I went to visit On The Point ( Dream) on Mother’s Day to take her a treat and to see how the new mother and son were doing. She seems to be doing well. She is fostering independence in her 3 mo old son and he seems quite content to venture away from his mum without a worry or care. They share the paddock with another mother and a filly. All four seem to be content in parallel grazing while granting each other their space. Dream didn’t care for her baby carrots and seem to be disgusted that I didn’t bring her oat/green apple treats. So, I meandered over to the stallion barn and treated Strong Hope who was more than thrilled as we kept dropping carrots into his feed bowl. He literally would stomp when he wanted more! Love that horse! Attached are pics of Rudy at 3 months taken on Mother’s Day.
This year marked the 3rd Annual Derby Day at my house. I started it as a fun way to introduce my family to the racing fever. By inspiring the upcoming generations in my family, I hope that horse racing will become a fun passion they will remember into their adulthood. To make it feel all the more “official”, we walked and were photographed on the red carpet before feasting on fine food and sipping on mint julips. My granddaughter and nieces enjoyed a silly string fight with Uncle Mike who also served as official photographer. An honor bestowed upon him for three years and counting! There was even wagering and some funny surprises. Derby Day is my favorite day of the year. One that I look forward to all year long as it kicks off the Triple Crown races. Yes, Orb and Revolutionary were among my choices but so were Oxbow and Will Take Charge. All fine horses indeed. As we approach the Preakness, we wait and hope in anticipation as Orb tries to make history. Godspeed.
Above are pictures of our Derby red carpet event. ( Group picture: front left to right: Sophie, Ryleigh, Maddie; Back left to right-Rachel, Brit, My Mom and Me)