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Anything Goes / The Grand National 2018 (Apr. 14)
« on: February 22, 2018, 10:55:37 am »
It's coming soon! The FF Grand National is a few weeks later so I'll write about the real one now, so we don't miss it. The Grand National is one of the longest and toughest steeplechase races in the world; in Europe probably only comparable to Velká Pardubická (a steeplechase in Czech Republic). Both races are controversial, as deaths are higher than in other races. There is even a List of equine fatalities in the Grand National. Some within the horseracing community, have argued that the lowering of fences and the narrowing of ditches, primarily designed to increase horse safety, has had the adverse effect by encouraging the runners to race faster. The Grand National inspired a movie titled National Velvet (1944), starring Elizabeth Taylor; it is the story of a 14-year-old horse-crazy girl, who wins a spirited gelding in a raffle and decides to train him for the race.

The FF Grand National info:


The Grand National (Gr. 1)


24 furlongs




Aintree Racecourse - official page

Grand National - Wikipedia

Aintree Races - Twitter

Grand National 2017: One For Arthur wins - youtube video

Fun fact: apparently there is also a Lamb National at Ascot Racecourse! Very pleasing to me as now I am also a yarn addict, planning to spin my first wool soon...

Any plans for the FF Grand National? I have a filly who seems to really like long distance, but I'm not sure if she will be competitive agains the boys. My stallion NCh. Al Mundhir ran in the 2018 Grand National and he finished 4th. The winner of that running, GCh. Keyboard is now retired and the 2nd, NCh. Hogsmeade is standing at stud too; he also earned the 2018 Steeplechase Horse Eclipse Award.

Anything Goes / Re: Dubai World Cup 2018 (Mar. 31)
« on: February 22, 2018, 07:05:17 am »
Blood Horse: Forever Unbridled Aims For History in Dubai World Cup

"No filly or mare has ever won the $10 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), but trainer Dallas Stewart knows a few things about good fillies and mares capable of beating the best males at the top level."

How'd You Do? / 2/21
« on: February 21, 2018, 12:01:28 pm »

Serene Stranger (3yo, Ring of Fire) in a maiden
Cuddly Thought (3yo, Chivalry) in a claiming race

Xoxoxo (3yo, High Chances) in a maiden

Also Rans: - stakes of course! That was a very fast run.
Ch. Puede Que Haya (4yo, Monarchos) 10th in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (Gr. 1)
Salamanca (4yo, Bellagio) 8th in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (Gr. 1)

General/Questions / Re: Stallion Spotlight February II: Eighteen Karat
« on: February 19, 2018, 03:13:58 pm »
I bred one foal by Eighteen Karat, it was Arella out of Golden Moon. I retired Arella as a 4yo, but her dam is still active broodmare; although under Final Furlong ownership now, not in foal and without any other foals. Arella's granddam Gilded Sky is the dam of our stallion NCh. Al Mundhir.

How'd You Do? / Re: 2/17
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:38:44 am »
This did not want to disappear :P

Comme des Garçons (3yo, I'm No Fool) in a NW1 Allowance

Also Rans:
Tipping the Velvet (4yo, Deep Impact) 6th in an Allowance
Ch. Filipendulous (3yo, My Lucky Day) 6th in the Boo La Boo Stakes (Ungr.)

How'd You Do? / Re: 2/14
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:01:45 am »
Fool For Flowers (3yo, I'm No Fool) in the Deputy Minister Handicap (Gr. 3)

Fuzzy Impact (3yo, Magic Glory) in a maiden

Also Rans:
Twelve Monkeys (5yo, Sixth Day) 7th in an Allowance
House of Cards (3yo, Robin Hood) 9th in the Dearly Precious Stakes (Ungr.)
Like Whatever (3yo, Belanso) 7th in the Hollie Hughes Stakes (Ungr.)

Questions / Re: Training Schedule
« on: February 11, 2018, 05:06:44 am »
I keep adding and deleting schedules because some of my horses have a schedule when they are entered in a race, and I train them along with everyone else, until 1-2 days before the race when I don't want them to train anymore; so I have to delete their schedules if I want to manually run everyone else. Then I add their schedules back when they've recovered to A energy.

How'd You Do? / Re: 2/10
« on: February 10, 2018, 04:47:53 pm »
Congratulations, Willa!

How'd You Do? / 2/10
« on: February 10, 2018, 11:44:09 am »

Satin on Steel (3yo, Magic Cross) in a maiden - she ran a whole lot of 20 races under FF ownership as a 2yo but looks like she's just starting to have fun

Thom Browne (3yo, I'm No Fool) in an Allowance

Ch. Crème Brûlée (3yo, Candidate) in the Sham Stakes (Ungr.) - no more whipless running for a while :P

Also Rans:
Ziggurat (3yo, Can't Touch This) 7th in a maiden
Zooming Through (3yo, Ring of Fire) 14th in a maiden
Yay or Nay (3yo, Frankel) 9th in a NW2 Allowance
La Chunga (4yo, As You Wish) 8th in a NW3 Allowance

Foaling Barn / Re: Clicker Lab 2022 Foals
« on: February 08, 2018, 07:20:58 am »
Another filly inbred to Octagonal.

NCh. Quintet x Ch. A Sweet Melody - Octagonal
9.1h black filly

I thought there is a musical theme in her parents names, so she is a clarinet. She is her dam's first foal, and Sweet Melody will be bred to NCh. Von Lichtenstein.

4 Colts | 9 Fillies | 1 Stillborn

Foaling Barn / Re: Coleman Branch 2022 Foals
« on: February 07, 2018, 12:56:01 pm »
Beautiful foals! I love the name Naesan.

How'd You Do? / Re: 2/7
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:55:43 am »
Only one out.

Soliloquy (3yo, Giant's Causeway) in a NW2 Allowance - her first run this year, as a 2yo she won once

Foaling Barn / Re: Clicker Lab 2022 Foals
« on: February 07, 2018, 05:56:14 am »
Two fillies!

NCh. Space Chips x GCh. Embellished - GCh. Harvard Bound (B)
9.1h bay filly

Both parents were Gr. 1 level on dirt, sprinter and classic level. Name means "error, fallacy". It doesn't happen very often that German words sound pretty! We were planning to breed Embellished to ICh. Long Live The King, but since he got retired, I decided to try one of the new stallions - Golden Horn.

NCh. Pay the Boatman x Ch. Portofino - WCh. Strider
10.0h bay filly

3x3 inbred to What's It Worth (I/C) and 3x4 inbred to False Promises, gold ranked as a broodmare sire. Both parents Gr. 1 level on turf, endurance. Name means "now or never". We have requested to breed Portofino to FFCh. Black Cherry.

4 Colts | 8 Fillies | 1 Stillborn

Foaling Barn / Re: Generous’ Foals 2022
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:22:00 am »
Great name, and what a black beauty :)

Foaling Barn / Re: Clicker Lab 2022 Foals
« on: February 06, 2018, 05:12:30 am »
NCh. Space Chips x Ch. Opulent (S) - Ch. Irish River (G)
8.2h bay colt

3/4 brother to Ch. Ultimate Craving, 1/2 brother to Ch. Foolbetty.

Named after Clever Hans, an Orlov Trotter horse that was claimed to have been able to perform arithmetic and other intellectual tasks. Here, Clever Hans with his owner Wilhelm von Osten:

Opulent is a twin sister to NCh. Irish Gold and she will be bred to WCh. Strike It Rich.

4 Colts | 6 Fillies | 1 Stillborn

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