Catching Up with Ziconic

Ziconic and Sarah Pollock, Reaching Some Jumping Goals at Templeton Farms
(Photo Credit:  Chelsea Schmitz, Stories Told by Film)

Dear Fans,

Winter has been both busy and a lot of fun at the Farm.  Despite that it is February and the middle of Winter, the California Central Coast has felt more like Spring.  This has benefited our ability to train outside instead of just the covered arena every day.  So Ziconic gets to spend more time with Sarah enjoying warm up and cool down on the track that weaves through Templeton Farms and in the jumping court – his happy place.

We had some BIG FUN at the Farm earlier this month with our good friend, Chelsea Schmitz, Stories Told by Film.  Chelsea started her career as an equine photographer, and now focuses on weddings and events – BUT, she has not lost her eye or touch for horses.  We love what Chelsea does and think she has captured the essence of Ziconic during this photo shoot.  And one of several things we can confirm that Ziconic shares with his Mom, Zenyatta; They ALWAYS know where the camera is!

Ziconic Sharing Some Love with Linda at Templeton Farms
(Photo Credit: Chelsea Schmitz, Stories Told by Film)
Ziconic and Sarah at Templeton Farms
(Photo Credit: Chelsea Schmitz, Stories Told by Film)
Ziconic and Sarah – Both Smiling – at Templeton Farms
(Photo Credit: Chelsea Schmitz, Stories Told by Film)

We were so honored to have Jen Roytz, Executive Director, Retired Racehorse Project, visit us last month!  The love and effort this organization generates to support Thoroughbreds after their racing careers is truly AMAZING!  The next Thoroughbred Makeover will be October 7 – 10, 2020, Kentucky Horse Park, with 616 entries accepted – WOW!!  This is where brother, Cozmic One, made his debut competing for the 1st time and came in 5th!

Ziconic, Sarah, and Jen at Templeton Farms
(Photo Credit:  Linda R. Moss)

As mentioned in our last post, one of our visions and dreams for Ziconic is to have a role as an Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) Ambassador for the West Coast and beyond.  And as he continues his OTTB transition, we truly believe he is indeed becoming a great inspiration as a Sporthorse.  Last December 2019, we sponsored a jump to support CARMA and The Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horse Show at the LA Equestrian Center. We think this turned out GREAT!  So, we are very pleased to have our jump represented at the next Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show Spring 2020, March 21 – 22, 2020 at Galway Downs, Temecula, CA.

Thoroughbred Holiday Class Horse Show Sponsored Jump at the LA Equestrian Center
Ziconic, Sarah Pollock Sporthorses & Templeton Farms 
(Photo Credit:  Screen Shot taken from Horse Show Video)
Thank You to Our Wonderful Sponsors
                     (Photo Courtesy of The Thoroughbred Holiday Classic Horse Show, LA Equestrian Center) 

Please Note:  Unfortunately, Ziconic will not be attending this show at Galway Downs, but we do have plans in the future, so please stay tuned.    

If you have been following Ziconic on Facebook, you know he has become quite the Jolly Ball player.  This has become an everyday occurrence that can go on for 15 minutes at a time.  Z-Z, as everyone in the barn calls him, has learned how to “fling” his Jolly Ball, which then ends up in his neighbor’s walkout until someone retrieves it for him.  He not only has mastered his twirl; he enjoys having an audience – no surprise!

Video Credit: Sarah Pollock at Templeton Farms

Ziconic’s grandsire A.P. Indy passed away on Saturday at Lane’s End. Heart-felt condolences and R.I.P. to Lane’s End, Family, Connections.

Sending Joy & Hugs!


  1. Dear Z Fans:

    Here’s the replay of Tiz The Law’s win. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Judy,

      Thanks for posting the Florida Derby race. Tiz the Law ran beautifully! Congrats to him, Manuel Franco, Barclay Tagg and Sackatoga Stable!
      Congrats to Shivaree for second place, also (80-1?) — good job!

      Hugs and Love

  2. Dear Z Fans:

    Look at Social Paranoia, son of Street Boss (Street Cry), winning the Appleton Stakes. Shades of Z; he came from far back. The family’s running style. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Judy,

      Shades of Z indeed! Wow, SP come on like a freight train on the outside — impressive.
      Glad the order of finish stood — there was no interference that I could see. SP was well past March to the Arch and TG when he moved over. Congrats to Social Paranoia, Florent Geroux and all connections!

      An aside: “social paranoia” who knew this name would be apropos of the current scene.

      1. Oops, that should be ” . . . CAME on like a freight train . . . “!
        Fingers got out of order, I guess.

        AND I forgot to sign off! Thanks for the replay, Judy. 🥰

        Hugs and Love

  3. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, ZEL and DC:

    Enjoy your day and Happy Dreams. Love and Hugs, JB

  4. Dear Z Fans:

    Found this video of JS on the Forum. He talks about his training methods for Zelda. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Judy,
      Can’t thank you enough for the video of John. Loved his story about Zenyatta tossing her riders.

      Tiz The Law was something to see. Hope he stays healthy and safe until the big day in Sept. He is a great great great grandson of Man O War through Tiznow.

      1. Dear Shirlee:

        TIZ has a royal Ped. In addition to the original Red, he has, Tapit, AP Indy, Big Red, Slew on both sides and Forty Niner. Wow!

        1. Dear Zenyatta. Wishing you the most Happy Birthday ever!
          I hope your dear Ann comes for a visit although with this virus hanging over the land perhaps it will be postponed, but never think for one minute we have forgotten your special day. I hope you are feeling well and soon your foal will be here. Now as a,ways, wishing for a safe delivery and a beautiful healthy foal.
          We need your inspiration and uplifting personality more than ever.
          Thank you Lanes End. Everyone be safe and healthy.

    2. Thanks for this, Judy!

  5. Dear Judy,

    How fun to hear about Zellda’s progress, to hear John, to reminisce about the Queen! Many thanks!

    Hugs, Kathy

    1. Happy birthday Zenyatta!!

  6. I know Cosmic One was suppose to start his new career too as an OTTB
    Any news on him?
    I heard Zenny was in foal again too
    I’d love to see new March pics too :)

    1. Dear Roberta:

      COZ is at DeSousa Stables in KY. He’s trained by Isabela DeSousa. He competed last year at the OTTB Kentucky Horse Park show and out of over 100 horses, he finished 5th if I remember correctly. Here’s their Facebook page. Scroll to the left under Albums and there’s a box with photos of COZ. Just click on that. Love and Hugs, JB

  7. Great video of John. Thank you for sharing Judy Berube. It’s always fun to hear about Zenyatta and her babies too.

  8. Just watched videos of Spendthrift and Mill Ridge. It is beautiful in Kentucky. Got a quick glimpse of Vino Rosso and the other stallions at Spendthrift-No Omaha! Owner of Mill Ridge goes in the paddocks and feeds and pets some of the mares with babies.

    1. Dear Shirlee:

      He’s a lucky guy. Those babies are soooo precious. Love and Hugs, JB

  9. Dear Judy and all Z Fans,

    Hope you are doing okay and are well. This is a very bizarre time for this old world.
    I hope this link will work and that you are soothed by the beauty. You do not have to be on Facebook to access it.

    If the link doesn’t work, just google Wes Snyder Photography on Youtube. That should get you there. Awesome time-lapse videos taken near and on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

    Enjoy the Milky Way, and the reassuring presence of the ocean. 🐚 ❤️ 🐬

    Hugs and Love

    1. Dear Marshall:

      Thanks for this; just beautiful. The music too. Love and Hugs, JB

      1. Dear Judy,

        Glad you liked it. I looked at a few of his videos, and they are pretty amazing. I love how many stars can be seen on the Outer Banks. It reminds me of the night sky in the area where I grew up — you could see so many “diamonds in the sky” way back then before all the lights at night.

        Hope you had a nice weekend, or as nice as possible given our strange circumstances. So far, Bailey, Fenn and I are hanging in there. :-)

        Hugs and Love to you and Lola Mae

        1. Dear Marshall:

          We’re hanging in there too. Love and Hugs to you, Bailey and Fenn from me and Lola Mae.

  10. Dear Shirlee, Dee, Kathy, Celeste:

    Loved that video too and JS’s comments on ZEL and Z. She’s such a cutie. High spirited like Mama was on the track. Love and Hugs, JB

  11. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, ZEL and DC:

    Stay comfy and cozy in your stalls. Love all of you so much. Hugs, JBJJ

  12. Dear Z Fans:

    Old Friends will be offering virtual tours. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Judy,

      How EXCITING! Thank you for the heads up!

      Hugs, Kathy

      1. Dear Kathy:

        Love and Hugs, JB

  13. Here’s the first one from this morning. Love and Hugs, JB

  14. Dear Z Fans:

    An article on Covid 19 from the perspective of one of our favorites, Frankie D. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Judy,

      Thanks for the link. Prayers for Frankie’s parents and for all whose families are at risk of contracting, or have contracted COVID-19.

      Thanks a million for posting the BloodHorse slideshow of Secretariat — my hero! That is a wonderful compilation. Glad it included Riva Ridge, also. He was a special horse, too, and a favorite of Mrs. Chenery as I recall. I can’t look at that 1973 Belmont Stakes stretch run (even a still shot) without experiencing chills and misty eyes, even after all these years! 31 Lengths!!!!! Simply breathtaking — as Kathy wrote, “the horse that God built”, Amen!

      Hugs and Love 🏇 ❤️ 🏇

      1. Dear Marshall:

        Yes, prayers for Frankie’s parents and for all the people and medical staffs fighting this awful scourge.

        Can you believe it; 31 lengths win. Still gives me goosebumps and teary eyes too. We were so lucky to have him in our lifetime. Love and Hugs, JB

  15. Dear Z Fans:

    Wonderful commemoration of Secretariat’s life in photos from BloodHorse. Enjoy!

    Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Judy,

      Secretariat…the horse that God built! He was so great. Many thanks for posting, Judy!

      Hugs, Kathy

      1. Dear Kathy:

        Like no horse before or since. RIP CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS!

        Love and Hugs, JB

        1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY , Queen Zenyatta. We love you and admire how you inspire us to be better people. Never forget your beautiful dance moves and your exciting last to first wins.

  16. Just wanted to send all my prayers and blessings to everyone out there in the Land of Zen! Have not posted for a long time, but want everyone to know in the horse racing world that I am praying, all the time, for all the beautiful horses and all the people who take care of them, ride them, train them, own them, and us fans who love the sport. God’s got our back and it will take as long as it takes to get thru this, but we will! ;)

    Peace & Love,
    Kathy from SoCal (San Diego)

    1. Dear Kathy Baldwin,

      Great to see a post from you! Thanks so much for the uplifting message.
      Hope you are well and prayers for your good health (& those you love).

      Hugs and Love

    2. Dear Kathy B:

      Good to hear from you and I join our Marshall in prayers for your good health as well. Love and Hugs, JB

  17. Hello Elizabeth!

    Sending a shout-out to Elizabeth NM. Are you out there, Z friend?
    The video of the night sky over the Outer Banks of NC with all those stars brought you to mind since I am sure the night sky where you are must be amazing.

    I do hope you and your family are well. Please let us hear from you — we miss your lovely accounts of life in New Mexico, including the wildlife visitors to your home. Just let us know you are okay.

    Hugs and Love ❤️

    1. Dear Marshall:

      I join you in wishing our Elizabeth in NM well. Hope we hear from her soon. Love and Hugs, JB

      1. Dear Judy,

        I was checking into the archives last night (or wee hours of this morning) and could not find a post from our Elizabeth in NM after early June 2017. This is very worrisome since she and her husband had returned from their trip and from her medical check-up. I certainly hope she is okay; although, it is very odd that we haven’t gotten a more recent post. I did find your post to her from September 2017, but no follow-up response.

        Fingers crossed — praying for news. If anyone on the blog knows anything, please let us know.

        Hugs and Love

  18. Dear Z, COZ, ZI, ZEL and DC:

    Hope you had a lovely day today. Goodnight and Happy Dreams. Love You. Hugs, JB

  19. Dear Z Fans:

    Another great article by Steve Haskin. Below this article I have linked The Story of Invasor which he wrote in 2013. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Judy,

      Steve writes like none other! Thank you so much for posting! First time I saw Invasor’s name I thought it was in-VA-sor! lolololololol

      Hugs, Kathy

      1. Dear Kathy:

        Love and Hugs, JB🤭🤭

    2. Dear Judy,

      Thank you, dear friend. I have tears running down my cheeks — Steve has done it again!
      Brilliant!! Beautiful tribute to Invasor and all of Uruguay.

      Hugs and Love

  20. Get ready everyone. Tomorrow is our Queen Big Day on the tour. I hope they spend some time with her. Can’t wait to see her. Hope you all can tune in.

    1. Dear Shirlee:

      So looking forward to it. Maybe they’ll mention Z’s due date. Love and Hugs, JB

  21. Dear Z Fans:

    Just have to share this video I found of three day old filly by Oscar Performance out of Dream Fuhrever (Langfuhr), What an absolute Doll she is. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Judy,
      Thanks. What a cute little girl. Just full of life and energy.

      Happy Birthday to Zenny and our Red Prince. Hope both their days are wonderful. Anxiously awaiting the video tour today.

    2. Dear Judy,

      She is PRECIOUS! Thank you for sharing!

      Hugs, Kathy

    3. Dear Judy,

      This little girl is positively adorable! What a personification of spring — she is gorgeous.
      Congrats to Dream Fuhrever and Oscar Performance and connections.

      Happy Birthday in Heaven to A P Indy (March 31) — can’t believe you are gone. RIP

      Hugs and Love

  22. Dear Shirlee and Z Fans:

    This is a photo of the magnificent Omaha Beach. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. Dear Judy,

      He certainly IS magnificent! Thank you for sharing, Judy!

      Hugs, Kathy

  23. Happy Birthday, Zenyatta and Ziconic! I hope you both have a very special celebration today!

    Hugs, Kathy

  24. HAPPY 16TH BIRTHDAY, ZENYATTA !!! I am so excited that we will be able to visit with you live today on Lanes End virtual tour ! I am really looking forward to this.

    I hope that they will tell us your due date for your Candy Ride filly today during the tour. The date must be pretty soon seeing that we’re into April now. I will continue my prayers for an easy labor and a healthy foal for you.

    Happy Birthday to Ziconic, too. I keep checking the updates on his Facebook page & he looks like he is really enjoying his new life.

    I hope that the weather is bright & sunny for both Zi & you. God bless you both.

  25. Happy Birthday to our Zenny!!! Sweet 16!! I can’t believe you are now 16 years old. My goodness so much time has passed.

    Also a very Happy Birthday to Ziconic.

    Love you Zenny. You stay healthy.


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