With all of the challenges that 2020 brought and with the advent of the fall season, it became apparent that some tough decisions had to be made. With racing options limited and a shortened racing season, the risky decision to drop my 5 yr old gelding into a $10,000 claiming race was made by my trainer. While it ultimately cost me my horse, ending my horse ownership instantly, I quickly realized that what seemed like a very unfortunate outcome turned into a blessing for my horse.
I’ve always been of the belief that everything happens for a reason. While those reasons may not be evident at the time and may be painful, they eventually make themselves known. Such was the case for my horse Uphold. Yes, while he is no longer legally mine, he will always be a part of me. My 5 year journey with Uphold cannot be erased nor discounted.
Nevertheless, his new journey started on October 5th, 2020 after winning a $10,000 claiming race under Jesus Castanon’s skillful ride at Indiana Grand. Uphold was claimed by Clabar Mor Stables and John Haran. No one could have ever predicted what happened just three short weeks later….
When we visited Margaux Farm on February 29th, we visited with Everything’s Rosy, our yearling out of Blueskiesnrainbows. She continues to grow and is getting bigger everyday and is really filling out nicely. My daughter Rachel and Everything’s Rosy aka Gracie have a special bond. See attached pictures of the two of them.
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.
Approaching the Winner’s Circle
OH HAPPY DAY!! Defining Hope made the jump from a MSW to a Stakes race and looked like a pro the whole way. She and Malcolm Franklin drew from the 8th post and traveled 3 wide pushing Whistle Stop faster and faster. Defining Hope challenged Whistle Stop in the turn and dueled almost the entire stretch to draw off a little more than a length at the wire. See pics, article and race replay.
Calm and Collected
Uphold ( Gabe) has hit a growth spurt at 16.5 months and is weighing about 950 lbs these days. He is such a sweet and smart horse. He began his breaking and training today 9/19, with two of his buddies there at the farm. I believe the process will go smoothly for him. This year has flown by. It’s hard to believe that he is starting training already and even harder to believe that Defining Hope has started her racing career. See picture below taken on the 10th during our visit.
Strike a pose!
Defining Hope is getting closer to starting her first race and has posted some really strong workouts. She will get her gate card soon. We are told that Hope enjoys running and that she is a true professional and athlete. Malcolm seems to really enjoy riding her and Hope really likes him.The two of them seem to have a certain synergy and bond. Below is a picture of Hope training on the track.
Breezing on Saturday morning