Just three short weeks after having been claimed by a new trainer and owner, Uphold, at odds of 33-1 found his way to the winners circle for the Inaugural Running of the Unreachable Star Stakes at Indiana Grand. I know many friends and family probably thought I would be crying the blues, but to me, his win in this stakes race confirmed what I had always believed about Uphold. I always knew he was a stakes horse. His win represented the silver lining to me. It was if he was telling me that he was happy in his new barn and poised for the next chapter of his journey. His win in this stakes was auspicious because it fell on my Grandfather’s birthday. While my grandfather was present in spirit only that night, I’d like to think he whispered in Uphold’s ear to give him that extra push! The win that night was so well timed because just three short days later, two of my fillies, half sibling’s to Uphold, were set to be sold at the Indiana auction. Not only did Uphold start a new journey, but the fillies each went to great owner/trainers. My yearling filly out of Blueskiesnrainbows, Everything’s Rosy, went to Bob Gorham and my weanling filly out of Wicked Strong went to Brandi Steele. Please enjoy the article below by Tammy Knox and the pictures from Indiana Grand and remember to always keep looking for that silver lining!
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.
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!
We went down to visit Uphold ( Gabe) a couple of weeks ago. He is training well and breezing on Wednesdays and Saturdays. He is a calm, intelligent, forward going horse.
Uphold is a May 1st foal and looks like he is 3 years old. He stands almost 16.2 hands and weighs 1165 lbs. His training has consisted of jogging 6 furlongs and galloping a mile and an eighth daily as well as schooling in the gate twice a week.
If he continues to do well, he will most likely ship to Indiana Grand in the middle of July. Stay tuned for his track training updates! Pics below taken during our visit to Margaux Farm.
Hope fired off her second stakes win of the season on Saturday, June 10th. I believe she won for her jockey, Malcolm Franklin, who was celebrating his birthday that weekend.
I thought her previous stakes win in the Swifty Sired Fillies Stakes was impressive when she won by 9 1/2 lengths, but she came back even stronger to dominate by 11 lengths in the Itoba Stakes. Her biggest challenger was No Bluff Just Hope, another talented Strong Hope filly. Go Strong Hope!
Thank you to the many friends, family, and new acquaintances that were present Saturday night to support and cheer Hope on.
One thing is for sure ,I’ve been blessed with a very special filly. She knows what she is supposed to do and she’s enjoying it. I hope you are enjoying the ride as well as we experience together the thrill of thoroughbred racing! Pictures and articles below.
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.
I am told that Gabe ( Uphold) is doing well with his training. He is jogging 6 F and galloping a mile and a quarter. He was quickened on May 20th, May 24th and May 27th and did well. Dermot says that Uphold is showing the same family grittiness as his half sibling, Defining Hope and describes Uphold as a very straight forward horse who enjoys his job. We should know more by the end of June on when they anticipate him shipping to the track. Due in part to his large size and the fact that he is a May foal, Uphold has been afforded extra time to develop and will be a late season starter.
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.
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.