Stonestreet’s guide to foaling

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Last month we talked about the physical and behavioral changes in broodmares that precede foaling. These outward signs are indications of the internal contractions guiding the foal toward the birth canal. (read more)

Kentucky Oaks: Don’t miss it!

Every year, the Kentucky Oaks (first Friday in May) is a good race. This year, though, it’s a “can’t-miss” race because there are least two incredibly talented and fast fillies. Just recently, Polar Wind has come into the spotlight after winning 3-3 in the last two months and by huge margins in Dubai. Songbird, America’s undefeated filly, has been so impressive there has been talk about her chances in the KY Derby if she’d had the chance to run. (She cannot because her points are only for Oaks races. Her people had to choose early on whether it would be the Oaks or the Derby, and they chose the Oaks.)

It’s still early, of course, and a lot can change between now and the beginning of May. The others in the race are training and racing, growing, maturing, improving, and you never know – we could have another rising star or two to rival Polar Wind and Songbird soon. Stay tuned and don’t miss this year’s Oaks. It’s going to be a thriller!

Read Brian Zipse’s top 10 for the Oaks so far.

Mike Smith aboard Songbird after her (easy) Breeder’s Cup win:

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Frosted Emerging from the Shadows

 

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Almost like Sham in 1973, Frosted ran in American Pharoah’s shadow in 2015, finishing behind him every time they ran together. He was usually good, but American Pharoah was always better. In their last race together, the Breeder’s Cup Classic, Frosted came in a surprising 7th. Several months later, after resting, training, time, and maturing, Frosted’s four-year-old career started with a huge win in Dubai. Though the track could be considered slower than American tracks, Frosted still ran easily to take more than a second off the track record. He obviously loves the track there. Could he be our next American winner of the Dubai World Cup in March?

 

Easy Win for Frosted in First Meydan Start

Frosted took an impressive step toward his early spring goal of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) when he overwhelmed eight rivals to win the $250,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 Sponsored by EGA (UAE-II) Feb. 4 at Meydan.

Source: Easy Win for Frosted in First Meydan Start | BloodHorse.com

 

See also: Frosted Impressive in Dubai

Being GOD 101—The Basics of World Building

Reblogging a person who is reblogging. Well, hey. It works. I’m mainly reblogging this because I want to read up on this stuff (and more) and I’m too tired right now to concentrate. Besides, there’s this really loud song in my head and I can’t turn it down. It happens.

 

Source: Being GOD 101—The Basics of World Building

Texas Red still out there

One of my favorite horses in recent years is Texas Red. He has had such potential, but it seemed like Murphy’s Law is following him closely. What can go wrong has gone wrong. His disappointing run in his last race was surprising to me, but I think he’s still got potential. As a 4-year-old this year, his trainer is taking his time and molding this horse into what is hopefully an older male champion.
Read more on the impressive and beautiful Texas Red.

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Remember CA Chrome? He’s still going!

California Chrome came off his disappointing loss at the Belmont with a good run in the Breeder’s Cup Classic, then an impressive win on the turf. He tried running in Europe, but could not pull off a win. He then had an injury, so his owners decided to retired him to stud. Shortly thereafter, in a surprise decision, DAP Racing sold Chrome to Taylor Made Farm. The new owners decided instead of retiring him, they would let him heal up and continue racing. Fortunately, his original trainer, Art Sherman, was able to continue training him. He had been heartbroken when the champion was moved to Europe, and now his favorite horse was back in his barn. Once Chrome’s cannon bones healed, he went back into training and then impressively won a recent Grade I race in California. Read more on the continuing saga.

 

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California Chrome, under Victor Espinoza, wins the King Glorious Stakes, the final stakes race at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 22, 2013.

Photo courtesy of DRF.com, taken by Barbara D. Livingston

Ziconic set to debut soon!

Remember Zenyatta from several years ago? Her amazing wins? She beat the boys in the ’09 Breeder’s Cup Classic, one of the hardest races to win in the world. She was Horse of the Year in 2010. Legendary horse. She’s been having babies the last few years, and Ziconic is her 2nd, and sired by Tapit, one of the world’s leading sires (and a GORGEOUS gray, btw). This horse is bred to win.

Read more:

Ziconic Gives Zenyatta Fans New Hope

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Why Amazon May Decide Not to Post Your Book Review

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So…here’s my tangent today and I’d like to share it with all of you.

Yesterday I noticed a post on my Facebook feed about a petition to prevent Amazon from arbitrarily deciding not to post book reviews based upon their belief that the reviewer might know the author.  What this means is that if you post a book review and  Amazon thinks you know the author personally, they may refuse to publish your book review.

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I find this really disturbing, and here’s why:  what criteria is Amazon using to determine whether I know the author?  Is it because I’m giving a really great review?  Is it because I follow their Facebook Author Page?  Maybe I’ve interacted with the author a few times through that page.  Or maybe, just maybe, I’m Facebook “friends” with an author.  The problem is that none of those contacts mean that I actually know an author.  It…

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Visit to Secretariat’s birthplace

It was Secretariat’s birthday yesterday (Mar 28) and to celebrate, they threw a huge party for fans. It was called the VA Horse Festival, held at Meadow Event Park, formerly The Meadow, where he was born. and was pretty much heaven. That many horses in one place just had to be heaven. Aside from the cold, bitter wind, it was absolutely perfect. 

Charlie Davis (Red’s exercise rider) was there to tell stories as he sat at the Secretariat booth in the exhibit hall, and he also rode along with a tour and told stories about the famed horse. Penny Chenery’s daughter, Kate Chenery Tweedy was also there and rode along with a few tours also. Bill Nack was supposed to be there, but got sick at the last minute. I was really looking forward to meeting him too. I was especially looking forward to meeting Ron Turcotte, who I hear is the nicest guy ever (well, he is Canadian), but unfortunately he was in an auto accident and broke both legs! Can you imagine? He asked for one blue cast and one white cast, (Meadow’s colors) though, and has been in good spirits from what I hear. I was able to sign a get well card for him, which was nice. I bought an autographed photo of the Belmont stretch run where Ronnie’s peeking back at the rest of the field way back there. My new prized possession.

I took a bunch of pictures so you can see what it was like! 🙂 Some of the photos have captions. Some are self explanatory. 

I’ll definitely be going back next year!

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Good news!

Chivalry is now available in paperback on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FY5K3YE

I’ll also be giving away three autographed copies of the paperback version on Goodreads soon. As soon as that goes live, I’ll post a link.

The book is selling and getting good reviews so far. I’m so appreciative of my friends who have helped me through this journey. (see also Acknowledgements inside the book) I’m sure most of my sales are from friends, but that does help me get a leg up into the book-selling world. Pun intended. Did you get it? 😀