2020 Thoroughbred - The Horse Forum
View Poll Results: It's a boy and almost certainly bay, so what markings is this kid going to have?
No markings 1 8.33%
One sock 2 16.67%
Two socks 5 41.67%
Three sock 4 33.33%
Four socks 0 0%
No markings but face white 0 0%
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post #1 of 14 Old 02-12-2020, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Long time no see y'all!

Mel is at 314 days as of today (2/12) with her first foal. She is boarded down in KY, so I'm not going to be posting many update photos, but she's in good hands. Mel is a 2013 Scat Daddy out of a nice Cherokee Run mare, and sold for $230k as a yearling. Her racing career wasn't illustrious but there were some excuses behind the scenes for that. She is as kind and easy of a mare as you could ever ask for. Super classy and very sound. This was her going through the ring at Keeneland as a yearling:




The sire is Not This Time, the best juvenile son of Giant's Causeway and half-brother to Breeder's Cup winner Liam's Map. I wanted to send my girl to a son of Giant's Causeway right off the bat as her dam is a half to a G1-winning son of GC. Not This Time's career was short but he was incredibly talented, his foals are consistent, and he is phenomenally bred top and bottom. Photos taken when he was not quite three.




This is a race breeding, and the foal will likely be sold as a weanling or yearling. I'd be tempted to keep it if it came out a filly, but fetal sexing says colt. The mare is booked back to Noble Mission for 2021, and I'm hoping to keep that one!
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Well, I got a chestnut colt on March 22nd ;)
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post #3 of 14 Old 04-04-2020, 10:13 AM
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Wow look at those legs! And what a cutie!
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post #4 of 14 Old 04-04-2020, 10:19 AM
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Congrats on the little cutie!
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Nice baby!
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Thanks guys! He's come a long way in a short time, he was born with very lax pasterns. Careful management has really helped. He's going to be a BIG boy.

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I love a Chestnut! and that face!!!
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post #8 of 14 Old 04-08-2020, 10:06 AM
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Gorgeous @EliRose . Can you tell us more about what it's like to breed to race? How do you handle planning your breedings? Do you usually get to follow the foal through their race career? Do you ever race your own or do they all get sold?
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He is so cute! Congrats!
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post #10 of 14 Old 04-08-2020, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Gorgeous @EliRose . Can you tell us more about what it's like to breed to race? How do you handle planning your breedings? Do you usually get to follow the foal through their race career? Do you ever race your own or do they all get sold?
This is my first foal with my name on the papers, actually! We're planning on selling him at auction as a yearling and if he brings enough we'll hopefully keep the next one (if it's a filly) or buy another broodmare or race filly. We might try to bring in major partners and race him if he is poorly received, but I'm not super interested in keeping colts at the moment.

Both him and the 2021 have very European, grass-oriented pedigrees, so they could be a lot of fun. M should be visiting this gorgeous boy soon:

I have raised a ton of race foals, however, including some (in)famous ones, and I've found them very easy to follow. Of my two favorites that I've ever had, one is an Eclipse champion and the other is a $5000 claimer in Texas, and I have no problem getting info on either. I very well may end up with the 5k claimer once he's done running
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