Weaning, Before and After

Zenyatta and 13Z, August. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane's End

Zenyatta and 13Z, August. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Happy Tuesday!

Zenyatta’s youngest boy was weaned last week, and it all went very well. Alys sent us some photos before and after, and as you can see the boys are quite large and independent at this time. Z is happy to be back with her old friend Life Is Sweet and they definitely seem to share a bond. We’ll have more photos to share with you soon.

-Team Z


Before weaning, August. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane's End

Before weaning, August. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Before weaning, August. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane's End

Before weaning, August. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End


13Z with fellow weanlings this week. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane's End

13Z with fellow weanlings this week. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End

Zenyatta and paddock mates, including Life Is Sweet, post weaning. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane's End

Zenyatta and paddock mates, including Life Is Sweet, post weaning. Photo by Alys Emson/Lane’s End


  1. Hi Kathy Hope you are having a great weekend unlike us in Wales. very wet and windy. You will never forget your wedding anniversary!!With no 24hr TV in the 70’s I used to read more about Secretariat than see him. We all used to hear about this wonder horse in the US. I got to see the movie last Christmas That Belmont win!!!! Hugs Sheena

  2. Dear Peggy:

    Your Big O won his race. Here’s a link with the results. I will try to find a video of the race. Hugs, JB


  3. Dear Peggy Huge congrats to the big O!!! He oozed class Arc next! Hugs Sheena

  4. Dear Judy, Sheena.

    On Cloud Nine. Sooooooooooooooo happy he won. That’s my boy. Been looking for a video. Can’t wait to see it. Oh gosh, can’t wait to see him. Surely they will post it soon.

    Arc here we come. Saw where Kizuna beat Ruler of the World. Have not seen Kizuna race but I have seen Ruler. Hope so that they are all OK.

    OOps pacing for a video.

    1. OMG,
      They called Orfevre AWESOME. I’ve seen a beautiful picture of him this morning. Just a few minutes ago.
      Oh my if they all go to the Arc Orfevre, Kizuna, Ruler of the World, And more, what an Arc this is going to be.

      Please everyone forgive me this morning, but I am so excited for Orfevre.

      1. Peggy. Posted the video for you below. Good shots of the Big O. He’s a handsome ole chestnut.

        1. Thank You sooooooooooooo Much.

      2. Peggy,
        Congrats to your Big Ole Winning Chestnut!!!
        Every horse deserves a fan like you. Great race. I listened and cheered, my dogs did some big tail wags too!!! Yeah O.

        1. Dear Ann, Wasn’t he wonderful. Just love him. I was cheering big time too.

      3. Awesome Orfevre strolls to Prix Foy success
        By David Baxter RacingPost.com 3:22PM 15 SEP 2013
        Report: Longchamp, Sunday
        Qatar Prix Foy (Group 2) colts, fillies & mares, 4yo+, 1m4f
        ORFEVRE (Yasutoshi Ikee/Christophe Soumillon) waltzed to a second consecutive victory in the Prix Foy, as last year’s Arc runner-up strengthened Japan’s hand for the Longchamp showpiece next month.
        Having snatched defeat from the jaws of victory last year, the five-year-old demonstrated that he still oozes class, eased down to score by Christophe Soumillon on an afternoon where Treve and Japanese Derby hero Kizuna had already advertised their Arc claims

        1. Peggy
          Awesome is the right adjective to describe O’s performance.
          Well done! On to the ARC.
          Hugs, BGG

        2. He’s just wonderful. Just love him.

  5. Dear Bluegrass Girl

    Yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, My Boy did it. Go Big O

  6. Dear Max

    He did it. Yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    1. He sure did. Beautifully done. Great turn of foot. Bravo Big O!


      1. Dear Max,

        Oh, you just made my day. Thank You so much for the video. Had been looking everywhere for it. Isn’t he just beautiful. Oh my whenever he made his move he looked so relaxed. Just wonderful. I am going to save this video to my favorites. Could watch it over and over again.

        ARC , here we come.

        1. Peggy. He looked like it was no effort. He’s left something in the tank for the Arc. Go Big O.

        2. Max – speaking of video (I’m trying to get caught up here), thanks so much for the Secretariat video. At that time in my life, I probably would have recognized his name but really knew nothing about him so being able to “see” him run (as well as the up close shots) is a great treat. I think our friend Brenda said that she was actually there that day at Woodbine.

        3. Sandy. It is also my recollection that Brenda mentioned this when she told us that she and Vic are heading today to Woodbine for Dan’s race. That must have been an amazing day for her. The people were thrilled to see Big Red run on that day, and on turf for the first time. Nothing got in the way of Big Red when he decided to turn it on. No pacemaker was ever needed to control the race as was the case with Frankel. Red knew exactly when to run. It was merely a case of letting him go. And he set records in the TC races that have yet to be surpassed.

        4. What a great win by your Big O! Hand ride, ears pricked, no problem.

      2. Dear Max, Peggy and Z Fans:

        Max, thank you for the replay of O’s race.

        Wow Peggy, once he found an opening did he ever accelerate. Well done. Hugs, JB

        1. Dear judy

          I was just extra worried after that kick by Blarney Stone. But, he was just great. Wonderful race.

  7. My alarm was set for 4:05 P.M. instead of A.M. No Beezie or Gold Cup for me. I feel like a complete and total failure right now.

    But, I’m still going to get stuff done, and I’m going to get some of my school work due later in the week done today. May as well do something productive.

    Sorry about that guys; I’ll ask Katie if I can share her pictures with you guys when she comes back. I apologize for the disappointment.

    1. That’s OK Pati, I sure have been known to miss my alarm too. Have a good day.

      1. Peggy-Are you on your way to France?

        1. Dear Terry

          I regretfully want be able to go. Now this is the sad part.

    2. Oh, I have done that too. At least you are taking care of business and that is what counts!! Have a great week, Pati.

    3. So sorry Pati….but do NOT beat yourself up about this…we all have lapses …I have morecthan most

    4. Blame goes always to the clock. After reading this, I’m afraid of falling asleep this afternoon and having my clock betray me so that I miss Dan’s race. After seeing Home Alone, I never trust an electric alarm clock. They’re out to get us!

    5. Dear Pati:

      I have done the same thing. Will look forward to seeing Katie’s photos. Hugs, JB

  8. Orfevre, You sure made your sire Stay Gold and Grand Sire Sunday Silence Proud.
    Orfevre loved your American Grand Sire Sunday Silence too.

    1. Peggy, add Handsome to O’s word gallery. Hugs BGG
      Tom Hall ‏tweet
      The handsome Japanese invader Orfevre, 5yoh by Stay Gold
      o/oMejiro mcQueen mare Oriental Art, in gr2Prix Foy

      1. Dear BGG

        You know i’ve said this before but I use to be sad by Sunday Silence going to Japan and not coming home. But if he hadn’t gone we may not have an Orfevre now. He is so Handsome too.

  9. Wise Dan It will soon be time for your race. Best wishes for safety for you and Johnny and all horses and jockeys running.
    God Speed

  10. Dear Peggy He was just Awesome!!!!! You are exactly like me, when Kauto Star used to run .It’s good to go crazy when a horse you love wins. Enjoy!!! Hugs Sheena

    1. Sheena. I only saw his last King George on video, but it was super thrilling. He was brilliant. I was yelling as he came home. He needs a DVD for sure.

    2. Dear Sheena

      You just Savor the wonderful moment. It’s great to go crazy every now and then.

  11. Dear Peggy,
    Congratulations to your boy, Orfevre! What a great race for the Grand Ole Chestnut!

    1. Dear Marshall,

      He’s just wonderful. Just love him.

  12. Max, thanks for posting the Race video. Now that was exciting to watch. Hugs, BGG
    Kizuna Stops ‘World’ in Prix Niel
    By Myra Lewyn, @MyraLewyn The Blood-Horse Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013
    Japanese Derby (Jpn-I) winner Kizuna prevailed in a tight finish over Epsom Derby
    (Eng-I) Ruler of the World in Qatar Prix Niel (Fr-II) Sept. 15 at Longchamp.
    The Deep Impact colt launched a swift outside rally and won by a short head in a race regarded as the 3-year-old trial for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).
    Kizuna announced himself as a top contender for Europe’s premier middle-distance race Oct. 6 at Longchamp.
    Ruler of the World, the favorite with Racing Post, boosted his own Arc credentials after a troubled trip. Having lost his position when the tempo picked up, he resolutely picked up to challenge between rivals and just missed by a slight margin.
    Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80696/kizuna-stops-world-in-prix-niel

  13. Rajiv Maragh Update-Riding today at Belmont-Sunday Sept. 15
    Teresa Genaro ‏@BklynBckstretch
    Nice to see @rajivmaragh back at Belmont after yesterday’s scary spill
    at @WoodbineRacing

    1. Good decision, Raj. You have to be banged up & sore after that fall. BGG
      David Grening ‏@DRFGrening on Sun. Sept. 15
      Rajiv Maragh off his remaining mounts the rest of today at Belmont. Angel Arroyo on #12 in race 6

  14. Breeders Cup Update Sunday Sept. 15
    Jim Gluckson ‏@BCRacingguy
    Minakshi (FR) joins Dank (GB) and The Fugue (GB) as the first 3 horses to qualify
    for the @BreedersCup Filly & Mare Turf @santaanitapark

  15. Dear Max Have seen all of Kauto’s races since his first in the UK in December 2004 at Newbury. He was always thought to be a 2 mile chaser, it Ruby who persuaded Paul to try 3 miles and the rest as they say…Went on Nigel’s website Moosie has a beautiful home in the Cotswolds he should be a happy horse! waiting to hear about dan!!!hugs Sheena

    1. Sheena. Ruby is a fine jockey. He’s racing now almost exclusively for Willie Mullins.
      I saw the background in Moosie’s photo of him on the gallops. He does have a nice place to live.

  16. Forte de Marmi just won the Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine. One mile and a half on firm turf. He’s owned by the same woman who owns Musketier and conditioned by same trainer, Roger Attfield. Waiting for Dan.

  17. Dear Z Fans:

    Here’s the live stream link to Woodbine races. Woodbine Mile scheduled to go at 5:38 PM. Hugs, JB


    1. Danny took it record time. He’s incredible. A hand ride.

    2. Dear Z Fans:

      Piece of Cake. WD and JV. Love and Hugs, JB

      1. JudyB. They’re saying that he now has both the race and course record. He’s the oldest horse to take this race and to win it twice. Dan is the best.
        Uncle Johnny says that Dan is even more freaky than Leroi.

        1. Dear Max:

          I heard the announcer say that. What a horse. Yes, he does have both. Just beautiful. Hugs, JB

        2. Dear Max & Judy and Z Friends

          Wow Dan did wonderful. And in Record time. Just wonderful. great day.

  18. Dear Max:

    ZA Approval, pretty grey by Ghostzapper 2nd. Wow, 131.75 new Woodbine Mile Track Record and he beats Royal Ragalia’s 131.84 too for a Mile distance at Woodbine. Hugs, JB

    1. JudyB. Za is a beauty, ridden by Garret Gomez. Trade Storm was third with Gary Stevens. Trade Storm is from the UK and was racing on lasix.

      1. Dear Max:

        Yes, very beautiful. Congrats to Dan, JV, Za Approval, GG, Trade Storm and GS. Did you hear JV say Dan was “getting rank” with him in the post parade. He was probably thinking, “Let’s get this done”. All JV had to do was hold on. Hugs, JB

        1. JudyB. Yes, I heard that. Dan may be going solo. He needs no pacemaker and maybe no jockey? Take a look at his times at a mile and compare them to Frankel’s. It’s an eye opener. Dan’s usually also on a tight turning course, except for Woodbine which has that huge homestretch. He’s improving with age. He also looks like finely polished copper.

          I laughed at the poor guy who had to lead Trade Storm. Euros as you know don’t use ponys. They usually just go to the gate on their own. Trade Storm was not used to being lead by a human that far and he was giving this guy a real work out.

        2. Dear Max:

          I know. Dan’s time is considerably faster. Yes, if any horse could go solo, it would be Dan.

          Poor Trade Storm he was reluctant, but he finished a good third. Always an adventure in racing. Hugs, JB

        3. JudyB. I just listened to the interview with Uncle Johnny again. It’s a little hard to follow because, unlike Dan, Uncle Johnny was out of breath from excitement. He said that Dan was calm in the post parade, but he became rank during the race and even came off the bridle. Johnny gave in and off Dan went to set a race and course record. I cannot believe it. Johnny looked back a few times during the run down the homestretch while Dan ignored him and got down to business.

    2. Great run by Dan and WOO HOO for Za Approval. He is beautiful (and the horse I wanted to bet on in one of the earlier cappin’ contest races before he scratched). Today I made a little “real” money! :-)

      1. Dear Sandy:

        Good for you. Love and Hugs, JB

  19. Dear Mama Z, COZ, Red Prince and Baby Z:

    Goodnight. Sweet Dreams. Love You. Hugs, JB

  20. Dear Max What a horse !! Huge congratulations to Wise Dan you must be thrilled to bits Hugs Sheena

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Dan’s really something. Nine in a row. Love and Hugs, JB

      1. Sheena and JudyB.. Very happy for Dan and his peeps. Very happy too for Wiseman’s Ferry and Lisa Danielle. She made only $20K as a racer, but she’s a millionaire many times over as a mother. She well deserves her title as broodmare of the year. Secretariat must be proud of Dan too. He’s in the distaff side of Dan’s family. Chestnuts are ruling!

        1. Dear Max, Sheena, Peggy and Ann:

          Love those Grand Ole Chestnuts, O and WD. Hugs, JB

        2. Dear Max:

          Forgot to add love the Grandest Ole Chestnut of all, Big Red. Hugs, JB

        3. Dear Max:

          Just saw your post about JV’s interview. I misunderstood when he said WD was rank. Sorry.

          Well, JV handled it well and Dan got it done. Amazing horse. Hugs, JB

        4. Max, BGG, Judy, Sheena, Ann, Marshall

          These wonderful Chestnuts and the family’s they come from, Sire’s Dams.Wonderful Bloodlines and Gracing our lives so wonderfully.
          The horse in general not just the wonderful Thoroughbreds, but all horses just love them all. Hope we can all help the less fortunate too, In any way we can as humans only if one at a time. Even one of Secretariats brothers that was found wasting away out west was bought and brought back to good health. I have forgotten his name right now. But he was helped live out his life and died under his favorite tree that he use to rest under. God Bless them all. I just love this saying below

          One can get in a car and see what man has made.
          One must get on a horse to see what God has made.

        5. Secretariats brother that I was referring to was “Straight Flush” How could I forget his name (so terrible with names) He died under a eucalyptus tree.
          God Bless him, rest in peace Straight Flush.

  21. Dear Z family Is Atlantic Jewel the new me tweets Black Caviar 9th win!! hugs Sheena

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Too cute. Hugs, JB

    2. Dear Peggy:

      Lovely saying. Hugs, JB

  22. Dear Max We sometimes use a pony for nervous horses .Trainers usually bring one of their own along Hugs Sheena

    1. Sheena. Trade Storm was trotting along at a pretty good clip and this guy was running beside him to keep up. It was funny. Trade Storm seemed calm, but he was giving the guy a hard time.

  23. Dear Judy Is hard to calm down after such an exciting day!Peggy’s big O and Wise Dan. Goodnight God bless You, Lola Mae, Charlie and all the Sweeties. Love and Hugs SheenaX

    1. Dear Sheena:

      Yes, very exciting day. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC and all the Sweeties

  24. Wow! Wise Dan really showed everyone something according to what I hear as I do not have access. Congrats Wise Dan!!

    Just coming on here briefly to tell you how our Animal Awarenes day went. For starters, it was an all day shower of rain, so those of us that could bring canopy shelters for Tinker, Tex, another mini horse, and others for some exhibits, it was at least for those that came some shelter to step into some shelter. Our crafts, raffels, food and beverage were inside a beautiful building, a Cedar Valley retreat that has dining otherwise, and a spa for visitors on a retreat. However us horse people to be with our horses and Tex, a miniture horse owned by a volunteer, and to set up for Tinker, who was absolutely the greatest, we were half in the rainand half under the canopy!
    Oh, I was smart, I dressed in rain gear, I mean heavy duty rain gear as I have had it for years since I walked my dog in any inclement weather. But I sure did not ever want to look in a mirror!!haha Numerous people commented you sure look like you dressed for the weather. I probably looked like a wet green lawn bag!! We did have to call Ute , who was sending over one of her awesome trained gorgeous quarter horses for rides with children, as we had no way of getting him into shelter when he was not in use. And, would there be enough children arriving to be placed on this horse and ride in the rain. Disappointingly it was a somewhat fair show. I believe, most of what was spent on raffel, food etc. was by us volunteers or our husbands that came. The one thing that will boost our sale for feed came from my sons favorite lady who works for the big Lake Express, boating one from Wi. to Michigan. She offered two round trip tickets for a silent auction.
    Those that did come in this weather, were truly animal lovers. The kids loved Tinker, and so did I as well as her owner; she is an act in herself and I mean that very complimentary!! We only brought out our rescue horses once to the fence as one of head people said unless there are more people coming, our horses wish to be in their stalls. That was disappointing. Jackie, a long time experienced horse person with some disability attempted to bring out later just one horse, Fancy, the oldest,32, but he was not happy without his cronies. She just about got him 2/3 of the way to the fence, when our most layed back horse did not wish to go any further, wanting to be with the herd. She settled him down several times, but in the end, as any step further he began to rear and circle. So she let him go. But, what a beautiful site that was to see this black Arabian run back to where his buddies were. What can you do but make the best of it. I still feel I have a hat on!! We had exhibitors that still showed in spite of the rain, and I think they have a wonderful heart.
    Learn by experience they say; I say not on a Packer Sunday, rain, or other fairs going on nearby. ha ha I do not know what that would leave us!!

    Congrats to Wise Dan and others on their wins!!
    I pray for all those affected in Colorado… especially Dawn who I know is there.
    We are a wonderful group of volunteers who do whatever for the love of our horses.
    I am pooped right now. Goodnight and hugs, Sally B

    Zenyatta; I would never forget to wish you my love and my wishes for sweet dreams.
    lovenkisses on your soft nose, and to your sons Coz and 13z
    Auntie Sally B

    1. Sally you are a champ at making lemonade out of lemons! I’m so sorry about the rain and the low turn out, but it sounds like you still had fun and hopefully made a little money. Warm up and dry out – tomorrow is another day. High hoof to you and the other volunteers for all that you do!

    2. Dear Sally:

      Knew Tinker would be a big hit. Fancy sounds beautiful.

      Sorry the weather didn’t cooperate. Love and Hugs, JB

    3. Sally-Thanks for the report. I felt like I was there.

    4. Sally,

      Maybe some Packer players would be willing to help raise money for the horses. I know Aaron Rodgers and Clay Mathews and others go to the KD each year.
      Hey, you never know unless you ask.

      P.S. It was a great win!!

      1. Also, forgot to mention Packer retirees Paul Hornung and Willie Davis co-own Titletown Five with D Wayne Lucas so there are some people connected to the team who are interested in horses. You never know who would lend some help unless they are asked.

        1. Mary!! Thank you, Yes it would not hurt to ask. Perhaps I will attempt a letter to see if any would wish to sponsor a horse each year!! I would love to personally collect a check from Aaron!!! He is adorable I think!! Sally B

        2. One more thing Mary, I forgot to mention the thrill of collecting one from Clay. Many in Wi. would envy me for sure!! ha hugs, Sally B

        3. Well, we know Paul Hornung like to gamble as that was the reason for his and Alex Karras’ suspension when they were active players. It might be a good idea to contact the sports editor of the local paper as well as the team. The Packers are unique in one way. The residents of Green Bay actually own the team.

        4. Sally, I definitely agree!

  25. Wise Dan grinning after the race! He’s thinking: What records could I have broken
    if you had just let me run, Johnny? Dan was in to win and was quite miffed that
    others were allowed to get in front of him. BGG
    Penelope P. Miller ‏tweet with PHOTO
    Dan shows off his trademark grin after his #WoMile win today at @WoodbineRacing. #DanFan #LoveThisHorse

    1. BGG. LoPresti says that Dan will spend the night at Woodbine and will leave for Keeneland at 5:30 am tomorrow. No word yet on whether he will race again before the Breeders’ Cup.

      1. Dear Max:

        Really like Mr. Lopresti. Another wonderful trainer on a parr with JS. Hugs, JB

        1. JudyB. Morton Fink is a good guy too. He said at Woodbine that the temptation for some with a horse like Dan is to treat Dan like a money machine and just run him everywhere for the winnings, but that is not going to happen while he and LoPresti are in charge. Very glad that Dan is in good hands. I now see only too well what LoPresti meant by saying Dan is like no other horse that he has ever trained. He’s a wonder horse. A grand grand ole chestnut with tons of personality. Dan’s taking the week off in Kenneland and will just rest, maybe until November. And he’s racing next year if the racing gods smile on him and us. I’m hoping that they do.

        2. Dear Max:

          Agree with everything you said. Hope Dan comes back next year.

          I wonder, when he does retire, if he will go to the Kentucky Horse Park or Old Friends where his fans will be able to visit him. That would be wonderful. I think Mr. Lopresti will be very sad when Dan does retire. He really loves his boy. Hugs, JB

        3. JudyB. Morton Fink says that Dan will race as long as he is healthy and able to do it. He said at Woodbine after the race that words cannot express how he feels about Dan. He probably loves the other two Dans too. One good thing about calling all of your horses Dan is that you never forget their names! The filly however is called Enchanting Lisa.

    2. Dear BGG:

      Thanks for this wonderful photo of Dan and all the great posts ad links. Hugs, JB

      1. Oops: Meant “and” links. Hugs, JB

    3. I believe the person to the far right of the picture is Victoria in her trademark Zenyatta hat. My pictures of Wise Dan did not turn out nearly as good.

  26. Shanghai Bobby to Return Friday at Belmont
    By Blood-Horse Staff Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 6:40 PM
    Shanghai Bobby, 2012 champion 2-year-old male, will make his first start in more than five months when he competes in the $100,000 Aljamin overnight stakes Sept. 20 at Belmont Park.
    The Aljamin, race 3 on the card, is restricted to 3-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs.
    Excerpt from article
    In April he was diagnosed with a pelvic stress fracture that forced him to miss the
    Triple Crown races. With a strong performance Friday, Shanghai Bobby could target November races like the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Santa Anita or the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack, trainer Todd Pletcher said.
    Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/80708/shanghai-bobby-to-return-friday-at-belmont

    1. ShanghaiBobbyHorse ‏tweet
      Back to the races on Friday!! I’m entered in the $100,000 Aljamin Stakes at #Belmont. Post 3 with John Velazquez up. Can’t wait!! #lovetorun

      Starlight Racing ‏tweet
      UPDATE: Shanghai Bobby returns to the races in Friday’s $100,000 Aljamin S. at #Belmont! Post 3, J R Velazquez up. Excited to have him back!

      1. Dear BGG:

        Thanks for this info on SB. Wishing him safe and sound on Friday. Hugs, JB

      2. BGG, Thanks for the info on Bobby. Hope he is happy and stays healthy. Wonder if JV would pay me to pick any other horse in the race so he would be sure to win.

        Spent the weekend in Kentucky at a family reunion of sorts. It is so beautiful there. Keeneland is like a postcard so I know Dan will enjoy himself during his stay.

        1. Dear Shirlee:

          You’re cracking me up. Laughing out loud. Ha, ha. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. Always thought Shanghai Bobby was a sprinter and he should be kept in those types of races.

  27. Congratulations to the indomitable Wise Dan and all his connections!
    Great race and at a record time, too. WOW!!! This with that extra weight, also.
    WD, you rock! Hugs

  28. Dear Zenny,
    Love your photos with 13Z! Alys does such a fine job as photographer, doesn’t she?
    Now your two boys are on their way to being wonderful young adults. Glad the weaning went well.
    You are still the Queen! We love you to bits!! Take care and enjoy this time before the next little foal arrives. Kisses on your soft nose and lots of hugs, too! Hugs and kisses to Life is Sweet, as well!

  29. Congratutulations to The Chestnuts out there…Wise Dan and Orfevre on their great wins today. I only saw Dan’s race and the way he just loped home with no whipping was absolutely amazing. He definitely should be Horse of the Year. So glad there were no injuries to spoil the day.

    Prayers for all you in Colorado for the rain to stop and no more lives lost.

    Kisses to my Zenny and the boys, hope your enjoying your girl time. Auntie Sue

    1. Dear Sue Fredrick:

      Did you see Max’s post and mine earlier. Dan broke both the Woodbine Mile Stake’s record and the overall Woodbine track record for the distance of one mile. A time of 131.75. Hugs, JB

      1. Judy,
        Yes I did see your posts, thanks for sharing that info. I am so glad this horse has the right owners and trainers that won’t run him into the ground. He so loves to race and has that very special “will to win” that makes all the difference. I love GOD too but I just feel that Danny Boy has done it all and deserves HOY. hugs

        RIP Sir Henry Cecil on this day of your memorial service.

        1. Dear Sue Fredrick:

          I agree. I think Wise Dan is an extraordinary horse. He has won at seven different tracks in his lifetime, including an All Weather surface in his Maiden win and a win on Dirt at Churchill Downs. Five of his last nine wins were at different tracks and different grass courses. The Breeders Cup Mile will be very exciting. WD gets my vote for HOY.

          I have nothing but respect for Game On Dude. He is a wonderful horse too. Love and Hugs, JB

    2. There are actually some who are pushing Game on Dude for HOY. It will probably hinge on the results of the BC. Is GOD a better horse than Wise Dan? Doubtful.

      1. Terry, I don’t know which is the best horse. They both race on different surfaces and have different styles. Perhaps we can have co-HOY.

        1. shirlee-Everything will probably hinge on the results of the BC. Game on Dude is in much the same position he was last year before the BCC was run, in which he flopped. Wise Dan, on the other hand, could not have run better than he did last year, beating horses such as Animal Kingdom and POE. I expect Dan to repeat. I also expect GOD to repeat his race, although the competition such as Fort Learned is not as sharp. Drosselmeyer handled GOD in both the Belmont and BCC and I expect the same will happen this year, just by a different horse. Mike Smith could make the difference, though.

      2. Terry, I really like both these horses and find your comments and others interesting and informative. Wish I could have seen WD’s recent race; impressive!! Waiting for the BC! Sally B

        1. Sally-Just my personal opinion. If Game on Dude wins the BCC and is named HOY over Wise Dan it would be OK with me. Just don’t think it is going to happen.

  30. Remembering, Sir Henry Cecil ,one of the greatest trainers,on the day of his Memorial service at Ely Cathedral .RIP hugs Sheena.

    1. A big loss to racing and definitely one of the all-time greats.

    2. RIP Sir Henry. Hugs, JB

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