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[09 Jul 2009|08:14am]

Hi! Me again, stirring some more shit up. I say this because the last time I posted anything of this nature in here it was extremely poorly received, I guess because most people are more interested in glory than reality. However, I still feel that there is some good discussion that can be prodded out of this subject. So, if you'll bear with me through the personal story portion, I promise you'll be able to extract the gist of what I'm saying from the latter paragraphs of the entry.

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Originally posted around June 1st, but decided I want it to reach more people so I'm reposting it in more comms and on a couple outside message boards.
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2008 Santa Anita Derby, Memorial, and Illinois Derby [03 Apr 2008|07:00pm]

Contenders, race replays, and more at horseracingfans.net:
Wood Memorial features War Pass, Cout Vision, Anak Nakal...

Illinois Derby stars Denis of Cork...

Santa Anita Derby features El Gato Malo, Colonel John, Yankee Bravo...
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New site for horse racing fans to gather [16 Mar 2008|03:04pm]

horseracingfans.net is a new site helping to promote horse racing and support horse racing fans. You can share horse racing videos, blogs, photos, chat, quizzes, polls, and more. Choose your username and start your profile at horseracingfans.net.
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New Here [29 Feb 2008|11:50am]


Not sure who's still reading, but figured I'd introduce myself.

I'm the managing partner (and majority shareholder) of

cara_blanco, an '04 Miesque's Son/Funny Values that's heading for TUP middle of next week. He's been off for nearly a year for a bowed tendon, but it's time to start his final conditioning at a larger track than the farm he's been at has. More information abouthim is over in his LJ.

I worked at Ballena Vista Farm  (warning there's sound --call to post-- on the first page!) in Ramona, CA for most of 2007 where I learned a lot about breeding and early breaking/training young race horses. I have met some great owners and trainers because of that job, so when the opportunity to take over ownership of Cara fell into my lap -- how could I resist?

And before all of that? I've been the typical horse-loving little girl who grew up and finally is starting to live her dream of owning a race horse. I'd like to pick up a 2 yo in training later this year, but that's all depending on how Cara does when he moves up to EmD after TUP.


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Driver's Licenses and Trainer's Licenses Should Both Be Harder to Get! [29 Jan 2008|10:14pm]

This is hoped to be a conversation starter. I guess I'm what's called a "lurker" in a lot of communities. I'm a member. I read. I watch. Ocassionally I note. This is my first time posting. I would love to see as much activity in my horse communities as there is in my running and philosophy communities, mainly because horses consume most of my thoughts and time, and because my old body (21) doesn't hold up to much running anymore, and because the philosophy communities lately are a lot of superficial overeducated dribble that has been made deliberately inaccessable to all the lowest common denominators with it's boring and irrelevant analogies, references to authors whom no one with real-world experience and intellect could bear to read, and elitist vocabularies, all of which is done by the writers solely to make themselves feel superior, but really only makes for tedious and affected reading and discussions, and proves via their analogies that they aren't as smart as all their big words are meant to impress upon you, because if they were they would be able to concisely explain what they mean instead of having to compare skunks to apples to algebra, which is easy enough to follow but really detracts from the point.

The point is this: I am a cowboy (no, I don't have sexual identitiy issues; it just seems to me that most "cow-girls" tend to wear sequins and can't ride much, and I am not one of those, and most "equestriennes" tend to wear tights and formalize their riding to the same degree that the "philosophers" do their writing, and I am not one of those either) and don't feel inclined to stand on such ceremonies. I have an extensive vocabulary and education but prefer to just say what I mean in fairly plain terms, while at the same time trying not to sound like a complete hick, and apparently they don't like me for that. I make my living exercise riding at the racetrack (lately, Keeneland, but also The Thoroughbred Center out on Paris Pike (for those familiar with Lexington) where they stick all the trainers without the clout to get permanent stalls at Keeneland's Training Center during the frequent sales that run them off the backside, and previously at The Woodlands (Kansas City, Kansas side) and originally at Arapahoe Park in my home state of Colorado) and I've broken babies for the best and the worst in the world, and I shoe. I also love horses. Many of the horse rescue/animal rights activists and racing fans who have never actually been through the process of training racehorses that I see on these sites might not realize what a juxtaposition that is, but it's true. The racetrack is a bad place for horses. The actually "training" of the horse, mentally, is minimal at best, and most of the tactics used by riders and handlers to get around this disaster-waiting-to-happen once these large, high-strung flight animals are brought to fitness and fed up on "hot" grain is nothing short of abusive. Over half the horses I have galloped in my almost two years at the track have had something physically wrong with them that, in any other discipline, would be grounds to bring charges against any "horseman," if you can call them that, who continued to train on the horse, not to mention being a concern as related to the horse's ability to give it's top performance. There are a number of points I would like to bring up for discussion with anyone reading this who has an opinion:Collapse )
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[26 Apr 2007|11:19am]



We're back and better than ever! Come join this GREAT community!

x-posted everywhere.

(I didn't see in the rules that this wasn't allowed,
so Moderators, please feel free to delete if this is against your rules)
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[28 Jun 2006|08:55pm]


funny cide is coming to woodbine.

I am so sneaking to the test barn to see him. if not there, then the recieving barn.

and nolans cat and scipion. WOW. and Im supposed to run a horse on saturday too...merh ah well. going to the races! dminion day stakes this saturday. w00t
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QUEENS PLATE [23 Jun 2006|12:34pm]

the queen's plate is this sunday at woodbine. I'm not sure yet if its on the main or the inside track...have they started installing the polytrack yet?

anyhow, I like the 3 horse. SHELLELAGH SLEW. its Mike Depaulo's horse (who I worked for for like 3 years) and I also spent a lot of time with this horse last year. (ie hosing his legs in 90 degree sun for half an hour everyday, lol) I'm sort of bummed Bad Hat isnt going to run, but ah well. In case anyone doesnt follow, Mike had 6 Queens Plate contenders (Golden Mood, Another Ascot, Mad Tide, Shellelagh Slew, Bad Hat and Cifercat) and yes, Cifercat is running. he was claimed and is now running. which is hilarious. I worked with him too, he won't win. nor will Edenwold. or Pyramid Park. besides those 3, who knows lol

I don't know much about Wanna Runner or Sterwins, but I also like Malakoff and Bridgecut. I think I'll pick better once I see some of these guys. ^__^ should be a good race, me and my friend are going to be there all day. too see Soaring Free run :D poor guy hasn't run much... and John Velasquez and Robby Albarado are coming up to woodbine that day too. it should be funn :D

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Prince of Wales [22 Jun 2006|05:53pm]

Anyone know a site where I can see Ouiji Board winning the Price of Wales?

Thanks guys, I love this mare, but I can't find the race video anywhere!
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[18 Jun 2006|09:46am]

Horse Lovers UNITE! haha checkthisout! -->


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Pictures of English Channel [03 Jun 2006|08:21pm]

IF ANYONE HAS PICTURES OF ENGLISH CHANNEL, pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaase post them.

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Barbaro Tribute Video [23 May 2006|08:06pm]

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A tribute I made for Barbaro. It was devestating to see him injured, but it's very relieving to see him overcome such a catastrophe. Page has codes to share and use.
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[20 May 2006|03:32pm]

Barbaro broke down in his right hind ankle coming down the stretch for the first time in the Preakness. Thoughts and prayers, race fans...
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polytrack at woodbine [18 May 2006|04:08pm]

yeah so this place is dead

but oh well

here's something weird, woodbine is getting polytrack, thats been known for a while, but guess when they're installing it? during july and august! the summer...why on earth, especially when they have seasonal racing, would they install it during the hot summer?

are they closing the racetrack while they are installing the poly.? noo. they are taking the dirt off the racetrack and putting it on the standardbred track, making a 7f. dirt track to use during the poly. installation. (for anyone who hasn't seen woodbine, they have a paved standardbred track in the middle (7f) a main dirt track on the outside of that (1m.) and a turf track farthest outside(1 1/2m))

so, are they running the queens plate on the tiny track then? ha ha. that'll bring lots of toursits. I think the trainers here won't be too keen to run their contenders on the tiny slanted standardbred track.

what do you guys think?
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[07 May 2006|02:47pm]


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BARRRRRRBAROOO [07 May 2006|08:55am]

Barbaro it is!

With that MASSIVE stride

Impressive win....

Does anyone know what beyer speed figure he was given for that run?
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[06 May 2006|08:56am]

Im liking Sweetnorthernsaint alot too. Impressive Beyers in all his recent races, and he's been training impressively at churchill. A.P. Warrior, I think his running style is perfect for the way I think this raec is going to set up, same with Point Determind, who's looking good.
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DERBY DAY [06 May 2006|08:34am]

[ mood | tired ]

i had a dream last night where Showing Up won the derby..........

i went to the track last year on my birthday, to woodbine, sept 1st, and i watched seaside retreat break from the gate and never look back - it was his second race and he won it by a mile. i loved him the second i saw him in the paddock before the race, and i remember perfectly thinking he was a standout colt from almost the second i looked at him, so i chose him to win. i got a copy of DRF while I was there and have an article about him up on my wall ("Seaside Retreat Turf Natural") and i still have my programme and have my notes i made about him in there. never thought he would end up in the derby....but that'd be just too cool if he won it, for me personally.

lemons forever in the oaks! huge upset...........she ran a good race though.

i think today there's going to be a crowded front end with alot of pace....there's going to be lots of traffic and early speed which i think will open up windows for the late runners...just something to think about.

I still have a hard time picturing Brother Derek getting beat though. Regardless, Barbaro's the early favourite (6-1) .....

What do youuuuuuuuuu think about this years Derby?

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[02 May 2006|02:47pm]

4 DAYS AND COUNTING...............

This is a tough one to figure out this year.
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So, it's Monday of Derby week... [01 May 2006|09:28pm]

[ mood | curious ]

How are y'all feeling about the Derby?

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