What’s Been Happening
On the track it has been a bit of a struggle in recent months (we will summarize briefly below), but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been a lot of interesting happenings.
We launched a podcast in early January. It is called Black Cloud Rising and is available on all typical podcasting apps (e.g. iTunes, Stitcher, etc.). Give it a listen and let us know what you think. We have three episodes so far and they are only 10 minutes long or so.
The big news is the birth of our first foal as our broodmare, Archarella (Archarcharch), gave birth to her first (by Peace and Justice). More below.
More news surrounded Whereshetoldmetogo as well. First, Barbara Livingston won the 2018 Eclipse Award for best photograph for the below image of the biting incident at the Gallant Bob in September. Second, he was named a finalist for Maryland bred 3 year old male of the year for the Maryland Thoroughbred Industry Renaissance awards (lost out to Still Having Fun).
Not much has gone well since our last newsletter in October. We have had 13 outings from latter October to present with the best showing a second place finish for Beacos Disco Pants in a claiming race in January.
Of note, Summer Vow was turned out for the winter after a rough start at Laurel Park in early November. She just moved over to Sharp Farm to begin jogging. We will see her racing again this spring. Also, Vampa was claimed for $25,000 in December.
A Noteworthy Claim
So this is a bit of a ridiculous story that we go into more in Black Cloud Rising episode 3. On December 1st, we claimed Hardcore Folklore (Curlin) out of a turf race at the Fair Grounds with an expectation that he could be quite special on dirt. Trainer Terry Gabriel took him on and worked through some minor issues to get him ready to run on January 11th. Well, the result was nothing we could have expected and wound up with him getting a concussion and being gelded three days later. Listen to the podcast to hear the outrageous details.
The Big Horse Return is Coming Soon
After some well earned time off (since the Gallant Bob in September 2018), Whereshetoldmetogo began light training again in Florida and will move to the Fair Grounds in Louisiana to begin training with Brad Cox in the next few days. We still have a 25% stake in him and are excited to see him racing again soon. Here are a couple of recent photos of him.
It’s a girl! Archarella gave birth to her first foal (by Peace and Justice) on February 15th at Top Rail Farm in Pennsylvania. This is our first endeavor into breeding, so it’s an exciting time. She’s looking good so far, even a bit feisty. She’s spending quality time with mom right now.