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To Do List / Re: Budget Discrepency
« on: July 22, 2008, 06:21:55 pm »
Wow, thanks Shanthi.   :)

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To Do List / Re: Budget Discrepency
« on: July 21, 2008, 03:47:31 pm »
No...it's that the budget USED to be correct...before taxes at the end of the year.
On the budget page, it shows that we were CREDITED with the amount (instead of charged), although we all-too-painfully know that the money did indeed get taken from the account.  That's the reason for the discrepancy.
Nothing big, nothing too important...so I doubt it will get fixed anytime soon.   :)

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I, too, am coming up on about a year and a half, so I've had a few auctions so far...

2011 Annual 2YO Auction

(My goal was to get the maximum number of horses - 3 - for the minimum dollars...so I went for the horses no one was bidding on)

Kiasport - ($1,000) She's now a Ch., SW, and MSP...she's earned $285,100 so far.

Santiago Roja - ($1,000) Had one stellar win with a SF of 101...but has refused to run at all in any of her other 14 starts so far...but she's earned $23,250, and we're hoping that, since she obviously has the ABILITY to run, she might someday produce foals that also have the DESIRE to run with the right sire.

Swingshift - ($1,000) A complete dud thus far, prefering to come in dead last in all of his 9 starts, even after a switch to SC and being gelded.  He's resting in hopes that, since he's a late July baby, he just hasn't matured yet.  He's only 15.0hh, so it's possible.



2011 Annual Mixed Auction

Rodeo Cowgirl - ($1,000) Was purchased to be a brood and was promptly retired; she just produced her first foal, Notmyfirstrodeo, by Temptation...she's currently in foal to Strider.

Alyclass - ($3,000) Sold him February of this year, and ended up with a profit of $24,375 despite him being inconsistant.  He passed hands again, then joined the FF horses when his owner disappeared, I'm guessing.

Oh So Sharp - ($36,000) Was a broodmare when purchased, and just had her second foal (first for us), Oh So Proud, by Highland Pride...she's currently in foal to TakeMeToHollywood.



2011 Annual Select Auction

(Threw out a few bids, and quickly realized I was too much of a cheapskate to continue, ha.)



2011 Annual Foal Auction

Song Of Singapore - ($10,500) Only two starts so far, with nothing worth mentioning.
Alyglamour - ($1,000) Still a yearling.
Demand Drama - ($10,500) Only two starts so far, and again, nothing to note.
Twirlaway - ($15,500) Still a yearling.
Hello Goodbye - ($5,500) Still a yearling.



2012 Annual 2YO Auction

Name In Lights - ($15,500) 3 starts so far, with one 3rd and two 4ths, earning $6,350 so far.
Sheza Hornet - ($35,500) 3 starts, broke her maiden and two 4ths, earning $12,500 so far.
Fly Away - ($15,500) 3 starts, broke his maiden, one 2nd, and one 4th, earning $16,050.
B A Cowboy - ($20,500) 3 starts, broke his maiden and one 3rd, earning $13,500.

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To Do List / Re: Another "Horse"
« on: July 16, 2008, 08:11:24 pm »
What about just "Call Me Horse"?  Or "Just A Horse"?
 :P

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Annual Mixed Auction / Re: How'd You Do 2012
« on: July 15, 2008, 05:33:48 am »
I came out of the auction with 5 new ponies (surprisingly!), so I'm beyond pleased.   :D  Spent a lot less overall than I thought I would have to, too.

In the end, we came home with 2 weanlings, 2 yearlings, and 1 new broodmare...which isn't half bad!  I was originally aiming to get some more runners, but once the bidding got underway I found myself pulled towards some neglected babies...and getting some steals as a result!

As far as weanlings go, we picked up a lovely blue roan filly, Long Kiss Goodbye.  She's from created lines, so who knows how she'll turn out...but I just loved the name and couldn't resist.  She was a steal at $1,000.

Next weanling was Affirmed daughter (yay!  I'd secretly hoped to get one of his daughters someday) who was previously unnamed - now titled Afterglow.  While at first glance her pedigree may seem a bit lackluster in the big scheme of things (her dam is bronze-rated, although Affirmed beefs that up with a silver-ranking), two of her three half-siblings to hit the track have been pretty impressive, with the third still being a green 2YO.  She is 1/2 to SP Debut Performance (x Class Act, 4YO stallion, Gintara Lodge) and MSP Murder By Numbers (x Run For It, 3YO filly, Snowbird International).  Her 2YO half sibling, Encore Performance (x Sneak Peek, Gintara Lodge), has only had 2 unplaced starts...but she's only a July baby.   :)  Can't wait to see this one grow up!  She's definitely one of my most exciting acquisitions from this auction.  I think I got quite a good deal on her at only $11,500.

As for yearlings, we started out with a handsome black colt, O Mercy Me, whose pedigree I created.  He's from FF lines, though, so who knows if he'll know how to run.  I just couldn't resist the name as it was one of my favorites.  Paid a little more for this fellow than some, but only slightly at $3,500.

Our other yearlings is also from created lines.  Formerly named Off Beat, Unique Style is a pretty little mahogany bay gal.  Here's hoping that she, too, can excel without a blue-blood pedigree.   :)  Either way, I think it's safe to say she was a sound investment at only $1,000.

And last but not least, we rounded out our little band of newcomers with a pretty black broodmare, D'licious.  She's already had two foals - a yearling colt by Almost Home and a weanling filly by Count Fleet - but she's unraced and therefore a complete gamble.  I just liked the name (and the possibility of themed D'____ names, ha).  She's headed to meet Cat's pride and joy, High Chances, for a date.  ;)  I think I got her at a price that's more than fair, even though she was the most expensive purchase at $20,500.

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How'd You Do? / Re: 7/9
« on: July 12, 2008, 02:32:03 pm »
Pretty good day for Ivy Creek:

2YO Fly Away wired his race to break his maiden - he clearly loved the addition of blinkers.

We successfully claimed 3YO Laughing Academy, who came in only 4th/6 in his race...his worst start of the year, which isn't half bad (hey, paychecks can never be bad!  :P)  Hopefully with some tweaking we might be able to make him more consistant.

And last but not least, 3YO Magic Flyer won the G3 Poker Handicap, bringing his total stakes wins to 3.  He's got a long way to go, but I'm still hopeful for this boy because he sure has some grit.  He's never placed below 3rd in a stakes race - if nothing else, he's one of our most reliable money-earners!

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How'd You Do? / Re: 7/5
« on: July 06, 2008, 11:33:11 pm »
Didn't send any out yesterday, but brought one home.  I notice that my successful claims tend to come in waves...  Yesterday we successfully claimed a dainty (but determined) 2YO filly, Theatrical Lady, who stands 14.3hh currently.  Don't let her size fool you, though - she's got grit, which she proved yesterday by winning her claiming race by over 27 lengths.  That brings her 2YO record to 2 (1-1-0), which is certainly impressive!  She also had a SF of 95 in her first start, which isn't too shabby!  Can't wait to see how this girl matures.   :)

Also worth mentioning, although it wasn't regarding today's races...  We had another successful claim while I was away on vacation last week - another 2YO filly, though a full 2 hands taller, who also won her claiming race.  Waterpearl broke her maiden her first time out, which is a really promising way to start out.  Hopefully she'll only improve from there as she gains experience.  What a way to celebrate the Fourth & a great conclusion to a vacation.

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How'd You Do? / Re: 6/18
« on: June 19, 2008, 07:08:56 pm »
Only one runner sent out yesterday:

5YO Madd Karol continues to be a major bread-winner at Ivy Creek.  We sent her out in the G1 Fleur de Lis Stakes, with a whopping $300,000 purse, and she claimed her fair share of it.  We're only slightly disappointed in her 2nd place finish only because it shattered her 2012 undefeated record...but we're still so, SO proud of this girl.  The comforting fact, though, is that the one horse that beat her (Reality Wonder) was one of our color war horses last year, so it's nice to see all our hard work pay off for her!

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Anything Goes / Re: Breeders Cup Fantasy Challenge
« on: June 15, 2008, 02:21:08 am »
Don't worry Kaycie - I thought I had added Ginger Punch (I would have SWORN!), but realized she wasn't there when I went to activate horses.  Ugh.  That's what I get for enrolling last minute and while trying to rush out of the house...   ::)  I'll just admire her from afar, ha.

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How'd You Do? / Re: 6/14
« on: June 15, 2008, 02:16:43 am »
Ivy Creek actually had a pretty decent day today:

2YO Sheza Hornet came home 4th/6, but with a SF of 0 (her first one).  She's got a record of 3 starts (1-0-0-2) now, all on turf.  Maybe she's ready for a little break from racing, or maybe she'd do even better on dirt.  Only time (and lots of experimenting) will tell.

2YO B A Cowboy ran home at the back of the pack, finishing 8th/10.  I'm not quite sure what happened to him, since he had a SF of 0, and last time he had an incredible 107.  Gotta love babies and their inconsistancies!  He did, however, move up from 9th to 3rd by the 6f pole...before dropping back to 8th in the final furlong.  Maybe he's just born to be a sprinter?  It was the same jock, same track, same condition (wet), same equipment, and only 1f longer.  What's up with that??  Silly babies!

3YO Kiasport, however, benefited from a drop down to allowance company, coming home 1st/6.  We're hoping to boost her confidence at this level before possibly trying her in some more ungraded stakes later in the year.

Then 3YO Heroic Acts put in a game 3rd/6 in his Allowance.  He hasn't made it to the winner's circle yet this year, but he sure is good at bringing home a paycheck most of the time.  His record for the year is 4 starts (0-1-2-0), with his only start off the board being a stakes race we threw him in for kicks.  He's a good fella!

Next up was newly claimed 3YO Must Be Royal making her first start with us.  She obviously wanted to impress, coming under the wire 2nd/6 after we threw some blinkers on her to keep her focused.

Last but not least, we brought home a new pony today by successfully claiming 5YO Out of Destiny.  He didn't disappoint, coming home 2nd/6 in his race, putting his 2012 record at 2 starts (1-1-0-0).  He's had some impressive speed figures in the past (including a 391 last year  :o), but tends to be inconsistant.  As much as we'd love to give this boy a shot at stud, I really doubt he'll be able to pull it off.  Still, we're going to prolong his snip-snip appointment for a while, just to see if we can convince the boy to be consistant...

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Anything Goes / Re: Breeders Cup Fantasy Challenge
« on: June 14, 2008, 05:01:04 am »
Wee, I joined.
But dagnabbit - I realized too late that I didn't add a horse that I thought I had.  Wish I had double-checked it, but oh well.

Has anyone created a league yet?  If not, I'd be willing to give it a shot...

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Anything Goes / Re: Going racing!
« on: June 13, 2008, 08:41:29 pm »
Races here won't start up 'til the end of September, boo.  Makes for a long summer of waiting!
I went for the first time last fall and had a BLAST...and won money!  It was fun going on weekdays, though, because the stands were relatively empty - we walked back & forth between the saddling paddock and the finish line for each race.  I'd highly suggest doing so if you can - that way you can see them up close before the race AND in full stride.  You're going to get addicted!

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How'd You Do? / Re: 5/31
« on: May 31, 2008, 11:02:04 pm »
Eh.  So-so day for Ivy Creek today:

First race was a claimer, in which we successfully claimed a pretty 2YO Gallant Fox daughter, Lucky Fox.  With her sire being silver-rated and mom being a multi-winner (and a multi-winner from a PLATINUM-rated dam and silver-rated sire, at that), we expect that she'll probably have some power.  Today was her first race ever, and she pulled through with a 2nd/6...so we'll see!  Either way, we're happy to have this gal in our lineup.

Next was our previous claim, 2YO Dead In Time.  We hope his name isn't foreshadowing anything!  Either way, he didn't like the going today (dirt) as much as he seemed to like last time's surface (turf).  He came home 4th/6, which isn't as good as his 2nd last time out.  Guess we've got more fiddling to do with this guy!

Next up was 2YO Song Of Singapore, who made her dirt debut today as well.  She apparently likes the number nine - she finished 9th/10 today, and last time out (over turf), she came home 9th/12.  How do we convince her that 'one' is a much better number?  She's 15.3hh, so I don't think she's necessarily immature...hmm.  Lots to figure out about this one.  Oh, the joy of 2YOs...

She was followed by 3YO Star of the Show, who has ran consistantly this year...midpack.  She followed suit today with a 4th/6.  On the plus side, she's also had a consistantly moderate SF (not the dreaded '0'), ranging from 30-77 each time.  Maybe I just need to choose her races (and, indirectly, her company) more wisely.

Another former claimer, 3YO Premiere Night, continues to shine, finishing 2nd/6 in his race.  That puts his 2012 record to 4 starts (1-1-2-0).  Thank goodness at least SOME of my horses don't like dirt in their faces!   :P

2YO Demand Drama, a filly who, on paper, looks like she ought to be a monster (or so we hoped).  Though her lines are created, she stands over 16hh already and is a rich dark grey.  However, she hasn't really fired in her races to date - she ran 10th/12 today.  However, in her defense, she did break 12th and move up throughout the sprint...  Apparently we just need to work on her starts and/or give her more room to run.  Or maybe she just prefers dirt - we haven't tried that one yet.

Finishing up the day was 6YO Wag the Dog, our flashy strawberry roan gal.  While she normally proves she has enough spunk to take on the youngsters, she failed to impress today with a dismal 6th/6.  That's ok, though, because we had booked her to Nightfight earlier this week, so the timing is perfect.  We just realized she's hardly earning her keep as a runner anymore (though she was impressive in her youth), so we'd give her a shot at motherhood.  Wish she could have ended on a better note, though!  But this was probably her way of saying she was ready to retire, which of course makes me feel better about the decision (it always seems like a hard one to make).

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How'd You Do? / Re: 5/28
« on: May 29, 2008, 07:59:09 am »
Didn't send any out today, but brought one home:

3YO Must Be Royal, a tall, lovely dark grey, ran a disappointing 5th/6 in her claiming race.  We're hoping we can boost her confidence under the right conditions and get her to the winner's circle - she's still a maiden, multi-placed.  She's from the first crop of GCh. Must Be Magic (bronze), who's a son of gold-rated (and famed) Highland Rogue and out of silver-ranked dam, Midnight Magic.  Her damline is equally impressive: mom is gold-rated Ch. Jungle Queen, making her 1/2 to MSW Ch. Lion King and MSW Ch. Treasured Secret.  Here's hoping she can live up to the family tradition - we're keeping our fingers crossed that she's either a late-maturer or just wants some jumps to make it more entertaining.

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How'd You Do? / 5/24
« on: May 26, 2008, 03:23:38 pm »
Was I the only one with something to write about on Saturday??  I hope not!  Hopefully it's just that everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend.   :P

Anyhow, FABULOUS day for Ivy Creek.  Seriously, I don't think it could have gotten any better.

First out was 2YO B A Cowboy in a turf maiden, his second start ever and first on turf.  With the dismal conditions (very wet), we had apprehensions...but he apparently LOVED the stuff.  He stormed home in the lead with an SF of 107.   :o  Hopefully it was the turf he loved, not the wetness.  I'm really excited for this boy!  I did NOT expect that sort of result from our 15hh little grey guy.

Our only other runner out today made something abundantly clear: we have a mare who is never, ever, EVER leaving Ivy Creek ownership if we can help it.  5YO Madd Karol (one of our starter horses) won her 11f C. Edmun O'Brien Stakes (G3), beating out some really nice horses.  Better yet, she had an incredible SF of 165 *and* handled the wet conditions with ease.  This continues to leave her undefeated this year, including winning four of four stakes starts.  She will most definitely be aiming at the older mare SC triple tiara if she keeps this up 'til August!  And to think that this time last year she was coming in dead last in the lowest level races!  Thank god we tried her over hurdles, and that she enjoyed it so.

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