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Stall Street Journal Entry 14

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Stall Street Journal - #14

The days are longer, the birds are singing, the earth is greening.

Spring is in the air. It has been written about many times before... rebirth, warmth, the circle of life.

But, nowhere is this more apparent than on a thoroughbred horse farm. Little, fuzzy, brownish physiques dot the landscape. These newborn foals dutifully follow their mothers, playfully expand their athletic repertoire, and curiously explore new boundaries. It is plain and simple, an awe inspiring process.

And we stare out onto our fields wondering --- looking for qualities in these young horses that might tip us off as to which might be special, and run like the wind – or bear the Garland of Roses or bring home The Crown.

This is what makes breeding thoroughbred racehorses so joyous and thrilling...what makes waking up each day such a glorious adventure. The hope.

Somewhere out there is a winner...even a champion. It’s been done before at McMahon Thoroughbreds and will be done again. It is our duty then, to help this come to fruition each and every day. We stay focused and remain calm. It is but for one stray nail or cat, one broken fence or slick patch of ice, one missed meal or temperature not taken that can cost heavily. Conversely, it is just a few extra minutes of grooming, handling, and careful preparation that can enhance handsomely.

The trees are budding. So, too, are our hearts with excitement. He’s out there. She must be. Which one is it? The one who boldly approaches its neighbor? The one who races after a butterfly? The fiery one who is tough to catch at feed time? The one which seems to have innate class, calm and maturity? The barrel-chested fullback-type...or the graceful, stretchy ballerina-like model?

One day we’ll know. But it won’t be for several more springs....summers, falls and winters. Nor without patience, frustration, anguish, luck, heart...and hope.

Happy and hopeful spring to all!

 

Oops. We got so carried away with waxing poetic that we almost forgot to include some of the highlights of the week on the racetrack:

3/29 – Shy Humor streaked home to win by 2 ¼ lengths over nine competitors to win a $23K maiden race at Aqueduct. This 4 year old gelding is by Sharp Humor and out of Black Bacardi, bred, raised and sold by McMahon Thoroughbreds. Owner Two Hands LLC and trainer by Jeremiah Englehart deserve credit for their fine handling of this horse.

3/29 – One race later on the same Aqueduct card, Sugar Beach fought resolutely to prevail by a head in the $57K one mile race in 1:39:3 under jockey David Cohen. Long time friend and client Ted Taylor bred this 5 year old mare. She’s out of Homah Ling Ling and by Peruvian. Congratulations to all!

3/30 – Mr. Sekiguchi had a nice $38K maiden special weight winner at Laurel named Lotosblume. This chestnut 4 year old filly closed determinedly to win at 27-1. She is owned by Robert Manfuso and trained by Katherine Voss (and bred by both). Exciting win!

3/30 – In the $75,000 Broadway Stakes at Aqueduct, Sunny Desert “mowed ‘em down” to win going away in fine fashion. This Wild Desert miss continues to impress, and upped her lifetime earnings to $376,750 and is 7-3-1 from 13 starts. Bred by Breed of Characters and raised by McMahon Thoroughbreds, she sold for only $2,000 at OBS. She was claimed for $35,000 by Saul Kupferberg and his 93 year old father, Max. Hearty congratulations to all!

3/31 – Congaree had TWO winners on Sunday. At Fair Grounds, his 4 year old filly Givhans Ferry won her fourth race in speeding 6 furlongs in 1:10:4. She increased her total earnings to $138K. She was bred by WinStar LLC and races for owner Clark Brewster and trainer Steve Margolis. At Golden Gate, Thrillagee won her maiden by a neck in her third career start in 58:1 for 5 furlongs. The 3 year old miss was bred by Adena Springs, is owned by Horseplayers Racing Club, and is trained by Tim McCanna. Congratulations to all the connections!

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