Monday, July 21, 2014

Herbs for Star

I have decided to enter the world of herbal medicine and use them to improve Star's gaits, joints, muscles, and overall performance. She is prone to injuring her joints, especially up front, and her muscles behind then hurt. She is pigeon-toed (toes turned in) up front, with her cannon bones spread too far apart, and she's splay-footed behind, though not as drastically as she is toed-in in front. So, here's what I found and what her diet will look like from now on:

MSM, 1 ounce
Oats, 1 quart
garlic & basil, 1 tsp each
peppermint, 2 tsp
devil's claw, 4 tablets
Turmeric, 1 tsp
garlic, 2 tsp
thyme, 4 tbsp
flax seed, 2 tsp
rice bran, 1/2 cup
oregano, 1 tsp
electrolytes, 1 ounce

Can't wait to get all of this stuff together. Her coat should improve, as should her hooves, joints, muscles, weight maintenance, fitness, and energy.

Official results are Wednesday, but Royalty finished 8th of 9 in her race, less than 8 lengths behind the winner, and Unbridled Forever finished 2nd in hers, 5 lengths behind the winner. It was a better result for Unbridled Forever, and she will never be the top of her class, but she deserves a Grade 1 win or two. Royalty, on the other hand, needs a change in routine. Or maybe it was just that she hadn't raced yet this year. She isn't doing her late brother or dam proud.

Seriously??? No guesses for the quiz?

Here we go. The horse is a mare!!! And it's a daughter of hers that's racing. Now guess.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Racehorse Update 2

Unbridled Forever: Saratoga Race 10, July 20, 1 1/8 miles dirt, Grade I TVG Coaching Club American Oaks. 9/5 morning line, post 2, 121 lbs. Field of 6 fillies.

Royalty: Saratoga Race 4, July 18, 6 furlongs dirt, Maiden Special Weight for 3yo+ fillies & mares. 12/1 morning line, post 3, 119 lbs 5 ounces (coupled with Running Wild). Field of 8 3yos, 1 4yo (9 total).

News stories:
Eblouissante: (nothing since May)
Shared Belief: (since July 1)
Wise Dan: (since July 1)
Honor Code: (nothing since April)
Texas Bling: (nothing since 2013)
Princess of Sylmar: (since July 1)
Australia: (since July 1)
Will Take Charge: (nothing since June)
Secret Circle: (nothing since April)
Unbridled Forever: (since July 1)
Game On Dude: (nothing since June)
Beholder: (nothing since June)

And another hint for the quiz:
The copyright on the picture reads: 2006 Cindy Pierson Dulay. And, the picture is taken at Churchill Downs in the spring meet. Think 2006 Churchill Downs and one of the major races of the spring meet!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Black Caviar Update

The historic racemare of Australia appears to be progressing well in her first pregnancy. She is due in late September (just barely over 2 months away!) to super sprinter Exceed and Excel. Black Caviar raced all over Australia and once in England, winning all 25 of her races, over both males and females alike. Discussion over who her second mate will be has already begun. From the link below: " 'She could go to More Than Ready, go back to Exceed And Excel, go to Snitzel, High Chaparral is in the mix and there's one other.' " Also, her connections have intentionally skipped learning the foal's sex, as they want a surprise.

Her half-sister, the $2.6 million yearling from Redoute's Choice named Belle Couture, is retired. She ran four times and won once, placed once, and was 12th of 13 and 16th of 16 in her other races. She was injured and apparently had problems in her last two races.

Black Caviar and Belle Couture are out of the unraced mare Helsinge.

Black Caviar did the impossible. She became the first horse in our generation (or possibly two or three generations) to win more than 19 consecutive races while undefeated! She also retired undefeated.... in 25 races.

Not even the great Frankel, the world's best Thoroughbred racehorse, did that. He retired with 11 less races under his belt. And he never shipped to another continent half a world away. Still, if the two produced anything, the value of the foal would be enormous, even more than the $5 million full brother to Belle Couture who unfortunately died of a spider bite and a reaction to the medication before receiving his official name, let alone racing.


Insanity definition of the day:
Getting up at 6:30 am and expecting, despite pouring rain and boggy conditions, to be able to convince the grumpy horse that a ten mile jog isn't that bad.

Anyway, Star and I DIDN'T go 10 miles today. Just raced in the muddy ditch about a mile and then walked home, after an argument that lasted all the way to the ditch we raced on. And our Dutch Shepherd, Zactly, is pretty quick... she was the one to beat. I got drenched, and so did she, and it's still flash flooding here.

Picture time from yesterday... didn't get any today. Did go 10 miles with a lot less arguing, but we still argued a bit.
The mist rising off the pond

Our shadow as we jog along

Crazy pullet (escapee) who followed me, hungry for breakfast, after I finished riding

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Jess's Dream*: BULLET of 4 going 4f @ Stonestreet Training Llc (dirt) on July 11 (breezing)
T C B Kiwi's*: BULLET of 9 going 3f in 36.40 @ Retama Park (dirt) on July 16 (breezing)
Hashtag Bonnie*: 3/57 going 4f in 48.53 @ Belmont Park (dirt) on July 13 (breezing)
Littlezapper*: 1/1 going 2f in 25.80 @ Lone Star (dirt) on July 15 (breezing)
Bootsy's Girl*: 8/10 going 3f in 38.80 @ Churchill Downs (dirt) on July 15 (breezing)
Will Take Charge: BULLET of 20 going 5f in 59.36 @ Saratoga (dirt training) on July 14 (breezing)
Seeking Paradise*: 4/5 going 4f in 52.40 @ Keeneland (AWTraining) on July 14 (breezing)
Unbridled Forever: 16/48 going 4f in 49.40 @ Churchill Downs (dirt) on July 12 (breezing)


Race Results:
Assorted Humour: 4th of 9 in the restricted 5 furlong (dirt) TTA Sales Futurity at Lone Star on July 12. Note: jostled upper stretch. Review: chased the pace, vied in the two path on the turn, jostled with NUBLADO BLING in upper stretch and weakened.

Texas Bling: 1st of 9 in the restricted (state-bred) 1 mile (dirt) Assault Stakes at Lone Star on July 12. Note: 3-4w turns, rallied. Review: went three then four wide on the first turn, lingered well back in the field, moved closer with a half-mile to run, advanced three wide on the far turn, chased the leader into the final furlong, made a bid at the sixteenth-pole and proved best under strong urging.

Princess of Sylmar: 2nd of 6 in the Grade I 1 1/4 mile (dirt) Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park on July 12. Note: ran down rival for 2nd. Review: was allowed to settle early then advanced between rivals through the backstretch, didn't continue her bid completing a mile then swung out in upper stretch and closed determinedly to run down rival for second.

And I want to wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my best friend, Kit Marie SavvyEquus!!!

(it should say "HAPPY BIRTHDAY from Ruffian" or is it signed by the great filly?)

See her blog here:

HINT from July 11 quiz:

Think "Forever".
Also, think Acorns.... and where they come from, or where they go... or, think Acorns themselves. And look at the picture for a good hint.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Having Fun

Star and I quickly galloped (breezing pace, I suppose) about 5 miles, un-timed today. Yesterday we went 3 miles working at an average pace of 24 miles per hour (final time 7:28.47). The plan is to jog 10 miles tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday, and gallop 8 miles on Friday and Saturday. A gallop is actually somewhere between a technical gallop and a fast canter. Next week's plans include a 7 mile gallop (Sunday), a 3 mile work (Monday), a 10 mile jog (Tuesday), a 10 mile gallop (Wednesday), taking Thursday off, and going 31 miles in 7 1/4 hours INCLUDING 2 half hour stops on Friday. Saturday will be off next week, as well. To finish off the month, we will have 2 gallops, a work, a jog, and a fast gallop the same distance as today's gallop.

Picture time!
Our shadow as we head home after the gallop

Yesterday's supper for Star. Included Cod Liver Oil and Peppermint, besides the food from yesterday.

Comparing to Sunday's meal:

Mornings are beautiful out here. So far it's been a green summer but things are beginning to dry out. My question: if it gets very dry for long periods of time every summer, why is it still called a drought? (West Texas gets a drought EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Texas Bling pedigree overview/analysis

Texas Bling, 2010 dk b/br colt:
Stakes wins:
Remington Park Springboard Mile, December 9, 2012 @ 128-1

Assault Stakes, July 13, 2014 @ 3-1

Sire-Too Much Bling, 2003 gr/ro stallion:
Stakes wins:
San Miguel Stakes, January 8, 2006 @ 2.80-1
San Vicente Stakes (gr. 2), February 12, 2006 @ 0.80-1

Bay Shore Stakes (gr. 3), April 8, 2006 @ 1.10-1

Carry Back Stakes (gr. 2), July 15, 2006 @ 0.50-1

Sire of Texas Stallion Stakes winners

Dam-Anythingmore, 1998 bay mare:
Placed in one of 4 starts
2003 Hadif bay gelding, Had If I Had More, 5x wnr in 60 starts, claiming level
2004 Wavering Monarch chestnut mare, Santana Love, 3rd 1x in 5 starts
2005 Alphabet Soup gray/roan mare, Anymoresoup, 3x 3rd in 7 starts
2009 Dance Master dark bay/brown gelding, Anymore Dance, 1x 2nd, 1x 3rd in 13 starts
2010 Too Much Bling dark bay/brown colt, Texas Bling*, 4x 1st, 3x 2nd, 2x 3rd in 25 starts, 2x sw
2012 Too Much Bling gray/roan filly, Everything Bling*, unraced (last work 7/11/14)
2014 Too Much Bling filly, unnamed

By far the best of his dam's produce (indicating her return to his sire in 2011 and 2013 to produce 2 full sisters), Texas Bling is also one of the best of his sire's progeny, who was leading 2nd crop sire and freshman sire in 2011 and 2010, respectively. He stands at Lane's End Texas for a 2014 fee of $4,000 live foal.