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Stallion Advertising / Re: NCh. French Ruby
« on: Today at 12:55:54 PM »
Oh that is so frustrating!!!
That happened with my first stallion, too (Witness). I got 1 1/2 seasons with him, but thankfully I also scooped up one of his lightly raced 2YOs along the way and managed to get him to studhood (Bear Witness). Here's hoping you'll have similar luck in that regard!

How'd You Do? / Re: 11/22
« on: November 22, 2017, 01:26:39 PM »

Ka (4yo, Bellagio) in an Allowance
Count Your Gold (4yo, Count Me In) in an Allowance
Ch. Bold Proposal (4yo, Stressed) in the Top Flight Stakes (Gr. 2)

Sing Of Heroes (2yo, V is for Victory) in a NW1 Allowance

Also Rans:
Successfully claimed Rhythmic Brick (2yo, Lord Nelson) 6th in a claiming race
Watch Over Me (2yo, Witness) 10th in a NW2 Allowance
Olympic Majorette (2yo, Drum Major) 6th in a maiden

How'd You Do? / Re: 11/18
« on: November 19, 2017, 08:29:07 PM »
Happy birthday, Shanthi!

Most of our horses are home at rest (if I don't do them all at once, I tend to do a crap job of getting them home regularly), so we only had one out on this date:

Klondike Finale (3yo, Witness) in a NW1 Allowance

Anything Goes / Re: Horse riding again
« on: November 19, 2017, 08:12:01 PM »
I didn't realize you weren't riding out there! I'm so glad to hear you're getting back into the swing of it (hopefully), though. It feels good, doesn't it? At least for the soul, not so much for the out-of-practice muscles.  ;)

I'm hoping to try to get my oldest into it next spring (she'll be 3 1/2 by then). She already told me she's asking Santa for a "real horse and a real giraffe" this Christmas.  8)  We're lucky to have friends who are a few miles away with horses and an "open invitation" to come out and ride. I just hate to feel like we're imposing!

How'd You Do? / Re: 11/15
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:28:28 AM »
I sent most of my ponies home for a rest, and these are the ones that have already finished a long rest (and as a result, some are a bit out of shape fitness-wise).

Kerried Away (4yo, Take Me Away) in a NW3 Allowance
Madd About You (4yo, Express Yourself) in a NW3 Allowance

Long Hot Summer (5yo, Gunningdownromance) in an Allowance

Ch. Stars Align (5yo, All Jazzed Up) in an Allowance
Keepcalmandcarryon (4yo, I'm No Fool) in the Turnback the Alarm Stakes (Gr. 3)

Angel of Darkness (4yo, I'm Your Angel) in an Allowance
Ch. Calla Lily (5yo, Candidate) in the Stuyvesant Stakes (Gr. 3)

Canaanite (4yo, Player) in the Labour Day Cup (Gr. 3)

Also Rans:
Gracefuldancer (5yo, Foolhardy) 7th in an Allowance
Jagged Edge (5yo, What's Your Point) 8th in an Allowance

General/Questions / Re: Slacker 2yo, 3yo Hopefuls
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:08:02 AM »
Luck!!!  That's the only way to explain it!!
When I started, I couldn't afford fancy bloodlines or compete with the bigger stables, so I took chances on mares who didn't have much proven. Most of my best mares are ones who were unraced/never ran on flat/never raced at the ideal ages of 2/3 (so no idea if they would have been any good).

I currently have the following:
Keria Toon (created), claimed in her first ever race at age 4 - I took a chance without ever knowing if she would have been successful at 2yo/3yo
Sovereign Song (created), bought at age 5 as a multi-winner who had never touched the flat
Twilight Embers (Irish River x created mare), a Color War prize, a broodmare carrying her 3rd foal (so unproven offspring) but a HOTY title
(now retired) Dixie Love (created), bought at age 6 as a one-time winner who never raced at 2yo/3yo (so I hoped she would have been amazing then and would produce winners at 2&3)

I also sold the following before I knew she'd be platinum:

Slew Copy (created), bought at age 5 with just 3 total starts, never ran over flat

General/Questions / Re: 2020 Results (Finally)
« on: November 11, 2017, 09:35:27 PM »
I didn't play, but I'd love to hear what everyone got if anyone feels like sharing!  :)

General/Questions / Re: Stallion Watch: Prospects
« on: November 11, 2017, 05:57:27 PM »
I went through a bout of inactivity (thanks to working + young kiddos), but am starting to get active again. As a result, I don't have many prospects yet. I'm hoping that in a year's time we'll be in a better position to post here. I sold all the boys who were close as I couldn't give them the attention to boost them into studhood.

However, thanks to Lewis at Starfish Stables, we do have one future stallion prospect who is already qualified.  NCh. Franco Classico was the 2019 3 Year Old Colt and Classic Horse of the Year. He is sired by I'm A Classic out of a created mare, Little Franco. He has won such notable races as the Breeder's Cup Classic and UAE Derby, plus he placed in the Preakness and showed in the Belmont. At this time, he will not be standing in 2022 unless his performance makes a massive decline.

How'd You Do? / Re: 11/11
« on: November 11, 2017, 12:17:31 PM »

Glowstick (2yo, Foolhardy) in a NW3 Allowance
D'Nesh (2yo, Belanso) in a NW2 Allowance
Sharpsight (3yo, Witness) in a NW1 Allowance
Watch Me Whirl (3yo, Witness) in a NW3 Allowance

Arrogant Heat (2yo, Invasor) in a NW1 Allowance
March On (3yo, Strider) in a NW3 Allowance
Royal Wedding (3yo, Witness) in a NW2 Allowance
Ch. Wedded Bliss (2yo, Witness) in the Dante Stakes (Gr. 3)

Dixie Triumph (2yo, V is for Victory) in a maiden

Candid Star (3yo, Candidate) in a NW2 Allowance
Upswing (3yo, Drum Major) in an Allowance

Also Rans:
Gigantic Clover (2yo, Ring of Fire) 10th in a NW2 Allowance
Ghostheart (3yo, Ghostzapper) 6th in an Allowance

General/Questions / Re: Slacker 2yo, 3yo Hopefuls
« on: November 11, 2017, 12:46:07 AM »
C, san I just say all of them?  Ha.
Truth be told, most of ours are maidens or are still very lightly raced. We also have two stakes winners and two stakes placed already, so it's not all bad!

Glowstick is by Foolhardy out of NCh. Afterglow (x Affirmed). With talent on both sides, I'm hoping she matures into something amazing. Mom didn't flourish until age 4, though, so I'm not surprised she hasn't hit the winner's circle just yet.

Grecian God is by Foolhardy out of HOTY ICh. Twilight Embers, making him 1/2 to our stallion, Fight The Twilight. He has only started once and did come in 2nd, but I'm hoping he hits his stride next year.

Maria Von Trapp is by Von Lichtenstein out of platinum-rated Ch. Keria Toon. 4 out of her 5 older siblings are stakes quality (1 SP, 1 SW, and 2 MSW). She is already a winner, but only 2 wins out of 4 starts.

Sing Of Heroes is by V is for Victory out of platinum-rated Sovereign Song. 4 out of her 5 older siblings are stakes quality (1 SW, 3 MSW), so the potential is there!

Uptown Funk is by Witness out of gold-rated Uptown Girl. She is 1/2 to two MSWs and one SW.

These are definitely the ones I'm eyeballing most for next year!

General/Questions / Re: Breeding matches
« on: November 09, 2017, 01:35:31 AM »
I do a lot of different things, and each year my method seems to evolve.

Originally, I looked up a mare's family line (mostly mare lines) and looked for the most successful racer from that group. Then I tried to find the stallion most related to that stud if the sire wasn't still available. I had a lot of luck with that, and my runners were very diverse in talent - sprinters, hurdlers, long distance, early-bloomers and late-bloomers, etc.

As my stable grew out of control, I decided to specialize more. I started screening my broodmare herd based on abilities that I hoped might someday help me breed a Derby winner, i.e. speed records over flat Derby-like distances, peaking around age 3, etc. I then try to pair them with a stallion who will enhance these and fill in any gaps (example: a mare that peaked age 2-3 to pair with a stallion who bloomed later like age 3-4). Now that I have so many stallions of my own, I've been trying to keep their books fairly full with high quality mares, so I haven't been seeking as many outside boys as in previous years. I still utilize this method, though.

Questions / Re: Racing schedule
« on: November 08, 2017, 11:50:03 PM »
This seems to be happening again (not sure yet if it's been posted on the bug site). When you click on "Enter Races", you get an option for November 11, 2021 races (correct) and January 3, 2022 (incorrect and won't let you enter). Just thought I'd give you a heads up!

How'd You Do? / Re: 11/8
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:44:27 PM »
Pretty good day! We sent out 10 and all of them landed in the top three. We've been sending our older horses home for a rest and are slowly rotating the rest home as well.

Fleur Delacour (2yo, Worthy Victor) in a NW2 Allowance
Callgirl (2yo, Count Me In) in a NW2 Allowance
Copacabana (2yo, My Lucky Day) in a NW3 Allowance
Wild Inferno (3yo, Foolhardy) in a NW2 Allowance
Adios Amiga (2yo, I'm Your Angel) in the Tempted Stakes (Gr. 3)

Lady Sybil (2yo, Lord Nelson) in a NW3 Allowance
At Last (3yo, Witness) in a NW3 Allowance
Treasure Hunt (3yo, Changeling) in a NW2 Allowance
All Violet (2yo, All Jazzed Up) in the Nasua Stakes (Gr. 3)

Deliver The Storm (2yo, V is for Victory) in a NW3 Allowance

Stallion Advertising / Re: Ivy Creek Stud Lineup - 2022
« on: November 03, 2017, 12:00:40 AM »
All mares have been added! I'm so glad to see such interest in my boys.

And Hilda - yes, pictures! It's been forever since I did pictures for my horses. I figured I was overdue!

Stallion Advertising / Re: Generous Bloodstock Stallions 2020
« on: October 29, 2017, 02:32:13 PM »
Can I get a Feb2 spot for Ch. Finesse to Sionnach? She was a stakes winner at 2 & 3, so I'm hopeful it would be a good match.  :)

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