Uphold Upsets in the Unreachable Star Stakes

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!

Everything has a Season

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….

Hope’s Season Debut- May 3, 2017

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

Derby Day- May 6, 2017

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.

Derby Day 2017

Me, Rachel and Mom

Granddaughters Lucy and Ry


Defining Hope wins 2 yr old filly Indiana Sired for 2016

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.

31350Hope's trophies

Strong Hope Stallion Register 1

Strong Hope Stallion Register 2

On The Point in foal

On The Point was pronounced in foal on St. Patty’s day, so it is fair to say that she did indeed have the luck of the Irish! She was bred to Gainesway’s To Honor & Serve on March 2, 2017 ,which also happened to be the 3 yr anniversary of my yearling colt’s death.  I believe this date will prove auspicious on many levels.

I can’t say enough about To Honor & Serve. He is a bred for the Classic races and is big and strong with plenty of bone to support his muscle mass.  I am predicting good things for this young stallion and can’t wait to see the wonderful foal that On The Point has next Spring. She herself, puts alot of bone and substance in her foals along with a great shoulder. These two horses are a match physically as well as an A+ cross! Below is a picture of  To Honor & Serve at Gainesway and On The Point at Margaux Farm.




Indiana Stallion Stakes-10-5-16

The Indiana Stallion Stakes marked the only 2nd place finish for Hope during the Indiana meet. All those who witnessed the race saw that Defining Hope didn’t give up without a fight! Hope actually came eye to eye with I Came To Praise  in the stretch and refused to give up, but got nipped at the wire. A gallant effort! I was so proud of her. I later learned that she had a case of the sniffles that week which made her effort all the more special.The link to the race video is below.



April 2016- Uphold To Margaux Farm

Uphold shipped to Margaux and arrived in good shape and weighing 752 lbs. Seeing that Uphold needing some additional handling and socializing, Margaux focused on getting him use to relying on his handlers and less on his equine peers. Despite being a May 1st foal, he was equal in size to the other yearlings, but his fuzzy baby fur quickly gave him away.He is adjusting well. His half sibling sister, Defining Hope, is also at the farm and getting close to shipping to the track.

On The Point in foal

Doc called  Weds 2/17 to let me know that On The Point was in foal to Strong Hope with a foaling date of 1/6/2017!  I guess the weather and mother nature worked in her favor this year. I’m so pleased the breeding went well.On The Point was born to be a broodmare.

Jockeys and Jeans- May 30, 2015

Mom and I attended the 2nd annual Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser for PDJF at Indiana Grand Racino on Saturday, May 30th. We had the privilege of dining with none other than Hall Of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. It was fascinating to talk to him. After dinner, there was an autograph signing by 23 Hall of Fame jockeys. Triple Crown winning jockeys Steven Cauthen (Affirmed) and Jean Cruguet ( Seattle Slew) were among the jockeys in attendance to promote a documentary called Heart, Hope, and Glory. Great time! I’ll plan to attend another fundraiser soon. See pictures below.

Triple Crown Winning Jockeys- Steve Cauthen and Jean Cruguet

Triple Crown Winning Jockeys- Steve Cauthen and Jean Cruguet

Mom with Hall of Fame Jockey Laffit  Pincay Jr.

Mom with Hall of Fame Jockey Laffit
Pincay Jr.

Mom with Rupert

Mom with Rupert