It wasn’t meant to be for Defining Hope on June 21st in the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Filly Stakes at Indiana Grand, but she gave a galliant effort. She settled patiently mid pack on the backstretch until it was time to make her move in the turn as she challenged Bar Rag and Whistle Stop for the lead with Midnight Blvd closing in for the lead as well.
As Hope, Whistle and Midnight hit the final furlong, it was Whistle who was able to maintain the lead and pull away but Hope and Midnight weren’t having any of it and fought it each other for 2nd. Midnight clipped Hope by a nose by the time they crossed the wire. Rest assured, that Hope and Midnight, who weren’t able to stop “The Whistle” this time, will be in hot pursuit in the future! Congrats to Whistle Stop and Penny and Michael Laurer on their win!
Hope in post parade- Signature tail swish!
Defining Hope and Malcolm Franklin won the Swifty Sired Stakes on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She won the 6 F race with such authority and professionalism and seemed to just float down the field. She commanded respect as she opened up a 9 1/2 length lead from the rest of the field at the wire. Hope is amazing to watch and I’m blessed to have such a wonderful filly and such a great team behind her. A big thanks to Malcolm and Barb and her team. Below are paddock pictures and article.
Hope and Chile in the paddock
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
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.
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.
Hope and her main man Chile
Hope surveying the track after morning workout