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How'd You Do? / 12/19
« on: 1 hour ago »

7(1)-0-2-1-1 $19,900

 Ch. Gwendor (4yo, Invasor) in a claiming race and stays home
 Gentle Giant (3yo, Giant's Causeway) in a NW2 Allowance. Sent home.

 Terrific Wealth (3yo, High Chances) in an Allowance

 Ch. Seductive Prince (6yo, Prince Of Wonder) in a Starter Allowance. Retired.

 Ch. Aether (4yo, Eighteen Karat) in the Gravesend Stakes (Gr. 3). Sent home.

 Also Rans:
 Toffee Street (2yo, Take Me Away) 7th in a NW3 Allowance For sale
 Sunday Football (2yo, Sunday Paper) 9th in a maiden. Sent home

How'd You Do? / 12/15
« on: December 15, 2018, 01:28:01 pm »
Had two big victories and a number of "no thanks" finishes.

16(7)-5(2)-2(1)-1-3(3) $1,737,900

Lancaster (2yo, Unabridged) in a NW3 Allowance
Ch. Bolarus IX (3yo, Giant's Causeway) in an Allowance
Dicey Heist (3yo, Dr. Evil) in a NW3 Allowance. First start with us.
Ch. Chortle (3yo, Frankel) in the Bold Ruler Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 2)
Ch. Downfall (3yo, V is for Victory) in the Hong Kong Cup (Gr. 1)

French Fox (5yo, French Ruby) in an Allowance
Deadly Devotion (2yo, Golden Text) in the With Approval Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 2)

Eldamar (4yo, Changeling) in an Allowance

Foolish Whispers (2yo, Foolhardy) in the With Approval Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 2)
Ch. Blue-Footed Booby (3yo, Blue Smoke) in the Nation's Pride Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 2)
RC Bee lease Ch. Arkenstone (4yo, Eighteen Karat) in the Hong Kong Cup (Gr. 1)

Cat Crossing (5yo, Tiznow) in an Allowance for sale
RC Bee lease All of the Lights (4yo, Starzen) in the Garland of Roses Stakes (Ungr.)

Also Rans:
RC Bee lease The Pale Rider (3yo, Eighteen Karat) 6th in a NW2 Allowance
Colorful Gold (5yo, Gilded Saint) 7th in an Allowance for sale
Littleover Easy (6yo, Candidate) 6th in an Allowance

Annual Foal Auction / How'd You Do? 2022
« on: December 09, 2018, 04:19:16 pm »
Not too bad! All my top choices quickly went out of price range but still collected a few I had noted. In all, spent 30k for 5 horses.

Christmas Past, weanling by NCh. Howarts (B) out of Mountain Air (B). Likely a late bloomer, as her dam didn't race until 3 and her sire hit his best at 4. Half to Ch. Breathtaking View, and dam is half to NCh. Silver Wizard, Ch. A.P. Silver Stars, Ch. Wingsonmyhooves, and gold-ranked Cool Breeze. Bought for 1k.

Duckwater, weanling by WCh. Sponsored out of Sea Acoral Image (S). I liked the Nightfight/Seabiscuit combo. Half to MSW Ch. Sea Acoral Starz. Bought for 1k.

Fightinthestreets, weanling by NCh. Space Chips out of Mason Dixon Line (S). Half to G1W Ch. Storm Cloud out of a SW/MSP mare. I usually have good luck with horses out of created mares, and with Nightfight turning into an excellent broodmare sire I have similar hope for his sons at stud. Most expensive at $25,500.

Reckoning, weanling by ICh. To Die For (B) out of Strategic (B). Dam was never worse than 4th at 2, and has produced 50% winners including a SP despite almost all her racing foals being FF owned or inactive for the past year. Dam is half to platinum mares GCh. Keep the Kitty and GCh. Firefoot. Bought for 1k.

Storm Veil, yearling by GCh. Simply Heroic (B) out of Storm Fan (S). I quickly lost out on her weanling half-sister, but hoping this girl makes up for it! Dam was a G1 winner, set a speed record, and was MSP. Half to MSW Ch. Good Hillside and SP Simple Frost. Her 2 unplaced foals are both FF owned with just 1 start each at age 4 and 6, so I consider them toss-outs. Bought for $1,500.

Didn't even realize I had purchased mostly weanlings until this post.

How'd You Do? / 12/08
« on: December 08, 2018, 02:18:08 pm »
15(7)-5(2)-2(1)-3(1)-0 $939,350

Awesome day!

Throne (4yo, French Ruby) in a NW3 Allowance
Zodiac Theater (4yo, Galaxy's Zodiac) in an Allowance For sale
Fayerye (3yo, I'm Your Angel) in a maiden, scoring her first win. Only took 9 tries!
Ch. Wayfaring Power (4yo, Mantle of Power) in the Highland Rogue Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 2)
My Formal Spurs (4yo, Formal Occasion) in the Stadbroke Handicap (Gr. 1) by 4 lengths. Just purchased last month for 5k. Definitely earned his purchase price.

Kalanag (4yo, Highland Magic) in a Starter Allowance For sale
Ch. Wedding Chorale (5yo, Black Warrior) in the Backstage Pass Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 2)

Illustrious Event (2yo, Formal Occasion) in a NW1 Allowance
Gazette (2yo, Sunday Paper) in a NW3 Allowance
Ch. St. James (4yo, French Ruby) in the Highland Rogue Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 2)

Strixology (2yo, Slip In The Mud) in a claiming race. Successfully claimed by Gant's Farm. Good luck!
Everafter (2yo, Sleipnir) in a NW2 Allowance

Also Rans:
Chelsea Manor (2yo, I'm Your Angel) 10th in the East View Stakes (Ungr.)
Ch. Crown Alexandra (5yo, Tottenham Hotspur) 7th in the Backstage Pass Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 2)
RC Bee lease Ch. USS Vengeance (3yo, Galaxy's Zodiac) 8th in the Stadbroke Handicap (Gr. 1)

Weekly Picks/Handicapping / November Handicapping
« on: December 04, 2018, 03:18:12 pm »
Black Storm West

Total Days Handicapped = 2

Win - $250 x 17 = $4250
Place - $100 x 14 = $1400
Show - $50 x 13 = $650
Quinella - $500 x 7 = $3500
Trifecta - $1,000 x 2 = $2000

Total = $11,900

How'd You Do? / 12/01
« on: December 01, 2018, 12:09:53 pm »
All 6 on the board to start off December.

6(3)-1-2(1)-2(1)-1(1) $157,500

Tough Space (4yo, Candy Ride) in a NW3 Allowance

Blackhawk Ridge lease Street Music (3yo, Drum Major) in an Allowance
Ch. Blue-Footed Booby (3yo, Blue Smoke) in the Amazon Princess Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 3)

RC Bee lease Poe Dameron (2yo, Eighteen Karat) in a maiden
Tea Leaves (3yo, Created) in the Queensland Oaks (Gr. 1). Very happy with her!

Ch. Spinning Wheel (3yo, Golden Text) in the Secretariat Breeders' Stakes (Gr. 3). Definitely not a sprinter.

General/Questions / 2yo's for 2023
« on: November 30, 2018, 06:21:30 pm »
It's just about that time! I'm still wondering where the year went. My choices last year were a mixed bag this year, with most I'm hoping improve as 3yo's. Of the 7 I chose, only 3 have won but Flattery managed a 4th in the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes and has been on the board all year; Lancaster has been in the top 3 all year, and Voices' only flop this year was at the stakes level.

Instead, our best 2yo's this year have been September who won an ungraded and was 3rd in the G1 Beach Shore Stakes, MG1P Sunstruck Flag, G3W Worth His Salt, and MSP Foolish Whispers.

Some picks for next year...

Heavy Sugar (Foolhardy x Cherry Cheesecake). From Foolhardy's final crop, she's out of a gold mare and half to MSW's Ch. Get the Axe and Ch. Cherries Jubilee.

Iberis (Belanso x Artemis). Half to 2yo MSW Ch. Gifted Detail. 2 of her 3 older sibs are FF owned and didn't start until 4 and 5, and her third older sibling only ran at 5 and 6, so there's a chance her family does well early and hasn't had the chance to prove themselves.

Lapageria (Worthy Victor x Filly from Chile). Half to MSW Ch. Color Run, SW Ch. Caleuche who won the BC Juv Turf, and SP Ch. Frost on Tap.

Wild Hunt (Long Live the King x Midnight Run). Half to MSW's Ch. Owl Hunt, Ch. Honeydukes, and SP Ch. Rosette.

Weekly Picks/Handicapping / 11/10
« on: November 09, 2018, 05:59:36 pm »
1. Hilarious Caption - Keen Sunshine - Bold Emperor
2. Rivalry - Leather Gloves - Drop of Oil
3. Quibble - Starz Above - Unimpressed
4. Bungled Conquest - Serene Stranger - Dare to Try
5. Only Wonder - Saltwater Taffy - Excellent Star
6. Worlds Away - HollywoodSuperstar - Real Darkness
7. Caballa - Great Shot - Wise Invention
8. Queen of Ireland - Dazzling Star - Lord Excalibur
9. Underhill - Dynamic Wisp - Chilly Myth
10. Forever Heir - Hokitika - Goddess of Forests
11. Vagabond Mist - I'm Not Pouting - Tangy trip
12. Flame Out - Holosuite - Collector's Edition
13. Rosesandwine - Reality - Whimsical War
14. He's Golden - Mixed Partner - To the Pain
15. Forever Vase - Spanish Date - Utsusemi
16. Icefall - Heart of Glory - Sudden Roll
17. Kalina - Gild the Lily - Idol of Babylon
18. Sea Salt - Ebony Dancer - Odd Reaction
19. Cats Eyes - Prosperous - Blameless
20. Delta Queen - Jaded Silk - Babel
21. Level Veil - Bonnie Jean - Corroded Spirit
22. Notta Roan - Goalkeeper - Hardy
23. Memories of Night - Cause to Run - Sworn to Secrecy
24. Honeydew Duke - Aspirations - A Moment in Time
25. Morrigan - LightsCameraAction - Golden Monkey
26. Overjoyed Mind - Tall Gate - Cheerful Mine
27. Ekina - Milky way - King's Landing
28. Kunoichi - Honorable Jumper - Hickety
29. Glossy Top - Rush - Hearts
30. Surprise Filly - Petite Frog - Tart Reaction
31. Allegation  -Jousting - Diamantina Lakes
32. Macaroni Snowbank - Innovation - In the Wind
33. Silent Night - Under Duress - Smoke Rings
34. Silly Impact - Known Ship - Biala
35. Vanbrugh - Old Ease - Southern Suitor
36. Abbadon - Worthy Heir - Standing Fox
37. Private Flight - Fizzing Whizbee - Black Pearl
38. Point Grey - Osgiliath - Higher and Higher
39. One good Turn - Smiling Partner - Ghostly Gift
40. Defender - Dynamic Parabola - Flawless History
41. Lonely Measure - Make Your Own Luck - Emerald City
42. Joyous Iris - Almost Crazy - The Nuts
43. Blushing Leopard - Frail War - Raindrop
44. Astrological - Addicting Verse - Cold Offer
45. Material Mind - Massive Dragon - Languid Direction
46. Diamond in the Sky - Windtalker - Whiskey Night
47. Born Risky - Towering Interest - Mark of a Dancer
48. Cunning Fox - Frankly - Majora's Mask
49. Noiseworks - Sketch - Strider Hiryu
50. Before the Lights - Burnittotheground - Feelin' witty

General/Questions / Leading 2020 Freshman Stallions
« on: November 08, 2018, 03:39:16 pm »
2020 Freshman Stallions
16 stallions entered stud in 2020. In this post, "Freshman" refers to horses whose first crops turned 2 this year. I will update these statistics when the 2022 racing calendar ends to see how much the numbers have changed.

Top 5 Sires By Win %
  • City Upon a Hill: 47.37%
  • Curlin: 45%
  • Black Cherry: 32%
  • Away the Lads: 31.82%
  • Pay the Boatman: 31.82%
*If no RL stallions are counted, then fifth-ranked stallion will be Qaurren at 30.43% winners

Top 5 Sires By Progeny Earnings
  • Quarren: $1,217,300 from 23 starters
  • Black Cherry: $797,300 from 25 starters
  • City Upon A Hill: $364,350 from 19 starters
  • Pay the Boatman: $350,300 from 22 starters
  • Away the Lads: $201,050 from 22 starters

Stallions with Stakes Winners
  • City Upon A Hill: Glass City
  • Black Cherry: Ch. Punch Buggy
  • Pay the Boatman: Lethe
  • Quarren: Ch. Madame Pele

Black Cherry and Quarren are both represented by MSW and G1 winning 2yo’s with Ch. Punch Buggy (Black Cherry), winner of the G1 Visionary S and G2 Todman Slipper Trial, and Ch. Madame Pele (Quarren), winner of the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes, G1 Frizette Stakes, and G2 Best Pal S. For the nitpicky, removing Quarren’s MG1W daughter would reduce his progeny earnings to $284,300. Similarly, removing Punch Buggy would reduce Black Cherry to $265,300. Both would still make the top 5 list.

It is worth noting that Ch. Punch Buggy is the only horse to defeat 2yo sensation GCh. Palermo (Foolhardy), who has won 10 of his 11 starts this year.

  • Of the 16 freshman stallions, only 3 have no winners this year: Glorious Victory, Superdocious, and Sponsored. Glorious Victory has 9 2yo’s but none have started this year, Superdocious has 30 2yo’s with 4 of 16 started foals having placed, and Sponsored has 6 2yo’s with 5 starters, all unplaced.
  • Stallions with SP 2yo’s are Bernardini (Seekers Bay) and Usain Bolt (Lightning Bolt, Can’t Keep Me).
  • Of the top 5 sires by leading win percentage, the cheapest at stud is Pay the Boatman at $2,500, followed by honorary-mention Quarren at $5,000. Leading sire City Upon A Hill stands for $6,000. The most expensive stallions are Sponsored, Curlin and Bernardini at $25,000 each.
  • All leading freshman stallions this year have different sires. Black Cherry is the first and only son of FFCH. High Chances at stud.

Weekly Picks/Handicapping / 11/06
« on: November 06, 2018, 04:23:29 pm »
1. Canttrickthistreat - Royal Oak - Cautious Stranger
2. Overkill - Prancing Pony - Aguamenti
3. Tonight We Burn - Vienna's Milano - Major Shot
4. Attaboy - Honorable Rush - Exultant Trail
5. Amusing Spell - Look of Love - Annabel's Treasure
6. Mexican Spice - Seattle Seahawk - Simply Catch Me
7. Sine Metu - Anticipate - Enchante
8. Gunningdownskeptics - Hollywood in Black - District Nine
9. Compass Rose - Speed Factor - Astra Vista
10. Silver Surfer - Sun Also Rises - Space Grey
11. Find Your Zen - Alaska - Arts and Crafts
12. Languid Song - All Snowed In - Take Me to Princes
13. Glass Belle - Troubled Wall - Picts
14. Cease Fire - Lilac Chaser - hEireann Gaoth
15. Sahreen - Fly ina di Sunset - Magic Hour
16. I See Fire - Flaming Flag - Nicoscene
17. Might and Power - Ultimate Craving - Scotch Highball
18. Gold Ring - Sneak Back - Dr. Horrible
19. Milk and Honey - Ephemeral Scraps - Beach Party
20. Altuzarra - Ornithology - Tendresse
21. Godsmack - Cabrette - Once In a Lifetime
22. Eilean Donan - Jinx - Filipendulous
23. Gibraltar Tiger - For Pete's Sake - Warrior's Lady
24. Charmed Cat's Life - Maple Chime - Navy cross
25. Vintage Smoke - Celtic Toy - Serious Holiday
26. Old Picture - Lively Look - Fantastic Money
27. Beyound Time - Joan Watson - Countess Clever
28. Clearly Foolish - Nonchalant Answer - Harvard Star
29. Truly Scrumptious - Best Water - Fleeting Point
30. Hyperzine - Notre Dame - Flaming Direction
31. The Huntress - Gosh Firefly - Hromi Cluster
32. Way With Words - Dazzled Surprise - Prescribe
33. In a Bind - Momentous Dust - Devil Don't Run
34. Drifter - 12th of Never - Mysterious Magic
35. Clue - Glimmer Boy - Lolong
36. Imprint - El Dorado Cinder - Cammando
37. Brookfield - Civil Rights - Distinct View
38. Flint - Brief Scene - Moirai
39. Outrageous Thread - Looper - Wonderful Blush
40. Visable - Violent Minute - Odd Magic
41. Evil Lady - El Trujaman - Grumpy Kitty
42. Indelible - Arabian Knight - ToInfinity&Beyond
43. Free Haven - Heiroglyph - Quaint Friend
44. Posthumous - Handy Bell - Dipsy Hillside
45. Astonishing - Tsundoku - Colossal Honey
46. Rob the Cradle - Savvy Voyage - Foretold
47. Sun Chariot - Graceful Profit - Playmate
48. Local Haunt - Soft North - What a Circus
49. Long Pursuit - Change Up - War Penny
50. Ablative Armour - Jötunheim - Professor Plum

Questions / 2021 Eclipse winners
« on: November 05, 2018, 04:23:02 pm »
I just realized these haven't been added yet. Possibly near future? (Admittedly asking because I think I had a winner last year and couldn't recall, so went looking lol).

How'd You Do? / 10/13
« on: October 13, 2018, 02:19:45 pm »
Stakes kids didn't fair too well, but most were 2yo's. Overall 10/17 hit the board!

17(4)-5-2-2(1)-1(1) $186,500

Boundless Sleet (2yo, Spock) in a NW2 Allowance and breaks his maiden.
Campfire (4yo, Ring of Fire) in a NW2 Allowance
Highland Formal (4yo, Formal Occasion) in a NW3 Allowance
Ch. Bolarus IX (3yo, Giant's Causeway) in an Allowance
North Oak lease Oh Dark Hundred (3yo, Eighteen Karat) in a NW2 Allowance

Martini Night (3yo, Nightfight) in a NW3 Allowance
RC Bee lease Sun Also Rises (2yo, Eighteen Karat) in an Allowance

Far Away Home (4yo, Almost Precious) in an Allowance
Tan Profit (3yo, Mr. Prospective) in the Adrian Knox Stakes (Gr. 3)

Deadly Devotion (2yo, Golden Text) in the Astarita Stakes (Gr. 3). Sent home.

Also Rans:
Calling All Souls (2yo, Pay the Boatman) 8th in a NW3 Allowance
Cyrus (2yo, Curlin) 7th in a NW3 Allowance
Pocketfullofembers (2yo, Highland Burning) 6th in a NW3 Allowance. Sent home.
Fayerye (3yo, I'm Your Angel) 6th in a NW2 Allowance
Europa (5yo, Tryst of Fate) 9th in a NW3 Allowance
Worth His Salt (2yo, Candidate) 11th in the Cowdin Stakes (Ungr.). Sent home.
September (2yo, Bellagio) 7th in the Karrakatta Plate (Gr. 2). Sent home.

General/Questions / Continuing Stallion Spotlights?
« on: October 01, 2018, 09:26:48 pm »
Willa and I have severely derailed on these so I want to take a quick count: do you guys enjoy these? Want to see them return? Things you found useful/want more of/didn't care for/etc.?

Horses For Sale / Black Storm West Auction
« on: September 24, 2018, 02:29:12 pm »
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.

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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