Spring Holidays and Celebrations

Mother's Day cake with Zenyatta and her filly. Photo by Ann Moss.

Mother’s Day cake with Zenyatta and her filly. Photo by Ann Moss.

Happy Monday!

We thought we’d share some photos of spring’s special moments. The Mosses celebrated Mother’s Day with an incredibly sweet cake representing Zenyatta and her filly. The Easter filly, who now has a special foal tag inscribed with her nickname “Z Princess,” was recently reacquainted with her Easter Bunny and other birthday spoils. Alys sent us these photos.

-Team Z

Photo by Alys Emson.

Photo by Alys Emson.

Photo by Alys Emson.

Photo by Alys Emson.

Photo by Alys Emson.

Photo by Alys Emson.

The new "Z Princess" foal tag.

The new “Z Princess” foal tag.


  1. Dear Z Fans:

    Article from Bloodhorse dated today on CC. Love and Hugs, JB


    1. Dear Judy,

      Thank you for the great article and the wonderful videos. LOVE watching this beautiful boy out on the track. GO CALIFORNIA CHROME!

      Hugs, Kathy

  2. On “DRF Derby” Steve Andersen tweeted, “Candy Boy, 13th in Ky. Derby, will skip Belmont Stakes in favor of Los Alamitos Derby on July 5, trainer John Sadler said on Monday.” Karen G. posted it on FB, and it prompted discussion of too many owners not wanting to run against California Chrome.

    While I can understand that sentiment, and the wish to win — still, I am glad Sham didn’t bail out against Secretariat. He showed up and tried 3 times, with excellent results — no shame.

    1. Dear Vicki B:

      The beautiful Alydar, as well, tried three times against Affirmed. No shame at all; exciting races. Love and Hugs, JB

  3. RIP Clever Allemont,So sad this horse was found in a kill pen but thankfullly spent his last years in happy retirement God bless.Hugs Sheena

  4. May 27 Cherokee Devotional

    Suddenly the hour is gone-and it is anybody’s guess what we did with it. Did we enjoy anything? U li lo hv s gi, pleasant times are for a purpose, the Cherokee believes. It is not just u wo tiv di, something to amuse us, but pleasure slows the heart, lowers the blood pressure, and gives ease to the mind. Something beyond the awareness tries to slow the human spirit from living so intensely. It is not natural to push the mind and body until such weariness takes over that there is no natural relief. A pause, a a tsa we so lv s di, which means a reprieve or rest, will give us strength and renewed vision. Without it, we are burned out and we enjoy nothing.

    Lots of us may not have learned yet…we all have brains and are anxious to work.
    Asa Daklugie

  5. @Judy B.–thanks for the great article. Hugs. Excitement abounds.

    1. Dear Kathy and Barb W:

      You’re so welcome. Godspeed Chromite. Love him! Love and Hugs, JB

  6. Dear Kathy.We all need some R&R sometimes. I enjoy daydreaming is good for the soul.Fubu ate a little more yesterday helped by Momma,he’s got his birthday wish 5,500 friends for the big day!Zoe had a busy day yesterday with her visits dressed in the stars and stripes.Poor froggy’s leg fell off!!Marty’s internashunal bizness map is certainly growing,loved his selfie!The weather on the Dyfi has improved since this morning Monty does his fair share of incubating,Hovis’ part of the world has been promised a lot of rain this week wonder if he’ll be happy!!Boo and Buddy looked so cute with their flowers.Joey’s friends have risen in the last few days,a popular mewscatster!Hope you have a great day.(back to work)!Hugs to You,Kisses for Holly, Nikko and Sugar.Sheena.

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Glad to see that Fubu got some nourishment. He’s such a fighter! Little Zoe didn’t get the day off yesterday. She made many visits in her rounds. Would love to meet that little sweetie in person! I’m sure mommy will get out her needle and thread and froggy will be good as new. Marty’s map is really filling up. His selfie was adorable. Glad the weather on the Dyfi is better. Monty is such a good little papa. I hope Hovis’s mom doesn’t put a pink rain coat on him. He would be SO embarrassed! Boo and Buddy adorable as always. Those two puppies can’t take a bad picture. I won’t know what day of the week it is after being off yesterday. Totally thrown off. Have a wonderful day. Hugs from me, kisses from Holly, Nikko and Sugar. Kathy.

  7. David Grening ‏Daily Racing Form ‏tweet Tues. May 27 2014
    INTENSE HOLIDAY retired from racing, per Starlight press release.
    Ray Paulick ‏tweet
    Intense Holiday has been retired, @StarlightRacing says in press release,
    as result of injury sustained in training on Saturday.

  8. darren rovell ‏‏tweet Tues. May 27 2014
    Todd Pletcher moves to #1 on all time leading earnings for horses of trainers ($268.5M), passing D. Wayne Lukas ($268.4M)

    1. Dear BGG:

      Found this article on Intense Holiday’s retirement form the TDN. Have a happy life beautiful boy. Love and Hugs, JB


      1. Oops. That should be “from the TDN”.

  9. War Front takeover spreads to Australia
    By Bloodstock World Staff 11:33AM 27 MAY 2014
    AUSTRALIA will be home to two sons of War Front this season after it was announced dual Grade 1 winner The Factor will shuttle from the US to Newgate Farm
    in New South Wales.
    The Lane’s End Stud resident will be joined in Australia by Queen Anne Stakes hero Declaration Of War, who will stand at Coolmore’s southern hemisphere base in the Hunter Valley.
    The Factor, who was trained by Bob Baffert to win the Grade 1 Pat O’Brien Stakes and Malibu Stakes, both over seven furlongs, retired to Lane’s End in 2013 for a
    fee of $15,000. His first crop of foals arrived this season.

  10. Newgate Farm ‏‏tweet Tues. May 27 2014
    Thrilled to bring The Factor to Australia.
    Speed, good looks, and the fastest son of War Front #speedisking

    1. Hubba, hubba!

    2. What a gorgeous horse!

    3. Dear BGG:

      Thanks for this great photo of The Factor; beautiful gray. Love and Hugs, JB

    4. Great photo. He reminds me of Tasty.

      Tasty, how are you doing?

  11. Dear Lane’s End and especially Queen Zenyatta and Princess Z. No I have not forgotten you all, for even a moment. I have just not had the precious spare time of late. These photos are quite the tonic on a post Memorial Day Tuesday. Thank you so much Lane’s End and all. Just wonderful to see the girls enjoying all their special treats. I hope Queen Z will get to watch California Chrome in his Belmont race to harness a Triple Crown victory. He and his connections are an amazing group, so much like you and yours are such an inspiration to so many. I hope I can visit more often. It is of course, my loss. I hope everyone had a safe Memorial Day and in remembrance of those who have fallen, may they rest in eternal peace . We honor those who are serving in today’s Armed Forces and thank you so much for your service. You are so precious to all of us. Have a wonderful week everyone.

    1. Dear Delrene:

      So good to hear from you. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Good to hear from you Delrene. I haven’t heard anything lately about the fires out there and hope that things are under control. I know that you were very close to the “action” so to speak, but Barbara Wood let us know that you were OK. We’re glad that you’re back. Sandy

      1. The fires apparently have all been put out. No mention of them at all in the news lately. However, it may be that the TV stations feel the public has a short attention span. As one who studied journalism in college, I find the lack if follow-up stories appalling.

        1. Dear Terry, Sandy, Judy and Delrene: Very pleased to hear (or rather not hear) about the fires. Do agree with you Terry, the lack of follow-up is very poor – and must be a worldwide thing, happens down here all the time.

  12. Dear Z Fans:

    Great video of CC’s gallop this morning with Willie D. sent to me by AJ. Enjoy. Love and Hugs, JB


    1. Thanks, JB. Love how, Willie gives him huge hugs.
      Where’s, Possum/Opossum? Did you see those saddle clothes?
      Thinkin’ and Prayin’……..

  13. So sad to hear of the passing of the ever-popular sprinter Lochsong.She died from colic today at Littleton Stud aged 26.Owned and bred by Jeff Smith she was crowned European sprinter and horse of the year in 1993.She won 15 of her 27 starts including the Abbaye in 93′ and 94′.Her last foal Swansong won at the recent Chester May meeting.RIP Sweet girl you will always be remembered.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Well said, Sheena.

    2. Dear Sheena:

      Colic again. Wish someone could find a remedy for it. At least Lochsong had a relatively long life. Rest in Peace beautiful girl. Love and Hugs, JB

  14. Dear Max.Thank you.I was very sad to hear of her passing but she had a wonderful life at her owner’s stud.The dreaded colic again.A top-class sprinter in the early 90’s she was trained by Ian Balding.Free the Moose.PU Dan.Sheena.

    1. Sheena. Only hope that she did not suffer too much. Agree with you about colic. Hate that. It has taken too many horses from us.
      Our Moosie tweets that he is enjoying being in Yorkshire. He plans to inform the beak that he’s ok. The Moose must run free. Free the Moose!
      I’m still basking in the Gold Cup win. Mission is marvellous. He’s now allowing his peeps to remove that hood. Really amazing. For awhile I was not certain who he looked like. Now we know, Sadler’s Wells and Northern Dancer, although he seems less intense than Northern Dancer or his maternal granddaddy, Danzig. Might be like Kind.
      Read that Frankel likes to chase pheasants and ducks out of his paddock. Big D would do that, including people as we know. Good thing that the Chrome let the opossum alone on the track at Belmont.
      Power up Danny.

      1. Our horses chase the geese, we chase the horses and the geese chase after us! Yikes!
        I would love to watch, Frankel chasing his visitors.

        1. Ann NC. Would love to see the chase at your coordinates.

  15. Dear Judy.Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Ruby Diamond Little Cap Hercules and all the Sweeties.Nissy is busy writing his blog,there’s a new ginger cat in the garden!Peep is feeding him.Love and hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Lucky ginger cat; he stopped at the right garden. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Ruby, Diamond and all the Sweeties

  16. Judy B loved the pic of cute long legged Diamond! Thank you for the info on CC and the videos included. CC I think can do it at the Belmont. He is beautiful and strong.
    lovenhugs, Sally B

    Thank you for all your comments in regards to Sir. You are very special.
    hugs, Sally B

    1. Dear Sally B:

      God Bless you for all the work you do with the horses. You’re the Best. So glad you enjoyed Diamond’s photo and the article and video on CC. I think he’s going to do it, as our Ingrid predicted weeks ago. Love him. Love and Hugs, JB

  17. I meant thank you to all.

  18. Oh my I just added another large print to my collection; the newest Zenyatta & Coz print!
    I am not sure where it will go on my walls. Oh well, I will leave it to my BFF if she has not ordered it, and she can remember me every time she looks at the picture! hah hah
    Sally B

  19. Goodnight sweet Z; you are my love always
    Sweet dreams to you and Z Princess!
    love n kisses on your soft nose and to Coz, Zi and Z Princess
    Auntie Sally B

  20. Dear Beautiful Z, COZ, ZI and Z Princess:

    Goodnight. Sweet Dreams. Love You. Hugs, JB

  21. Andrew Bensley tweet Tues. May 27 2014
    Miracles of Life purchased by Stonestreet Farms in America for $900,000.
    Home of Rachel Alexandra. ‘Leading breeder of yearlings’…
    Andrew Bensley ‏tweet·
    Miracles of Life lot 706… Bids started at $200,000. Got to $600,000 pretty quickly. Blue Diamond winner goes for $900,000.
    Racing Victoria tweet
    The Blue Diamond winner sells for $900,000 at @mmsnippets #MiraclesOfLife
    FYI at same sale
    Dazzling Gazelle, the dam of Miracles of Life, sells for $400,000

    1. Dear BGG:

      Wow, that’s great. Thanks for this info. I’m sure Kathy R and all her Aussie fans are going to miss her. Love and Hugs, JB

      1. Dear Judy and Bluegrass Girl:

        Suspected she had been sold to an overseas interest when Magic Millions didn’t initially list the details of the purchaser. Hopefully she will be a good broodmare for them (I’m assuming they won’t race her) and so have a long and happy life at Stonestreet. The Teeley dispersal is certainly a great opportunity for buyers to replace or add to their stock, they have some real gems there. Hugs, KathyR.

        1. Dear Judy and Bluegrass Girl:

          I apologise for sounding curt regarding the sale of Barbie. I just wish all horses had owners as caring and loving as Mr and Mrs Moss. Just looking at the magical Zenyatta with her Princess – I want that for all the broodmares, and for their foals to have the devotion that comes with belonging to such decent people. But it’s hard to go down the lists at sales and see horses that were favourites when they raced going for paltry amounts and being treated as a commodity. I apologise again, it’s been a lousy period of time for racing here. Please look after our mares. Love and hugs, KathyR.

        2. KathyR. If your favorite has gone to Stonestreet, she will be well taken care of. It is nevertheless tough to lose them to a faraway land.

        3. Max-How true. I offer Sunday Silence as an example.

        4. TC. And I’ll Have Another. Looks like Barbie is staying in racing and in Australia. Good for her.

  22. Magic Millions tweet Tues. May 27 2014
    Taste of Heaven, an Encosta de Lago half sister to Redoute’s Choice,
    sells for $1.5 million
    Andrew Bensley tweet
    Taste of Heaven bought by @jmeharron for American farm Hill N Dale.
    Expected to go there at this stage. They paid $1.5 million.

    1. Aushorse ‏@Aushorse_TBA · tweet Tues. May 27 2014
      Significant USA investment in Teeley Reduction, @HillnDaleFarm/@jmeharron secure
      TasteOfHeaven $1.5m & DriftingCub $1.1m #buyaustralian

  23. Coolmore ‏@coolmorestud ·tweet Tues. May 27 2014
    First mare in foal to superstar Pierro @mmsnippets sells for $2.3million #special

  24. Ed Burgart ‏ tweet Tues. May 27 2014
    Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, said she will attend 2014 Belmont.
    “If C Chrome wins Triple Crown, I want to be there.” she said.

    1. Dear BGG:

      She’s a classy lady. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Fantastic!

    3. Love Ed. He is the track announcer at Los Alamitos.

  25. Dear Max.Am very disappointed to hear Toast isn’t running in our Derby,concern over the trip and ground.He’ll most probably go for the Belmont Invitational on July 5th.Free the Moose.PU Dan Sheena.

    1. Sheena. Agree. Disappointing. The Derby isn’t for another week. A lot can happen with the ground. They gave up the KD for Epsom, and now they are passing on it? Hope that this international campaign pans out for the Toaster. It’s a long way to go if it doesn’t. I guess that we will have to focus our attention on Moose and the beak.
      Free the Moose. Power up Danny.

  26. Miracles of Life to remain in Australia:

    Well, that’s what is being reported by Andrew Bensley from Skysportsradio. See also the piece below.


    Very interesting, but delighted with the choice of trainer. Cheers, KathyR.

    1. Stay safe sweet girl!

    2. KathyR. This sounds pretty good. Hope that you are happy that she’s still racing.

      1. Dear Max: Pleased that they’re not rushing to send her to the breeding barn – she’s only 3 and very fit, plenty of time to be a Mum. And absolutely delighted that she will be under the care of Peter and Paul Snowden – former Darley trainers who have branched out on their own.

        1. KathyR. 3 is very young to be a mum. Glad that she is getting the chance to race. She seems to have a lot of fans on this site.

  27. May 28 Cherokee Devotional

    Too much is learned that adds nothing to life. With the advent of “tell it like it is” the flow of troubled water washed in a mountain of debris. The unlearned feel it necessary to empty their garbage into the ears of other people without considering whether anyone wants to hear it. U yo tsv hi, the Cherokee calls it-not music, not poetry, not gracious words-but pure trash. The container may be new and shiny and touched with bits of colorful paint-but inside is the same old decaying ga da ha, (spoken with disgust), and the word is filth. Little things reveal much about a person-but none more than what he talks about, what he laughs at, what he finds amusing-or even helpful. No matter how beautiful or handsome-the tongue tells all.

    Yesterday I heard something that made me almost cry.
    Little Wound

    1. It is too bad that Howard Cosell did not listen to Little Wound.

      1. Terry
        You got a chuckle on that one

  28. What adorable photos! Thanks to the Mosses and Alys for bringing such a big smile to our faces. A guaranteed pick-me-up!

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