Reaching for Roses: The Beginning of the Journey

October 31, 2010

More Reason to Look Forward to Sky’s Next Foal

Today, Dancinginherdreams won the G2 Pocahontas S. at Churchill Downs. This gray two-year-old filly, owned by John Oxley and trained by John T. Ward Jr., went off as the even-money favorite and won going away under jockey Julien Leparoux.

This filly has been on my watch list for the past several weeks because of her pedigree. The bloodlines for Dancinginherdreams jumped off the page for me when I read them in the Daily Racing Form on October 10th, the day of her debut victory at Keeneland. Dancinginherdreams is by Tapit, out of Mayan Milagra, by Menifee.

Why are these bloodlines so significant? Well, let’s look at what the bloodlines will be for Sky’s next foal (which is due the first week of February). The foal will be by Parading, out of Sky, be Menifee.

So, Sky’s next foal will be by a son of Pulpit (Parading) and out of a mare by Menifee (Sky). Dancinginherdreams is also by a son of Pulpit (Tapit) and out of a mare by Menifee (Mayan Milagra). The Pulpit-Menifee cross produced a graded-stakes winner today and that is cause for me to be even more excited about Sky’s next foal.

I know that Tapit is a more prestigious sire than Parading and even very successful crosses often fail, but this knowledge neither takes away from my excitement of Dancinginherdreams’ victory today nor diminishes my hope that the foal Sky is carrying will turn out to be a great runner. I cannot lose hope, and the day that I do is the day that I should no longer be a horse owner/breeder. After all, to quote one of this blog’s most faithful readers (Observer), “Horse racing is built on hope.”


October 25, 2010

Two Quick Updates on Charlie

Our good friend Charlie (Usain Again) won another race on Thursday, October 21st! For those of you that aren’t counting, that was Charlie’s fifth win in seven lifetime starts. His record now stands at 7-5-1-0, with $36,585 in career earnings. I apologize for not informing the blog about Charlie’s upcoming race, but I was afraid that the announcement may jinx him. Hopefully a few readers have put Charlie (just to be clear, his registered name is Usain Again) on their “watch lists” and received an e-mail notification of his race. I know that this blog’s number #1 fan, “Observer,” was able to cash in on Charlie’s win price of $14.20 and I hope he wasn’t the only one.

The other news that relates to Charlie is somewhat disappointing. Today his half-sister by Devil His Due went through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale and only brought a bid of $1,000, which did not meet the reserve. I was hopeful that Charlie’s recent success would lead to a decent sale price for his half-sibling, but unfortunately things did not work out that way. To remind you, Charlie is a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling graduate of 2008; selling for $5,200 to Jose Pinchin. Both Charlie and his half-sister were bred and consigned by Maine Chance Farm (University of Kentucky).

Lastly, I have one update on my life. This Friday I have a meeting with the Associate Dean of the MBA program at the University of Kentucky to discuss the program, its benefits, the application process, scholarships, etc. I’m really looking forward to the meeting and hopefully it will go well.

That’s all for now. Everyone have a great week!

October 19, 2010

Looking Ahead

Yesterday I had my final advising conference with my academic adviser, Dr. Robert Coleman. I can still remember meeting with him to plan my first semester at UK and yesterday we planned my last semester. We began to discuss my future and I mentioned that I have an interest in pursuing a degree in law or obtaining a MBA. I am still unsure about exactly what it is that I want to do in the horse industry; however, I am leaning towards major racetrack or sales company management. Maybe one day I can be the director or assistant director of sales of Keeneland or Fasig-Tipton, or the president, vice-president, or CEO of Keeneland, Churchill Downs, or NYRA.

To give myself the best chance of obtaining one of these positions, I believe that I need to further my education past college. What I must decide now is what post-graduate degree to pursue: law, MBA, or Master of Agricultural Economics. Right now, I am leaning towards pursuing a law degree and either a MBA or Master of Ag Econ. Also, I would love the opportunity to continue working in the Thoroughbred industry while I obtain these degrees. The dream would be to work full-time at Keeneland, Churchill Downs, or Fasig-Tipton and attend graduate school part-time at the University of Kentucky or University of Louisville. Obviously, the completion of multiple post-graduate degrees would take several years and a large amount of money; however, it may be worth it. Although I would be in debt, by age 30 I could have a MBA and a JD from UK or U of L to go along with my bachelor’s degree from UK. I believe that this would make me an attractive prospective employee to many companies, including several in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.

I would like to ask for input from the readers. If anyone has any suggestions for me, I would love to read them. All comments are greatly appreciated.

October 13, 2010

Uncertainty for the First Time

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Tonight I played the last intramural flag football game of my college career. I can still remember playing in my first game as a pledge for Phi Gamma Delta’s “C-team” in September of 2007. Tonight I played for our “A-team” and I played, not as a freshman pledge, but as a senior brother. When the clock ran out, I don’t think that it had hit me yet that it was my last game; however, it’s hit me now.

Lately I have been doing a lot of thinking about the future and tonight’s game was just another reminder that a chapter of my life will soon be coming to an end. I’ll be graduating from the University of Kentucky this May and everything will be different. After the game, one of the freshman asked if I would still be in town to cheer on the team next year. I told him I hope I’m still in town, but I’m not sure. I know a year from now I’ll be in the “real world,” I just don’t know exactly where in that world I will be.

Uncertainty is a new feeling for me and I can honestly not think of a time where I couldn’t give an exact answer to the question, “Where will you be in a year?”

Will I be in Lexington? Will I move back to Louisville? Will I be working in the horse racing/breeding industry? If not, what will I be doing?

I cannot answer any of the above questions with certainty and that is very scary.

The only thing that I do know is that I’m going to be alright. I may get a great job right out of college and I may not. I may get the opportunity to continue working in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry and I may not. But regardless of where I am and what I’m doing, I’ll have the love and support of God, my family, and my friends. I know that they’re all going to be there for me and, with support like that, I know I’m going to be just fine.

Here are some pictures of a few of those people that I know will always be there for me. This isn’t everyone, but it’s a good chunk.




October 6, 2010

Charlie Goes for Win #5 on Friday

Filed under: General horse racing — traversman @ 12:35 am
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Just wanted to let the readers know that our good friend Charlie (aka Usain Again) will be making his sixth start on Friday at Calder. Charlie will attempt to record his fifth win in the eighth race of an eleven race card. He will be making his first start at a distance under a mile and this race will also mark his first time going one-turn. Hopefully, Charlie will be able to overcome the odds again and cross the wire first. Best of luck to Charlie and to all of his connections! Go get ’em, boy!

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