Hope’s Season Debut- May 3, 2017

Hope ran a 6F allowance race on May 3, 2017 and  was the only 3 yr old in a field  of older horses ages 4 and 5.  I was proud of her for she ran a good race and placed for the first time on a sloppy track against older horses. Way to go Hope! Below is a picture of her in the post parade.

Season Debut- Post Parade

Derby Day- May 6, 2017

I’m so Happy- It’s Derby Day! I look forward to Derby Day every year like I look forward to Christmas! Family  and Friends gather to place bets,eat and enjoy the race and race trivia.

This year, I was the lucky one who randomly selected Always Dreaming from the hat and won the 1st place wager. No, I swear it wasn’t fixed!  Always Dreaming ran quite a race in the mud. Congrats to his connections and to Todd Pletcher and John Velasquez.

My youngest daughter, Rachel, who is majoring in Telecommunications, decided to put together a video of the highlights from the party. I will inlcude a link to the video in the near future. Stay tuned…. but, in the meantime, check out the pictures below.

Derby Day 2017

Me, Rachel and Mom

Granddaughters Lucy and Ry

 

Defining Hope wins 2 yr old filly Indiana Sired for 2016

What a great beginning to the 2017 racing season to have Defining Hope nominated for 2 yr old filly Indiana Bred/Sired for 2016!  She won the award on Sunday, April 23, 2017. It was an honor to be in the company of such accomplished Indiana breeders, and I feel very fortunate and blessed to have Defining Hope and the team behind her. I have preferred to see my journey as a “Divine Opportunity” and have been graced by the man upstairs so it is he who gets all of the credit!

With that being said, I am grateful to Dr. Roger Beam who has cared for On the Point for the last 7 years and who foaled and managed Defining Hope’s growth and development until she was 18 months old.

I am extremely blessed for Margaux Farm and their great breaking, training, and conditioning programs. With Dermot’s insight and Michael and Rebecca’s advice and direction for a first time owner-breeder, I have felt well supported.

Furthermore, I am grateful that Herb Likens referred me to trainer Barbara McBride. Her success with young horses is what I was looking for and her experienced and knowledgeable staff has helped guide me.

I am grateful to Malcolm Franklin, whose professional skill in riding has guided Hope to victory with more to come! 🙂 Fasten your seat belts folks for Hope’s 3 yr old season- It’s going to be an amazing ride!

Finally, I’m thankful for my family and friends and for their support and their belief in me.

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Strong Hope Stallion Register 1

Strong Hope Stallion Register 2

On The Point in foal

On The Point was pronounced in foal on St. Patty’s day, so it is fair to say that she did indeed have the luck of the Irish! She was bred to Gainesway’s To Honor & Serve on March 2, 2017 ,which also happened to be the 3 yr anniversary of my yearling colt’s death.  I believe this date will prove auspicious on many levels.

I can’t say enough about To Honor & Serve. He is a bred for the Classic races and is big and strong with plenty of bone to support his muscle mass.  I am predicting good things for this young stallion and can’t wait to see the wonderful foal that On The Point has next Spring. She herself, puts alot of bone and substance in her foals along with a great shoulder. These two horses are a match physically as well as an A+ cross! Below is a picture of  To Honor & Serve at Gainesway and On The Point at Margaux Farm.

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Defining Hope and Uphold Training Update

Hope enjoyed a working stay-cation at Margaux Farm this winter.  She took December off and resumed training in January.

Her half sibling Uphold, a 2 yr old colt, started light training as well, but went through a few fast and furious growth spurts after the first of the year and was afforded time off in January and February. Margaux is being patient and cautious in his training and for that I am grateful. Mentally, he wants to run, but his body needs more time to mature. He will either start late in the fall or next Spring. Good things come to those who wait! Big Sis Hope will just have to support her younger brother and keep shoes on him until his maiden debut. 🙂 Below are pictures taken of Hope.

Training at Margaux in March

Uphold- Training Update

Uphold is doing well and has finished his arena training and has now progressed onto the track. He is standing in the gate and jogs 5 furlongs daily on the track. He recovered recently from a hoof abscess, and was off training for almost a week, but it didn’t seem to have slowed him down any. Dermot describes Uphold as a very straight forward intelligent, compliant horse. I  get the impression that Uphold is a breath of fresh air after training Defining Hope!  🙂

Defining Hope to Tampa

Defining Hope has chosen to be a Snowbird and is wintering in Tampa these days. She left with Barb and her team and headed down with 7 other horses. I understand that she has taken to the warm weather and the track at Tampa Bay Downs, but has yet to purchase a bikini!  Hope is due to race in the Sandpiper Stakes on Saturday, December 3rd. We plan to visit for the race. See pics below.

Morning Workout

Morning Workout

Hope and her main man Chile

Hope and her main man Chile

Hope surveying the track after morning workout

Hope surveying the track after morning workout

A Special Meeting…..10 years later

When we were in Lexington for the Keeneland Fall meet recently, I took the opportunity to visit an old Friend. A Friend that started my journey back in 2006. I’m referring of course to Point Given. I can say with certainty that the fellow has mellowed with age, but still has that confident, intelligent, fiery look in his eye. He still looks just as big and intimidating. It’s amazing how much Defining Hope runs like him on the track. She runs with the same sheer aggressive determination that Point Given was famous for.

To be near such a great horse is both breathtaking and humbling at the same time. He will always hold a special place in my heart. Below is a picture of my visit with Point Given at Calumet-  a cherished moment of reflection born out of utter respect and love.

Me and PG

Me and PG

 

On The Point booked to stallion To Honor and Serve for 2017

I can’t express how excited I am to have On The Point booked to stallion To Honor & Serve for 2017. He is an awesome, very regal looking horse and his pedigree and his physical match On The Point perfectly. His presence and confident air caught my eye much like Strong Hope wowed me years ago. The fact To Honor & Serve ran in the fall of his 2 yr old year even sweetens the pie further. Looking forward to a big, strong good looking foal! See picture below of To Honor and Serve at Gainesway.

To Honor & Serve

To Honor & Serve

Indiana Stallion Stakes-10-5-16

The Indiana Stallion Stakes marked the only 2nd place finish for Hope during the Indiana meet. All those who witnessed the race saw that Defining Hope didn’t give up without a fight! Hope actually came eye to eye with I Came To Praise  in the stretch and refused to give up, but got nipped at the wire. A gallant effort! I was so proud of her. I later learned that she had a case of the sniffles that week which made her effort all the more special.The link to the race video is below.