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Horses For Sale / Black Storm West Auction
« on: 9 hours ago »
Some post-summer purging, as I've collected too many horses. Mix of weanlings, yearlings, racehorses of all ages, and broodmares that come in foal. A few reserves, but none over 25k and most are 5k or 10k. No purchasing limits.

Auction begins tomorrow.

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General/Questions / Re: Racing Frequency
« on: September 23, 2018, 03:29:02 pm »
I also try to get at least 2 weeks of training under a horse before entering, but some horses just work differently. I'm mostly thinking of Cricket Hill's Palermo who managed to rattle off wins with like 1 week breaks between them. I can safely say none of mine have managed such a trick, though! I definitely race at A/A energy, 2 weeks of races, and I try and send horses home every 3-4 months for at least 2 months (Shanthi has said that 1 month at the farm is more than enough). Right after a race, I don't work them for about 3-4 weeks as a sort of rest/down period to recover E/F. Stakes runners I might board for 7-11 days after a race as a quicker energy boost, but just not working them and saving myself the boarding $$ seems to work well, too.

I am constantly tweaking how I handle my horses, but 2 weeks training before a race, A/A for energy/fitness, and sending home every 3-4 months is fairly standard for me.

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How'd You Do? / Re: 9/22
« on: September 23, 2018, 03:25:26 pm »
That should not detract from his achievements. For a horse to be so close to Stud-Qualification after only 9 races is remarkable.

Seriously. There's really no worry whether he'll get those 2 measly SP's. He has several years ahead of him.

Unlike a certain 6yo of mine in the barn who is still 1 SW short. At least it's not a G1 he needs!

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General/Questions / Strike it Rich Retired
« on: September 22, 2018, 02:08:36 pm »
We were saddened to discover the retirement of Strike this morning, having just purchased him in the Mixed Auction a few months ago, but that's the risk you take with such an older horse (and probably why no one else bid, lol). We did manage to squeeze in 11 mares to him before the season ended, so looking forward to those foals. Unfortunately I will need to rethink breeding plans for a dozen or so mares.

Although we only had him for about 3 months, Strike It Rich was active in FF for 16 years, so it feels only right to give him a proper send-off. Bred by Stillwater Farms, he won $2.7 million on the track and won 16 stakes races. At stud, he is currently silver with bronze as damsire. He has produced 8 MSW's and 4 millionaires. Some of his best foals include NCh. Billionaire, GCh. Boundless Train, GCh. Rich Belle, and MG1W/this year's G1 Dubai World Cup winner Ch. Strike It Lucky. He also has a 2yo SW in Ch. Tee En Tee.

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How'd You Do? / Re: 9/22
« on: September 22, 2018, 01:55:14 pm »
Decent day, but most pleased about the fact that Palermo is now stud-qualified. :-)

Congratulations! That's crazy he's only 2. I don't think any of my horses would survive his race schedule. One day I'd like a freak of my own, haha.

Solid day from our racing crew.

6(3)-2-1(1)-0-2(2) $164,350

Wins:
Violette (3yo, Unabridged) in a NW1 Allowance
Ch. Magda (4yo, Strider) in a NW3 Allowance

Places:
Ch. Fivel (3yo, Foolhardy) in the George Ryder Stakes (Gr. 1)

Fourths:
Ch. Diamond Rose (3yo, Eighteen Karat) in the Flower Bowl Invitational (Gr. 1)
Sunstruck Flag (2yo, Gotta Go) in the Pago Pago Stakes (Gr. 2)

Fifths:
Sun and Steel (2yo, Giant's Causeway) in an Allowance

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Famous Races/Horses / Re: Breeder's Cup Festival (Nov. 2-3)
« on: September 20, 2018, 09:36:18 pm »
I just noticed that there are no SC Breeder's Cup races in real life, but there is a Juvenile Turf Sprint which isn't in the game.

There actually is a Breeders' Cup Steeplechase (called the G1 Breeders' Cup Grand National), but it's always at Far Hills in New Jersey and I THINK it goes off a few weeks before the actual BC. So it's sort of an unofficial BC race. I'm fine with not having all the RL BC races (I feel there's too many nowadays. Make it harder again! And not a marathon to watch 2 days of races). That being said, I do miss the RL BC Marathon and would totally welcome it in FF, haha.

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Can I please have a June spot to Space Chips for Little Black Dress?

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Famous Races/Horses / Re: Jockey Club Gold Cup (Sep. 29)
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:59:08 pm »
Sending out another filly this year in the JCGC with Flaming Key. She won the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks last out so distance shouldn't be a problem. This will be her final prep before the Breeders' Cup (if all goes well).

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Famous Races/Horses / Re: Breeder's Cup Festival (Nov. 2-3)
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:56:33 pm »
I usually have a mass lineup for the Juvenile races, but not this year. Tentatively I have about 10 aimed for the BC with most in SC races. Definitely planning for Beratis to run in the BC SC Endurance, Flaming Key in the BC Distaff, Chortle in the BC Mile, Marchioness in the BC Filly/Mare Turf, and Foolish Whispers in the BC Juvenile Turf Fillies. Others had a not-so-great last outing so I'm on the fence and just watching the Qualifier list for now.

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How'd You Do? / Re: 9/19
« on: September 19, 2018, 01:50:32 pm »
Today was a day of "win or bomb."

13(5)-3(1)-0-2-1(1) $344,550

 Wins:
 Guardian of Hell (4yo, Devil His Due) in a NW3 Allowance
 Ch. Sea Salt (4yo, Rock of Gibraltar) in an Allowance. First win all year, thank goodness.
 Ch. Honeydukes (3yo, Witness) in the Rosehill Guineas (Gr. 1). VERY happy to see him get a G1 win under his belt!

 Shows:
 Triptych (2yo, Highland Burning) in a claiming race. Claimed by Sakura Springs - Was not expecting someone to pick him up, good luck with him nonetheless! At least he made me a profit.
 Dynamic Wisp (3yo, Eighteen Karat) in a NW3 Allowance

 Fourths:
 Ch. Blue-Footed Booby (3yo, Blue Smoke) in the Pucker Up Stakes (Gr. 3)

 Fifths:
 Countess Clever (2yo, Ace of Hearts) in a maiden
 Ladykiller (2yo, I'm Your Angel) in the Futurity Stakes (Gr. 1)
 Bright Swirl (3yo, Rock of Gibraltar) in the Rosehill Guineas (Gr. 1)

 Also Rans:
 In the Trenches (2yo, Slip In The Mud) 10th in a NW1 Allowance
 RC Bee lease Mimosa Sangria (2yo, Sunday Paper) 8th in a NW2 Allowance. Given her breeding, I'm thinking she might be late bloomer.
 One Lucky Queen (5yo, One Lucky Soul) 7th in an Allowance
 Voices (2yo, Express Yourself) 7th in the Matron Stakes (Gr. 1)

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How'd You Do? / 9/15
« on: September 15, 2018, 01:09:17 pm »
13(3)-0-4(1)-2(1)-1 $78,900

Places:
Winter Solstice (5yo, Joyeux Oiseau) in a NW2 Allowance
Spinning Wheel (3yo, Golden Text) in an Allowance
Mrs. Rodriguez (4yo, Joyeux Oiseau) in a NW3 Allowance
RC Bee lease Ch. USS Vengeance (3yo, Galaxy's Zodiac) in the Phar Lap Stakes (Gr. 2)

Shows:
Mia Mia (3yo, Mr. Prospective) in a NW2 Allowance
Tosini (2yo, Simply Heroic) in the Todman Slipper Trial (Gr. 2)

Fourths:
Cider (2yo, French Ruby) in a NW2 Allowance

Fifths:
Ch. Fuurnikazan (5yo, Latino Mix) in an Allowance
Blackberry Wine (2yo, Black Cherry) in a maiden
Terrific Cover (2yo, Lasting Spirit) in the Reisling Slipper Trial (Gr. 2)

Also Rans:
Little Wheel (2yo, Eighteen Karat) 8th in a NW1 Allowance
RC Bee lease Tell Your Story (2yo, Unabridged) 6th in a NW3 Allowance
RC Bee lease Poe Dameron (2yo, Eighteen Karat) 8th in a NW2 Allowance

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How'd You Do? / Re: 9/12
« on: September 12, 2018, 02:49:24 pm »
Sorry to see him go. He got to 6 SW, etc as a 3YO but I just couldn't get him to get the last SW he needed to become Stud-Qualified. Finally decided to sell him in the hopes that he might have an uptake in form in new surroundings. Unfortunately, that didn't happen and, as he is now 8YO and probably well past his prime, I can understand why he would be retired.

We have another horse in a similar position, NCh. Gaudy Night, who is a year younger but also only needs one more SW. Unlike Bracton, Gaudy Night has shown a little recent form this year, including winning the G1 Grand National for the second time, so we are still hopeful for him.

Hopefully Gaudy Night makes it! Bracton has not earned a dime or even hit the board in years so I felt it was finally time to throw in the towel. I am still hopeful for Clowning Around though, who just needs a SW of any grade. At least he's 6 and has hit the board this year (albeit in an allowance). Hoping a very long rest until the Breeders' Series this winter will be enough.

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How'd You Do? / Re: 9/12
« on: September 12, 2018, 02:07:32 pm »
Extremely excited for the G1 wins from Beratis and Cabaret!

16(6)-6(2)-0-2(1)-0 $428,450

 Wins:
 Serious Leopard (2yo, Silver Wizard) in a NW1 Allowance / his debut
 Happy Wisp (3yo, Yes It's Paddy) in a NW2 Allowance
 Grish (3yo, Belanso) in a NW3 Allowance
 Oakenshield (4yo, Ring of Fire) in an Allowance
 Ch. Cabaret (3yo, Mr. Prospective) in the Ruffian Stakes (Gr. 1)
 Ch. Beratis (3yo, Spock) in the Joe Aitcheson (Gr. 1)

 Shows:
 RC Bee lease Stellar Starbound (4yo, Galaxy's Zodiac) in an Allowance
 Ch. Mage Born (5yo, Seattle Sorcerer) in the Arlington Matron Handicap (Gr. 3)

 Fifths:
 Gorgeous Candle (2yo, Lucky Streak) in a maiden
 Great Unknown (4yo, Blue Smoke) in the Belmont Breeders' Cup (Gr. 2)

 Also Rans:
 Confectionary (2yo, Ace of Hearts) 6th in a NW3 Allowance
 Mr. Sparkles (4yo, Mr. Townsend) 9th in a NW3 Allowance
 Cataclysm (2yo, Quarren) 6th in a NW3 Allowance
 Smoking Room (2yo, Lord Nelson) 6th in a maiden
 Gracious Lad (3yo, Yes It's Paddy) 6th in the Belmont Breeders' Cup (Gr. 2)
 GCh. Bracton (8yo, Rumor Has It) 10th in the Joe Aitcheson (Gr. 1). Officially retired.

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How'd You Do? / Re: 9/8
« on: September 08, 2018, 05:05:57 pm »
Best day in the last 4 outings! Surprising since 6 of our 10 runners today were 2yo's.

10(1)-3-2-2-1(1) $54,000

Wins:
Descension (2yo, Sleipnir) in a NW1 Allowance
Flattery (2yo, Mr. Prospective) in a maiden
Dr. Horrible (4yo, Dr. Evil) in a claiming race

Places:
Elope (3yo, Bellagio) in a maiden
French Fox (5yo, French Ruby) in an Allowance

Shows:
Egg Roll (2yo, French Ruby) in a NW1 Allowance
Acatour (3yo, TakeMeToHollywood) in a Starter Allowance

Fourths:
RC Bee lease Joan Watson (2yo, Eighteen Karat) in the Sweet Embrace Stakes (Gr. 3)

Also Rans:
RC Bee lease Command Gold (2yo, Eighteen Karat) 9th in a NW2 Allowance
Blood On My Name (2yo, Blue Smoke) 12th in a maiden

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Weekly Picks/Handicapping / Re: August Handicapping
« on: September 07, 2018, 06:59:47 pm »
Shelbie
Black Storm West

Total Days Handicapped = 3

Win - $250 x 39 = $9750
Place - $100 x 11 = $1100
Show - $50 x 24 = $1200
Quinella - $500 x 9 = $4500
Trifecta - $1,000 x 12 = $12000

Total = $28,550

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