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Foaling Barn / Re: Black Storm West 2022 Foals
« on: 9 hours ago »
FAFIOTTE, 10.2h brown colt
NCh. French Ruby x Ch. Little Black Dress - NCh. Bellagio
24 days late and this boy finally arrives to complete the April babies! Named for a French fashion house, he is the second foal and colt for his dam, a SW/SP of over 280k who set 2 speed records. Most of his damline is FF owned and untested, so hard to say what he'll do. Will definitely be a late bloomer, though. Little Black Dress will visit Edinburgh next.

28 Colts | 25 Fillies | 2 Stillborn | 1 Mare Retired | 1 Mare Death -- 31 due

How'd You Do? / Re: 4/25
« on: 9 hours ago »
We really liked second today.

13(4)-1-5(3)-3(1)-1 $137,850

 Ch. Seductive Prince (6yo, Prince Of Wonder) in a claiming race and stays home.

 Bold Riley (3yo, In The Navy) in a NW1 Allowance.
 Violette (3yo, Unabridged) in a maiden.
 Jinx (3yo, Giant's Causeway) in the Hallandale Beach Stakes (Ungr.).
 Ch. Downfall (3yo, V is for Victory) in the Louisville Breeders' Cup (Gr. 2).
 Rainee Thoroughbreds lease Ch. Imaginary (5yo, Moonopoly) in the Bula Hurdle Race (Gr. 2).

 Power of Three (3yo, Count Me In) in a NW3 Allowance.
 Seaburge (3yo, Worth The Wait) in a claiming race and stays home.
 Back for Power (4yo, Mantle of Power) in the Fort Marcy Handicap (Gr. 3).

 Blue-Footed Booby (3yo, Blue Smoke) in an Allowance.

 Fervent Lock (2yo, Silver Wizard) in a maiden.

 Also Rans:
 Second Snowbank (3yo, What's Your Point) 6th in a NW2 Allowance. Continuous headache.
 Devil's Starlet (5yo, Devil His Due) 6th in an Allowance. Retired to broodmare.

Weekly Picks/Handicapping / 4/25
« on: April 24, 2018, 05:50:15 pm »
1. Blueberry Hill - Forward Victory - Wild East
2. Darkest Smoke - Until Death - Above Water
3. Bold Riley - Surprise Filly - Learned Feather
4. Difficult News - Spanish Beauty - Light Chant
5. Double the Joy - Moon and Stars - Paramore
6. Keria Prayer - Beach Babe - New York Gal
7. Majic Potion - Kakuro - Wipe the Slate
8. Blindedbythelight - Ease the Tension - Material Lawyer
9. Wicked Nurse - Gotta Pounce - Excellent Pirate
10. Luck Addict - Dazzling Linen - Eternally
11. Charmed By Fools - Chief Commander - Vagabond Fuel
12. Steep Look - Devil's Keeper - Jyotisha
13. Tender Copy - Lean Thread - Troubling Bead
14. Scion - On a Crusade - Go It Alone
15. Ways and Means - Power of Three - Tan Lawyer
16. Almost Fizzy - Round We Go - Willing to Peak
17. Lunar View - Run the Gauntlet - Bifrost Bridge
18. Vampiric - Huba Buba - Supreme Lion
19. Truly Scrumptious - Highland Formal - Genuine Secret
20. Political Assassin - Guessing Game - April Fools' Day
21. Bay wrangler - Cine Secreto - Cagey Lead
22. Gnangara - First Cut - Learned Fan
23. In Your Honor - Gangbusters - Malayensis
24. House of Hapsburg - Easy Oscillation - Maiden Voyage
25. Say When - Make a Pledge - Thu'um
26. The Devil's Charge - Twisted Bubble - Travinator
27. Violette - In Omnia PAratus - Steadfast Owl
28. Power the Passion - Fervent Lock - Dramatic Entrance
29. Bavaria - Mayan Gold - Banter
30. Serene Stranger - Sing of Heroes - Ticket to Fame
31. Bold Invader - Polynesian Prince - Seductive Prince
32. Sunad - Wandering Stage - Fantastic Money
33. Island View - Brackets - Way With Words
34. Tricky Tricky - Las Vegas Strip - Expensive Ring
35. Villainy - Label Maker - Marrythenight
36. Corroded Spirit - Quaint Flag - Tell All
37. Kitty Krank - High Spirits - Wry Lamp
38. Cologne - Blue-Footed Booby - Landeythan
39. I Like to Move It - Loud Actor - Search Warrant
40. Thoron Field - Maltz - Creme Brulee
41. Jinx - Victory Dance - Sea of Galilee
42. At Last Light - Suerte Loca - Muy Hermosa
43. Mark of a Dancer - Rajin - Anon
44. Uridium - Rich Mine - Bold and Beautiful
45. Downfall - With Gusto - Bright Sun
46. WaterBalloonFight - Calloway - Akamai
47. Night to Remember - Golden Chant - Imaginary
48. Never Let Go - Blackwind - Charlotte's Web
49. Erebor - McKinley - Jotunheim
50. What a Circus - Diamantina Lakes - Quick Book

How'd You Do? / Re: 4/21
« on: April 21, 2018, 02:40:02 pm »
8(4)-2(1)-1-0-3(2) $81,950

Hard Candy (3yo, Worthy Victor) in a NW3 Allowance.
Cabaret (3yo, Mr. Prospective) in the Star De Naskra Stakes (Ungr.).

Phoenix Cure (4yo, Joyeux Oiseau) in a NW2 Allowance.

Campfire (4yo, Ring of Fire) in a NW2 Allowance / her SC debut. Sent home.
Lord of Misrule (3yo, Long Live The King) in the Aegon Turf Sprint (Gr. 3).
Ch. Dream Machine (5yo, Black Warrior) in the Spring Gold Cup (Gr. 3).

Also Rans:
Ch. Dixie's Spurs (5yo, Tottenham Hotspur) 9th in an Allowance. Retired to broodmare.
Novacaine (2yo, TakeMeToHollywood) 6th in the Maribyrnong Plate (Gr. 2).

Foaling Barn / Re: Renaissance 2022
« on: April 19, 2018, 03:09:02 pm »
I'm amazed the name wasn't taken! Congrats on the colt.

How'd You Do? / 4/18
« on: April 18, 2018, 12:39:34 pm »
Sent MANY home. Highlight was finishing 1-2 in the G2 Independent Novice.

14(6)-2(1)-3(1)-0-3(1) $140,100

 Ch. Copperhead (4yo, Conflagration) in an Allowance
 Ch. Crown Alexandra (5yo, Tottenham Hotspur) in the Independent Novice (Gr. 2)

 Ch. Carmine (5yo, Robin Hood) in an Allowance
 Yves Saint Laurent (3yo, I'm No Fool) in a maiden
 Winter Solstice (5yo, Joyeux Oiseau) in the Independent Novice (Gr. 2)

 Wary Hope (3yo, Dark Demand) in a NW2 Allowance
 Caleuche (3yo, Animal Kingdom) in an Allowance
 Stellar Starbound (4yo, Galaxy's Zodiac) in the Yankee Affair Stakes (Ungr.)

 Char Do Neigh (3yo, Bellagio) in a maiden

 Also Rans:
 Roman Crow (3yo, Joyeux Oiseau) 6th in a NW1 Allowance
 GCh. Legends Last (8yo, Lasting Spirit) 6th in an Allowance
 Ch. Owl Hunt (4yo, Joyeux Oiseau) 6th in the Yankee Affair Stakes (Ungr.)
 Ch. Black Orchid (5yo, Dark Continent) 6th in the Woodstock Stakes (Ungr.)
 Ch. Get the Axe (5yo, Empire Maker) 7th in the Highland Rogue Stakes (Gr. 1)

General/Questions / Re: Stallion Spotlight April II: Aptitude
« on: April 18, 2018, 02:39:56 am »
My only Aptitude foal is Spiritual, who recently ran 4th in a G1.

General/Questions / Stallion Spotlight April II: Aptitude
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:56:32 pm »
Stallion Spotlight: April II

 NCh. Aptitude
2012 bay Thoroughbred stallion, 15.1hh
A.P. Indy x Colors Waving

Bred by Final Furlong, Aptitude was claimed by Krajina as an unraced three year old where he has remained since. Lightly raced, he made 29 starts over a two year period, scoring 14 wins with 8 at the G1 level: Australian Derby, Man O’War Stakes, Canadian International, Epsom Derby Stakes, St. Leger Stakes, St. James’ Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes, and Caulfield Cup. He set 5 speed records, all over 10 furlongs turf. In 2015 he was named that year’s Three Year Old Colt Champion and Endurance Champion. Although he only raced for two years, he made them count, hitting the board 79% of the time with over $6.5 million in earnings.

During his career he beat stallions Galaxy’s Zodiac, Lucky Streak, Daredevil Dan, Changeling, In the Navy, Drum Major, I’m No Fool, Hidden Destiny, and others.

In two years of racing he suffered two injuries, both in his 3yo season: a cut that April and limping in late November.

His sire, A.P. INDY, had 323 foals, 70 stakes winners and 37 MSW’s including NCh. Golden Text, NCh. Barchetta, NCh. Spinning Hill, GCh. A.P. Valentino, GCh. A.P. Fantasy, GCh. Highland Surprise, GCh. A.P. Executive, GCh. Indy’s Drifter, and several more. He has 4 gold-ranked daughters and 11 silver-ranked, including Indy’s Lady, dam of NCh. Sponsored. A.P. Indy’s other standing sons include Bernardini, whose first crop makes their race debut this year, and NCh. Golden Text. You can read his Stallion Spotlight here.

His dam COLORS WAVING, produced 11 foals, 5 winners, and 2 stakes winners. In additional to Aptitude, she also produced MSW Ch. Waving Octopus, and SP’s Ch. Elgin, Pandora’s Box, and Delta Demon. It should be noted most of her foals are owned by FF: her 6yo, 4yo, and 3yo have only made 1 start, and her 5yo and 2yo are both unraced--hard to really judge her as a producer! She only produced 3 daughters, with 2 currently retired to broodmare duty, and only is bronze-ranked.

At the time of this post, he is still unranked with his oldest foals being five. Aptitude has sired 6 crops with 39% starters and 67% winners. His crops have been fairly small: his oldest crop consists of 4 horses (all winners) and he only has 12 three year olds; his largest crop are 4 and 2. Between his two started 2 year olds for 2022, one is placed.

Out of 68 current stallions w/ started offspring:
  • 6th in highest winning percentage of offspring
  • 42nd in offspring earnings
  • 48th in highest G1-placed offspring
  • 48th in highest G1-winning offspring

Leading Earners

Foals for Thought
Most of his foals are very lightly raced, but it appears most seem to prefer short to classic dirt, or steeplechase. A few foals have done well at sprint and classic turf, but the majority seem to have been switched to SC with mixed results. With such small crops, perhaps as his large 2yo crop get running we will see more!

Between his 4 SW/SP foals, 3 were out of create mares with the fourth being out of a Deputy Minister mare.

* * *

Aptitude currently stands in England at Krajina for $25,000

He is NOT BC nominated and he does require approval to breed to.
Please share your own foals and successful crosses below.

Foaling Barn / Re: Ivy Creek's 2022 Foal Crop
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:44:44 pm »
Great names!

How'd You Do? / Re: 4/14
« on: April 17, 2018, 03:17:03 am »
22(6)-3-2-5(1)-7(1) $193,550

True Wall (2yo, Formal Occasion) in a NW1 Allowance
High South (2yo, Silver Wizard) in a NW2 Allowance
Grish (3yo, Belanso) in a Starter Allowance

USS Vengeance (3yo, Galaxy's Zodiac) in a NW3 Allowance
Cabarita (4yo, Carrowmore) in an Allowance

NoStringsAttached (3yo, One Lucky Soul) in a NW2 Allowance
Sith Lord (2yo, Chivalry) in a NW2 Allowance
Maple Chime (5yo, Tiznow) in an Allowance
Bruised (5yo, Slip In The Mud) in a Starter Allowance
Proenza Schouler (3yo, I'm No Fool) in the Crown Oaks (Gr. 1)

Kingsfoil (2yo, Worthy Victor) in a NW2 Allowance
Cat Crossing (5yo, Tiznow) in a NW2 Allowance
While I Worry (2yo, Devil His Due) in a NW2 Allowance
Pleasant Theory (4yo, Magic Glory) in an Allowance
Gutsy Peace (3yo, French Ruby) in a claiming race
Poised Cherry (3yo, Player) in a NW1 Allowance
Spiritual (3yo, Aptitude) in the Crown Oaks (Gr. 1)

Comic Debut (6yo, Dixie Time) in a Starter Allowance
Ch. Glory Boy (5yo, Chivalry) in the Mamzelle Stakes (Ungr.)
Ch. Dark Ages (4yo, Changeling) in the Greatwood Handicap (Gr. 3)

Also Rans:
NCh. Star of Wonder (8yo, Harvard Bound) 9th in the Smart Halo Stakes (Ungr.)
Calindra (4yo, Secretsarebound) 7th in the Black Stakes (Gr. 2)

How'd You Do? / Re: 4/11
« on: April 11, 2018, 01:35:28 pm »
No wins, but very happy for Swanheart's 2nd in the Wood Memorial!

18(9)-0-2(1)-6(3)-5(2) $256,200

 Autumn Red (4yo, What's Your Point) in an Allowance
 Swanheart (3yo, French Ruby) in the Wood Memorial (Gr. 1)

 Seaburge (3yo, Worth The Wait) in a NW1 Allowance
 Sunday Football (2yo, Sunday Paper) in a NW2 Allowance
 Successfully claimed Bright Swirl (3yo, Rock of Gibraltar) in a claiming race. He is half to freshman stallion All That Appeal.
 Tendresse (4yo, Dark Continent) in the City and Suburban Handicap (Ungr.)
 Ch. J. Alfred Prufrock (5yo, I'm No Fool) in the Juvenile Steeplechase (Gr. 2)
 Ch. Marked Crusade (4yo, Player) in the Chatham Stakes (Gr. 3)

 High Proof (4yo, Unabridged) in an Allowance
 Brave Imagination (3yo, Strike It Rich) in a NW1 Allowance
 Tottenham High St (3yo, Tottenham Hotspur) in a NW2 Allowance
 Smiling Partner (3yo, Blue Ensign) in the Carter Handicap (Gr. 1)
 Toujours (4yo, Joyeux Oiseau) in the Whimsical Stakes (Gr. 2)

 Also Rans:
 Whomthebelltolls (2yo, Bernardini) 7th in a NW3 Allowance
 Ch. Decorated (4yo, In The Navy) 6th in the Artax Handicap (Ungr.)
 Boldly Going (3yo, Lasting Spirit) 6th in the Melbourne Cup (Gr. 1)
 Ch. Zero Gravity (4yo, Galaxy's Zodiac) 8th in the Melbourne Cup (Gr. 1)

Foaling Barn / Re: Starfish Stables Foals - 2022
« on: April 10, 2018, 09:56:48 pm »
Great name.

Anything Goes / Re: Kentucky Derby 2018 (May 5)
« on: April 10, 2018, 07:37:42 pm »
Looks interesting! I'm thinking of one but I also have other plans for him and he probably can't do both...
I just noticed that there is also a Japanese and European "road to the Kentucky Derby" (see tabs on the Blood Horse page), and I really like the 4th on the Japanese list - a gorgeous colt Le Vent Se Leve. The page says he's bay but he looks brown to me.

Stunning colt! Definitely a bay; distinct black points. ;)

Anything Goes / Re: Kentucky Derby 2018 (May 5)
« on: April 10, 2018, 02:13:37 pm »
I have two aimed for the Derby: Ch. Lingerie, who beat the boys in the G1 Fountain of Youth Stakes this year, and G1 Florida Derby winner Local Haunt who seems to be coming into his own at the right time with 2 wins from 3 starts this year.

For the Oaks, I have Fendi (2nd in the G1 Fountain of Youth) and Harken who has won 2 of 3 starts this year.

I've only had 2 Derby contenders over the last...9ish years of play, with best finish coming from our champion mare Loewe who ran 2nd in last year's running. Our other contender finished somewhere up the backstretch a few years ago.

Foaling Barn / Re: Black Storm West 2022 Foals
« on: April 10, 2018, 01:45:14 pm »
CAROLINE AFFAIR, 9.2h black filly
ICh. First Born Son x Tellthecaptain (S) - Seabiscuit (S)
Sixth foal for her dam. Half sister to MSW Ch. Captain's Pride and SP Dark Caster. Named for an incident in the early 19th century when British forces took an American ship, lit it on fire, and sent it over Niagara Falls. Which sounds amazingly overly dramatic. She will visit Nobly Regal, next.

28 Colts | 24 Fillies | 2 Stillborn | 1 Mare Retired | 1 Mare Death -- 32 due

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