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.

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The Thoroughbred Racing Retirement Community lost a true great last month and one of the toughest professional racehorses of the 1980’s.  So tough was he that he lived to be the ripe old age of 32.

So Gulch is On The Point’s great grandfather and  Defining Hope’s 2x great grandfather and for this I have the utmost pride.

Not only did Gulch produce Thunder Gulch, winner of the 1995 Kentucky Derby and Belmont, but Thunder went on to produce 2001 Horse of the Year, Point Given, who I believe, will in turn produce a great horse through his daughters.Yes, while the breeding of two individuals isn’t an exact science, it is a science, nonetheless. Genetics absolutely fascinates me! Rest in peace Gulch. See link to article below.

 

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/97190/champion-sprinter-gulch-euthanized-at-age-32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December- On The Point Under Lights

On The Point is under lights with the hope of being bred early in 2016. The milder temps this winter might be a benefit to her and allow her to cycle early. She was given a year off in 2015 due to a late foaling date and will be bred back to Strong Hope, sire of Defining Hope.

The Breeders’ Cup- 2015

I was so thrilled to be able to attend my first Breeders’ Cup last Fall at Keeneland. It was not only historic in the sense that it had never been hosted by Keeneland, but it marked Pharoah’s final racing send off.  It was a day where Pharoah once again carved out a piece of history for himself.

The excitement for the Breeders’ Cup Classic race was electrifying with everyone jockeying for a position to either see Pharoah up close during his parade over to the track or to catch a glimpse of him from the many television screens about.

Being only 5’2” myself, I opted to watch from a screen as I would have surely only seen the back of someones head and shoulders!

Our weekend trip to the Breeders’ Cup included a tour of Maker’s Mark distillery. It was not only educational, but fascinating to learn about their bourbon making process. Included below are some pictures from the weekend. All in all, the weekend exceeded my expectations and kudos to Keeneland and the City of Lexington for pulling out the red carpet. I do hope Keeneland becomes a host regular venue for the Breeders’ Cup.

The talented Tepin

The talented Tepin

Breeders' Cup Welcome

Breeders’ Cup Welcome

Makers Mark

Makers Mark

Makers Mark- barrel storage

Makers Mark- barrel storage

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

Growing Up “Hopeful”

Visited Hope ( Defining Hope), Dream ( On The Point), and Strong Hope this past weekend. Hope continues to develop and mature. Doc and his team are doing a great job with her. Below are pics of Hope at 6 and 8 months of age. She is now 10 months old.

Dream is 9 months pregnant and due to foal her Lentenor baby on or about April 9th. She always seems to go beyond her due date each year so we’ll see what this year brings. She looked healthy, fat, and sassy with her head stuck in a bale of hay.

Strong Hope was forever the gentleman and always looks forward to the baby carrots I bring him. He is so polite and turns his head so I can drop them into his feed bowl. I really like him and his gentle eye.

Until next time…

Hope- 6 mos

Hope- 6 mos

Hope- 8 mos

Hope- 8 mos

Hope is in the Air

With two legs of the Triple Crown under his belt, the strapping California Chrome will be allowed to wear his nasal strips and continue his journey in the Belmont and hopefully onto the pages of Horse Racing history. A Triple Crown not only means a lot to the Owners and connections of California Chrome, but it means a lot to the future of Thoroughbred racing. Record crowds filled the Derby and Preakness. New York, listen up, the fans will be coming in droves so you better get ready, get ready! The people have spoken and want to see a Triple Crown winner and deserve it as much as the athlete himself. Enough with the nonsense and the 36 yr drought. No other sport would survive such a travesty. Get on your feet, and prepare to cheer because it will be an Oh Happy Day.

A Date with Lentenor- 5/2/14

A trip was made to Anderson to the Indiana Stallion Station where Dream ( On the Point) was introduced to Lentenor while Hope, her filly, waited in the van during the introduction. All went well and Dream (On the Point) got a good cover. We should know on or about May 19th if Dream is in foal.Fingers crossed!

Happy Birthday!—Feb. 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Rudy! My, how quickly a year passes. You are so big and weighing in at about 800lbs now. I still remember your first few hours as you so confidently left your mom’s side to greet us! You were a big, strong colt and your mom did such a great job delivering you and it was her first time. Even though your mom will be delivering your full brother or sister next month,  I know you will always hold a special place in her heart since you were her first baby and my first foal as a “grandmare”. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you continue to grow and develop this year.

Love,

Your Grandmare

Manners School for Rudy- 11 1/2 months

Rudy was transported to Fairland Indiana today where he will stay and begin learning manners and practicing trailer loading and unloading. He will learn to be tied so he can be groomed and have his feet done! He needs to learn that this time is like his spa time instead of an act of war declared on him! I am confident that Stephanie and Buddy will be able to teach Rudy the basics. Rudy has grown quite large so this is another reason to head some of these issues off at the pass.

As for Dream ( On The Point), she is about 8 weeks from her due date and I’m sure she is growing tiresome of the pregnancy especially with the Arctic weather and snow we’ve had so far this January. I know I’m looking forward to Spring and to her new foal.

Until then-Stay warm!