Defining Hope delivered a big, healthy, beautiful Runhappy filly at 2:15am on Monday, April 5th, 2021. Both Hope and her filly are doing well. This filly is Hope’s third consecutive foal and is her biggest weighing in at a whopping 161lbs! I loved watching Runhappy race and believe this mating out of Runhappy and Defining Hope will beget speed. Looking forward to seeing this filly grow and develop. Thank you to Jackie and Sarah and the rest of the night foal watch crew for assisting Hope during her delivery. Pictures taken below at birth and at 5 days old.
Hope’s yearling filly by Cross Traffic, who we affectionately nicked named Sass, has been named Defining Purpose. The filly exhibits many of her mother’s personality traits so it seemed like a fitting name. I understand that she is quite the Alpha in the paddock with the other yearlings and can display that “diva tude” every now and again. Hoping that white spot on her right side is a “push button” 🙂 Picture below taken this month on a recent visit.
I can’t believe Defining Hope and On The Point’s fillies are already 4 months old! Thanks to COVID, many a horse owner was in the same boat, separated from the horses that they love. Margaux Farm did a great job updating us on the horse’s progress and growth. Though, it sure was great to finally seem them in person- Nothing like it in the world!
Defining Hope’s Cross Traffic filly is very athletic looking while On The Point’s Wicked Strong filly looks like a two turn filly all day long.
The yearling filly, Everything’s Rosy, out of Blueskiesnrainbows, just went through a huge growth spurt this last month. She looks like a 2 yr old for sure. Let’s just get all of that growing out of the way early I say!
Defining Hope is in foal to Runhappy. On the Point will take this year off. Both mares are doing well.
See pictures of the horses below.
Defining Hope delivered a very nice 124 lb Cross Traffic filly born at Margaux Farm about 11:30pm on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Boy, does she have a lot of spunk and sass! We visited her when she was 6 days old and she reminds me of Hope at that age. She was running her mother all over the paddock. No rest for the weary! Hope is such a great mother. Looking forward to seeing how her filly and On the Point’s filly develop. The fillies rule in 2020! Check out the pics below from our visit.
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 thoroughbred breeders, I know we share the same wonder, as a collective, as we watch our mares care for their new babies. And with each Spring, comes a new hope along with a new foal crop. It is so rewarding for me to see my mares produce what I have imagined in my mind and through my study of pedigrees.
I had the opportunity to get my “foal fix” when we visited them recently in Lexington. Both Defining Hope and On The Point have been bred and are awaiting to be declared in foal, and both mares and their foals are hanging out in the same paddock. It was a neat experience for me to have all four of them together in the same place. Below is a short video of my recent visit.
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.
Gabe ( Uphold) is wintering in Tampa this year. I had the chance to see him at the end of the year just before the New Year’s holiday. He looked happy, well adjusted, and definitely more muscled. He seemed to have taken a liking to Tampa’s track and weather, all of it,except the black birds! Hey Bud, it’s either pigeons at Churchill or blackbirds at Tampa. Take your pick!
He’s made his first start on turf and continues to learn a lot every time he hits the track. I’m so proud of how he is progressing. Now that Gabe has a half sister born 2-11-19, and a nephew ( Defining Hope’s colt) born the same day, he really needs to kick into gear and show these youngsters how it’s done!
After finishing 4th in a race in early August, I decided that Hope should have some time off. She went back to Margaux Farm in Midway, Kentucky. During her R & R, a few nagging physical issues were discovered and addressed. Defining Hope is now in light training at Margaux and continues to improve physically and mentally. It remains to be seen if she will race anymore this year, but the focus is health and happiness.