Hope has transitioned nicely to life as a broodmare at Margaux Farm in a paddock with 5 other maiden broodmares. When we couldn’t figure out what was bugging her last year after watching her racing performance trail off despite training well, I made the decision to retire her. When I visited her at the end of the year, she appeared more settled than ever, and she even remembered her favorite track treat—– peppermints!
I visited Ashford to see Cupid who really impressed me. He is a gorgeous physical. Hope is booked to Cupid this Spring. I believe these two horses will produce a nice runner since both were precocious. I remember watching Cupid win the 2016 Indiana Derby. He was a heavy favorite that day.
Below is a picture of Hope the minute she noticed I brought her peppermints!
So in the spirit of the New Year, I’d like to propose a toast…. to cherishing our past blessings and to looking forward to new beginnings and second careers.