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!
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….