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!
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.
There are horses and then there are REAL horses.Strong Hope was a REAL horse. Not only was he accomplished on the track, but his conformation was utter perfection. He sold at auction for 1.7 million as a yearling, so it stands to reason that the Melnyk’s liked what they saw in the yearling colt.
Upon his retirement, he stood at stud at Claiborne. It’s a known fact that the thoroughbred breeding industry is hard on it’s stallions by expecting so much from them. So many of them fail to get well bred mares and so step off behind the gate.I believe such was the case with my favorite stallion Strong Hope.
It is my hope that my filly, Defining Hope, can help redeem his contribution to the Indiana breeding program. In my opinion, he was by far the best quality stallion standing at stud in Indiana and I simply ran out of time trying to prove it.
I am grateful to have gotten two offspring from Strong Hope. Rest in peace dear one. You are now free to enjoy all the baby carrots you want!
In a couple of days, On the Point will be 90 days in foal to To Honor & Serve. Her pregnancy is progressing nicely. I visited her on May 28th and found her in the paddock true to form with her head stuck deep in a round bale of hay! She never misses an opportunity to eat and especially when she is eating for two. Her healthy appetite is one thing she passes on to her foals compliments of Point Given who is known for his voracious appetite. Below is a picture of Dream ( On the Point) caught in the act!