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Horses For Sale / Ivy Creek Auction
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:52:01 pm »
I have created an auction that will begin January 24th.

There are NO RESERVES.

The following horses have been included:

BROODMARES

RUNNING BLIND - 17hh, Unbridled {B} x Blind Justice {S} (x created)
Comes in foal to Witness, due March 7th


YEARLINGS

BLINDSIDED - colt, ICh. Belanso x Running Blind {B} (x Unbridled {B})
I am selling him only because I have 3 Belanso yearlings

PRAISE ADONAI - colt, GCh. One Lucky Soul x The Cover Girl {B} (x created)
1/2 to SW Ch. Undercover Girl & SW Ch. Cover Story


RACEHORSES

ART OF LOVE - 3yo filly, GCh. High On Love {S} x Art of Zen {B} (x created)
Multi-winner.  Sire produced 2 stallions already in his short breeding career.

DJALI ZWAN - 3yo filly, GCh. Starzen {B} x Adriatic Swan {S} (x created)
Only started one time.  1/2 to MSW Ch. Zadar.

GRAND LOVE - 3yo colt, GCh. High On Love {S} x Grand Thunder {B} (x created)
Winner.  Sire produced 2 stallions already in his short breeding career.

GROTTE DE CUSSAC - 3yo colt, ICh. Doodles {B} x Rodeo Cowgirl {S} (x Omaha {S})
Placed in only 2 starts.  1/2 to SW Ch. Notmyfirstrodeo & SP Holy Smokes.  Bred to be a hurdler, potentially.

MOSTRO - 3yo colt, ICh. Spock {B} x Alwuhush {S} (x Alydar {S})
Multi-placed.  1/2 to MSW GCh. Allinvain, MSW Ch. Alakazam, & SP Azhei.

AIRSTRIKE - 2yo filly, Smart Stike {B} x Je Suis Prest {S} (x created)
1/2 to SP Ch. Coup d'Etat.

CORROSIVE - 2yo filly, GCh. Secretsarebound {B} x Labelled Caustic {B} (x Native Dancer {S})
Out of a young daughter of gold-rated broodmare, Dynamite.

MAXWELL - 2yo colt, Ch. Rumor Has It {B} x Fleur's Debate {G} (x What's Debatable {S})
1/2 to MSW Ch. With A Fleurish.

PALERMO STONE - 2yo colt, GCh. Akhetnaten {S} x Danzatore {B} (x Danzig {G})
1/2 to SP Ch. H.W. Jones, SP Danzfever, & SP Strikeuptheband

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General/Questions / 2017: How'd you do?
« on: January 04, 2014, 06:22:25 pm »
Now that the year is over, how did you do?

This was probably my strongest year yet in several ways.

I joined in 2011, so this was my 7th year in the game.  My ponies really stepped it up, and I earned a massive 60% of my stable lifetime earnings in 2017.   :o

I entered more races than I ever have in a year, which probably helped.  I also modified my training regime, parted with ponies while they were in their peak instead of waiting for them to start fading, etc., which helped me to have my highest ever OTB percentage at 69%.  My ponies won 39% of all the races we entered - even better than last year's impressive 32%.  Thanks to the increased win percent and (I believe) a higher number of stakes entries, we managed to earn $21,296,300 - putting our lifetime earnings at over $35 million now.

As for my 2yo homebreds, 59% are winners, and 15% are stakes winners.  Average earnigns of $76,335. We expect most to do better at age 3.
My 3yos: 91% winners, with 48% stakes winners.  Average earnings of $336,380.
My 4yos: 88% winners, with 44% stakes winners.  Average earnings of $325,916.
My 5yos: 100% winners, with 100% stakes winners.  Average earnings of $410,225.

But perhaps one of our biggest achievements was getting our first ever stallion stud qualified - and we did it TWICE!  GCh. Ducati & GCh. Exit Poll will definitely join our stallion lineup someday, though they will keep running next year.  We also have a number of colts who are well on their way to getting their qualifications if they keep it up, so hopefully next year will also bring good tidings.

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Foaling Barn / Ivy Creek's 2018 Foal Crop
« on: January 04, 2014, 05:59:45 pm »
Last year saw us standing our first stallion for his first full season, so we look forward to welcoming several Witness babies.
Last season was incredibly colt-heavy, so we'll see what this season will bring!

We started out with a pretty filly on the first:

ROYAL WEDDING - 8.0hh dark grey filly
SIRE: ICh. Witness {B} (Class Act {G} x Time For Truth {G})
DAM: Must Be Royal (GCh. Must Be Magic {S} x Ch. Jungle Queen {S})

This little filly is the third from her dam.  The first, a Bellagio filly, will run this spring.  The name seemed fitting, as it is certainly something "royal" that we all would like to "witness".
MUST BE ROYAL visits Animal Kingdom next.



Today, three more joined us:

DEVILMADEMEDOIT - 9.3hh chestnut colt
SIRE: NCh. Carrowmore (Ch. Irish River {S} x Dark Miss {P})
DAM: Devil's Dream (NCh. Devil May Care {S} x Ch. Hope's Dream {B})

This colt is the second from his dam, though the first foal was bred & is owned by Lochiedo.  He's a well-bred, strapping colt, though.
DEVIL'S DREAM visits Sixth Day next for a similar cross as that which produced MSW Ch. Volkl.


JEWELED CROSS - 9.1hh dark bay filly
SIRE: Ch. Magic Cross {S} (Cross Roads {S} x Highland Sorceress {P})
DAM: Ch. Bold Jewel (Bold Ruler {G} x Queen's Jewel {S})

This is the second foal from the dam, and the sire is one of my favorites.
BOLD JEWEL visits V is for Victory next.


KERIAN IMAGE - 8.3hh bay filly
SIRE: ICh. Witness {B} (Class Act {G} x Time For Truth {G})
DAM: Ch. Keria Toon {S} (created)

This filly is 1/2 to MSW Ch. Singsong and the 2yo multi-winner, Pistolwhip.  The name was meant to connect the names - if you "witness" something, you will forever "carry an image" of that.
KERIA TOON visits Von Lichtenstein this year.


Also, we had a number of mares retire/broodmares we purchased who were not in foal who have been bred:

LUCKY IN LOVE (WCh. Secret Of Love {G} x Make Me Lucky {S}), a multi-winner, visits Witness.
MADAME JUSTICE (Lit de Justice {G} x Lade Be Good {S}), a multi-winner with a speed record, visits Witness.
Ch. WITH A FLEURISH (NCh. Gimme A Shot {S} x Fleur's Debate {G}), a MSW with 3 speed records, visits V is for Victory.
INTO THE VOID (The Black {G} x Opening Gala {B}), a multi-winner, visits Long Live the King for the sire/BM sire cross that produced MSW Ch. Repudiate.
Ch. FOXY RUBY (Gallant Fox {B} x Ch. Ruby Slippers {G}), a stakes placed mare with 3 speed records, visits Giant's Causeway for a technical 3/4 relation to MSW GCh. Sionnach.
GET SHORTY (Planet Hollywood {S} x Jazzanna {B}), a multi-winner, visits Magic Glory for the same sire/BM sire as MSW GCh. Triomphe.
Ch. INDYWIND (A.P. Indy {S} x Windinthewillows {B}), a multi-winner with 2 speed records, visits Strider for the same sire/BM sire as MSW NCh. Star Spun.
Ch. BANAFRIT (Ch. Magic Cross {S} x Egyptian Pharaoh {S}), a MSP mare with a speed record, visits My Lucky Day for a 50% relation to MSW GCh. Akhetnaten.
Ch. FIFTY NOT OUT (NCh. The Fighting Fifty {B} x Final Salute {B}), a stakes placed mare with a speed record, visits Witness.
MANGO FRAPPE (Sunday Silence {S} x Whimsical Victory {B}), a multi-winner with a speed record, visits V is for Victory.
LUCKY DUCKY (created), a multi-winner with 2 speed records, visits Witness.
Ch. RUTH SAGE (created), a stakes placed mare with a speed record, visits V is for Victory.


3 fillies | 1 colt | 41 foals still due

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I'm excited to say that this year we will be standing not one, but TWO stallions:


ICh. Witness
2006 bay stallion standing 15.0hh
Class Act (G) x Time For Truth (G) - False Promises (S)
Breeder's Cup nominated
2009 3 YEAR OLD COLT OF THE YEAR
FEE: $5,000 LFG

Witness's fee has been reduced to hopefully gain some more attention.  His 4 crops of racing age are very small (average of only 11 foals), so I'm hoping to change that for him.  Most stallions begin with a full 30 foal crop, so he has been put at a disadvantage.


ON THE TRACK

ICH. WITNESS is a multiple stakes winning, multiple stakes placed multi-millionaire.  He was voted the Eclipse 3 Year Old Colt for 2009 thanks to his many wins.  His lifetime wins include the Cadbury Guineas (Gr.1), Cox Plate (Gr.1), Eclipse Stakes (Gr.1), Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Gr.1), Seabiscuit Breeders' Stakes (Gr.2), Santa Catalina Stakes (Gr.2), Shannon Stakes (Gr.2), Surrey Stakes (Gr.2, hurdles), among others.  He also holds 3 speed records for his efforts, ranging from 5f to 7.5f over turf.  Although he appeared to specialize in turf sprints based on speed records alone, he actually performed equally well over both surfaces and nearly every distance.  He even won two stakes races over hurdles at the end of his career!  He was truly a jack of all trades.  He ran strongly at 2, had his best year at 3, and then began to fade at 4.  He had wins over a variety of distances, from sprints up to 11.5f on turf, and up to 18f over hurdles.  He ran against (and beat each more than once) many now-famous stallions, so the talent is definitely there.  These rivals include: Candidate, Foolhardy, What's Your Point, and Ring of Fire.


PEDIGREE

ICH. WITNESS is the only son of CLASS ACT (G) left standing at stud now that I'm A Classic (sire of last year's Derby & Preakness winner, Von Lichtenstein) has retired.  In fact, he is the only stallion standing that carries the Class Act line until the time that Von Lichtenstein retires.  This line, particularly through I'm A Classic, has proven to be very successful on the track.  Through the damline, WITNESS also adds another rare line, FALSE PROMISES (S).  He is the only stallion standing from that line as well.  The FALSE PROMISES line has yielded a high percentage of stakes quality foals.


IN THE SHED

ICH. WITNESS has had only 4 small crops to race.  In those 4 crops, he has as many foals as most stallions produce in their first 1 1/2 crops (a total of 43 foals of racing age).  Even so, he has a number of stakes level runners, including Ch. Arctic Sister (3YO MSW filly, Gr.1), Ch. Bear Witness (3YO MSW colt, Gr.1), Ch. Saw A Ghost (5YO SW filly, Gr.2), Ch. Saving Grace (4YO SW filly, Gr.3), Ch. Firsthand Account (4YO MSP filly, Gr.1), Ch. Big Brother (5YO MSP gelding, Gr.1), Ch. Apt Witness (3YO MSP gelding, Gr.3), ISeenWhatYouDone (3YO SP filly, Gr.2), Full of Fanfare (3YO SP filly, ung.), and Sea No Evil (5YO SP stallion, ung.). Below is a summary of each crop:

2012 (5YO) - Most of these prefer longer distance turf routes, and they appear to peak around the desired 3 years old (some do well at 2 and 3, some at 3 and 4).  The only two non-winners have had only 8 lifetime starts and 3 lifetime start in 4 years, so they really haven't been given a fair chance.  Including those two, 82% of this crop is a winner or stakes level, and 55% hold a speed record over longer distances (10.5f to 15.5f, mainly over turf).
2013 (4YO) - 89% of runners are winners or stakes level.
2014 (3YO) - 100% are winners or stakes level (excluding 1 unraced), and 25% of those are MSWs
2015 (2YO) - only 1 winner from 8 to race, but most are unraced


ICh. WITNESS would be best suited to produce foals that will peak at 3 years old.  They appear to prefer long distance turf, so consider sending your sprinter mares and those that matured at 2YO to him to balance him out.  He is not a tall fellow, so taller mares are preferred.  He will infuse the coveted CLASS ACT lines into your herd.  At only $5,000 and with a live foal guarantee, he's a good investment.



BOOKINGS:

FEB 1A - Madame Justice - IVY CREEK FARM
FEB 1B - Lucky In Love - IVY CREEK FARM
FEB 2A - Lucky Ducky - IVY CREEK FARM
FEB 2B - Fifty Not Out - IVY CREEK FARM
MAR 1A - Heartless - IVY CREEK FARM
MAR 1B - Heartland - SIERRA VIEW RACING
MAR 2A - Midnight Return - BLACK STORM WEST (LFG)
MAR 2B - Last Road to Cross - WINDWARD FARM
MAR 3A - Wouldn'tyouknowit - FAR AWAY RACING
MAR 3B - Jazz Dancer - DARKWOOD STABLES
APR 1A - Bravodora - IVY CREEK FARM
APR 1B - Holiday Joy - IVY CREEK FARM
APR 2A - Light A Candle - SEMIAHMOO STABLES
APR 2B - Wild Rumors - STILLWATER FARMS
MAY 1A - Murder By Numbers - IVY CREEK FARM
MAY 1B - Cigarillo - IVY CREEK FARM
MAY 2A - Manhattan Melody - IVY CREEK FARM
MAY 2B - Firebird - WHISPERWOOD ACRES
JUN 1A - Uptown Girl - IVY CREEK FARM
JUN 1B - High Market - WINDWARD FARM
JUN 2A - Runaway Angel - IVY CREEK FARM
JUN 2B - Zabara - WINDWARD FARM
JUL 1A - RETIRED - booking cancelled - Masada - WINDWARD FARM
JUL 1B - RETIRED - booking cancelled - Black Magic Lady - FREEDOM ACRES
JUL 2A - RETIRED - booking transferred - Endearing Quality - BACON RACING
JUL 2B - RETIRED - booking cancelled - Rose's Pride - GANT'S FARM
AUG 1A - RETIRED
AUG 1B - RETIRED
AUG 2A - RETIRED
AUG 2B - RETIRED









ICh. V is for Victory
2008 chestnut stallion standing 17.0hh
Jazz It Up (G) x Dark Victory (P) (created)
Breeder's Cup nominated
FEE: $5,000 LFG

V is for Victory's fee is still low because his first crop is just turning 3 and I don't believe they have hit their stride yet.  However, if they take after their sire, they will figure it out soon, and his fee may go up next year.  Get him at this low rate while you can!


ON THE TRACK

ICH. V IS FOR VICTORY is a multiple stakes winning, multiple stakes placed multi-millionaire.  His lifetime wins include the Canadian International (Gr.1), Forego Stakes (Gr.1), Pimlico Special (Gr.1-twice!), Arlington Million (Gr.1), Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr.1), Caulfield Sprint (Gr.2), San Marcos Stakes (Gr.2), and Strub Stakes (Gr.2), among others.  He also holds 2 speed records for his efforts, both at 10f over turf.  Although he earned his speed records and the majority of his earnings on turf, he actually achieved more stakes wins over dirt, proving his versatility.  He was only started one time at 2, remaining unplaced.  His career truly started at 3, where he earned his first win in his first attempt (at the claiming level), and then later went on to earn his first stakes win.  He had his best year at 4 years of age, then began to fade slightly during his 5 year old campaign.  He had stakes wins over a variety of distances, from 5.5f to 10f.  He ran against - and beat - many now-famous stallions, so the talent is definitely there.  These rivals include: Formal Occasion, Irish Gold, Yes It's Paddy, Dark Demand, Bellagio, Sleipnir, and Express Yourself


PEDIGREE
ICH. V IS FOR VICTORY is one of three sons of JAZZ IT UP (G) standing at stud, with the others being WCH. ALL JAZZED UP (S) and GCH. MAJOR'S FLIGHT (S).  V IS FOR VICTORY is the younger, less proven (and much cheaper) option of the three, with ALL JAZZED UP's first crop turning 4 and MAJOR'S FLIGHT's first crop turning 7.  Both of the other JAZZ IT UP sons seem to produce runners who don't blossom until 3, much like V IS FOR VICTORY's first crop will hopefully do this year.  Through the damline, V IS FOR VICTORY also adds another strong line.  His dam, though created, produced two stallions from 4 foals.  V IS FOR VICTORY is a 1/2 brother to ICH. DARK CONTINENT (S) (by LAND HO (S)), proving that his damline is perhaps equally as impressive as his sireline, a feat not every stallion can claim.


IN THE SHED

ICH. V IS FOR VICTORY has only one crop to race so far.  We expect his foals to mature at 3 or 4, on average.  So far, his most impressive get include Silent Victor (2YO SP colt, Gr.1), and several 2yo winners: V is for Valiant, Final Victory, Fooled Again, and Dark Humor.


ICh. V IS FOR VICTORY would be best suited to produce foals that will peak at 3 years old or later, by our estimation.  We hope that they will inherit his ability to thrive on both dirt and turf surfaces, and they should do well at classic distances.  At a tall 17.0hh, he will add class and legginess to your future foals.  As a young sire, he has the potential to still prove himself as a world-class sire if we are lucky.  Breeding to V IS FOR VICTORY is potentially a chance to breed to an up-and-coming sire for a reasonable fee before his siring abilities are fully realized (and demand and fees increased to match).



BOOKINGS:

FEB 1A - Bold Jewel - IVY CREEK FARM
FEB 1B - Ruth Sage - IVY CREEK FARM
FEB 2A - I'm Feelin' Lucky - IVY CREEK FARM
FEB 2B - With A Fleurish - IVY CREEK FARM
MAR 1A - Twirlaway - IVY CREEK FARM
MAR 1B - Mango Frappe - IVY CREEK FARM
MAR 2A - Laugh Out Loud - STILLWATER FARMS
MAR 2B - Darkfall - SIERRA VIEW RACING
MAR 3A - Leap Of Faith - IVY CREEK FARM
MAR 3B - Juniper - VIMES RACING
APR 1A - Kiasport - IVY CREEK FARM
APR 1B - Oh So Sharp - IVY CREEK FARM
APR 2A - I'm a Star - IVY CREEK FARM
APR 2B - Pegasus Pride - IVY CREEK FARM
MAY 1A - Sovereign Song - IVY CREEK FARM
MAY 1B - Theatrical Lady - IVY CREEK FARM
MAY 2A - Isabella - SEMIAHMOO STABLES
MAY 2B - Noble Queen - GENEROUS BLOODSTOCK
JUN 1A - Lucky Fox - IVY CREEK FARM
JUN 1B - Classic Irish - IVY CREEK FARM
JUN 2A - Justonelastcigar - FINAL FURLONG
JUN 2B - Lucky Again - FINAL FURLONG
JUL 1A - Playful Breeze - IVY CREEK FARM
JUL 1B - Highland Treasure - IVY CREEK FARM
JUL 2A - Endearing Quality - BACON RACING
JUL 2B - Hawaiin Ice - IVY CREEK FARM
AUG 1A -
AUG 1B - Black Magic Lady - FREEDOM ACRES
AUG 2A - Dixie Love - IVY CREEK FARM
AUG 2B -









ICh. Sleipnir
2008 dark bay stallion standing 15.0hh
NCh. Lucky Cigar (G) x NCh. You Belong (G) (x Danzig {G})
Breeder's Cup nominated
FEE: $5,000 LFG*
*I will have to modify all bookings for his remaining slots.

Sleipnir is new to our lineup, so we're still getting to know him!


ON THE TRACK

ICH. SLEIPNIR...


PEDIGREE
ICH. SLEIPNIR...


IN THE SHED

ICH. SLEIPNIR...


ICh. SLEIPNIR...



BOOKINGS:

FEB 1A - Endless Dawn - OAKWOOD FARMS
FEB 1B - Snowflake - STILLWATER FARMS
FEB 2A - Quiet Queen - SIERRA VIEW RACING
FEB 2B - Unfinished Business - OAKWOOD FARMS
MAR 1A - Eleanor Rigby - STILLWATER FARMS
MAR 1B - Colossal - OAKWOOD FARMS
MAR 2A - Double Luck - OAKWOOD FARMS
MAR 2B - Blackberry - FINAL FURLONG
MAR 3A - Ain't I Pretty - OAKWOOD FARMS
MAR 3B - Final Point - BLACK STORM WEST
APR 1A - Stardust Shiver - CLOVER SPRINGS STABLES
APR 1B - Magnanimity - OAKWOOD FARMS
APR 2A - Smooth Sailing - GENEROUS BLOODSTOCK
APR 2B - Jazzanna - WINDWARD FARM
MAY 1A - Celtic Circle - THE GREY STABLE
MAY 1B - Search For Love - FINAL FURLONG
MAY 2A - Rodeo - OAKWOOD FARMS
MAY 2B - Tora - FINAL FURLONG
JUN 1A - That's So Funny - IVY CREEK FARM
JUN 1B - Ars Magica - OAKWOOD FARMS
JUN 2A - Classified - FINAL FURLONG
JUN 2B - Soft Whispers - OAKWOOD FARMS
JUL 1A - Time For Honor - OAKWOOD FARMS
JUL 1B - Heart Thunder - OAKWOOD FARMS
JUL 2A - Lady Falcon - BACON RACING
JUL 2B - Grama's Prize - IVY CREEK FARM
AUG 1A - Phoenician - IVY CREEK FARM
AUG 1B -
AUG 2A -
AUG 2B -

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How'd You Do? / 11/20
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:10:08 pm »
Fantastic day.  Apparently my ponies have appreciated my unintentional, brief hiatus from racing  ::):

7(2) - 6(2) - 1 - 0 - 0

WINS

Copycat (2yo, Mr. Prospective x Slew Copy) won his NW2, FINALLY breaking his maiden.

Art of Love (2yo, High on Love x Art of Zen) won her NW2 as we are still trying to figure her out.

Ch. Always Ladylike (4yo, Giant's Causeway x Always A Lady) won her OA, setting her first speed record as well.

Ch. Allinvain (4yo, Worth My While x Alwuhush) won his OA - he typically likes placing more than winning, but he is reliable.

Ch. Bear Witness (3yo, Witness x Dreamweaver) won the G3 Fall Highweight Stakes, his fourth stakes win.  He's one to watch - he's finished in the top two 5 of 7 stakes starts this year.

GCh. Coquette (3yo, Bellagio x Klondike Nights) won the G2 Top Flight Stakes, continuing her reign as one of my top fillies.  This earned her the grand champion title.


PLACES

Allnighter II (2yo, All Jazzed Up x Klondike Nights) finished 2nd in her OA in mixed company.  She's never failed to bring home a paycheck and has a stakes win to her credit.

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Annual Select Auction / How'd You Do 2017
« on: September 22, 2013, 09:59:36 pm »
This was my first time ever going into the Select Auction with high hopes and a large "allowance" I'd given myself to spend. I'm seriously surprised to be done so early and to have gotten almost all of my top picks. I didn't even spend half of my allowance, either!

First and foremost, I'm excited to add a second stallion to the Ivy Creek roster. ICh. V is for Victory will stand beside Witness, since our current plan is to keep our other stud qualified boys (Ducati & Exit Poll) in training for as long as possible. He is currently bronze ranked, but his oldest crop is only 2. He didn't find his feet til 3, and only got better from there. His oldest 2yos seem to be doing better, supporting this theory, so I had to take a gamble (and console myself from retiring D&E too early, ha).

I got one broodmare - Ch. Runaway Angel - a young broodmare IFT Sun King.  She was selected based on her MSWs and FIVE speed records, and I figured she would be overlooked as a create.

Then I brought home three yearlings:

Marigold - a Point Given filly out of a Ch. mare
Stormchaser - a Foolhardy filly out of a Ch. mare (renamed, formerly Clue Bars)
Franco Tijuana - an I'm A Classic colt out of a Ch. silver mare

I wanted a Foolhardy girl (I only had colts), and I'm determined to try to get an I'm A Classic son to studhood someday. Overall, I'm incredibly pleased with my acquisitions (and prices!)

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How'd You Do? / 8/28
« on: August 28, 2013, 04:20:49 pm »
Well, at least the stakes ponies did well:

WINS

Spin The Bottle (2yo, The Fighting Fifty) won her maiden race, her first attempt.  Her 3yo 1/2 sister is a stakes winner, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this wasn't a fluke.

PLACES

Ch. Nicole's Majic (3yo, A.P. Indy) was second in the G2 Palomar Handicap.  She loves playing bridesmaid.

Ch. War Chest (3yo, War Chant) was second (by a nose) in the G1 Canterbury Guineas.

OFF THE BOARD

Vive le Roi (2yo, Long Live The King) was 8th in his maiden, his first start.  He was bred to be a hurdler, but here's hoping we can get him going on the flat first.
Harrison Ford (4yo, Witness) was 9th in his OA after a break at the farm.  It was shorter than his preferred distances.

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Horses For Sale / Ivy Creek Auction
« on: August 18, 2013, 02:12:15 pm »
I'm headed out on a vacation with no Internet, but I have an auction set to start while I am away. There are NO RESERVES. :)

There is a whole lot of potential here, I'm just trying to keep the herd at a manageable size.

Please check it out.

Included:

2 BROODMARES IN FOAL
-The Cover Girl, IFT Demand The Best, due in Feb. - produced 2 SWs
-Meadowlight, IFT Witness, due in July - 17.2hh, produced 2 winners

5 YO MSW/STALLION PROSPECT?
-Ch. Triomphe, by Magic Glory - has 3SWs, only 1 start this year, flat racing
  Just needs more attention than I've been giving him

THREE 3YOS
-Laudri, colt by Point Given, has won 4 of 6 non stakes this year, speed record @ 8.5f
-Star of Lakshmi, colt by Octagonal, has won 2 of 3 starts this year, speed record @ 6.5f
-Strikeuptheband, filly by Smart Strike, in the top three 4 of 5 starts this year

TWO UNSTARTED 2YOS
-Jericho, colt by Dark Demand, 1/2 to SP Coup d'Etat
-Teviot Square, filly by Octagonal, 1/2 to SP H.W. Jones, SP Danzfever

TWO YEARLINGS
-Innuendo, filly by Take Me Away, 1/2 to SW Undercover Girl, SW Cover Story
-Sweptoffyourfeet, colt by Simply Heroic

HAPPY BIDDING!!

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How'd You Do? / 5/25
« on: May 25, 2013, 03:14:49 pm »
Only had time to enter 4, and they apparently agreed to hit all the placings:

4(1) - 1 - 1(1) - 1 - 1


WINS

Ch. Notmyfirstrodeo (5yo, Temptation) won his OA.  He just keeps plugging along, preferring to win his races.  I'm glad of that!


PLACES

Ch. Sweet Home Alabama (3yo, I'm A Classic) finished 2nd in the ungraded Skipat Stakes.  She has only finished in the top two all year.  With this run, she earned enough points for her champion title.


SHOWS

Strikeuptheband (3yo, Smart Strike) finished 3rd in her NW3.  She's pretty consistently in the money, at least.


FOURTHS

Undercover Hero (2yo, Simply Heroic) finished 4th in his NW2 - better than his last start, anyway.  At least it's a paycheck!

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Horses For Sale / Ivy Creek's Annual Dispersal Sale
« on: January 11, 2013, 03:44:12 pm »
At the beginning of each year, I plan to try to trim down the herd a bit.  All of these horses are ones I have held on to for one reason or another, so it's sad to see them go...but I feel some would do best under new management.

This year probably won't be as dramatic in number, as last year's sale was driven by low finances.  This year's sales are driven only by the belief that each horse might desire different handling, and the methods I've been using on these (at least the racehorses) haven't seem to have worked as well as I'd like.  Watch out, though - I've sold several horses for this reason that went on to become MSW.   ;)  Perhaps the next will show up on this list...



ShootForTheStars - 2013 brown mare, 14.3hh
SIRE:  created (his info was lost in the computer)
DAM: Ch. Titian {B} (x created)
This tiny gal only has 4 lifetime starts, so there's a lot to learn about her.  I stuck her back at the farm in a pasture, assuming she was immature.  Now that she's turned 4 and hasn't grown an inch, I see that I was likely mistaken.  She just needs a chance.  Her dam was a stakes winner/multi-stakes placed/9f speed record at 5yo, so there's definitely a chance that she still has her best years yet to come.
Asking price: $5,000  SOLD TO RACEWAY FARMS


Irish Muldoon - 2012 bay gelding, 16.0hh
SIRE: Danzig {G}
DAM: ICh. Twilight Embers {S} (x Irish River)
I hesitate to let this son of my prized HOTY mare go, but he's taken an interest in hurdles, and I'm not a huge fan.  With a large racing string, he tends to get neglected here - he's fat & sassy, sure, but I don't think I've managed his racing campaign as well as I could have.  His last two starts have earned him speed factors of 288 and 272, respectively, where he finished 1st and 2nd.  He most certainly has the ability to earn money for you.  He's only for sale to a good, active home that can give him more attention.
Asking price: $10,000  SOLD TO FREEDOM ACRES


Imprimis - 2013 black stallion, 15.1hh
SIRE: WCh. King David {B}
DAM: Je Suis Prest {B} (x created)
I tend to hoard my homebreds, and Imprimis is no exception.  Parting with them is so difficult!  Especially when their record is as good as his is.  He was in the top three 10 of 12 starts last year, earning over $106k and a speed record.  His name means "in first place", and that's what he strives to do - he hasn't placed below 2nd since last June!  I only wish he liked running on the flat - I don't tend to spend a lot of time on my hurdlers.
Asking price: $20,000  SOLD TO RAINEE THOROUGHBREDS


Natomas - 2014 black colt, 15.3hh
SIRE: GCh. Harvard Bound {B}
DAM: Whirling Diamond {S} (x Whirlaway)
This colt only has 3 lifetime starts, but finished 1st and 3rd in two of them.  He's got a lot of potential under the right guidance.  I'm only letting him go to make room for the homebreds, and so he's been sitting on the bench more.  He deserves better than that.
Asking price: $8,000 SOLD TO MAYFAIR


Cape Cod Rose - 2008 chestnut broodmare, 15.2hh
SIRE: created
DAM: created
Multi-winner.  On the board over 50% of all non-stakes starts, and nearly 50% still if you include them.  Comes in foal to Long Live the King.  Just dropped her fourth foal, a colt, which we have retained.
Asking price: $6,000  SOLD TO FOX RUN


More may be added in time...

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Foaling Barn / Ivy Creek's 2017 Foal Crop
« on: January 04, 2013, 03:23:18 am »
It's so crazy to be back at that point of time again - it feels like it wasn't that long ago that our last foal of 2016 was born!  And yet, that 2016 crop has grown and changed, and now that our weanlings are arriving at the farm, it's remarkable to see just how much they must have grown, for the new arrivals are all so tiny by comparison...

Thankfully, despite a December 31st due date, all of my mares decided to wait until January to foal.  That was the closest call we've ever had!


Arriving right on schedule, January 1st, we have:


QUIET RULER - 8.3hh liver chestnut colt
Sire: NCh. Sneak Peek {B} (What's It Worth {P} x Doubletake {G})
Dam: Must Be Royal (GCh. Must Be Magic {S} x Ch. Jungle Queen {S})
This handsome colt is the second foal from his dam, behind her yearling Bellagio filly.  Mom was only a winner on the track, though she is 1/2 to MSWs GCh. Lonesome King, Ch. Lonely at the Top, Ch. Treasured Secret, and Ch. Lion King.  I'm hoping that her dam's (Jungle Queen's) producing powers have somehow passed on to her.  Sneak Peek has a handful of MSW foals himself, and is royally bred.  I haven't gotten to race any Sneak Peek get, so I'm looking forward to trying my hand at that.
MUST BE ROYAL is coming back to the farm to see our own stallion, Witness.


In related news, two of our race mares have been retired, and both also are visiting Witness - stakes winner Ch. Twirlaway (x Whirlaway) and the lightly raced multi-winner, I'm Feelin' Lucky (created).
Also, formerly leased out Renegade Song (x Cigar) has returned to us, and is now visiting Frankel.


1 colt | 0 fillies | 39 still due
All healthy so far!

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How'd You Do? / 12/18
« on: December 19, 2012, 06:00:36 pm »
Sent a small team out, but they all did really well today:

Ch. Allinvain (3yo homebred, Worth My While) won his OA, which is a nice little pick-me-up for him after his last attempt.

Lovespell (3yo homebred, Magic Cross) won her OA also - her fourth win in a row.  I think she's telling me she's ready to try a stakes race.

Ch. Exit Poll (3yo, Irish River) won his OA over hurdles, winning by 5 lengths.  I wanted another stakes race for him, but couldn't find one.

Mango Frappe (4yo, Sunday Silence) was our "worst" finish of the day in 2nd.  She hasn't been out of the top 2 in her last 6 starts.  She's another who is being considered for the brood band, but I'm not convinced she's ready to stop running just yet...

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Stallion Advertising / Standing At Stud - ICh. Witness - Ivy Creek Farm
« on: November 29, 2012, 05:23:43 pm »
Ivy Creek Farm is proud to announce that we are taking reservations for our new stallion, Witness!  I hope you will consider him for your mares.   :)



ICh. Witness
2006 bay stallion standing 15.0hh
Class Act (G) x Time For Truth (S) - False Promises (S)
Will be Breeder's Cup nominated
2009 3 YEAR OLD COLT OF THE YEAR
FEE: $5,000 LFG

Witness's fee has been reduced to hopefully gain some more attention.  His 3 crops of racing age are very small (average of only 10 foals), so I'm hoping to change that for him.

ON THE TRACK
ICH. WITNESS is a multiple stakes winning, multiple stakes placed multi-millionaire.  He was voted the Eclipse 3 Year Old Colt for 2009 thanks to his many wins.  His lifetime wins include the Cadbury Guineas (Gr.1), Cox Plate (Gr.1), Eclipse Stakes (Gr.1), Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Gr.1), Seabiscuit Breeders' Stakes (Gr.2), Santa Catalina Stakes (Gr.2), Shannon Stakes (Gr.2), Surrey Stakes (Gr.2, hurdles), among others.  He also holds 3 speed records for his efforts, ranging from 5f to 7.5f over turf.  Although he appeared to specialize in turf sprints based on speed records alone, he actually performed equally well over both surfaces and nearly every distance.  He even won two stakes races over hurdles at the end of his career!  He was truly a jack of all trades.  He ran strongly at 2, had his best year at 3, and then began to fade at 4.  He had wins over a variety of distances, from sprints up to 11.5f on turf, and up to 18f over hurdles.  He ran against (and beat each more than once) many now-famous stallions, so the talent is definitely there.  These rivals include: Candidate, Foolhardy, What's Your Point, and Ring of Fire.


PEDIGREE
ICH. WITNESS is the only son of CLASS ACT (G) left standing at stud now that I'm A Classic (sire of this year's Derby & Preakness winner, Von Lichtenstein) has retired.  In fact, he is the only stallion standing that carries the Class Act line until the time that Von Lichtenstein retires (he is slated to run in 2017).  This line, particularly through I'm A Classic, has proven to be very successful on the track.  Through the damline, WITNESS also adds another rare line, FALSE PROMISES (S).  He is the only stallion standing from that line as well.  The FALSE PROMISES line has yielded a high percentage of stakes quality foals.


IN THE SHED
ICH. WITNESS has had only 3 small crops to race.  In those 3 crops, he has as many foals as most stallions produce in their first crop.  Even so, he has a number of stakes level runners, including Ch. Arctic Sister (2YO MSW filly, Gr.1), Ch. Saw A Ghost (4YO SW filly, Gr.2), Ch. Saving Grace (3YO SW filly, Gr.3), Ch. Firsthand Account (3YO SP filly, Gr.1), Ch. Big Brother (4YO SP gelding, Gr.1), and Sea No Evil (4YO SP stallion, ung.). Below is a summary of each crop:

2012 (4YO) - Most of these prefer longer distance turf routes, and they appear to peak around the desired 3 years old (some do well at 2 and 3, some at 3 and 4).  The only two non-winners have had only 7 lifetime starts and 1 lifetime start in 3 years, so they really haven't been given a fair chance.  Including those two, 82% of this crop is a winner or stakes level, and 55% hold a speed record over longer distances (10.5f to 15.5f, mainly over turf).
2013 (3YO) - 67% of runners are winners or stakes level.
2014 (2YO) - 88% are winners or stakes level


ICh. WITNESS would be best suited to produce foals that will peak at 3 years old.  They appear to prefer long distance turf, so consider sending your sprinter mares to him to balance that out.  He is not a tall fellow, so taller mares are preferred.  He will infuse the coveted CLASS ACT lines into your herd.  At only $5,000 and with a live foal guarantee, he's a good investment.


BOOKINGS:
FEB 1A - Must Be Royal - Ivy Creek Farm
FEB 1B - Heartbeam - Vaucluse
FEB 2A - Keria Toon - Ivy Creek Farm
FEB 2B - I'm Feelin' Lucky - Ivy Creek Farm
MAR 1A - Cosmopolitan - Ivy Creek Farm
MAR 1B - Twirlaway - Ivy Creek Farm
MAR 2A - Etta James - Ivy Creek Farm
MAR 2B - Tough Call - Marshall Creek
MAR 3A - Boston Bay - Integrity Racing
MAR 3B - Northern Moon - Generous Bloodstock
APR 1A - Oh So Sharp - Ivy Creek Farm
APR 1B - Running Blind - Ivy Creek Farm
APR 2A - Bravodora - Ivy Creek Farm
APR 2B - Mollycoddle - Generous Bloodstock
MAY 1A - Klondike Nights - Ivy Creek Farm
MAY 1B - Sovereign Song - Ivy Creek Farm
MAY 2A - No Telling - Semiahmoo Stables
MAY 2B - Gone North - Marshall Creek Ranch
JUN 1A - That's So Funny - Ivy Creek Farm
JUN 1B - Classic Irish - Ivy Creek Farm
JUN 2A - Great Love - Fox Run
JUN 2B - Lucky Fox - Ivy Creek Farm
JUL 1A - Grama's Prize - Ivy Creek Farm
JUL 1B - Olympic Gold - Ivy Creek Farm
JUL 2A - ? - Stillwater Farms
JUL 2B - Snips and Snails - Fox Run
AUG 1A - Meadowlight - Ivy Creek Farm
AUG 1B - Springwalker - Ivy Creek Farm
AUG 2A - Red Cat - Darkwood Stables
AUG 2B - Devil's Ruby - Clover Springs

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Questions / Breeder's Cup
« on: October 11, 2012, 04:54:20 pm »
I am curious...  I have never had such consistant runners AND money in the bank account to afford a Breeder's Cup entry, so I'm a bit fuzzy on how it all works.  I have several questions:

1) How long are late nominations open?

2) How many horses can each stable enter per race?

3) I saw that the late nominations shows what ranking the horse will have against qualified horses, which of course does not necessarily indicate the talent, but the races that the pony has been present for and done well.  I have a super-talented, undefeated 2YO filly...but she's only started 3 times so far.  Still, her SFs are consistantly high.  It says she will be #10 if nominated for the Juvenile Fillies Turf.  Is this rash?  I really think she's got the talent to carry her through the race, and 10 isn't a terrible ranking...

4) Is it better to submit your own homebreds if possible, versus a comparable horse you own that you did not breed, if you feel the talent is pretty much equal?

5) What about horses that would be ranked #14 - it's a bit of a close call, as it would only take one other late entry to bump her off the "definitely can enter" list.  What are the odds that I'd still be able to run her in the race?  Obviously, I don't want to post a late nomination fee, and then not be able to enter her, if at all possible.

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Questions / Horse "looking a bit lackluster lately" comments...
« on: August 06, 2012, 03:14:17 pm »
Recently, for two of my ponies, the jockey has been stating that the horse is "looking a bit lackluster lately" on a fairly regular basis.

The first was an older mare, so I took that to mean that she was beyond her prime and her talent was started to dwindle...
However, now it is occuring with a 3YO filly who never really fired at 2, so that wouldn't seem to be the reason.

I was curious: what types of things can trigger this comment?  Is it low NE (horse being burnt out)? Being outside of their physical prime?  Just trying to take this advice and act accordingly.   :)

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