Megan. 21. Texas girl. Horse racing nut. Proud owner of way too much stuff. 90's kid for life. Potty potty Potterhead. Forever Hiddlestoned. Movie enthusiast, the older the better. Mama to two dogs, a rabbit, and a kitty (soon to be more!). Cleans dog poo for a living. Glad and willing to answer any questions, at all times. I love conversation
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*NOTE: None of these photos are mine (unless otherwise stated), obviously, because most of these horses died way before I was born. I did, however, pay for the rare and vintage magazines and books that a lot of these photos come from
asdfghjkeara asked: I recently bought an ottb mare named Onashoestring, she's an 8 year old grey. I was just curious as to her past in the racing world. I dont know much about racing, so I was wondering if you could help me by telling me if her bloodlines are any good? Or if you know anywhere to get info on them besides the jockey club? Id love to see pics of her as a foal but I googled her breeder and couldnt find anything. Anyway, figured I'd try since you're like a horse racing goddess. Love your blog!
"Horse racing goddess"
Oh but you do me too great an honor there, hun. I will gladly accept the lesser title of “Horse Racing Empress”
Anyways, about your baby (and kudos for buying an OTTB!). Onashoestring is by Buddha, out of Ayers Rock. To start, her sire won the 2002 Wood Memorial (Gr1). He stood at Hill n Dale, then Pin Oak Lane, and was finally sold to Argentina in 2010. Buddha was himself a son of Unbridled’s Song, who, as anyone who regularly reads this blog knows, was literally my least favorite stallion in America (all to do with his genetically weak ankles/legs). However, he is seen as a positive influence in pedigrees (provided you don’t intend to race long or hard). Buddha’s dam was an unraced Storm Cat mare named Cahooters, but hey Storm Cat was totally awesome
(Perhaps it’s just me, but I find it a tad bit ironic that both Unbridled’s Song and Storm Cat died last year)
Continuing, your girl’s dam, Ayers Rock, was a stakes-placed daughter of Slew the Knight, a son of Seattle Slew (Triple Crown bloodlines are quite exciting, no?). Slew the Knight won one of the divisions of the 1989 Saranac Handicap (Gr2), as well as the Hill Prince Stakes (Gr3). Ayers Rock was out of the unraced Alleged mare Sinful Sooni. Alleged, btw, won back-to-back Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1977 and 78, and was was twice named a champion in France
Now, as to her racing career, I turn to my good friend Equibase. She won five races from 24 starts, nearly all of them in claiming races. She broke her maiden in July of 2008 at Charles Town, and her remaining four wins came at Charles Town and Mountaineer. If you follow the link, you can read the charts for her races (you have to sign up to see the videos)
Hope that helps!
Okay so I’ve spent the last four hours or so attempting to both create a gif and then upload it to Tumblr
Tumblr, of course, refuses to upload any version/size/speed of this gif, and the one time it did upload, it wouldn’t play
So fuck this shit I’m done but it’s such a nice little gif that I don’t want to abandon it entirely so would anyone be able/willing to help?
goforbold asked: Have any photos of Beauty Humor? A Sunday Silence grandbaby is definitely one I'd love to watch for!
Unfortunately, I do not have one of her…
But I do have one of her mother! Silence Beauty is a daughter of Sunday Silence, out of multiple Grade 1 winning mare (and champion producer) Maplejinksy
goforbold asked: Hey! Have any juveniles you've got your eye on?
Are we talking about this year’s upcoming juveniles? Because yeah I totally do
Jess’s Dream, obviously. Can’t wait at all to see him race, if he does race this year. Stonestreet kept Samantha Nicole out of racing last year, so I’m pretty sure they won’t rush Taco if he’s not ready
(Samantha, incidentally, is currently working at the Fair Grounds. She breezed from the gate five days ago, so making steady progress there)
And we can’t forget Union Jackson! (That’s Chili to Rachel’s Taco, for those who don’t remember). This is the big year that our two favorite little paddock buddies can make their debut, and I would personally love to see them in the same race at some point
And the wonderfully named Afleet Alexsis, who will hopefully follow after older brother Afleet Alex
I’m also quite interested in a colt called Honorable Duty, sired by Distorted Humor and out of Mesmeric. Mesmeric is 1/2 to Empire Maker, so the breeding there is intriguing
And really, I’m thrilled to see any of Quality Road or Blame’s first crop (racing age this year!!)
Beauty Humor is a Distorted Humor filly out of a Sunday Silence mare, so you might could see why I’m excited there
Tasty Temptation’s adorable little Candy Ride foal has been named Imyoursugardaddy, and I just want to see that name in action
And finally, I’m super excited to see Twirling Candy’s full brother Dubai Sky
ALL THESE FOALS OMG I REMEMBER WHEN THEY WERE BORN AND NOW THEY’RE RACING AGE LOL