September292014

Rachel Alexandra and Calvin Borel by wendyu on Flickr.

"A magnificent victory, an exquisite filly, and a thrill to see!"

Rachel Alexandra and Calvin Borel by wendyu on Flickr.

"A magnificent victory, an exquisite filly, and a thrill to see!"

September282014

thecelestialeffect:

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Oh yes.

I convinced my mom to watch this movie with me the other night (woo! First Hocus Pocus of Halloween season!) 

She didn’t like it. And she kept insisting that it should have somehow included a joke about Max not being a virgin anymore (“The ending should have been him lighting the candle again only this time it doesn’t work!”)

(Source: englishsnow, via whatdoyoumeeeeean-howamidoing)

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Buckpasser, 1966 Arlington Classic in world record time 

Buckpasser, 1966 Arlington Classic in world record time 

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What exactly do you do with a well-bred foal unfortunately born with a life-threatening deformity? If you’re Dr. Eslie Asbury, horseman and rather brilliant surgeon, you invent a way to save it’s life The foal in question was a tiny grey daughter of *Mahmoud born on Asbury’s Forest Retreat Farm in early 1946. Her dam was Brown Biscuit, a half-sister to Seabiscuit, who had already foaled two good handicap mares in Brownian and Isa. Her bloodlines were promising, and the filly herself was good-looking, but she was born with a cleft palate, “an abnormality which allowed a wide opening between the nasal passage and the mouth”. She had great difficulty drinking milk, and Dr. Asbury knew that she would have an almost impossible time trying to eat solid food when she grew up. So he had customized, long-handled surgical tools made, and performed surgery on the two-week-old filly. In a procedure with “no precedent in equine practice”, Dr. Asbury “pulled the sides of the palate together and sewed them, as far as there was enough tissue to stretch across the gap”. The filly survived and was given the name Koubis. She was unable to be raced, but she more than made up for it when her first foal, the little grey colt Determine, won the 1954 Kentucky Derby. Koubis, who was never the most robust of horses, lived long enough to receive her honors as a Derby winner’s dam. She died in August of 1954, at age 8

What exactly do you do with a well-bred foal unfortunately born with a life-threatening deformity? If you’re Dr. Eslie Asbury, horseman and rather brilliant surgeon, you invent a way to save it’s life 

The foal in question was a tiny grey daughter of *Mahmoud born on Asbury’s Forest Retreat Farm in early 1946. Her dam was Brown Biscuit, a half-sister to Seabiscuit, who had already foaled two good handicap mares in Brownian and Isa. Her bloodlines were promising, and the filly herself was good-looking, but she was born with a cleft palate, “an abnormality which allowed a wide opening between the nasal passage and the mouth”. She had great difficulty drinking milk, and Dr. Asbury knew that she would have an almost impossible time trying to eat solid food when she grew up. So he had customized, long-handled surgical tools made, and performed surgery on the two-week-old filly. In a procedure with “no precedent in equine practice”, Dr. Asbury “pulled the sides of the palate together and sewed them, as far as there was enough tissue to stretch across the gap”. 

The filly survived and was given the name Koubis. She was unable to be raced, but she more than made up for it when her first foal, the little grey colt Determine, won the 1954 Kentucky Derby. Koubis, who was never the most robust of horses, lived long enough to receive her honors as a Derby winner’s dam. She died in August of 1954, at age 8

September272014
A Queenly FillyWhen Martin Anderson paid $92,000 for a bay daughter of *Princequillo-Spar Maid at the 1965 Keeneland Summer Sale, he was perhaps hoping she would turn out like Princequillo’s older daughter, the champion juvenile Quill. In keeping with the family, she given the name Quillo Queen, and if she didn’t quite make it to Quill’s level, she nevertheless made her name known The filly first appeared in headlines when she ran champion juvenile filly Regal Gleam to a photo finish in the 1966 Selima Stakes at Laurel. Quillo Queen “opened up a substantial lead in the stretch but tired from her earlier efforts” and gave up the lead in the final stride. Her strong showing impressed fans and experts alike, and she assigned 113 pounds on the year-end Experimental Free Handicap (just three pounds less than Regal Gleam)Quillo Queen kicked off her three-year-old season with almost identical back-to-back losses to the filly Woozem, a half-sister to stakes winners Run For Nurse and Gallant Romeo. In the Jasmine Stakes at Hialeah in mid-January, Woozem pulled away in the stretch to win by six lengths, but Quillo Queen beat Astarita Stakes winner Irish County and Regal Gleam to finish second. Less than a month later in the Mimosa Stakes, Woozem won by five, with Quillo Queen again second. She got back into the big-time races in the $68,000 Acorn Stakes on May 29, but there she came up against her most frequent rival, Furl Sail. Furl Sail was beginning her run at the Triple Tiara, and she won the Acorn easily by three lengths, but Quillo Queen was once again a determined second. It was the same song a little over a week later in the Mother Goose at Aqueduct. Furl Sail made it two steps to the Tiara with another “romping” three-length victory. Quillo Queen edged King Ranch’s Muse for second place.Furl Sail was all set to win her Triple Tiara in the 1967 Coaching Club American Oaks, but Quillo Queen was just as set to finally break into the winner’s circle. She was helped by a quick-footed filly named Sumtex, who engaged Furl Sail in an early speed duel that left the champion drained. With her main competition laboring in the stretch, Quillo Queen rocketed to the lead and kept going, scoring an “emphatic victory” by seven lengths. Furl Sail ended up fourth, behind Muse and Gardenia Stakes winner Pepperwood.Riding her wave of success, Quillo Queen won the $58,000 Monmouth Oaks on July 4. She was the overwhelming favorite for the race, and she didn’t disappoint. Covering the 1 1/8 miles in 1:52 1/5, Princequillo’s daughter rolled to an easy 3 1/2-length victory from future champion producer Secret Promise and Matron Stakes winner Swiss Cheese.Quillo Queen had more than re-payed her purchase price, winning over $200,000 before being retired. Anderson retained her as a broodmare. The high point of her broodmare career came when her son Au Point (sired by French-raced champion Lyphard) won the 1983 Dwyer Stakes Quillo Queen died in 1986, at the age of 22
A Queenly Filly

When Martin Anderson paid $92,000 for a bay daughter of *Princequillo-Spar Maid at the 1965 Keeneland Summer Sale, he was perhaps hoping she would turn out like Princequillo’s older daughter, the champion juvenile Quill. In keeping with the family, she given the name Quillo Queen, and if she didn’t quite make it to Quill’s level, she nevertheless made her name known 

The filly first appeared in headlines when she ran champion juvenile filly Regal Gleam to a photo finish in the 1966 Selima Stakes at Laurel. Quillo Queen “opened up a substantial lead in the stretch but tired from her earlier efforts” and gave up the lead in the final stride. Her strong showing impressed fans and experts alike, and she assigned 113 pounds on the year-end Experimental Free Handicap (just three pounds less than Regal Gleam)

Quillo Queen kicked off her three-year-old season with almost identical back-to-back losses to the filly Woozem, a half-sister to stakes winners Run For Nurse and Gallant Romeo. In the Jasmine Stakes at Hialeah in mid-January, Woozem pulled away in the stretch to win by six lengths, but Quillo Queen beat Astarita Stakes winner Irish County and Regal Gleam to finish second. Less than a month later in the Mimosa Stakes, Woozem won by five, with Quillo Queen again second. 

She got back into the big-time races in the $68,000 Acorn Stakes on May 29, but there she came up against her most frequent rival, Furl Sail. Furl Sail was beginning her run at the Triple Tiara, and she won the Acorn easily by three lengths, but Quillo Queen was once again a determined second. It was the same song a little over a week later in the Mother Goose at Aqueduct. Furl Sail made it two steps to the Tiara with another “romping” three-length victory. Quillo Queen edged King Ranch’s Muse for second place.

Furl Sail was all set to win her Triple Tiara in the 1967 Coaching Club American Oaks, but Quillo Queen was just as set to finally break into the winner’s circle. She was helped by a quick-footed filly named Sumtex, who engaged Furl Sail in an early speed duel that left the champion drained. With her main competition laboring in the stretch, Quillo Queen rocketed to the lead and kept going, scoring an “emphatic victory” by seven lengths. Furl Sail ended up fourth, behind Muse and Gardenia Stakes winner Pepperwood.

Riding her wave of success, Quillo Queen won the $58,000 Monmouth Oaks on July 4. She was the overwhelming favorite for the race, and she didn’t disappoint. Covering the 1 1/8 miles in 1:52 1/5, Princequillo’s daughter rolled to an easy 3 1/2-length victory from future champion producer Secret Promise and Matron Stakes winner Swiss Cheese.

Quillo Queen had more than re-payed her purchase price, winning over $200,000 before being retired. Anderson retained her as a broodmare. The high point of her broodmare career came when her son Au Point (sired by French-raced champion Lyphard) won the 1983 Dwyer Stakes 

Quillo Queen died in 1986, at the age of 22
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afleetalexandra:

Two-year-old Alysheba in the post parade for the 1986 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. He finished third behind Champion Juvenile Colt Capote

afleetalexandra:

Two-year-old Alysheba in the post parade for the 1986 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. He finished third behind Champion Juvenile Colt Capote

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afleetalexandra:

Alysheba 1987! by erikn71 on Flickr.
One of the best combos in racing: McCarron and Alysheba

My beautiful boys…

afleetalexandra:

Alysheba 1987! by erikn71 on Flickr.

One of the best combos in racing: McCarron and Alysheba

My beautiful boys…

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jaggedhawk:

The cool things I discover on my daily #run. #Alysheba #horses #art #texas (at Lone Star Park)

Kay, now I definitely have to take a trip to Lone Star sometime soon…

jaggedhawk:

The cool things I discover on my daily #run. #Alysheba #horses #art #texas (at Lone Star Park)

Kay, now I definitely have to take a trip to Lone Star sometime soon…

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I am easily amused, so yes, having 2,014 followers in 2014 qualifies as “amusing”

I am easily amused, so yes, having 2,014 followers in 2014 qualifies as “amusing”

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Anonymous said: Better rivalry: Jaipur vs Ridan or Affirmed vs Alydar?

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Okay, so, even without a caption on this picture, almost every racing fan can name the horses, the race, the year, probably even the jockeys. 

And that’s because Affirmed/Alydar is still the greatest racing rivalry. It’s the rivalry against which all others are measured. 

Also, consider: Affirmed and Alydar met in 10 different races, three of them were the Triple Crown, and the rest were a laundry list of big-name American races (Youthful, Great American, Hopeful, Champagne, Laurel Futurity, and Travers Stakes). Ridan and Jaipur, on the other hand, are remembered for one (very exciting and incredibly memorable) race in the 1962 Travers. Quantity and quality together always wins ;) 

September252014

"About the head of a truly great horse there is an air of freedom unconquerable. The eyes seem to look on heights beyond our gaze.  It is the look of a spirit that can soar. It is the birthright of eagles."

-John Taintor Foote, “The Look of Eagles”

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afleetalexandra:

"He was the perfect example of an ugly duckling that turns into a swan with age. Like the skinny teenager that develops into a big strong athlete, some horses are just a little late in maturing"

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afleetalexandra:

1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence makes his triumphant return to racing in the 1990 Californian Stakes
Facing only two opponents and sent off as the 1-9 favorite, Sunday Silence proved he was back in action with a willful 3/4 length win over veteran runner Stylish Winner. It was the last win of his career
Three weeks later, Sunday Silence came up short by a head to future Horse of the Year Criminal Type in the Hollywood Gold Cup. While in training for the Arlington Challenge Cup at Arlington International, it was discovered that he had torn a ligament in his left foreleg. In early August 1990, it was officially announced that he had been retired to stud 

afleetalexandra:

1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence makes his triumphant return to racing in the 1990 Californian Stakes

Facing only two opponents and sent off as the 1-9 favorite, Sunday Silence proved he was back in action with a willful 3/4 length win over veteran runner Stylish Winner. It was the last win of his career

Three weeks later, Sunday Silence came up short by a head to future Horse of the Year Criminal Type in the Hollywood Gold Cup. While in training for the Arlington Challenge Cup at Arlington International, it was discovered that he had torn a ligament in his left foreleg. In early August 1990, it was officially announced that he had been retired to stud 

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afleetalexandra:


K: “Put that black bastard away. God, that’s an awful weanling.”
L: “Well, Mr Keefer, roses will look mighty pretty on him one day. You never know.”
K: “The only time that son of a bitch will ever have a rose on him will be on his grave.”

- Conversation between adviser Ted Keefer and Stone Farm manager Pete Logan, regarding the weanling Sunday Silence 

afleetalexandra:

K: “Put that black bastard away. God, that’s an awful weanling.”

L: “Well, Mr Keefer, roses will look mighty pretty on him one day. You never know.”

K: “The only time that son of a bitch will ever have a rose on him will be on his grave.”

- Conversation between adviser Ted Keefer and Stone Farm manager Pete Logan, regarding the weanling Sunday Silence 

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Pukka Gin

"In the language of the Hindus, Pukka means the best…Just where the word "Gin" fits into the name…is difficult to figure."(The Evening Independent, March 15, 1944)

As with many unique racehorse names, the one bestowed on 1943 Champagne Stakes winner Pukka Gin inspired rumors and stories. The most popular version stated that owner and breeder C.V. Whitney had initially intended for the bay son of two-time Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Firethorn to be named Pukka Gen. However, through either bad handwriting or poor eyesight, the name was recorded as Pukka Gin, and Whitney decided to leave it that way. The name, and the horse that bore it, were discussed at great length over the winter of 1943-44, when he was the winter book favorite for the Kentucky Derby. This reputation rested largely on his victory in the Champagne Stakes, in which he defeated future Derby winner Pensive, future Champion 3-Year-Old colt Occupy, and Champion Juvenile colt Platter. Pukka Gin received the high weight of 126 pounds in the 1943 Experimental Free Handicap, two more than the acknowledged champion Platter. Sadly, Pukka Gin was not the same horse at three. Early in the year, he was still considered to have Derby promise. He “showed strength” while finishing “a fast closing second” in one division of the Experimental Handicap at Jamaica on April 13. But by the time of the Wood Memorial on April 23, he was “the disappointment of the two races” (the Wood Memorial being run in two divisions that year). He finished fourth in the second division, behind Greentree Stable’s Stir Up, who had become the new Derby favorite.

Pukka Gin

"In the language of the Hindus, Pukka means the best…Just where the word "Gin" fits into the name…is difficult to figure."
(The Evening Independent, March 15, 1944)


As with many unique racehorse names, the one bestowed on 1943 Champagne Stakes winner Pukka Gin inspired rumors and stories. The most popular version stated that owner and breeder C.V. Whitney had initially intended for the bay son of two-time Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Firethorn to be named Pukka Gen. However, through either bad handwriting or poor eyesight, the name was recorded as Pukka Gin, and Whitney decided to leave it that way. 

The name, and the horse that bore it, were discussed at great length over the winter of 1943-44, when he was the winter book favorite for the Kentucky Derby. This reputation rested largely on his victory in the Champagne Stakes, in which he defeated future Derby winner Pensive, future Champion 3-Year-Old colt Occupy, and Champion Juvenile colt Platter. Pukka Gin received the high weight of 126 pounds in the 1943 Experimental Free Handicap, two more than the acknowledged champion Platter. 

Sadly, Pukka Gin was not the same horse at three. Early in the year, he was still considered to have Derby promise. He “showed strength” while finishing “a fast closing second” in one division of the Experimental Handicap at Jamaica on April 13. But by the time of the Wood Memorial on April 23, he was “the disappointment of the two races” (the Wood Memorial being run in two divisions that year). He finished fourth in the second division, behind Greentree Stable’s Stir Up, who had become the new Derby favorite.

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