Uphold enjoyed his extended rest, but was eager to get back into training and has been back in training at Margaux Farm since the end of December. He is a fresh horse, happy, and feeling good. See the picture below of Uphold ( Gabe) taken at the end of January weighing approx. 150 lbs more!
There is a first for everything and this past November I had the opportunity to sell my first horse at the industry’s premier Breeding auction, the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. I’d first like to thank Coolmore and Margaux Farm for their support of the weenling colt. His “specialness” was recognized literally from birth.
Defining Hope’s first foal, a colt, was sold as a weenling by Four Star Sales. Four Star did an amazing job! Ashley and Liz were a pleasure to work as well as Amanda at Margaux Farm who helped guide me through the process. Looking forward to working with them in the future.
The colt handled the auction experience extremely well. I could see Defining Hope’s influence both in his behavior in the back ring and as he entered the sales ring. He entered with such confidence. I was so proud! A big thanks goes out to Sarah at Margaux Farm for all of her efforts in his sales prep.
Below is an article mentioning Defining Hope’s weenling prior to sale.
As they say, like mother like daughter. Defining Hope delivered her first foal, a Cupid colt on Monday, February 11 at about 5:50 pm at Margaux Farm in Midway, Kentucky. As luck would have it, she delivered within 90 minutes of her dam, On The Point, who foaled in Indiana. It was like a scene from Father of the Bride II where Steve Martin’s wife, played by Diane Keaton, goes into labor at the same time as her daughter, played by Kimberly Williams.
But, both Mom and baby are doing well. They tell me that Hope is a fantastic and patient first time mother. You can tell she loves her little one. She is great with the staff and lets them enter the stall and handle her baby without any fussing. Of course, in true Diva like manner, you must acknowledge Hope as well. However, she is willing to share the limelight with her little man ( or not so little at 127 lbs).
Defining Hope is relishing her second career with all of the wonder it holds for her and her new foal. Hope took one look at me and immediately wanted her usual peppermints with a sort of panic. Ok, where did that patient mother tude go? Oh, you want to be pampered? #youdeserveit! The little man, on the other hand, will just have to wait another day for his peppermints!
Enjoy the photos below!
I bet On The Point was never so glad to have her foal. She was 2 weeks past due! With the arctic cold spell, it was most assuredly Mother Nature’s protective way to shield her foal from the bitter cold temps. The Blueskiesnrainbows filly was born about 4:30 pm in the afternoon on Monday, February 11th at Dr. Roger Beam’s Midwest Equine & Veterinary Hospital. She is a big, strong, beautiful chestnut filly. Mom and baby are doing well.I visited them this last weekend. See photos below.
I was in town recently to visit Defining Hope at Margaux Farm and decided to stop by the Kentucky Horse Park to see an old friend.
Point Given looks to be settled in his new life at the Horse Park. He seemed to relish the claps from the audience after he was announced during the show. It is hard to believe that he is 20 yrs old already. He doesn’t look a day over 15 and seems really content, well cared for, and loved. He deserves all of the accolades.
I’m your forever fan PG! See attached pic from the Horse Park.
The allowance race was taken off the turf, and because of it, many of the horses scratched to leave a field of 5. Uphold pressed off the pace and dueled with the favorite down the stretch and just nipped A Little Vodka at the wire. Uphold’s game- on performance was awesome as he fought hard for the win! I was so proud of his valiant effort. See article with picture below.
Uphold broke his maiden at second asking and his first race of this year. As expected, Uphold ran true to his breeding at a distance of 1 1/16th mile. He was the favorite at 9/5 odds.
Uphold ( Gabe)and Fernando shot out of the gate and headed toward the front and then settled off the pace along the backstretch.They hit the final 1/8th and pulled away to almost a 5 length lead as he crossed the wire. Uphold’s breeding suggests that he should have an affinity for the turf as well, so hopefully we’ll get to see that soon.
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.