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Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm


Happy Friday!

Ann’s recent trip to Lane’s End was all smiles as old friends were reunited. Mario and Carmen, who both worked with Zenyatta at Barn 55, joined Ann and got to meet Zenyatta’s 2017 Medaglia d’Oro filly. Scroll down for lots of photos.

Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm



Alys Emson Emson/Lane's End Farm

Alys Emson Emson/Lane’s End Farm

477 comments

  1. A lovely video from Godolphin about their retired TB’sDid’nt Peggy love African Story?
    http://www.facebook.com/teamgodolphin/

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Thanks for this wonderful video!
      They are all beautiful, and I am glad they have such nice second careers and are so lovingly cared for.

      Hugs and Love

    2. Sheena,
      Thanks for the video of the Godolphin horses. They all look wonderful.

    3. Dear Sheena, Thank You so much. Yes, just love African Story. So happy to see him. He looks just wonderful. Have to find out about another one of Godolphin horse’s that I just love too. Maverick Wave. I assume he is retired now too. Love him.

    4. Dear Sheena:

      Thank you so much for posting this video. Proves once again how talented our beloved TBs are. More gorgeous Chestnut Club members. Love and Hugs, JB

  2. Dear Max,

    :-)

    Love those chestnuts! Thanks again.

    Hugs and Cheers

    1. Oops, This should have been a reply to the Chestnut Conversations posted at the bottom of the previous page!

      Love these posts, Max.

      1. Glad that you enjoy them.

      2. I am not too sharp today it seems. Guess it has something to do with falling asleep in my wingback chair and awaking at 4:15 AM to toddle off to bed only to find that “Seabiscuit” was on a local station. Of course, yours truly had to watch it again! I love that movie. Maybe tonight I will retire at a decent hour?

        Lots of Hugs and Love to our heart-throb, Queen Z and her wonderful family! Hope all of you have a lovely day. Be safe if observing the solar eclipse tomorrow, please.

        Have a great week!

        1. Dear Marshall.I tend to watch late night films too.I stayed up to wait for the Pacific Classic last nightI always cry watching “Seabiscuit”.Have’nt seen it in a while over here.We both need early nights!Love and hugs to you and the pups.

  3. Gunnevera has arrived at Saratoga. He made good time on the road.

    http://www.horseracingnation.com/news/Gunnevera_arrives_at_Saratoga_for_Travers_Stakes_2017_123#

    1. Dear Max,

      Thanks for the updates on both Gunnevera and Ziconic!
      Best of Luck to both these gorgeous chestnuts next week — safe and sound always.

      Hugs and Cheers

    2. Dear Max, Thank you so very much for the updates. Judy had texted me too about Gunnevera. So glad he got there safely. Wow he made good time. Thanks too Max on the the continuation of the Gunn and Bisquits saga. Just love it.
      One more Chestnuts arrives to get in the mix at the Spa. Love It.

    3. Dear Max:

      Yes, Gunny made very good time. Now he can get acclimated to the Spa. Plenty of time.

      Godspeed Gunny and all safe and sound. Love and Hugs, JB

  4. Ziconic is racing again at Del Mar on August 25, 2017. Happy to see this. May the racing gods let this chestnut win!

    1. Thanks for the good news Another late night for me!Good luck Ziconic.

      1. I hope that you have something to cheer about that night.

    2. Dear Max:

      Thanks for this news on ZI.

      Godspeed Red Prince. You can do it!!! Love and Hugs, JB

  5. Safe trip to both our chestnut boys. Poor Gunnevera never gets to fly in style always on the van.

    1. These horse shipping vans are very well equipped, with set routes to the various US and Canadian tracks and with horse care people along to look after the horses. They use closed circuit tv to keep track of the travellers and to observe how they are doing on the trip. Usually, you have to provide ahead of time the kind of hay that the horse likes. Horses won’t eat any old hay. They like their own.. It’s pretty much travelling in style. Some horses like it a lot. The Olympic champion show jumper, Hickstead, liked vanning so much that sometimes they would van him around town before an event just to put him in a good mood.

  6. Another chestnut rolls to victory, this time at Woodbine in the Breeders Stakes, the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. Trained by Bill Mott, Channel Maker’s dam sire is Horse Chestnut. This looks like a pattern is developing. Go chestnuts.

    https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/223199/channel-maker-captures-breeders-stakes

    1. Wow, these chestnuts are on a roll!
      Congrats to Channel Maker and all connections! Looks like an exciting race.

      Sure hope some of this good fortune will smile on our Ziconic, too. 😍

      Thanks for the news, Max.

      Hugs and Cheers

    2. Congrats Channel Marker. Welcome to the Chestnut Club! Love and Hugs, JB

  7. What a beautiful day at Lane’s End captured by Alys!!! Ann, you and Our Queen act just like a tonic on one another. It is so good to see Mario and Carmen looking so very well, and it is obvious Queen Z not only recognizes them but cares deeply for them, as they do for her. How fun for Zenny to have 2 loved ones scratching on her back.

    Now, for Our PrinZess. I am so happy she has Dear Zenny’s ears!!! She is stunning and seems to have Her Mother’s personality.

    Ann, you look so very happy, and I hope you are. Thank you for loving us enough to keep us informed about Zenyatta!!!!!

    Alys, your talent shines.

    Love to ALL,
    Mary in Boone

  8. Sad to hear of the death of Jerry Lewis aged 91yrs.Loved his partnership with Dean Martin.A laugh a minute.RIP funny man.

    1. Dear Sheena,

      I just heard this on our late news broadcast. Jerry Lewis did a lot for the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc., also — the telethon hosted by him (for 2 days) over Labor Day ran for a long time and raised huge amounts of money for research and care.
      Rest in Peace, Jerry Lewis. You and Dean gave us a lot of good entertainment, and now you are reunited. Thanks for the memories.

      Hugs and Love

      1. RIP Jerry Lewis. My sister and I loved his movies as children. Saw every one. Love and Hugs, JB

  9. Dear Judy:Sad to hear Almanzor has been retired after his recent poor showing and a setback.He was champion 3yr old colt last year.His owners were aiming him at the Arc in October.Have you heard of the Cornish and Devon Rex as well?More curly coats and the Devon has big ears.Wet tonight again but rain is warmer today!Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank Bentley Willow and all the sweeties.Love and hugs.SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Wishing Almanzor a happy, healthy retirement. No, the curly coats are new to me. They are beautiful. Will look for photos. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Frank, Bentley and all the Sweeties

  10. ZICONIC RACE
    Jeremy Balan‏ @BH_JBalan ‎Sunday, ‎20 ‎August, ‎2017
    ALERT: Ziconic is entered for Friday at Del Mar.
    Fifth race, one-mile maiden special weight.

    1. Dear BGG:

      Thanks. Love and Hugs, JB

  11. Thanks to everyone on their prayers, calls, letters on behalf of My Johnny Be Good. Please keep praying for him. Love him dearly.

    1. Dear Peggy,

      Will do! :-)

      Hugs and Love

      1. Dear Peggy and Marshall:

        Ditto! Love and Hugs, JB

  12. Happy Solar Eclipse Day, Z-nation. Get your special sunglasses ready and ENJOY!

  13. Harry Fry is mourning the loss of a potential superstar Neon Wolf who had to be euthanised after what is described as a freak accident at the weekend.in a statement he is described as “irreplaceable”Much sympathy to Harry and all connections.Neon Wolf was just 6yrs old.RIP cariad bach.

    1. RIP NW. So very sad. Love and Hugs, JB

  14. Thinking of the solar Eclipse our famous racehorse Eclipse was born during one on april 1st 1764 hence the name and he shared a birthday with our beloved Queen plus he was a chestnut!

    1. Thanks bunches for this update on MMM. Wow, he looks terrific — what a body!
      Continued best wishes to him and his offspring, too.

      Hugs and Love

    2. Dear Max:

      Oh, this is great. Thanks for posting. MMM looks magnificent. Will be fun to follow his babies as they begin their racing careers. Our Shirlee will be thrilled to see this! Love and Hugs, JB

    3. Max,
      Thanks for posting the article about my Muchie. He looks great and he has some big long legged kids. The Reeves have a colt who is built like dad. Just doesn’t have his lightning bolt.

  15. Is it just my imagination, or is Zenyatta doing one of her dance steps in the 3rd photo? At first I thought she was just stepping forward, but she is clearly being held back by her groom and everyone is standing still, posing. It looks like she is raising one leg as she used to do. In a way I hope it is not a dance step as I recall Mike saying she only did her “dance” when stressed. Dont think she would be stressed being surrounded by people who love her! Or maybe being around Mario and Carmen just triggered such happiness she just had to dance!!
    My little vizsla Pepper won both shows in Reno this weekend, now has 14 of the 15 points needed for Championship! I am so proud of my little girl!!

    1. Dear Lynn,

      Big congratulations to Pepper and you! The little girl is quite the champion indeed.

      Hugs and Love

    2. Dear Lynn:

      Congrats to Pepper and to you. Love and Hugs, JB

    3. It’s not a dance step.

      She’s just restive and the young lady on the end of the lead-shank is having a bit of a time holding her still. Probably why you see Mario reaching up to -literally- lend a helping hand on her halter.

      1. Agree with you. Also the protective instinct always kicks in when there is even the slightest separation between a mare and her foal when anyone else is around. Zenyatta likes to keep her baby right by her side.

      2. Zenyatta is a big mare and can easily push right into what seems to be a perfect photo opportunity without any intention of doing harm to anyone, but it looks like she is a little bit antsy. I think they were wise to do the majority of the photos from the other side of the fence.

  16. /Users/mbraudrick/Desktop/P1010376.JPG
    let’s see if the works. Zenyatta, me . melody, and Mario in barn 55, 2011.

    1. Hi Marilyn~I don’t think that will work because it leads to your computer’s desktop.

      Regards, Cheryl

  17. Okay. After watching the Saratoga races the one little gal keeps making reference to the horses wearing socks. She says she hates to see that. Anybody know why she doesn’t like that?

  18. Pam – socks? Does she mean wraps? Some horses wear rundown bandages on the rear legs to prevent the back of their ankles from coming into contact with the ground while running which can cause minor abrasions and irritation. Don’t know why anyone would dislike that. They sometimes wear them on the front legs for the same reason or for additional support for ankles and/or tendons. Runhapy ran with all fours wrapped and he retired sound they say. Interesting to know what she means by that exactly.

    1. Dear Pam, Rosemary and Z Fans:

      Interesting article from the Paulick Report 2015 on Bandages and Wraps. Love and Hugs, JB

      https://www.paulickreport.com/horse-care-category/the-great-bandage-debate-decoding-thoroughbred-leg-wrappings/

      1. There are indeed socks for horses. Zenyatta used to wear them, as does Coz and Ziconic. Shirreffs has distinctive white and blue hind leg socks for his team. There is also a website where you can buy similar socks. Check out whinny warmers, socks for horses. Made in the USA.

  19. Dear Judy.Hope you got to see the eclipse.It was amazing.Monty and the girls remain and Bobby caught her own fish again,Karen and Hovey went out they were tractors of terror,rabbits and horse eating monsters in the hedgerows.Mother had her big girl pants on and a lot of unladylike language was used but there was no major incident!Goodnight God bless you.LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank Bentley Willow and all the sweeties Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Left you a goodnight post above. Glad Hovey and Karen “stood their ground”. Love and Hugs, JB and all the Sweeties

    1. Dear Max:

      Congrats to Gun Runner. Chestnuts Rule! That Curse just might be working. Love and Hugs, JB

  20. Dear Mama Z, COZ, ZI, BBG and DC:

    Have a restful evening and Happy Dreams. Love You. Hugs, JB

    Z Princess, Dubai, Baby Z, will always love you.

  21. DearClassic Empire, Couldn’t let the moment go by without saying “Love Ya Dear Boy. I was hoping to see you in maybe the Travers, but I am so happy your back in Ocala. Listen I know you sure have them trained. Wouldn’t work at Saratoga, went back to Ocala got on the track and worked really nice. You look really happy in the picture I saw the other day. Do a little resting and sunning and sure will be looking for you in the Pennsylvania Derby. Don’t get too comfy just yet. Love You.

  22. Moosie has tweeted he is taking part in the latest RoR championships with Sophie on thursday and Friday.Strut your stuff Moosie and charm the judges.Good luck to all taking part.

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