August42014
3-year-old Celt, a star often outshined by his stablemate Colin, is eased down approaching the finish of the 1908 Brooklyn Handicap at Gravesend 
The popular Celt was applauded by the then-record crowd of 25,000 during the post parade, and he “cantered past the grandstand looking the winner that he proved to be”. Although didn’t break well, Celt was in front by the half-mile, and “from that time to the finish he was never in danger.” Eased down, he won in stakes record time for the 1 1/4 miles. It was only the second running of the Brooklyn, but Celt’s time was also a track record
Fair Play, the eternal rival, finished a game second, with Master Robert third. Fair Play had run second to Colin in the Belmont Stakes only two days prior to competing in the Brooklyn 

3-year-old Celt, a star often outshined by his stablemate Colin, is eased down approaching the finish of the 1908 Brooklyn Handicap at Gravesend 

The popular Celt was applauded by the then-record crowd of 25,000 during the post parade, and he “cantered past the grandstand looking the winner that he proved to be”. Although didn’t break well, Celt was in front by the half-mile, and “from that time to the finish he was never in danger.” Eased down, he won in stakes record time for the 1 1/4 miles. It was only the second running of the Brooklyn, but Celt’s time was also a track record

Fair Play, the eternal rival, finished a game second, with Master Robert third. Fair Play had run second to Colin in the Belmont Stakes only two days prior to competing in the Brooklyn 

7PM
12PM

Jess’s Dream (aka Taco) had his first turn around the Saratoga track this morning! Both of his parents won the Gr1 Woodward Stakes there, so hopefully he takes to it also

(Photos from NYRA Facebook page)

August32014

startinggate:

Sweet Reason came running late to win her third lifetime G1 race in the Test Stakes (I).

This would be a filly with a future. Hopefully. We seem to be running dry on older ladies being awesome lately…

(via myfatherisalumberjack)

8PM
Three-year-old Sham leads the post parade for the 1973 Santa Anita Derby, followed by stablemate Knightly Dawn
In one of the greatest performances of his sadly abbreviated career, Sham pulled off a surprise victory over 1-2 favorite Linda’s Chief. Proving himself to be one of the fastest horses of the 20th century, he equaled the Santa Anita Derby record set by Lucky Debonair in 1965. The time, 1:47 flat for nine furlongs, has been equaled once since, but never bested 

Three-year-old Sham leads the post parade for the 1973 Santa Anita Derby, followed by stablemate Knightly Dawn

In one of the greatest performances of his sadly abbreviated career, Sham pulled off a surprise victory over 1-2 favorite Linda’s Chief. Proving himself to be one of the fastest horses of the 20th century, he equaled the Santa Anita Derby record set by Lucky Debonair in 1965. The time, 1:47 flat for nine furlongs, has been equaled once since, but never bested 

3PM
50-1 longshot Airborne powers down the center of the track to overtake Gulf Stream and win the 1946 Epsom Derby
The 1946 Derby was the first to be run at Epsom following World War II, when it had been moved to Newmarket. As such, a huge crowd turned out, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Airborne, an unimpressive juvenile who had broken his maiden only a few weeks prior, went off at 50-1 in the field of 17. His jockey, Tommy Lowrey, pushed him wide coming down the stretch, and he caught front-running Gulf Stream inside the final furlong
Airborne remains the last grey horse to win the Derby

50-1 longshot Airborne powers down the center of the track to overtake Gulf Stream and win the 1946 Epsom Derby

The 1946 Derby was the first to be run at Epsom following World War II, when it had been moved to Newmarket. As such, a huge crowd turned out, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Airborne, an unimpressive juvenile who had broken his maiden only a few weeks prior, went off at 50-1 in the field of 17. His jockey, Tommy Lowrey, pushed him wide coming down the stretch, and he caught front-running Gulf Stream inside the final furlong

Airborne remains the last grey horse to win the Derby

3PM
Ad Valorem
American-bred and British-raced son of Danzig, winner of the 2004 Middle Park Stakes (Gr1) and 2006 Queen Anne Stakes (Gr1). Standing stud at Kelvinside in Australia since 2007  

Ad Valorem

American-bred and British-raced son of Danzig, winner of the 2004 Middle Park Stakes (Gr1) and 2006 Queen Anne Stakes (Gr1). Standing stud at Kelvinside in Australia since 2007  

3PM

dark-bay said: do you have any posts on Dawn Run, Quevega and/or Orphee des Blins? They're all absolutely stunning jump racing mares.

Sorry, that’s a nope! I very rarely post about steeplechasing (or really any non-flat racing horse sport), and those girls have not been featured 

3PM
Gorgeous boy!!
Jess’s Dream (aka Taco) arrived at Saratoga this morning, just in time for his daddy’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony 
Photo from Stonestreet Farm Twitter

Gorgeous boy!!

Jess’s Dream (aka Taco) arrived at Saratoga this morning, just in time for his daddy’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony 

Photo from Stonestreet Farm Twitter

August22014
Juddmonte Farm’s prized broodmare Toussaud, dam of five graded stakes winners, with her pet goat Liz
In addition to providing companionship, Liz was a valuable aid in keeping watch over the often-sick mare. Toussaud first suffered colic after the birth of her son, Empire Maker, in 2000, and she was prone to repeat it thereafter. The staff of the farm kept close watch on her, and they knew to immediately call the vet if she began nipping at Liz and pinning her ears

Juddmonte Farm’s prized broodmare Toussaud, dam of five graded stakes winners, with her pet goat Liz

In addition to providing companionship, Liz was a valuable aid in keeping watch over the often-sick mare. Toussaud first suffered colic after the birth of her son, Empire Maker, in 2000, and she was prone to repeat it thereafter. The staff of the farm kept close watch on her, and they knew to immediately call the vet if she began nipping at Liz and pinning her ears

12AM
Dance With Ravens
(A.P. Indy - Dance Smartly)

Dance With Ravens

(A.P. Indy - Dance Smartly)

12AM
Horses led out for a race in Berlin, circa 1920’s

Horses led out for a race in Berlin, circa 1920’s

August12014
Sometimes, the proof is in the picture
The 1946 Hopeful Stakes was staged as a meeting between the two top juveniles of the year - John R. Bradley’s gelding Blue Border, and William Helis’ Cosmic Bomb. And indeed, it was down to those two at the finish. Blue Border shoved his nose over the wire first, but they were “not more than two inches apart”. The winning time was a new record, 1:17 for 6.5 furlongs. However, before the celebrations could begin, the objection sign flashed, and many expected Blue Border to be disqualified for crowding in on Cosmic Bomb in the stretch. On the report of patrol judge Myron Davis, who had a bird’s-eye view of the finish, it was Cosmic Bomb who was disqualified instead. 
This caused “a violent argument” to spring up, both among fans and the connections of the horses, and “there was talk of suits and the like”. Fortunately, in Blue Border’s winner’s circle picture (above), it was noted that his saddle cloth was askew, “the lower fold…pulled out and down some eight inches”. This gave proof to Myron Davis’ claim that Shelby Clark, on Cosmic Bomb, had grabbed Blue Border’s cloth, and thus caused his disqualification

Sometimes, the proof is in the picture

The 1946 Hopeful Stakes was staged as a meeting between the two top juveniles of the year - John R. Bradley’s gelding Blue Border, and William Helis’ Cosmic Bomb. And indeed, it was down to those two at the finish. Blue Border shoved his nose over the wire first, but they were “not more than two inches apart”. The winning time was a new record, 1:17 for 6.5 furlongs. However, before the celebrations could begin, the objection sign flashed, and many expected Blue Border to be disqualified for crowding in on Cosmic Bomb in the stretch. On the report of patrol judge Myron Davis, who had a bird’s-eye view of the finish, it was Cosmic Bomb who was disqualified instead. 

This caused “a violent argument” to spring up, both among fans and the connections of the horses, and “there was talk of suits and the like”. Fortunately, in Blue Border’s winner’s circle picture (above), it was noted that his saddle cloth was askew, “the lower fold…pulled out and down some eight inches”. This gave proof to Myron Davis’ claim that Shelby Clark, on Cosmic Bomb, had grabbed Blue Border’s cloth, and thus caused his disqualification

8PM

Anonymous said: Why is War Emblem called gay?

laughterbynight:

afleetalexandra:

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Hehehehehehehehehehe

Anyways, War Emblem being “gay” (or being referred to as “Brokeback Emblem”) is a running joke in the racing/breeding community. Basically, War Emblem was sold to Japan after his retirement (it was hoped he would be a replacement for Sunday Silence), but when he got there…he refused to breed any mares. Like, at all. He got physically violent a few times, kicking and biting at any mares presented to him. He sired something like four or five foals during his first year. Thus, the running joke was that he was obviously gay - he had no interest in any mares 

The reality, though, was more psychological. After being evaluated by experts, he was moved further away from any other stallions on the barn and given his own harem of mares. The theory was that he was intimidated by the other stallions, and living only with his mares would boost his confidence. This seemed to work, and he began breeding more of the mares in his harem, but the next year he was back to his old habits. It’s a balancing act with him. It ought to be noted that he does have a “type” - he’s partial to smaller mares, and likes chestnuts above other colors

Despite the small number of them, War Emblem’s foals are proving him to be a potentially great sire. He had sired a number of stakes winners in Japan, including Classic winner Black Emblem, champion Robe Tissage, and multiple winners Civil War, King’s Emblem, and War Tactics

It’s actually possible that he doesn’t prefer mares. Humans are far from the only animals on the planet that engage in homosexuality, or any variation of sexual preference. It’s also not uncommon for stallions to have preferences in mares either. You don’t see it much domestically because humans choose their breeding partners, but that’s perfectly normal.

If he’s never shown any inclination towards stallions, this could just be something else. Or, he might not have the drive to breed at all. Also a possibility.

I’m sure this is unthinkable in an industry driven by pumping out new race horses by the thousands, but they might have to get used to the idea that he’s not much of a breeder.

Some wild stallions never have bands of their own and never sire any foals. If they don’t have the drive to challenge others for mares, they just live out their lives as bachelor stallions.

Intimidation sounds like more of a reach imo. That will usually come up if two stallions are fighting and one wins the battle, or if one stallion is much larger and stronger than his would-be opponent. But just being in a stallion barn where he’s not even interacting with other stallions outside of a sniff or some posturing probably isn’t going to intimidate a full grown stallion if he would otherwise be interested in breeding. By design he should be even more agitated, seeing them as potential rivals. Not intimidated by default. Sounds like a more socially acceptable excuse than saying he’s not a breeder or that he might not be interested.

Yes, except:

  • War Emblem has never shown any inclination toward other stallions
  • War Emblem has shown inclination toward mares, the problem is that he is extremely selective in which mares he will breed. As I said, his handlers have noticed that he seems to prefer smaller mares, and chestnuts 
  • The intimidation factor may seem like a stretch to you, but not to the stallion behavioral experts that have worked with him. Besides the fact that separating him from the others and giving him his own harem did in fact work, albeit temporarily. It was clearly not the final solution, but it did help boost his numbers

I’m of the opinion that he probably just isn’t that interested in breeding, but I’m not claiming that I know for sure. The reason they are trying to figure it out is because he was an extremely expensive breeding prospect ($17 million, and his lack of output has cost Shadai upwards of $55 million in stud fees) and because the few offspring he has sired have almost all been winners. It is worth noting that Shadai is not forcing, intimidating, or otherwise mistreating War Emblem into breeding. They have given him his own paddock and barn, both isolated from other stallions, and he is surrounded by his own band of mares. He is free to run with them and breed the ones he likes. They parade other mares for him, and again, he is free to choose which ones he likes. They have found certain mares he “is enamored of”, and they use those as teasers when they have to, but otherwise he is allowed to pick his partners. He may not be hugely into breeding, but he does have some sex drive. 

6PM

Anonymous said: Why is War Emblem called gay?

image

Hehehehehehehehehehe

Anyways, War Emblem being “gay” (or being referred to as “Brokeback Emblem”) is a running joke in the racing/breeding community. Basically, War Emblem was sold to Japan after his retirement (it was hoped he would be a replacement for Sunday Silence), but when he got there…he refused to breed any mares. Like, at all. He got physically violent a few times, kicking and biting at any mares presented to him. He sired something like four or five foals during his first year. Thus, the running joke was that he was obviously gay - he had no interest in any mares 

The reality, though, was more psychological. After being evaluated by experts, he was moved further away from any other stallions on the barn and given his own harem of mares. The theory was that he was intimidated by the other stallions, and living only with his mares would boost his confidence. This seemed to work, and he began breeding more of the mares in his harem, but the next year he was back to his old habits. It’s a balancing act with him. It ought to be noted that he does have a “type” - he’s partial to smaller mares, and likes chestnuts above other colors

Despite the small number of them, War Emblem’s foals are proving him to be a potentially great sire. He had sired a number of stakes winners in Japan, including Classic winner Black Emblem, champion Robe Tissage, and multiple winners Civil War, King’s Emblem, and War Tactics