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How'd You Do? / 3/23
« on: March 24, 2011, 03:28:51 pm »
Pretty much sucked for our crew. The only one to earn a penny was our successful claim, haha.

Artistic Tendancie won her 15k claimer. It was also her SC debut, so we're interested to see how she does with real competition.
Space Rainbow was 7th/10 in his NW1.
Key to Virtue was 7th/9 in her Allowance.
June My Love finished 6th/11 in the UNG. Santa Paula Stakes.
Miss Townsend finished 11th/13 in the UNG. Crystal Water Handicap.
Letters to Amarna ran 6th/14 in his NW2.

Weekly Picks/Handicapping / Race Day 03/19/11
« on: March 18, 2011, 11:26:52 pm »
5. Eye Catching - Ringaroundtherosie - Last Rights
11. Snow Leopard - Punctual - Secret Sorrows
14. Storm Moving In - Zero Hour - Sleepy Hollow
16. No Time to Rest - Voodoo Alley - Eudora
17. Princess Pursuit - For the Glory - Waterpearl
18. Attack Position - Diagon - Social Satire
20. Gingham - Double Luck - Graceful Gold
21. Red Wagon - Rare Bear - Sceptre
22. Salty Waters - Amusing Earth - Goforbust
23. Cuckoo - Veiled Dancer - Legendary Rumor
24. Fleet Emerald - Everton Forest - Tropicana
25. Maritime Girl - Coldenoughforsnow - My Wish
26. Send Me Flowers - High Risk - Chariots of Fire
28. Whirligig - Invisible - Delaware Bound
29. Dal Riata - Stellar Jayne - Banafrit
30. Revelations - Splash of Crimson - Don't Smile
33. Gettysburg - Glorioso - Outlander
34. Baringa - One Hot Momma - Tiz a Damsel
38. Calamarain - Golden Tablet - Dixville Notch
41. Cough Syrup - Costolatta - Eye of the Storm
42. Cassanova Star - The Huntsman - Fifty Not Out
43. Sweet Illusions - Exultation - Irish Discovery
44. Hot Brown - Irish Gold - Passing Fancy
45. Date With Destiny - II Good IX U - Zen Garden
46. Double Jeopardy - Definitely Bold - Lady Amelie
47. Aiden Quinn - Daring Justice - H.W. Jones
48. On Display - Sheza Sheila - Rhett Butler
49. Billionaire - To Alaska - In the Library
50. A Certain Romance - Gabriel - Soulstone

How'd You Do? / 3/9
« on: March 10, 2011, 01:08:58 pm »
Waiting a little longer to see results was well worth it! We sent out 10 and 8 returned with a check!

Sun Godess ran 4th/6 in her NW2. She was doing great until about 8-10f then starting to taper off, so we'll shorten her up in her next start.
Lady Amelie won her NW3, beating 6 others.
Black Clouds was 4th/7 in her NW3. We'll also shortern her up just a little next time out.
Scotch Whiskey ran 11th/14 in his Allowance. Maybe more distance will benefit him.
Passing Fancy was 2nd/12 in her Allowance.
Tiz a Damsel benefited from the SR and ran 3rd/7 in her NW1.
Cherry Cheesecake was 5th/7 in her Allowance. Just didn't have her usual gusto today.
Key to Virtue ran 3rd/10 in her Allowance. This was her first start with us since we claimed her. She was making up ground so maybe she needs longer than 14f O.o .
Alaska went on to win Key to Virtue's Allowance. I love this guy!
Rocket Smoke was our highlight of the day though. Taking a gamble, we felt confident enough to throw him into a stakes despite having only won 1 start so far. He went on to finish 2nd/10 in the G2 Robinson, beaten only by the very talented Biscayne Bay.

Questions / 2yo Auction
« on: February 27, 2011, 12:31:26 am »
I know Shanthi's sort of away/very busy, so this might be a factor, but are FF 2yo's usually consigned to the 2yo auction? Only asking because it seems really sparse compared to previous years.

Weekly Picks/Handicapping / February Handicapping
« on: February 26, 2011, 07:05:24 pm »
Black Storm West

Number of Days Handicapped = 7

Wins 62 x $250 = $15500
Places 40 x $100 = $4000
Shows 50 x $50 = $2500
Quinellas 24 x $500 = $12000
Trifectas 7 x $1000 = $7000

TOTAL = $41,000

How'd You Do? / 1/26
« on: January 26, 2011, 11:29:42 pm »
Not too bad, all things considered. Sent out 8 and 6 came back with a small paycheck.

To Alaska rebounded from a bad start last time out to finish 2nd in a NW3 Allowance. He started to drop back as the race went on, so we might shorten him up a little next time out.

Illuminate Joy was 4th in her NW3 Allowance, but she was beaten by a stakes winner, a stakes-placed mare, and a multi. winner, so no shame in that. She still beat 10 others! Maybe a weaker field next time is all she needs.

Lady Amelie made her first start for us and came home a winner!

It was a "lets see" race for Midnight Return, now 6, and finished a dismal 12th. Since she hasn't collected a penny in her last 7 starts, she's been retired to broodmare duties.

Scotch Whiskey was 3rd in his first start since September, beating 11 others in a solid Allowance field.

Justawhirl ran 13th in her Maiden.

Quite by Chance ran 3rd in his open Claiming race. We had entered him pretty confident no one would want him for the 50k tag, and hoped that it'd be an easy spot for him and luck favored us.

We successfully claimed Scrambled Egg for 5k. He's been all over the place in terms of distance, yet still brings home a check more often than not, and figured all the claiming attention would be on his running mate, Whirligig. He ran 4th of 6 and brought home a small paycheck. We'll probably geld him before sending him back out.

Finally, Tempting Magic told us we were nuts and ran 13th in the Sunshine Millions Sprint (G1). He'll head back to the Allowances and UNG's where he belongs.

Anything Goes / Zenyatta to Bernardini
« on: January 26, 2011, 07:24:24 pm »

Was really surprised to see this. I had expected they'd send her to A.P. Indy himself, but it's still not a bad pairing. Maybe they just wanted a younger Indy (and Bernardini's been doing pretty good so far in his young sire career, anyways).

On a slightly unrelated note, when horses get up in years in RL, I start wondering about their FF counterparts, haha.

Questions / Working 2yo's
« on: January 24, 2011, 01:04:45 am »
I know 2yo's don't race until April, but when can we begin working them?

How'd You Do? / 1/22
« on: January 22, 2011, 04:59:33 pm »
Awesome day! We recently acquired a number of new horses from Snowbird International as they clear out the herd, so several were "see if they can even run," most being older and simply unraced since as far back as June. From 13 starters though, 8 hit the board, and our fillies did most of the work.

Dark Twilight and Letters to Armana ran 2nd and 3rd in their 3yo debut 's in the same NW1 Allowance.

Sheza Swan ran 3rd in a NW2 Allowance. She has yet to be worse than 3rd in her 2 starts this year since we purchased her based on lines alone.

Word Association ran a disappointing 10th in her NW3 Allowance. We'll drop her to a NW1 or Maiden next time out.

Cherry Cheesecake is now 2-2 this year after winning her NW3 Allowance. We claimed her earlier this month for just 10k and she's made over double that within 2 weeks.

Miss Townsend was 4th in her NW3 Allowance.

June My Love rebounded to finish 2nd in her Allowance. We had tossed her into a G2 last time after a promising Allowance win. She was obviously overmatched but had still managed a 4th so we figured dropping back to the Allowances would suit her this time.

Moon River ran a dismal 6th but still beat 8 other horses, so I can't be too disappointed. It was her 4yo debut, and she hadn't raced since August, though, so really not too bad. Noble Tribute ran 11th in the same older horse Allowance race.

Walk the Line won her 5yo debut in an older horse Allowance, which I'm REALLY excited about. She's a former stakes runner/winner but, not having raced since September, I didn't know where she was form-wise. We'll probably look for a stakes race for her, next time out.

Passing Fancy SHOCKED everyone with a win today in her Allowance race. She hadn't ran since last June, and is now 7 years old. We just wanted to throw her into a race and if she bombed, retire to broodmare duty. It was a very low SF rating, but hey! A win is a win! And at 7 years of age! She'll keep running until she says no more.

Waterpearl was 8th in her 5yo debut, though she did beat 6 others in the Allowance. We'll see how she does next time.

Finally, I'm a Spook, who we randomly threw into the UNG. Fred Cappy Capossela Stakes told us just what he thought about that and ran 7th. Still beat 7 others, though, so we'll drop him back to Allowance at his preferred distance and see what happens. At 6 years old, we're happy either way (he's still earned more this year than most of our other horses have, despite hitting the board only once in 3 tries for 2015).

And a shout-out to my buddy Grace on her first stakes win with Silver Cross!  ;D

Horses For Sale / Snowbird International auctions
« on: January 14, 2011, 02:13:34 pm »
I'm helping Bam sell a number of her horses and thought some advertisement wouldn't hurt. First batch is the broodmares, with some 15 consigned (and several come in-foal!). Four are FF-lined, being by Alydar, Crimson Lad, Dr. Love, and Point Given with the rest as creates.

Reserves ranging from 20-35k mostly. Crimson Dahlia's reserve is 60k.

Alyjoy (by Alydar), multi. winner/placed. In foal to Express Yourself - foal comes with.
Crimson Dahlia (by Crimson Lad). Stakes winner/multi. stakes placed. In foal to Sleipnir - foal comes with.
Divalicious, multi. winner/placed. Pregnant, foal does not come with.
Dominion Jewel, unplaced. Pregnant, foal does not come with.
Imaloa, unplaced. Pregnant, foal does not come with.
It's All Hype, winner/ multi. placed. Pregnant, foal does not come with.
Leash, multi. winner/placed. Not pregnant.
Little Miss Chrome, unplaced. Not pregnant.
Lord of Mercy, winner/multi. placed. Pregnant, foal does not come with.
Mississippi Angel, multi. winner/placed. Pregnant, foal does not come with.
Palace Charm, multi. winner/placed. In foal to Gotta Go - foal comes with.
Salty Eyes, multi. placed. Not pregnant.
Soulmate (by Dr. Love), winner/placed. Pregnant, foal does not come with.
Vibe (by Point Given), multi. placed. Not pregnant/maiden mare.

General/Questions / Breeding date question
« on: January 10, 2011, 02:05:08 am »
I noticed that even if I have an approved booking for Mare A for say, March 1st, if the mare is at the same farm as the stallion, I can breed her now. Is this supposed to occur?

How'd You Do? / 1/8
« on: January 08, 2011, 04:22:12 pm »
Today was an awesome day!

Only sent out one, but Tempting Magic showed us that his 2nd place finish in the El Conejo Handicap wasn't a fluke and took the Senational Star Handicap (UNG) today. We're so thrilled!

And we successfully claimed Cherry Cheesecake who ended up winning her 5F 3yo Filly Dirt claiming race. We think she has a lot of potential as a runner, and she will make a great broodmare prospect later down the road, being a daughter of Distinct Possibili and bronze-ranked Scratch Ticket.

General/Questions / Breeding suggestion?
« on: January 01, 2011, 08:29:53 pm »
I'd like some suggestions for where to send my mare, While I'm Lucky. I'd love to cross her with a Rogue stud, unfortunately the vast majority of them are outside of my budget and the only 2 so far that I've uncovered that are within my budget are Clockstopper (unproven) and High on Love (Bronze). Any others out there I might have missed? Or are there some lines that cross well with Lucky Cigar, looking at her dam's side?

And nothing against Clockstopper and High on Love, I just want to see if there are more choices out there (plus who knows what still-to-be-retired horses are coming in this year).

Stallion Advertising / Black Storm's 2015 Roster
« on: December 14, 2010, 02:58:44 pm »
Black Storm West is proud to stand our first stallion at stud. He will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at an introductory fee of $1,000.

NCh. Joyeux Oiseau
2008 flea-bitten gray stallion
Mult. Stakes Winner, Mult. Stakes Placed, Multi-Millionaire.

"Joy" was a late bloomer, hitting his best stride at 5 and 6. He won 17 of 54 starts, 12 of which were stakes and 5 of those 12 were at the G1 level. He specialized in long distance turf races, most notably between 9.5-11F. He's won graded races at Belmont, Santa Anita, Gulfstream, England, Ireland, and Australia. As a create, he'd make for a great out cross to any mare.

  54(26): 17(12) - 10(5) - 4 - 1(1), $3,224,500
  Winner of the $1,000,000 Bailey's Irish Champion Stakes (G1) in Ireland over 10f turf
  Ran 2nd in the $1,125,000 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) over 12f turf.

At four, 2012
    WIN 10.0f dirt, G1 Suburban Handicap for 3yo+, $500,000
    WIN 11.0f turf, G1 Man O'War Stakes for 3yo+, $500,000
    WIN 10.0f dirt, UNG Santa Paula Stakes for 4yo+, $75,000
    WIN 13.5f dirt, UNG Artax Handicap for 4yo+, $100,000
    PLACE 9.5f dirt, UNG Empire Classic for 3yo+ $250,000

At five, 2013
    WIN 10.0f turf, G1 International Stakes for 3yo+, $690,000
    WIN 10.0f dirt, G1 Doomben Cup for 3yo+, $500,000
    WIN 10.0f turf, G2 San Marcos Stakes for 4yo+, $150,000
    WIN 10.0f turf, G2 Turnbull Stakes for 4yo+, $150,000
    WIN 10.0f turf, G3 Coongy Handicap for 3yo+, $100,000
    PLACE 9.0f turf, G2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes for 3yo+, $200,000

At six, 2014
    WIN 10.0f turf, G1 Bailey's Irish Champion Stakes for 3yo+, $1,000,000
    WIN 10.0f turf, UNG San Marino Handicap for 4yo+, $75,000
    WIN 10.0f turf, UNG City and Suburban Handicap for 4yo+, $75,000
    PLACE 12.0f turf, G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes for 3yo+, $1,125,000
    PLACE 10.0f turf, G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup for 4yo+, $600,000
    PLACE 10.0f turf, G1 Prince of Wales Stakes for 3yo+, $525,000

Foaling Barn / Black Storm West's 2015 foals
« on: December 07, 2010, 03:52:21 am »
2015 Black Storm foals
Updated Apr. 29, 2017. List is of their current names and not the ones they were given upon birth, if a name changed. Excluded are sold foals upon time of last update.

Heights born with - Two Year Old (Apr. 29)

Heated Debate (What's Debatable) - ? - 15.0hh
Stained Glass (Crystal Rainbow) - ? - 14.3hh
War of the Roses (V is for Victory) - ? - 14.1hh

Carry the Day (V is for Victory) - ? - 15.2hh
Espionage (Slew O'Scots) - 9.1hh - 15.2hh
Famously (Smart Strike) - ? - 14.3hh
Glenr (Sleipnir) - ? - 15.0hh
Himinbiarga (I'm Your Angel) - ? - 15.2hh
Raspberry Kisses (Point Given) - ? - 16.1hh
So She Says (Rumor Has It) - 9.3hh - 14.3hh

8 colts | 18 fillies | 1 stillborn | No mares lost!

KEPT (Apr. 29, 2017)
3 colts | 7 fillies

I just noticed my mare, Easy Senora, is due to foal Dec. 31st and I'm HOPING HOPING HOPING she foals just 1 day late, haha.

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