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.
On the Point delivered a lovely, leggy Wicked Strong filly born about 5pm on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Dr. Beam’s Midwest Equine & Veterinary Hospital. She appears to be a chestnut filly. She’s scopey with a beautiful neck and head. Looking forward to seeing how she develops! She keeps On The Point quite busy these days by running laps around her mother.
As thoroughbred breeders, I know we share the same wonder, as a collective, as we watch our mares care for their new babies. And with each Spring, comes a new hope along with a new foal crop. It is so rewarding for me to see my mares produce what I have imagined in my mind and through my study of pedigrees.
I had the opportunity to get my “foal fix” when we visited them recently in Lexington. Both Defining Hope and On The Point have been bred and are awaiting to be declared in foal, and both mares and their foals are hanging out in the same paddock. It was a neat experience for me to have all four of them together in the same place. Below is a short video of my recent visit.
It wasn’t meant to be for Defining Hope on June 21st in the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Filly Stakes at Indiana Grand, but she gave a galliant effort. She settled patiently mid pack on the backstretch until it was time to make her move in the turn as she challenged Bar Rag and Whistle Stop for the lead with Midnight Blvd closing in for the lead as well.
As Hope, Whistle and Midnight hit the final furlong, it was Whistle who was able to maintain the lead and pull away but Hope and Midnight weren’t having any of it and fought it each other for 2nd. Midnight clipped Hope by a nose by the time they crossed the wire. Rest assured, that Hope and Midnight, who weren’t able to stop “The Whistle” this time, will be in hot pursuit in the future! Congrats to Whistle Stop and Penny and Michael Laurer on their win!
Hope in post parade- Signature tail swish!
We went down to visit Uphold ( Gabe) a couple of weeks ago. He is training well and breezing on Wednesdays and Saturdays. He is a calm, intelligent, forward going horse.
Uphold is a May 1st foal and looks like he is 3 years old. He stands almost 16.2 hands and weighs 1165 lbs. His training has consisted of jogging 6 furlongs and galloping a mile and an eighth daily as well as schooling in the gate twice a week.
If he continues to do well, he will most likely ship to Indiana Grand in the middle of July. Stay tuned for his track training updates! Pics below taken during our visit to Margaux Farm.
Gabe and Me
Ready for my daily workout
Uphold conformation shot
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
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!
Defining Hope and Malcolm Franklin won the Swifty Sired Stakes on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. She won the 6 F race with such authority and professionalism and seemed to just float down the field. She commanded respect as she opened up a 9 1/2 length lead from the rest of the field at the wire. Hope is amazing to watch and I’m blessed to have such a wonderful filly and such a great team behind her. A big thanks to Malcolm and Barb and her team. Below are paddock pictures and article.
Hope and Chile in the paddock
I am told that Gabe ( Uphold) is doing well with his training. He is jogging 6 F and galloping a mile and a quarter. He was quickened on May 20th, May 24th and May 27th and did well. Dermot says that Uphold is showing the same family grittiness as his half sibling, Defining Hope and describes Uphold as a very straight forward horse who enjoys his job. We should know more by the end of June on when they anticipate him shipping to the track. Due in part to his large size and the fact that he is a May foal, Uphold has been afforded extra time to develop and will be a late season starter.
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