.

Zooming WON her second start, a one mile dirt MSW at Remington Park on Saturday. It was moved off the turf.

Tiffany's Honour ran 8th (last) in a one mile dirt MSW at Santa Anita on Friday. It was her third race.

Rhett Butler is not entered in any races and didn't run today.

Wise Dan:



Seeking Paradise (middle):
Our baby Seeking Paradise ran her heart out and lost by a nose at #Keeneland MSW just now!! Watch out for the Blame horses as 3 year olds!! :oʇoɥd

Race replay-Zooming:

Tiffany's Honour:

Rhett Butler:

And from the Parelli weekend...

To sum of my session with Highland in  our Future of Horsemanship Tour on using psychology in your performance training, "If you give horses what you need, they'll give you what you want." :oʇoɥd

And I can see my little group in the back, there. My best friends, and the best friend of one of those best friends. And me.

And a lot of verses.

"Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly he was above them." Exodus 18:11.

"Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared." Exodus 23:20.

"And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God." Exodus 29:46

"And the LORD God passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth," Leviticus 1:1

"And he hath done this day, so the LORD hath commanded to do, to make an atonement for you." Leviticus 8:34

"For I am the LORD that hath bringeth you up out of Egypt, to be your God; ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy." Leviticus 11:45

"And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses." Leviticus 16:34

"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." Leviticus 18:22

"And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin." Leviticus 24:15

"Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it; for I am the LORD your God." Leviticus 26:1

"And the children of Israel did so, and put them out of the camp; as the LORD spake unto Moses, so did the children of Israel." Numbers 5:4

"And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the LORD shall do unto us, the same shall we do unto thee." Numbers 10:32

"And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision and will speak unto him in a dream." Numbers 12:6

"And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel." Numbers 22:3

"For the LORD had said of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness. And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the Num." Numbers 26:65

"But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out." Numbers 32:23

"Neither shall the inheritance remove from one tribe to another tribe; but every one of the tribes of the children of Israel shall keep himself to his own inheritance." Numbers 36:9

"O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!" Deuteronomy 5:29

"Ye have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you." Deuteronomy 9:24

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

No Cigar

My horses:

The last heard from them:

Jess's Dream: 48.88 second half-mile at Belmont Park's main track on September 28
T C B Kiwi's: 51.40 second half-mile at Retama Park's turf course on October 1
Eblouissante: 58.60 second five furlongs at Los Alamitos' dirt track on October 6
Hashtag Bonnie: 36.71 second three furlongs at Belmont Park's dirt training track on September 29
Shared Belief: 50.80 second half-mile at Golden Gate's main track on October 7
Wise Dan: A win in the 1 mile Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile on October 4 at Keeneland
Promise Me Freedom: 37 second three furlongs at Louisiana Downs' main track on September 20
Assorted Humour: A 9th in the 6 furlong Evangeline Downs Star Stakes on August 30 at Evangeline Downs
Honor Code: 49 second half-mile at Fair Hill's dirt track on October 3
Littlezapper: 50.79 second half-mile at Remington Park's main track on October 1
Bootsy's Girl: 1:03 five furlongs at Churchill Downs' main track on October 4
Cozmic One: 50.76 second half-mile at Belmont Park's main track on September 24
Morally Flexible: 50.20 second half-mile at Retama Park's main track on September 6
Admirer: 9th in the 1 1/16 mile CSP Maiden Stakes at Windsor on August 19, 2013
Texas Bling: 36.75 second three furlongs at Remington Park's main track on October 7
Rhett Butler: Entered in Prix de Carlepont at Compiegne on October 13 and Prix de Saint Andre des Eaux at Pornichet on October 16
Australia: Entered in Group I Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Group I Qipco Champion Stakes, both at Ascot on October 18
Secret Circle: 3rd in 6 furlong Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship on October 4
Magna Fortuna: 3rd in 1 1/16 mile allowance at Hawthorne on March 29
Seeking Paradise: Entered in Maiden Special Weight at Keeneland on October 9
Unbridled Forever: 2nd in 1 1/16 mile Grade II Indiana Oaks on October 4 at Indiana Grand Race Course
Zooming: Entered in Maiden Special Weight at Remington Park on October 11
Tiffany's Honour: Entered in Maiden Special Weight at Santa Anita on October 10
Beholder: 38.20 second three furlongs at Santa Anita's main track on October 7
Better Not Cry: 3rd in 1 mile (turf) Maiden Special Weight at Evangeline Downs on August 15, 2013
Royalty: 9th in 1 1/16 mile (turf) Maiden Special Weight at Saratoga on August 9

The great Cigar, the second-leading American earner (behind Curlin), died at the age of 24 yesterday evening. The stallion, who proved to be infertile and left no offspring, will be missed. He lived at the Kentucky Horse Park until his death. The multiple Grade I winner and first Breeders' Cup Classic/Dubai World Cup double champion was a 2-time Horse of the Year and earned almost $10 million. He also earned 2 Older Champion Male awards and an induction into the Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


I went for a run this morning. And had cats and dogs come help me. Sisko and Jet thought it would be fun, until Jet decided to walk in front of me and get stepped on. It wasn't so fun after that.

Mauler and Zactly joined in, bounding and bouncing along. And scaring the kittens.

I got up at 4:30 this morning. Got changed. Put on my hiking boots (I'm notorious for momentarily wrenching something when I run) and snuck outside,  since no one else was awake and I didn't want to scare them.

At 5:00 I did about 10 minutes of beating up the punching bag in the garage with my bare hands (I should use gloves next time). Then I did 5 laps of trail/driveway walking and running. Would have done more running except I forgot to get a flashlight that actually works. Got a nice sweat going.

Apparently about 5:30 the ducks start to wake up. And 6:00 the rooster begins to crow.

I changed into jeans and realized I had put my shirt on inside out. I laughed at that.

When I fed my birds, only three were awake at all. Evil Eye, the mean one, the rooster, and an escapee. And only Evil Eye decided to come eat. I put the bucket down and she hopped into it, tilting it over, and ate away while I pet her. If I hadn't done that she wouldn't have realized there was food and kept trying to chase me and grab my pants. That chicken is mean! She's also mostly blind and about 3 years old. Maybe 4. She's the oldest one in the flock. The rooster kept crowing.

Anything interesting happen to you lately?