Diary Post #421

GIACOMO....cuddling up to a friend! Photo from Geri Bidwell's files


Hello,

What a sweet photo this is! Our pal, GIACOMO, is now residing at Magali Farm in California. Here he is cuddling up to a friend of ours, Geri, who was recently visiting the farm with her family.

Can you imagine what a lovely and dear horse he is! As a stallion, “G” is so warm and friendly. Geri commented to Dottie, “you can tell he has had a great deal of handling and love during his life.” “G” spent his entire racing career at BARN 55, then started his stallion career at Adena Springs in KY, and now he’s at Magali.

I know GIACOMO was adored at BARN 55! MY JOHN spoke of him often with great love and respect. To this day, “G’s” photo crossing the finish line and winning the Kentucky Derby is on his stall door of his home at the barn. Everyday when I’d walk around the shed row either getting ready to go to the track or cooling out afterwards, I’d walk by his stall with see his photo on the door! It was very inspirational!

While at stud at Adena Springs in KY, Bill, in their stallion division, did a video showcasing Giacomo. It illustrated so many of his special qualities. In this presentation, Bill commented “G” was a stallion on their tour that he could always count on to entertain the fans, run with joy around the paddock for them, and even stand there politely and let young children pet him. (He adores peppermints!) Now, at Magali, he continues to demonstate these same genuine and loving qualities!

There is no blanket statement about stallions that one can make …but overtime, it has been noted that a stallion can often become very independent and quite aloof. It is just the nature of many stallions. That is why it is especially endearing to see “G” interact with people with such affection.

Per Geri, “he worked his way straight into my heart….he is a very special horse.”

It is amazing how GRAY horses often turn SO WHITE as they get older. GIACOMO is getting lighter and lighter each year. ZAZU, another one of my MOSS pals, is also “gray”. She has just arrived back to the track from her RNR…and from all reports, it appears she is getting to be quite ‘light’ in appearance. I can imagine that those colored saddle towels will look FABULOUS on her when she returns to the races!

All BLESSINGS to GIACOMO at Magali! It looks like he has settled in beautifully!

Giacomo running around the paddock in his new home! Wow…he's still got a great turn of foot! Photo by Emily Shields



With Love,
Hugs to All~
Z

249 comments

  1. Thanks to all the posters, who posted links on Giacamo; SUPERB !!!

  2. HEY ZENNY, GIACOMO IS ONE BEAUTIFUL MAN…. HE SEEMS TO BE HAVING A GREAT TIME…..SENDING HUGS AND KISSES TO YOU Z, BABY Z, GIACOMO, TASTY AND BERNIE…..STAY WARM…..ENJOY YOUR DAY : ) LOVE LORI XOXOXO……..

  3. Good Afternoon Zenny – I hope you and Tasty had a wonderful day out in your paddock. It’s good to hear that Giacomo has returned home to California. He looks so much like his sire Holy Bull: http://www.darleyamerica.com/stallions/our-stallions/holy-bull/conformation
    He definitely is a very handsome horse and I’m not surprised that he is so sweet and loving. Under John and Barn 55’s care, I can never expect anything less.

  4. The picture of Giacomo running in the paddock reminds me so much of one of my favorite all-time greats in Skip Away: http://gallery.pictopia.com/thehorse/gallery/40070/photo/7886780/?o=13
    Grey horses have always been my favorites. They definitely stand out, and they remind me so much of the Christmas scenes represented by Currier and Ives of grey horses pulling the sleigh across the snow.

    1. AWWW. SKIPPY is one of my ABSOLUTE favourites too! What a GREAT race horse. A name to be remembered — FOREVER!

  5. Zenyatta, Don’t you just a Grey Stallion? He is just beautiful in full stride.

  6. Loved the picture of Giacomo–those who are loved are loving in return!

    Now that we have the third consequetive “Lady of the Year” perhaps we should read again this quote from the koran–“and to create the mare, God said to the south wind, I will create from you a being which shall be a happiness to the good and a misfortune to the bad. Happiness shall be on her forehead, Beauty on her back, and Joy in the possessor.

    1. Lovely quote. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hi Zenny, Giacomo looks very happy in his new home. He truly is a gorgeous horse!! It is nice for California breeders to have a Kentucky Derby winner to breed their mares to. I wish him much success!
    I hope you and Tasty are having a nice day!
    Love to all,
    Leslie

  8. Someone mentioned Skip Away but no one has mentioned Silver Charm or (my favorite grey of all time) Free House. That was such a fun rivalry back in 1997-99. Two handsome greys to cheer for! Free House had such a personality; very much like a certain bay mare whose name begins with Z … :)

    1. Count me in on the Sliver Charm fan club!! I fell in love with him when he was on the triple crown trail and try to keep up with his new job in Japan. The photos I’ve seen on his web-site clearly show that he has become one of those stunning white grays – beautiful! Glad you mentioned him. :)

  9. Zenyatta,

    I also love the grey’s. Mr. G. is out of this world Gorgeous, and what a gentle disposition. Would love to visit him and Mine That Bird. Hope you and Tasty are keeping warm and cozy. xoxo.

  10. Zenny, I remember that Kentucky Derby like it was yesterday. That was the first time I saw your JOHN and the MOSSES. What an incredible race he ran…a 50 – 1 shot who seemed to come out of nowhere.

    He certainly looks very happy and healthy. But then your Jerry and Ann would not have it any other way.
    You always have such an upbeat message for us…I especially liked this one which included news on your other pal, Zazu. She is also a beauty. Stay warm on these cold winter nights …wish I could be there to give you an big hug and kiss.

  11. What a beautiful boy!!! He looks like he wants to be racing…

  12. Oh I just love Giacomo and thank you for the update and pictures! He is beautiful as always and looks right at home in Southern California!!

  13. Congrats to Super Saver who sired his first foal – a filly out of Yield To Faith (High Yield): http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/67051/super-savers-first-foal-is-a-filly
    The majority of the foals born so far this year have been fillies; it makes me wonder if Baby Z is a filly too.
    GIRL POWER!!!!

    1. I think I read somewhere that fillies tend to be born a little earlier than colts, which would explain why we’re seeing fillies first.

      1. Must take a little longer to finish that plumbing, huh. LOL

        1. Good one!

        2. ROTFL!

  14. MARTY, LOVED THE JOKE. TERRT CROW YOU ARE SOMETHING ELSE. MY HUSBAND LIKES TO MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH TOO. MY JOKE …WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WESTERN BOOTS AND COWBOY BOOTS, THE POOP IS IN THE WESTERN ONES, THE COWBOY BOOTS IT IS ON THE OUTSIDE. ENJOYED THE PHOTO OF G. ALL HORSES SHOULD HAVE GOOD MANNERS, BUT THE STORIES FLOW OF FESTY ONES, EVEN THE MARES. I GUESS IT IS LIKE PEOPLE.. I AM READING A PIECE IN OUR LOCAL PAPER ON BUCKPASSER. IT IS VERY INTERESTING. SO MANY WONDERFUL HORSES, SO LITTLE TIME…LOVE TO ALL SHERRY

    1. Sherry-Thanks for sharing that joke. Good one!

  15. TO ALL: A HUGE favourite of “the greys” is Barbara Livingston. One of the loves of her life was the incomparable Spectacular Bid. If you GOOGLE Barbara’s name it will take you to her (relatively new) website and you will see many greys there.

    For anyone interested in the genetic history of grey thoroughbreds, here’s a very early post from THE VAULT about Black Tie Affair and it goes into the VERY INTERESTING history of grey thoroughbreds. I wrote it for Michael Blowen, just after Black Tie Affair died. He was one of Michael’s GREAT LOVES. As I was doing the research, I came across this really interesting stuff about “what makes greys grey” — a little like what you need in the genetic mix to have a blue-eyed (human) descendant. The grey gene is also a neat way to track dominance in a thoroughbred’s bloodlines:
    http://thevaulthorseracing.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/black-tie-affair-for-michael-blowen/

    1. Dear Abigail:
      I love the photos that Barbara Livingston takes of our beloved horses. Here is her tribute to Spectacular Bid on his 25th birthday last February.

      http://www.drf.com/blogs/spectacular-bids-25th-birthday-february-17-2001

      1. OOPS. Don’t mind me. This tribute to SB by Barbara Livingston was done in February 2001. Hugs, JB

        1. Judy thank you so much for this link, I enjoyed seeing this great stalllion in his golden years. And doesn’t he look magnificent, clear eyed and so very intelligent. Glad he lived a long and productive life, and I’m glad your back contributing again. Hugs

  16. Desert Party, whose sire is Street Cry, also sired a filly. The dam is Spikes (Dixie Union). The filly was born January 7th at Machmer Hall in Lexington, KY. Perhaps its wishful thinking, but an offspring of Street Cry and an offspring of A.P Indy, through the dam’s side is a filly, hmm? I know it’s somewhat the opposite of Zenny’s breeding, but who knows; perhaps the female genes are strong in both families.

  17. Giacomo is so beautiful. I have never really paid so much attention to all of these beautiful creatures. Thank you Zenny and Dottie for all of the various explanations that you give. It is so helpful. Hugs and Love to all.

  18. BIG OOPs – It’s been a long day at school for me. I confused the grand dam and sire of the two stories I posted (Super Saver and Desert Party). Do you think I want Baby Z’s foal to be a filly???

  19. Hello Zeny! How are you today? Hope you and Tasty are doing well.

    Missed reading your postings. It was tough to read and write during my trip to the Philippines because my mom got very sick. I got back Tuesday night. Mom is still in the ICU but doing better. I have a horrible cough and cold from the trip.

    By the way, thank you for sharing the pictures of Giacomo. He is beautiful and looks content. I am sure he is happy to be back in California. No place like home.

    If any of my Z friends are planning to go and see him – please let me know. I would love to join you!

    Hugs and Kisses to you Zeny and Tasty. Praying for your good health and babies every day! Love Marilu

    1. Marilu-Hope you and your mom are feeling better soon. Good to see your post. I was curious as to how your mom is doing. Mothers are precious.

    2. Hi Marilu, glad you’re back. I hope your mother will improve shortly, and you’ll feel better. Stress is a great way to get a cold. Hopefully you’re both on the way to recovery.

    3. So glad you are back posting; hope you get
      Better soon

  20. I cannot wait to take some time this evening to go back to this incredible posts. I have come to love the grays/greys – wonder if both are correct to use? even way before Giacomo. One of my favorite fillies is Wickedly Perfect who was sold a couple of years back to a Japanese breeder. She won some nice races, but had an injury and was sold at the big sale for quite a bit of money. I even wrote Michael Blowen at Old Friends to please keep track of her. She was absolutely gorgeous and so talented until her injury. Zenyatta and Dottie – today’s post was again out of this world, I cannot wait to take a trip up to visit Giacomo. He is loving life that is for sure. I thought this was kind of fun as things already seem to be developing for the Kentucky Derby…http://www.horseracingnation.com/polls/current/kentucky_derby_2012_contenders… enjoy Thanks to all for these great posts today and every day

  21. Dear Z, TT, Dottie and Z Fans:
    HappyThursday to you. Wonderful photos of Giacomo. Think this might be the video you http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/watch/50E268CD-979A-4853-90C7-AFD0C228A938eferenced. He’s a beautiful guy. Love you Z and love to all of you, Judy and Russ

    http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/videos/watch/50E268CD-979A-4853-90C7-AFD0C228A938

    1. Hi Judy & Russ; just getting caught up and played your link to Giacomo. Thanks so much! G. was enjoyable to watch. His eyes look gentle too!! Hope both of you are doing fine and have only good things happen in 2012.

  22. Oh Z. Mr. G. is georgeous. If I get to Calif. again I will sure look him up.
    Happy day to you and TT and take care of those “soon to be born” foals. Is there alot of action in your round tummy? Kisses on your soft nose and TT too. XOXO.

  23. Hi Zenny! I love the pictures of GiacomoXOXO!

  24. Handsome Giacomo, Beautifual Zenyatta. The planet is a better place with the likes of them onboard! So grateful they both found their way to Barn 55.
    xoxo
    @Cynthia H – loved the Santa Anita clip – that glorious mountain backdrop was the same view from my backyard when growing up. Such sweet memories.

    1. Hi Margie,
      It is a lovely piece of video, isn’t it? The mountain backdrop which I see from my backyard is a bit farther down the range, but always beautiful. I hope all is well with Charlene, and I think of her often.

  25. Wonderful report. Thank you for this update. It’s so great to know how the older horse are doing.

  26. Wow! G he is very hansom, and you and TT, are so beautiful, I miss you I love you, Ingrid.

  27. Zenyatta, this horse, Giacomo, seems like a great one. You must know him very well, seeing as he lives at Barn 55, your old home. He seems like a great friend. That is a great picture of him. He is an absolutely beautiful horse. I would buy him in a heartbeat. I sometimes wish that were me in that picture. He seems very tolerant, very likeable, very nice, and he makes friends very very easily, no matter who it is, human or animal. I would at the very least be his best friend or one of his best friends in a heartbeat.

  28. Mr. G sure is handsome. The picture shows that he is a kind and gentle horse. I’m glad he’s back in sunny CA. Will you also be back to CA after your broodmare days?

  29. HIGH HOOF to YOUR MIKEY, Zenny! I’ll be there to cheer him into the winner’s circle :o)

    QUOTE: “Jockey Mike Smith will have the mount for Spawr and co-owner Sanford Thomas.”

    Amazombie returns in Palos Verdes Stakes
    http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2012/01/19/palos-verdes-stakes-preview.aspx

  30. Z – Giacomo’s does seem like a sweet and handsome gentleman. Now I have a reason to drive up to Santa Ynez this year….probably the closest I’ll ever get to Kentucky.

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