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How'd You Do? / Re: 2/13
« on: February 14, 2008, 05:10:01 am »
Ho-ly Cow.   :o

INCREDIBLE day for Ivy Creek.  We sent out two of our most promising 3YOs, both into stakes races...and we got our first stakes win...along with our second stakes win!  It was a two-for-one special!!!

First up was Magic Flyer in the ungraded Hollie Hughes Stakes.  He loves turf and he loves sprints, so we decided to take a gamble on this 5f race...and it clearly paid off!  He beat some great 3YOs today (SP Storm of Swords, MSW Amalfi, SP Magically, MSP McTaggert, SP Ancient Legend, & SP Magic Rose).  Maybe we've got some more stud-worthiness in our barn...?  One down, nine more to go, ha.  But I'm getting ahead of myself...  But also...he's proven to like dirt as well.  Maybe we can convince him to take on a longer distance, and perhaps he could be TC material?  Only time will tell!

Then Kiasport decided that she was ready for a little limelight, too, after coming in 2nd, 2nd, & 3rd in her last stakes outtings (respectively).  She won the G3 Deputy Minister Handicap by an impressive 16 1/2 lengths.  Woo!  It makes me INCREDIBLY happy to see this little girl blossom.  She is DEFINITELY a keeper, marked for broodmare status whenever she decides to stop running.   :)  Today she managed to top such horses as SP In Thy Name, MSP Box Of Chocolates, MSP Fighting Shot, and SP I'm a Star.

(I just noticed, too, that both horses have now reached Champion status - the first horses to do so!!  And Kiasport's Ch. status is made even more special because I started her as a 2YO - bought her for $1,000 from the 2YO auction.)

What an amazing day...   :D

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Weekly Picks/Handicapping / Re: 2010 Handicapping Stats
« on: February 12, 2008, 04:25:57 am »
The rules haven't changed...so really, those rules aren't the 2009 rules.  They're the "2009 & beyond" rules.   :)

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How'd You Do? / Re: 2/9
« on: February 11, 2008, 01:35:07 am »
Quote
WCh.Double Cross comes to mind about your comment of wishing Remembrance was younger...check out his race record(name linked), he won his first stakes at 4yrs old and kept going from there until he was 6 with 12 stakes wins total. That said Double Cross was a bit of a rarity and I'm a big fan of gelding since it does WONDERS for a colt's performance(allowance horses become stakes winners is the kind of improvement in my experience-they're suddenly focused and consistent)...but its something for you to think about since you'd like to qualify him

Thanks for the heads up!  That makes me a bit more hopeful...although I realize the idea is far-fetched.  If he were a Worth son or something, I'd probably go straight to gelding...but I absolutely LOVE Sunday Silence, and with him retired now, and with no sons at stud yet...maybe it's worth a gamble.  Worst case scenario, he sucks at the stakes I strategically enter him in, and becomes my newest gelding.   :P

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How'd You Do? / Re: 2/9
« on: February 10, 2008, 02:15:46 am »
After a dismal raceday last time, I'm pleased to say we're back on a roll today:

4YO starter horse, My Return had the worst finish of the day, 5th/7.  He prefers about a mile distance, and we sent him out in a 14f to see if he'd take to it.  The results are pretty clear: he broke 3rd and held it through the 8f pole, but had dropped to 5th by the 10f pole.  I get it, Rhett.  Back to shorter distances.

Newly claimed 3YO Star of the Show ran 3rd/11 in her NW3.  I'm very pleased with this girl.   :)  She's got a great record, so I'm glad to see her continuing to come home in the money.  She had us worried though - she broke 3rd, dropped to 7th @ the 4f pole, but was back to 3rd by the 5f finish line.  Weird...but glad to know she can (and WILL) really dig in to win it!

4YO Remembrance is proving to be one of our best runners: he finished 2nd/14 in his $60k Allowance, beating horses such as 5YO MSW NCh. Black Light II, 4YO MSW Ch. Yes Its Paddy, 5YO MSW NCh. Style Street, 4YO MSW Ch. Buccaneer, 4YO MSW Ch. Subzero Justice, 4YO MSP Ch. Ain't Misbehavin', 4YO MSP Ch. No Authority.  Oh how I wish, wish, WISH this Sunday Silence son (from a Cigar mare) were younger!!!  I think he could have had a real shot at qualifying for stud with the right campaigning.  Maybe there's still hope...?  It's doubtful, but wouldn't that be grand!  It's nice to dream.

Up next was our new "old man" (after 8YO No Goody Clone retired recently), 6YO Trophy.  Following in Goody's footsteps, he set out to prove that age is irrelevant, finishing a game 3rd/10.  What a guy!  He'll definitely live out the remainder of his days at Ivy Creek - he's earned it.

Not to be outdone, 5YO Keria Toon ran 2nd/7 in her NW3.  I don't think I could ever cease to be amazed at her consistancy.  That brings her 2012 record to 3 (2-1-0-0), and her lifetime record to 9 (3-5-1-0).  I'm SO grateful to have this mare in my stable!  The only horse to beat her today was MSP Hard On The Heart, both with the same SF, and Carrie finishing only 3/4 of a length behind.  And for a code on crack, that's CLOSE!  I'd really, really love to find a suitable stakes for older mares to run her in...




As for percentages, we've been doing REALLY well this year.  Of course, that will more than likely drop rapidly once the 2YOs enter the scene...but for now, we're sitting pretty at 16% wins, 6% places (the opposite of place-itis?), 23% shows, and 6% fourths.  Apparently we've got an aversion to even-numbered finishes...which is fine by me so long as we opt for more wins!

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How'd You Do? / Re: 2/6
« on: February 07, 2008, 05:04:03 am »
Apparently our horses are on strike this week...hopefully that phase passes soon.   ::)

6YO I Put A Spell On U came home 7th/7 in her maiden...but we expected that.  She's over the hill and/or hates SC (she's never run on the flat).  One more race to go, and she'll be retired to motherhood.  Hopefully she'll take to that a bit better than SC.  5YO Wonderful News was 4th/7 in the same race, making a late bid in the last furlong or so.  Maybe he just wants more room to run.  Hrm.

Then we took a gamble on our newly-claimed, consistant 3YO allowance filly, Blueyesnlevis, in the ungraded Old Hat Stakes.  She responded in turn by saying she is NOT a stakes type of gal, coming home 9th/10.  But hey - at least she wasn't last!  Ha.  Back to allowance company, then.


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Anything Goes / Re: Road To The Roses -- Kentucky Derby Contest
« on: February 06, 2008, 01:15:59 am »
I joined & would also love to play in a FF league.  I'd even be willing to attempt to set one up if no one else does, too.   :)

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How'd You Do? / Re: 1/30
« on: February 01, 2008, 04:38:09 am »
A bittersweet day for Ivy Creek:

We only sent out 1 runner today, typically-consistant 3YO Heroic Acts.  Given his love of crossing the wire first/second in turf sprints, we took a gamble and entered him in the 6f ungraded Paumonok Handicap.  He was outclassed, but gamely came in mid-pack at 8/14.  We're disappointed, but still proud of our boy for showing such heart.

We put in a claim on a Laird daughter, and were successful!  So we got to bring home the lovely 3YO Highland Treasure today.  Unfortunately, she only placed 5th/6 in her claiming race, but it was on turf.  On dirt, she's been undefeated in non-stakes races.  We're excited to have a DIRT filly in our barn!  Most of our girls love the turf (*cough**cough* KIASPORT *cough*).  A dirt-loving future brood is a welcome addition!

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Questions / Re: Horse Sale Problem
« on: January 30, 2008, 03:58:50 am »
Hrm.  No, he still wants to stay...   ::)

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Questions / Horse Sale Problem
« on: January 30, 2008, 03:05:55 am »
I tried to mark my horse, Alyclass for sale today, but the sale price wouldn't stick when I hit "Save Horse Information".  Apparently he doesn't want to leave my barn.   :P

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Anything Goes / Re: Today is a snow day
« on: January 29, 2008, 03:57:30 pm »
Annnd...Missouri cannot make up it's mind yet again.  After yesterday's lovely weather, we started off the day today with (still continuing) snow flurries and rapidly dropping temperatures.  It's now 18 degrees F with a windchill of -1...and has been steadily dropping.  About an hour ago it was about 10 degrees or so warmer, so who knows what we're in for today.   ::)

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Anything Goes / Re: Today is a snow day
« on: January 29, 2008, 07:26:49 am »
Woohoo!  I'm on the heat wave side of things here in Missouri (specifically, Kansas City), right smack in the middle of everything.  Today's high was 61 degrees F!   :o  Having been barely able to peak above freezing last week, that's a welcome change.  No coat?  Flip-flops?  Hooray!  Finally an end to winter is in sight...  We've gotten unusually frequent & heavy snows this year.  Typically, we get 1-2 inches per snowstorm...but last year, when I was in mid-MO, we got a record 16 inches overnight.   :o  It was thundering & lightning WHILE IT SNOWED - the only day they canceled my college classes.  They shut down I-70 for the day, the only highway that runs from Kansas City to STL across the state (a major transport route, since we're en route from coast to coast).  Ridiculous.

Anyhow, we're known for our "bipolar" weather as well.  But generally, hot humid summers, cold winters with plenty of snow & ice scattered throughout...we get a nice mix.   :)  Temperatures ranging from 100+ degrees F (and a "feels like" even higher than that thanks to all that humidity!) in summer to just below 0 degrees C in winter (with wind chills in the negative marks).

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How'd You Do? / Re: 1/26
« on: January 27, 2008, 01:09:00 am »
WAHOOO!!!

I also just noticed that, thanks to today's earnings, Ivy Creek Farm has officially reached over $1 million in cumulative earnings.   ;D  And in less than a year!  I still have about 3 weeks left in my first full year of playing.   :)  I thought I'd never hit that point!

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How'd You Do? / Re: 1/26
« on: January 27, 2008, 12:43:33 am »
Awesome, AWESOME day for Ivy Creek:

First out was now-5YO Keria Toon.  Boy, did she want to make her aversion to the breeding shed known!  She grabbed the bit to storm home 1st/6, leaving her undefeated in 2 starts so far this year.   :o  Wow.  It's shaping up to be quite a year for her...and we can't even THINK of retiring her now!

Next up was newly claimed Sunday Silence son, 4YO Remembrance.  Not to be outdone, he too charged home 1st/6.  What a guy!  Now if only he were younger...*slips into daydream mode*  But he's not over the hill yet!  Can't wait to see what this guy can do with more fiddling (and possible *gulp* gelding...).

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General/Questions / Re: Challenge Suggestions
« on: January 25, 2008, 06:16:47 pm »
What about team handicapping?  If nothing else, for the "big" races like the Triple Crown & the Breeders' Cup.  I don't know how easy this would be to code in an automated fashion...  The only problem I see with trivia is if it's based on known facts - thanks to google, I feel pretty confident in my ability to answer trivia.   :P  So we'd have to be careful about what KIND of trivia we pick.

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General/Questions / Re: 2011 Color War Results
« on: January 25, 2008, 05:51:55 pm »
Wow!   :o  Thanks Shanthi!

I'll take the two youngsters (and hope they help out!):

Isobella's Sea - http://www.finalfurlong.org/viewhorse.php?horse=6927
Unnamed - http://www.finalfurlong.org/viewhorse.php?horse=6055

Woohoo!  Glad to get a Seabiscuit daughter & a Tiznow son.  Although...the Seabiscuit daughter is a bit scrawny as of yet.  Looks to be a late bloomer...but pretty!

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