Reaching for Roses: The Beginning of the Journey

July 24, 2011

Pictures of Faith, Sky’s First Foal with a Bullet, Skype at Trackside Farm

On Saturday I had the chance to visit Sky and Faith for the first time since the beginning of May. Faith was just about three months old at the time and it was amazing to see how much she has grown. It won’t be very long till she’s weaned from Sky, which is just crazy to think about because I feel like just yesterday I posted about Skype being weaned.

Here are a few pictures of Faith and Sky that I took yesterday. Faith is about 5 1/2 months old here.

For those of you that have forgotten what Faith looked like when she was first born, here is a picture of her and Sky that was taken when she was only a week old.

Shortly after returning from the farm on Saturday, I received some very good news. Sky Above, who is a 2-year-old colt by Artie Schiller and the first foal out of Sky, breezed four furlongs in 48 seconds flat on the all-weather training surface at Fair Hill on Saturday morning. It was the fastest of 20 workers on the all-weather surface that morning. The next fastest work was :48.40. Sky Above has a steady work tab and hopefully he will make his career debut very soon. It would be excellent to see him take a maiden special somewhere before Skype sells in the Keeneland September sale. Actually, “excellent” is probably not strong enough of a word. Perhaps “game changer” would be a more appropriate phrase.

Speaking of Skype…I recently received an update from Tom Evans of Trackside Farm and she is doing very well. Skype was moved to Trackside Farm in Versailles in the middle of June to be prepped for the September sale. Trackside Farm will also consign Skype. Mr. Evans said he is happy with the way she is developing. Hopefully she will keep getting bigger and stronger and she will have all the looks of a racehorse in September. As always, all there is to do is be patient and keep my fingers crossed.

That’s all for now. Hope everyone had a great weekend and has a fantastic week.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Australian poet, Pam Brown, that I read the other day.

“A horse is the projection of people’s dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.”

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3 Comments »

  1. Travers, I can’t believe how much Faith looks like her momma. Thank you for sharing the pictures. I’ve been following Sky Above ( Horse watch) since you gave us his name, watching his works and looking forward to his first start. Good Luck with Skype. I know it’s a business decision, but I’m sure your heart may break a bit, when she leaves you. Enjoy your summer.

    Comment by SR Vegas — July 25, 2011 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  2. Grow, baby, grow!

    Comment by fmitchell07 — July 26, 2011 @ 10:53 am | Reply

  3. I have been following Sky Above and saw the bullet. I am very excited for this horse’s debut. I had the same feeling you did, this could be a big deal for the Keeneland sale.

    Good Luck!!!!

    Comment by Cathy Grimes — July 27, 2011 @ 11:12 am | Reply


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