The Thoroughbred Racing Retirement Community lost a true great last month and one of the toughest professional racehorses of the 1980’s. So tough was he that he lived to be the ripe old age of 32.
So Gulch is On The Point’s great grandfather and Defining Hope’s 2x great grandfather and for this I have the utmost pride.
Not only did Gulch produce Thunder Gulch, winner of the 1995 Kentucky Derby and Belmont, but Thunder went on to produce 2001 Horse of the Year, Point Given, who I believe, will in turn produce a great horse through his daughters.Yes, while the breeding of two individuals isn’t an exact science, it is a science, nonetheless. Genetics absolutely fascinates me! Rest in peace Gulch. See link to article below.
I was so thrilled to be able to attend my first Breeders’ Cup last Fall at Keeneland. It was not only historic in the sense that it had never been hosted by Keeneland, but it marked Pharoah’s final racing send off. It was a day where Pharoah once again carved out a piece of history for himself.
The excitement for the Breeders’ Cup Classic race was electrifying with everyone jockeying for a position to either see Pharoah up close during his parade over to the track or to catch a glimpse of him from the many television screens about.
Being only 5’2” myself, I opted to watch from a screen as I would have surely only seen the back of someones head and shoulders!
Our weekend trip to the Breeders’ Cup included a tour of Maker’s Mark distillery. It was not only educational, but fascinating to learn about their bourbon making process. Included below are some pictures from the weekend. All in all, the weekend exceeded my expectations and kudos to Keeneland and the City of Lexington for pulling out the red carpet. I do hope Keeneland becomes a host regular venue for the Breeders’ Cup.
The talented Tepin
Breeders’ Cup Welcome
Makers Mark- barrel storage