Friday, September 5, 2014

Summer Terrors

From the second half of spring through the first half of fall, these creatures terrorize Texas world.

Chiggers:
Invisible bugs that create gigantic red, itchy, welts when they bite. They are in the dirt and the ground and are just about impossible to avoid.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trombiculidae

Fire Ants:
Small, red ants that feel like fire when they bite. Get enough of them and they can kill you in a huge swarm. They are easier to avoid than the chiggers because they can be seen and they nest in huge piles, and their bites are smaller and less annoying.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_ant

Snakes:
Rat snakes, copperheads, and cottonmouth snakes are everywhere around here. The rat snakes are the most common and the copperheads are the most dangerous, and cottonmouths just generally in the water somewhere. I haven't seen very many.


Cottonmouth


Copperhead


Rat Snake

Thursday, September 4, 2014

2012 Kentucky Derby, The Future

My second-favorite Derby (behind my first Derby, the 2007 edition), I thought I would review the runners and find out where they are.

Winner: I'll Have Another. Retired, Big Red Farm in Japan, entered stud 2013. Record after Derby: 1:1-0-0 (Preakness Stakes)

Runner-up: Bodemeister. Retired, WinStar Farm in Kentucky, entered stud 2013. Record after Derby: 1:0-1-0 (Preakness Stakes)

Third-place: Dullahan. Deceased, died shortly after retirement in 2013. Record after Derby: 9:1-0-1 (Won '12 Pacific Classic, 3rd '13 Arlington Handicap)

4th: Went The Day Well. Active. Record after Derby: 4:0-0-0.

5th: Creative Cause. Retired, Airdrie Stud in Kentucky, entered stud 2013. Record after Derby: 1:0-0-1 (Preakness Stakes)

6th: Liaison. Retired, Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, entered stud 2014. Record after Derby: 10:2-2-3 (Won Santana Mile, Mervyn LeRoy Handicap, 2nd Affirmed Handicap, Californian, 3rd Swaps, Jim Dandy, Harry F. Brubaker)

7th: Union Rags. Retired, Lane's End Farm in Kentucky, entered stud 2013. Record after Derby: 1:1-0-0 (Belmont Stakes)

8th: Rousing Sermon. Active. Record after Derby: 19:3-4-3 (Won 2 A/OC, Oh Trust Handicap, 2nd A/OC, Big Bear, Tiznow, Real Good Deal, 3rd 2 A/OC, Native Diver)

9th: Hansen. Retired, South Korea, entered stud 2013. Record after Derby: 2:1-0-0 (Won Iowa Derby)

10th: Daddy Nose Best. Active. Record after Derby: 14:5-1-2 (Won allowance, Edward J. Debartolo Memorial Handicap, Remington Green, Buddy Diliberto Memorial Handicap, Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap, 2nd Opening Verse, 3rd National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, Fair Grounds Handicap)

11th: Optimizer. Active. Record after Derby: 21:4-3-2 (Won A/OC, Kent, Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap, Fair Grounds Handicap, 2nd Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, Woodford Reserve Manhattan, Bernard Baruch Handicap, 3rd Hollywood Turf Cup, Dixie)

12th: Alpha. Active. Record after Derby: 14:3-0-1 (Won Jim Dandy, Travers, Woodward, 3rd Alydar) ENTERED SEPT 5 LEFT BANK

13th: El Padrino. Retired, Northview PA, Pennsylvania, entered stud 2014. Record after Derby: 1:0-1-0 (A/OC)

14th: Done Talking. Hasn't run since 2013 and no listed works. Record after Derby: 7:0-1-0 (A/OC)

15th: Sabercat. Active. Record after Derby: 13-0-2-4 (2nd A/OC, 3rd Oaklawn Handicap, A/OC, Golden Bear, Evangeline Mile Handicap)

16th: Gemologist. Retired, WinStar Farm in Kentucky, entered stud 2013. Record after Derby: 1:0-0-0

17th: Trinniberg. Retired, Rockridge Stud, New York, entered stud 2014. Record after Derby: 10:2-3-0 (Won Woody Stephens, Breeders' Cup Sprint, 2nd Carry Back, Gallant Bob, Smile)

18th: Prospective. Retired, Ocala Stud Farm, Florida, entered stud 2014. Record after Derby: 8:3-0-1 (Won Victoria Park, Ohio Derby, Delta Mile, 3rd allowance)

19th: Take Charge Indy. Retired, WinStar Farm, Kentucky, entered stud 2014. Record after Derby: 7:1-2-2 (Won Alysheba, 2nd Clark Handicap, Skip Away, 3rd Fayette, Donn Handicap)

20th (DNF): Daddy Long Legs. Retired, Haras Cordillera, Chili, entered stud 2014. Record after Derby: 10:0-0-0.

And that's all... 150 races since the Derby but with 27 wins and 20 places and shows, each. That's 67 in the money finishes!



Next:
My phone is coming tomorrow! Pictures of the critters coming soon!


This picture is from approximately two years ago. Two offspring of Snowy Tigress.

Texas Bling at the end of July. Credit to Danele Durham.
Btqgsorcuaepp2y




Bring Him Home lyrics:

God on high
Hear my prayer
In my need
You have always been there

He is young
He's afraid
Let him rest
Heaven blessed.

Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

He's like the son I might have known
If God had granted me a son.

The summers die
One by one
How soon they fly
On and on

And I am old
And will be gone.

Bring him peace
Bring him joy
He is young
He is only a boy

You can take
You can give
Let him be
Let him live

If I die, let me die
Let him live

Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5svrJ58BuLs


Les Miserables Finale lyrics:

Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light.

For the wretched of the earth
There is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end
And the sun will rise.

They will live again in freedom
In the garden of the Lord.
They will walk behind the plough-share,
They will put away the sword.
The chain will be broken
And all men will have their reward.

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
When tomorrow comes...
Tomorrow comes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtbcZmCc7rg (note: includes the "prelude" to the finale)


And, Andrew's story has an UPDATE!!!! He's got to climb Unscaleable.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Racehorse Update

2yos:

Primal Knowledge: Unstarted, no workouts. The Louisiana-bred was bought by Douglas Schambough for $22,000 in April at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds 2014 sale, where she worked a furlong in 11 seconds flat at Lone Star Park as hip 90. http://www.fasigtipton.com/fasig-tiptontv/index.asp?t=1&year=2014&show=2&pag=4&channelId=fcaf0caf82c041d9b886a33137e1a136&mediaId=5a7f771003c54bf7b5527e80dc325b5d&secondChannelId=c5de60bdb20e4b7a93d04fb46614cdbe

Jess's Dream: Unstarted, last work at Stonestreet Training on July 25. The Kentucky-bred is owned by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Farm and is located at Saratoga in New York under Kiaran McLaughlin's handling.

T C B Kiwi's: Broke her maiden on debut August 30 at Remington Park, after working there August 23. The Kentucky-bred was bought by Dennis Foster for $11,000 in April at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds 2014 sale, where she worked a furlong in 11 seconds flat at Lone Star Park as hip 33. http://www.fasigtipton.com/fasig-tiptontv/index.asp?t=1&year=2014&show=2&pag=2&channelId=fcaf0caf82c041d9b886a33137e1a136&mediaId=e619cf7e1f2a4318bdb775c4992acb2c&secondChannelId=c5de60bdb20e4b7a93d04fb46614cdbe

Race Replay: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/RP/2014/8/30/3/race-3-msw-at-rp-on-8-30-14

Hashtag Bonnie: Unstarted, last work at Saratoga on July 19. The Kentucky-bred sold for $60,000 to S G V Thoroughbreds in October 2013 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall 2013 Yearling Sale.

Assorted Humour: 3 starts, last work August 23, raced August 30 (9th in ED Star Stakes). The Kentucky-bred was RNA'd at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds 2014 sale, where he worked a furlong in 10.2 seconds as hip 7. http://www.fasigtipton.com/fasig-tiptontv/index.asp?t=1&year=2014&show=2&pag=1&channelId=fcaf0caf82c041d9b886a33137e1a136&mediaId=4d614ea8564c4296bc3178eed3332082&secondChannelId=c5de60bdb20e4b7a93d04fb46614cdbe

Debut (winning) replay: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/race/USA/EVD/2014/6/14/1/race-1-msw-at-evd-on-6-14-14

Littlezapper: Unstarted, last work August 23 at Remington Park. The Texas-bred was bought by Hall Family Trust for $10,000 in April at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds 2014 sale, where he worked a furlong in 12 seconds flat as hip 75. http://www.fasigtipton.com/fasig-tiptontv/index.asp?t=1&year=2014&show=2&pag=3&channelId=fcaf0caf82c041d9b886a33137e1a136&mediaId=dc5fd8a2d55f4c27a75a3fad52e0cd2b&secondChannelId=c5de60bdb20e4b7a93d04fb46614cdbe

Bootsy's Girl: Unstarted, last work August 27 at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky-bred was bought by Bill Helwig for $72,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sale 2014 Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in Training, where she worked a furlong in 10.6 as hip 466. http://obssales.com/aprpreview/2014/

Seeking Paradise: 7th on debut August 16 at Ellis Park, last work August 26 at The Thoroughbred Center. The Kentucky-bred was bought by Wesley Melcher for $77,000 in July 2013 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky 2013 Select Yearling Sale.

Zooming: Unstarted, worked at Remington Park on August 27 last out. The Texas-bred was purchased for $7,000 by Carl R. Moore Management in April at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds 2014 sale, where she worked a furlong in 10.4 seconds at Lone Star Park as Hip 30. http://www.fasigtipton.com/fasig-tiptontv/index.asp?t=1&year=2014&show=2&pag=2&channelId=fcaf0caf82c041d9b886a33137e1a136&mediaId=a9c8d49004784f03b87db46abbd04195&secondChannelId=c5de60bdb20e4b7a93d04fb46614cdbe

La Crema Rouge: Unstarted, no works. The Kentucky-bred was RNA'd at the Fasig-Tipton 2-year-olds 2014 sale, where she worked a furlong in 10.4 seconds as hip 85 at Lone Star Park. http://www.fasigtipton.com/fasig-tiptontv/index.asp?t=1&year=2014&show=2&pag=4&channelId=fcaf0caf82c041d9b886a33137e1a136&mediaId=f53637384025459b8ea42e6e93ab4d06&secondChannelId=c5de60bdb20e4b7a93d04fb46614cdbe

Promise Me Freedom: Unstarted, no works. The Kentucky-bred was RNA'd at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky 2013 Select Yearling Sale in October 2013.

Cozmic One: Unstarted, no works (in training with John Shirreffs). The Kentucky-bred is owned by Jerry & Ann Moss of California and bred by them at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky. Located at Belmont Park.

12Tingafolie: Unnamed colt, no works. The Kentucky-bred was purchased for $32,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sale 2014 Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in Training by Lone Stable. He had worked a furlong in 10.4 seconds as hip 776. http://obssales.com/aprpreview/2014/

12Ragstoriches: Unnamed colt, no works (in training with Andre Fabre). The Irish-bred is owned by Coolmore Stud and was bred there by Chelston & Wynatt. Located in France.

3yos:

Shared Belief: 6 starts, 6 wins. Champion 2yo Eclipse Award winner 2013. Won Pacific Classic against older horses last out, dual Grade I winner. Bay gelding. Last race August 24.

Honor Code: 4 starts, 2 wins, 2 places. Grade 2 winner. Placed in Gulfstream allowance last out. Bay colt. Last race March 12.

Morally Flexible: 2 starts, 0 in the money finishes. Finished 9th in Lone Star Maiden race last out. Bay filly. Last race June 15.

Australia: 7 starts, 5 wins, 1 place, 1 show. Won Juddmonte International against older horses last out. Triple Group I winner. Chestnut colt. Last race August 20.

Unbridled Forever: 8 starts, 2 wins, 1 place, 3 shows. 8th in Alabama Stakes last out. Triple Grade I placed. Bay filly. Last race August 16.

Tiffany's Honour: 2 starts, 0 in the money finishes. 5th in Santa Anita maiden race last out. Bay filly. Last race January 3.

Royalty: 5 starts, 1 place. 9th in Saratoga maiden race last out. Bay filly. Last race August 9.

Rhett Butler: Unstarted. (In Europe under Andre Fabre). Chestnut colt.

Older Horses:

Eblouissante: 6 starts, 2 wins, 1 place. Last in Del Mar allowance last out. Bay mare. Last race August 24.

Wise Dan: 30 starts, 22 wins, 2 places. Champion turf horse, older horse, Horse of the Year 2012 & 2013. Won Bernard Baruch last out, 10-time Grade I winner. Chestnut gelding. Last race August 30.

Admirer: 1 start, 0 in the money finishes. Finished 9th in Windsor maiden race last out. Last race August 19, 2013.

Texas Bling: 26 starts, 4 wins, 3 places, 2 shows. Stakes winner. 7th in Governor's Cup last out. Bay colt. Last race August 16.

Princess of Sylmar: 15 starts, 9 wins, 3 places. 4-time Grade I winner. 5th in Personal Ensign last out. Chestnut filly. Last race August 22.

Will Take Charge: 21 starts, 7 wins, 6 places, 1 show. Dual Grade I winner, 2013 Champion 3yo colt. 3rd in Whitney last out. Chestnut colt. Last race August 2.

Secret Circle: 10 starts, 7 wins, 3 places. Grade I winner. 2nd is Palos Verdes last out. Bay horse. Last race February 2.

Magna Fortuna: 7 starts, 2 wins, 1 show. 3rd in Hawthorne Allowance last out. Bay gelding. Last race March 29.

Game On Dude: 34 starts, 16 wins, 7 places, 1 show. 4th in Pacific Classic last out, 8-time Grade I winner. Bay gelding. Last start August 24.

Beholder: 14 starts, 9 wins, 3 shows. 4th in Ogden Phipps last out, 5-time Grade I winner, 2012 Champion 2yo filly, 2013 Champion 3yo filly. Bay filly. Last start June 7.

Better Not Cry: 3 starts, 1 show. 3rd in Evangeline maiden race last out. Bay filly. Last start August 15, 2013.

Broodmares:

Rachel Alexandra: At Stonestreet Farm recuperating from a 2013 foaling injury. Has not been bred since 2013. Foaled a bay colt by Curlin in 2012 and a bay filly by Bernardini in 2013.

Royal Delta: Was bred to Galileo for her first foal, due 2015.

Rags to Riches: Unknown, but at Coolmore Stud, Ireland. Produced a chestnut mare by Giant's Causeway in 2009, bay colt by Henrythenavigator in 2010, chestnut colt by Galileo in 2011, bay colts by Galileo in 2012 and 2013, and a chestnut filly by Galileo in 2014.

Better Than Honour: Unknown. Produced a bay mare by Storm Cat in 2001, a bay mare by A.P. Indy in 2002, a bay horse by Seeking The Gold in 2003, a chestnut mare by A.P. Indy in 2004, a chestnut horse by Mineshaft in 2005, a chestnut horse by Giant's Causeway in 2006, a bay horse by Giant's Causeway in 2007, bay fillies by Street Cry in 2010 and 2011, and a bay filly by Bernardini in 2013. Was in foal to Tapit for 2014 but unknown if the foal arrived.

Opulence: Unknown. Produced a bay colt by Stay Thirsty in 2014, and is believed to be bred back for 2015.

Goldikova: Was bred to Galileo for her 3rd foal in 2015. Produced a bay colt by Galileo in 2013 and a bay filly by Galileo in 2014.

Zenyatta: Not in foal for 2015. At Lane's End Farm. Produced a bay colt by Bernardini in 2012, a chestnut colt by Tapit in 2013, and a bay filly by War Front in 2014.

Groupie Doll: Bred to Tapit for 2015 for her first foal.

Black Caviar: Due any day to Exceed and Excel for her first foal.

Helsinge: Unknown. Produced a bay mare by Bel Esprit in 2006, a bay horse by Bel Esprit in 2007, a bay horse by Casino Prince in 2009, a bay filly by Redoute's Choice in 2010, a (deceased) bay colt by Redoute's Choice in 2011, a bay filly by Bel Esprit in 2012, and a bay filly by Redoute's Choice in 2013.

Stallions:

Frankel: First crop foaled 2014

Street Sense: Sired Aubby K (Gr. I) in first crop, Unlimited Budget (Gr. 2) in second crop, Sweet Reason (Gr. I) in third crop, Light The City (wnr) in 4th crop. His 5th crop are yearlings. 6th crop are foals.

Camelot: First crop to be foaled 2015

Animal Kingdom: First crop foaled 2014

I'll Have Another: First crop foaled 2014

Drosselmeyer: First crop foaled 2013, second crop foals of 2014. Top weanling $155,000 Sydney's Kiss colt in November 2013.

Caleb's Posse: First crop foaled 2014

Blame: First crop led by first winner Caval, maiden winner, foaled 2012.

Afleet Alex: First crop sired Afleet Express (Gr. 1), 2nd crop Miss Valentine (stakes), 3rd crop Called To Serve (Gr. 3), 4th crop Iotapa (Gr. 1), 5th crop My Afleet (winner), 6th crop T C B Kiwi's (winner). 7th crop yearlings, 8th crop foals.

Calidoscopio: First crop due 2014

And that's all!

Anticipated events in September, Interesting events that happened in August

Horse racing-wise, the most anticipated event to occur is the birth of Black Caviar's Exceed and Excel foal, due any day now.

https://au.sports.yahoo.com/racing/news/article/-/24866325/black-caviar-entering-final-stages-of-pregnancy/

Also, the Southern Hemisphere foals are on their way so:

Calidoscopio's first foals should be born soon
Animal Kingdom's first babies are going to be filling the barns (his first is already born)
Frankel's SH conceived foals should be arriving
Helsinge (if she is pregnant) should be having her foal between now and December 1
Camelot is beginning to cover his first mares in Australia


And...
Jess's Dream could make his long-awaited debut
The English St. Leger, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and many other major races will be run
California Chrome makes his comeback in the Sept 20 Pennsylvania Derby
Untapable comes back in the Sept 20 Cotillion
The September Yearling Sale has produced many champions; it begins next week

In August:
Wise Dan came back in the Bernard Baruch and won
The Saratoga meet was a success
Tiffany's Honour returned to training at Saratoga
Shared Belief and Australia proved better than elders going 1 1/4 miles on different continents
Royalty ran twice at Saratoga and was out of the money both times
Beholder returned to training at Del Mar
Eblouissante finished last in turf allowance at Del Mar
Game On Dude and Shared Belief met... and the former finished 4th while the latter won
Princess of Sylmar lost... again!
Assorted Humour was 9th in a stakes
Animal Kingdom's first foal was born
Jess's Dream and Cozmic One arrived at Saratoga

News from August:
Wise Dan:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86523/wise-dan-works-on-dirt-options-expanded
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86673/wise-dan-drills-in-company-on-saratoga-dirt
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86801/lopresti-leans-to-woodbine-mile-for-wise-dan
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86862/wise-dan-to-make-return-in-bernard-baruch
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86955/wise-dan-gets-tightener-as-return-nears
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87018/target-on-wise-dan-for-bernard-baruch-return
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87039/lopresti-not-thinking-about-horse-of-the-year
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87034/goldencents-vs-wise-dan-showdown-likely
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87085/wise-dan-victorious-in-bernard-baruch-return
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87106/wise-dan-passes-return-test-in-flying-colors
Will Take Charge:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86530/moreno-shows-the-way-for-whitney-revenge
Jess's Dream:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86550/jesss-dream-arrives-at-mclaughlins-barn
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86558/jesss-dream-stretches-his-legs-at-saratoga
Royal Delta:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86590/royal-deltas-dam-delta-princess-euthanized
Animal Kingdom:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86639/animal-kingdoms-first-foal-born-in-australia
Zenyatta:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86738/zenyatta--2014-war-front-foal-at-lanes-end
Cozmic One:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86741/patience-key-for-shirreffs-with-cozmic-one
Texas Bling:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86828/code-west-guts-out-remingtons-governors-cup
Unbridled Forever:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86814/stopchargingmaria-adds-alabama-to-her-account
Australia:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86849/australia-takes-on-elders-in-return-at-york
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86876/australia-easy-juddmonte-international-winner
Shared Belief:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86866/shared-belief-looking-to-retain-his-throne
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86894/shared-belief-favored-in-pacific-classic
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86964/shared-belief-streaks-to-pacific-classic-win
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87000/champion-shared-belief-lands-classic-spot
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87004/shared-beliefs-hidden-key-to-greatness
Game On Dude:
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/86909/which-game-on-dude-will-show-up-in-classic

Monday, September 1, 2014

Last week... riding Star

Wednesday. Well, I put the bareback pad on my beautiful Pinto mare and had my stirrups hiked up. I rode her around for a while, first at the walk and then the jog. She did well, and in fact is more responsive to slowing and turning when I am perched like that. And then I loped her. And found out I lean a bit too much to the right. The pad began to slide but I corrected myself, slowed down, and decided to get Star to the pond for a drink. Bad idea. She was thirsty, all right. And she had a lot of flies. So guess what? She decides to go down in the pond while I'm riding. I was laughing when I hit the water, which wasn't that deep. The water's warm and the mud's gooey and now my phone is dead. Or I would have pictures. My bareback pad is MUDDY now! I wrenched my right leg a little when she went down but it's not too bad. It took my boots two days to dry and I found out wet jeans grip pretty well when riding bareback. Not that I'll actually soak my jeans before riding bareback. That's just wrong. It was fun, nonetheless, and I hope to decide to do that one day.

Andrew story updated! He's escaped and he's got a long journey ahead.

And check this song out. I love it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mJ08-pyDLg&index=42&list=UUmKurapML4BF9Bjtj4RbvXw

Piano Guys-Bring Him Home (from Les Miserables)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Update

Well, my "Andrew" story has been updated...

And I have a few pictures for y'all...
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13 stakes wins this year... and counting!