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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:

Date
2022-06-13

Race
The Grand National (Gr. 1)

Surface
Steeplechase

Distance
24 furlongs

Age
3yo+

Purse
$500,000

Links:

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.

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

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

Fourths:
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)

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

Places:
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

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

Fifths:
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

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How'd You Do? / 1/31
« on: January 31, 2018, 11:42:51 am »
Yay, a stakes win!

Wins:
Ch. Filipendulous (3yo, My Lucky Day) in the Palos Verdes Handicap (Gr. 2) - she didn't have much competition there, lucky filly, but she still could have finished 2nd!

Shows:
Tipping the Velvet (4yo, Deep Impact) in the Busanda Stakes (Ungr.)

Also Rans:
Ch. Puede Que Haya (4yo, Monarchos) 7th in the Busanda Stakes (Ungr.)

Yes I only entered fillies in stakes today ;D

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Anything Goes / Dubai World Cup 2018 (Mar. 31)
« on: January 28, 2018, 08:39:06 am »
Next big race is Dubai World Cup, which we also have in the game, only two days earlier.

The Dubai World Cup is held annually since 1996 and contested at the Meydan Racecourse in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 2010, the Dubai World Cup was first held at the new Meydan Racecourse on March 27, on all-weather surface known as Tapeta. However, it was held as dirt race again in 2015 due to the high maintenance cost and being an unpopular condition among American participants. It is a Group 1 flat race on dirt for Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbred four-year-olds & up and for Southern Hemisphere Thoroughbred three-year-olds & up run over a distance of 2,000 metres (about 10 furlongs).

The FF Dubai World Cup info:

Date
2022-03-28

Race
Dubai World Cup (Gr. 1)

Surface
Dirt

Distance
10 furlongs

Age
3yo+

Purse
$6,000,000

Note: there are no active FF stables located in Dubai, and all other locations require air shipping, which is cheapest (and shortest) from England; while the longest (3 days) and most expensive routes are from Lone Star and Aqueduct. There is an energy penalty for air shipments, so plan that in advance.
                            
Real life speed records:
  • 2:01.61 (synthetic) - African Story (2014) since the race has been at Meydan Racecourse
  • 2:01.83 (dirt) - California Chrome (2016) since Meydan was converted from synthetic to dirt
  • 1:59.50 - Dubai Millennium (2000) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse

Links:

Dubai Word Cup - Wikipedia

Dubai Racing Club - homepage

Meydan Racing - Twitter

Are you planning to enter any horses? I'm thinking of one, which was supposed to have a short time off during March, but why not burn up some money. :P

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How'd You Do? / 1/27
« on: January 27, 2018, 12:09:44 pm »
Just one out today; and it's less than three hours till Pegasus!

Places:
Thom Browne (3yo, I'm No Fool) in a NW2 Allowance - both his parents were best as 4yo's so I hope that he's going to be slowly improving...

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Anything Goes / Pegasus World Cup 2018 (Jan. 27)
« on: January 19, 2018, 08:16:53 am »
From Wikipedia: The Pegasus World Cup is an American Thoroughbred horse race whose first running was on January 28, 2017 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. With a purse of $12 million for its inaugural running, the Pegasus World Cup surpassed the Dubai World Cup as the richest horse race in the world. It is run over the dirt at the distance of ​1 1⁄8 miles (9 furlongs) and is open to horses four years old and up. The Grade I rating has been assumed from the Donn Handicap.

Some links:

Pegasus World Cup - home page

Pegasus World Cup - Wikipedia

@PegasusWorldCup - Twitter

Contenders:

#5 COLLECTED - trained by Hall of Fame trainer Baffert, who saddled Arrogate to victory last year.

#7 FEAR THE COWBOY - At the Oakridge Training Center in Ocala, Fear the Cowboy breezed an easy five furlongs.

#12 GIANT EXPECTATIONS

#6 GUNNEVERA

#10 GUN RUNNER - 2017 Horse of The Year & Champion Older Dirt Male! My favourite moment of his was winning the Whitney Handicap (2017) with a horseshoe anchor in his tail

#11 SEEKING THE SOUL

#4 SHARP AZTECA - Sharp Azteca worked 5 Furlongs in :58.40 at Gulfstream Park West on January 20th, 2018.

#1 SINGING BULLET

#3 STELLAR WIND - girlpower! Stellar Wind earned an Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly in 2015. She is scheduled to be bred to American Pharoah in 2018.

#9 TOAST OF NEW YORK - I read a touching story of him which I can't find now, but I have this quote from his trainer Jamie Osborne: ""My job is to get them there retaining their desire; as fit as I can get them; as comfortable, as sound, as pain-free as I can get them; and to give them the opportunity to show whether or not the ability still exists.”. There is also a number of videos on his twitter, in which Toast of New York shows his beautiful walk. And conformation.

#8 WAR STORY - War Story worked 5 Furlongs in 1:01.80 at Gulfstream Park West on January 20th, 2018.

#2 WEST COAST - 2017 Champion Three-Year-Old Male! And another horse from Bob Baffert's barn.


Any bets? :)

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How'd You Do? / 1/17
« on: January 17, 2018, 11:36:15 am »
They all bombed today, but these were crowded races so I'd say they tried hard.

Fifths:
Fuzzy Impact (3yo, Magic Glory) in a claiming race - I won the claim on this girl and she's the only one in the money

Also Rans:
Leeway (3yo, Formal Occasion)
Crazy Love (4yo, Daredevil Dan) 10th in a NW3 Allowance
Salamanca (4yo, Bellagio) 11th in a NW3 Allowance

By the way, I don't know if it's just me but the screen still blinks black when it loads a page within the forum.

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How'd You Do? / 1/13
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:43:31 am »
Everyone in the money! That's not my stable :P

Places:
Tosca (3yo, Lord Nelson) in a claiming race
Satin on Steel (3yo, Magic Cross) in a maiden
House of Cards (3yo, Robin Hood) in a NW1 Allowance

Shows:
Rodarte (3yo, I'm No Fool) in a maiden

Fourths:
Filipendulous (3yo, My Lucky Day) in a NW2 Allowance

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How'd You Do? / 1/6
« on: January 06, 2018, 11:38:24 am »
Super happy!

Wins:
Ch. Crème Brûlée (3yo, Candidate) in the Up and Coming Stakes (Gr. 2) - this boy is the highlight of our 2019 crop. He was leased by Starfish Stables as a 2yo, and this is his first start for us. Also his third race in Australia, both previous races being wins (including a Grade 1!) so I decided to let him run without a whip. I'd love to have him studified but I also promise that he'll run at least 50 races before he retires to stud :P

Also Rans:
Xplicit Glam (3yo, Created) 10th in a NW2 Allowance - this lovely chestnut girl is retired now and she'll be retrained as a hack horse ;)
Water Temple (3yo, Bellagio) 7th in a NW1 Allowance
Comme des Garçons (3yo, I'm No Fool) 6th in a claiming race - super exciting to have this FFCh. I'm No Fool colt, out of a gold ranked dam. Not so excited about his dead last finish, but we'll get there...

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How'd You Do? / 1/3
« on: January 03, 2018, 11:29:56 am »
Yay, a win! :P

Wins:
Tipping the Velvet (4yo, Deep Impact) in a NW3 Allowance - her first steeplechase, seems that she'll like dirt and jumps just like her dam

Places:
Glamorous Fog (4yo, Strike It Rich) in an Allowance - the "stallion spotlight" about Strike It Rich reminded me of her, and she seems to enjoy the attention

Shows:
Rodarte (3yo, I'm No Fool) in a maiden - lightly raced filly with great pedigree

Also Rans:
Cuddly Thought (3yo, Chivalry) 13th in a maiden
Y'all (3yo, Changeling) 11th in a maiden
La Chunga (4yo, As You Wish) 7th in an Allowance
Salamanca (4yo, Bellagio) 11th in an Allowance
Zooming Through (3yo, Ring of Fire) 7th in a claiming race
Dainty Twee (3yo, Animal Kingdom) 9th in an Allowance

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Foaling Barn / Clicker Lab 2022 Foals
« on: January 01, 2018, 07:02:22 am »
Happy New Year everyone! My stable page still shows that I have 40 yearlings and 34 weanlings but it's 2022 already ;)
This year I have an ambitious project to refresh my German... therefore babies will have German names. I probably don't need to worry much about names being already taken.
As usual, I also name them alphabetically. We welcomed a beautiful colt and a filly this morning!

Aufeinander - handsome 9.1h dark bay colt by NCh. Space Chips, out of Ch. Crownette (Giant's Causeway). First foal ever by our second stallion! Name means something like "one after another". He's the fourth foal from his dam, all bred by us.

Ch. Crownette goes to NCh. In The Navy next.

Ängi - 9.1h dapple grey filly by WCh. Usain Bolt, out of NCh. Winter Queen (FFCh. Foolhardy). First foal from Winter Queen, and I'm obviously very excited about her. I used to own Winter Queen's dam, which belongs now to Stillwater Farms, but we keep her younger colt bred by Clicker Lab and he's already a stakes winner. Definitely a precious damline. Winter Queen had an amazing 2yo year, winning almost everything she entered. Then she slowed down as a 3yo but after that she found energy for another great year. Ängi is a geographical area in Switzerland... I think ;)
The filly is 3x3 inbred to Highland Rogue, Chef-de-Race (I/C).

NCh. Winter Queen will be bred to our stallion NCh. Space Chips.

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How'd You Do? / 12/27
« on: December 27, 2017, 11:20:50 am »
I probably saved some money by not entering the big races ;)

Wins:
Glamorous Fog (3yo, Strike It Rich) in a Starter Allowance - nice win to end a good year!

Places:
Tipping the Velvet (3yo, Deep Impact) in a NW2 Allowance

Fourths:
Filipendulous (2yo, My Lucky Day) in a NW2 Allowance

Fifths:
Yay or Nay (2yo, Frankel) in a maiden

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How'd You Do? / 12/09
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:25:17 pm »
A homebred stakes winner, and a filly!

Wins:
Thom Browne (2yo, I'm No Fool) in a NW3 Allowance
Dainty Twee (2yo, Animal Kingdom) in the East View Stakes (Ungr.)

Places:
One Blazing Glance (3yo, Take Me Away) in a NW2 Allowance

Shows:
House of Cards (2yo, Robin Hood) in a maiden

Fourths:
Xoxoxo (2yo, High Chances) in a claiming race
La Chunga (3yo, As You Wish) in a Starter Allowance

Fifths:
Like Whatever (2yo, Belanso) in a NW2 Allowance
Crazy Love (3yo, Daredevil Dan) in a Starter Allowance

Also Rans:
Ziggurat (2yo, Can't Touch This) 7th in a NW1 Allowance
Join the Joyride (2yo, Monarchos) 8th in a NW2 Allowance

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Annual Foal Auction / How'd You Do? 2021
« on: December 04, 2017, 09:31:07 am »
I actually forgot about it yesterday morning, but managed to get a few of my first picks. Last year I bought only Like Whatever, and I still keep him. He had a good 2yo year, won once and was many times in the money, although not stakes level. He definitely earned his purchase price.

This year's yearlings:

Apophis is a 15.1h bay yearling filly by ICh. City Upon a Hill, out of Ch. As You See (WCh. As You Wish). Born on January 1st, she should be soon ready to start her training. She has a wonderful pedigree, with dam allowance level on dirt and turf and stakes level steeplechaser. 4x5 inbred to Secretariat via dam. She is the second foal from her freshman sire. Named after a near-Earth asteroid that caused a brief period of concern in December 2004 because initial observations indicated a probability of up to 2.7% that it would hit Earth on April 13, 2029. Not sure if it's a feminine name, but I really wanted to use this one and I keep naming foals alphabetically...
Purchase price: $31,000

Gliese is a 15.2h chestnut filly by ICh. Prince Of Wonder, out of Ch. LittleBittieSecret. Dam was stakes level as a 3yo and she also had a good 2yo career. I had one homebred colt by Prince Of Wonder, which is now retired, and I decided to give this sire another chance... Gliese is a name of several red dwarfs and one asteroid, which are named after Wilhelm Gliese, a German astronomer. He specialized in the study and cataloging of nearby stars.
Purchase price: $1,000

I'm Game is a 15.1h dark bay colt by ICh. Devil His Due, out of Ch. First Dance (Whirlaway). Dam was a turf monster as a 3yo, won Gr. 1 Arlington Million and set a speed record winning Ungr. Boo La Boo Stakes by 16 lengths. She is now silver ranked. The colt has already reached his estimated height.
Purchase price: $8,500

Weanling:

Zest For Blue is a 11.1h blood bay colt by Blue Ensign, out of platinum ranked Slew Copy. Both her millionaire sons were turf specialists and Blue Ensign was a Grade 1 steeplechaser, so this colt should have some talent for jumps (and turf). He is only my second horse out of a platinum ranked mare; the first one I got just recently as my Color War award.
Purchase price:  $24,500

Now let's practice the zen of not looking back to buy more potential money eaters... ;)

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