Indy’s Racing Thoughts! Breeder’s Cup 2015 and the 4th Jewel


Hi Friends!

A hearty hello and how have you been since the Haskell? Pudge and I have had one heck of a great summer busy having fun and being a little lazy too. Here in sweet southern Georgia I have been following the racing and enjoying it to the fullest but have not gotten around to my writing. So Pudge is in the same boat, busy having fun and enjoying the goodies from Buttons and her goat friends in the Tack Room Kitchen up in Manheim, PA. Guess that is how it goes. Rest assured though, we have been enjoying the journey of the Triple Crown, The Breeder’s Cup Challenge racing and now the year-end Championships.

What a year in racing it has been! We have witnessed history that will never be forgotten as we saw American Pharoah take down his rivals in the Triple Crown races, come back to win the Haskell Invitational like it was nothing and then a small defeat in the Travers. The Travers was only slightly disappointing however. He was our champion and we know in racing it’s hard to win them all. Many miles of travel and the rigors of racing and winning slowed down the streak a bit but not for long. Seeing him win like an angel with wings on his back was like nothing we’ll probably ever see in a long time if ever. He ran his last race a winner and a champion and Pudge and I were so confident he would. But even so, this race brought us to tears of joy that cannot fully be explained but merely understood.

This year the Breeder’s Cup Championships were held at Keeneland racecourse. Heralded as perhaps the most beautiful racetrack in the United States, they clearly hosted with honor and did Kentucky and horse lovers around the world proud. What a distinction to have for this set of historic championships.

Pudge and I were wowed by the champions all as they each took their place in the gate for each run. We know how hard it is to get there and that’s what makes us all appreciate these horses so much more. The hours of work, the money, the effort of all the crew set the stage for what we get to watch for the two days. It’s not easy and it’s fun but it’s work too. There is not one detail that takes a back seat in this process because to miss one can take a huge toll. So we waited all summer in great anticipation for this last hurrah for all the champions and one race in particular that was historic and monumental. This was because only one horse ever to have a chance at the first ever Grand Slam in horse racing – a 4th jewel. The golden jewel of all. American Pharoah secured his place in history again and again this year, but with his last race his jewel will shine for lifetimes to come.

Pudge and I were amazed by all the winners of course and there were not only one but two track records set!! Just take a look at this impressive list of winners:

Friday, October 30, 2015 Day One

Juvenile Turf: Hit It A Bomb
Las Vegas Dirt Mile: Liam’s Map
Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Catch A Glimpse
Distaff: StopChargingMaria

Saturday, October 31, 2015, Day Two

14 Hands Vinery Juvenile Fillies: Songbird
Turf Sprint: Mongolian Saturday
Twin Spires Filly and Mare Sprint: WavellAvenue
Filly and Mare Turf: Stephanie’s Kitten
Twin Spires Turf: RunHappy – TRACK RECORD!! Naps paid off!
Mile: Tepin Filly beats the boys!
Sentinent Jet Juvenile: Nyquist, way to go for Uncle Mo!
Longines Turf: Found, another filly beats the boys!
BC Classic: AMERICAN PHAROAH, Track Record!

Stellar careers are born, champions are made and history was witnessed. Memories for a lifetime! Some of our champions will be retiring to new careers and others will be moving on to what is next in racing in 2016. Many of our favorite racehorses are retiring this year so we’ll be getting to know new horses and you know what that means, we’ll be back on the Derby trail once again.

But for now, let us just enjoy what American Pharoah and his equine friends gave to us. They gave us hope, inspiration beyond compare and showed us that we can believe in our dreams and make our fairy tales come true. This was a year in racing that will never be duplicated but that’s ok. We don’t want it to because we want the horses and their connections to write their own stories whatever they may be. This story was one that will remain etched in our hearts and minds forever.

Pudge and I thank you for following our racing blogs this year and in years past and we hope that you’ll stay with us for what comes next in the year ahead. If what we saw this weekend is any indication, we are in for something special!

Your friends in racing, Indy and Pudge ♥


Indy’s Racing Thoughts! The Breeder’s Cup Challenge continues! The Haskell Invitational!

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BC Challenge

Dear friends!!

Whoa and a hearty hello from Pudge and I to you. It’s been plenty sunny here in Georgia and Pudge tells me peaches are in season. Being from Georgia now I am pretty partial to peaches and well these Breeder’s Cup Challenge races are indeed peachy keen. This past Saturday it was all about American Pharoah and boy did he make that romp in the Haskell look like a gliding walk through the park. Talented as he is, he makes the running thing so fluid, so smooth and effortless. Although I am sure he’ll tell us that he’d like Victor to just let those reins out so he can really put on a show to remember, he’s still putting on quite the show. I don’t think we’ve seen this much talent so beautifully displayed ever. We have witnessed many great horses but this one is really special too. He just makes this look like notes to music so wonderfully and majestically played and he’s all business. Off the track he’s a big pet who loves to be loved on and gives love back. This is the beauty of this horse is his humbleness. It brings Pudge and I to our knees literally.

But all this leaves us breathless for sure and there are other superstars too making their mark on the horse racing world in other races that have been most exciting. We loved to see Beholder back to her winning ways and wish her well in her quest for a win in the Breeder’s Cup. Congratulations to Wild Dude and Solow for their fine performances and securing their spots in the BC gates!!

Here is the schedule of winners and replays since our last blog:

Jul 25 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO Ascot Longines Turf Postponed (IRE)

Jul 26 Bing Crosby Stakes Del Mar Sprint: Winner –> Wild Dude

Jul 29 Qatar Sussex Stakes Goodwood Mile: Winner –> Solow (GB)

Aug 1 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap Del Mar Longines Distaff –> Beholder

Aug 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Monmouth Park Classic –> Triple Crown Winner – American Pharoah

We are so proud of all the runners and this year’s Breeder’s Cup will be one for the history books. American Pharoah is in a great position to win what’s called a Grand Slam. That is a feat the would be very amazing, but also historical. Pudge and I learned today that Mr. Zayat will send American Pharoah to Saratoga to contest the midsummer Derby also known as the Travers. The Travers is a most prestigious race and it’s one we look forward to every year. It’s also an important race for three year olds too. So we will look forward to The Travers with all the wonderful grandeur. This would be a nice feather in AP’s cap but as always we love all the horses and wish everyone a safe and happy trip. Everyone supporting the horses behind the scenes work so hard to make it a great time for the horses and the fans and we certainly appreciate that.

On August 8th we’ll be in for another great classic – The Whitney! Whoa! That will be an exciting race for the Breeder’s Cup Challenge contenders!!!!!!!!!

So Pudge and I will continue to give the high hoof salute to the barn babees all around the world who are working hard. We know that they have a tough job to do.

So please stay tuned and make it a great week. See you Saturday at Saratoga for The Whitney!

Your friends in racing,
Indy and Pudge ♥

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Indy’s Racing Thoughts! The Road to the Roses Final Preps Done!

Indy! Your friend in Racing!
Indy! Your friend in Racing!

Dear friends!!

Greetings from my barn in Georgia and Pudge’s barn in Manheim! Well this has been a thrilling weekend of prep racing! How about American Pharoah! That boy did not disappoint as he flew by the finish line several lengths ahead of the rest of the field. He smoked ’em as they say! Pudge and I were and still are over the moon!! It’s going to be a Kentucky Derby to remember for sure. We are anticipating a huge race with some pretty talented 3 YRO’s! Whoa! There are some very very strong contenders and who will get the dream trip remains to be seen. But whatever happens Pudge and I will be on the edge of our stalls in great anticipation! They’re all rock stars in racing in our opinion and they work so hard to get in those gates the first weekend in May which makes this event so special. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in this race and to win it is very hard to do. But the reality is they’re all winners in our eyes and I am sure you’d agree.

So let’s get started!

April 11th

Arkansas Derby
Oaklawn Park # 11
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Type: G 1 – 3 Year Olds
Purse: $1,000,000
Order of Finish: 1. American Pharoah 2. Far Right 3. Mr. Z 4. Madefromlucky
Winning Jockey,Trainer,Owner: Victor Espinoza || Bob Baffert || Zayat Stables

Race Recap: American Pharoah was phenomenal!

AMERICAN PHAROAH broke with the field, allowed the leader to go while racing off the inside, continued to stalk in the run up the backstretch, moved at will to collar the leader in the second turn, clear into the lane, drew out as he pleased through the stretch without being asked for his best. FAR RIGHT last away, continued to lag well back in the run up the backstretch, roused turning for home, steered out when
straightened, finished willingly to be in time for the place, never a threat to the winner. MR. Z came out just after the start, raced forwardly and outside, moved a bit closer into the far turn, lodged a mild and brief bid in the second bend, flattened out in the drive. MADEFROMLUCKY in a bit tight at the start, fell back off the early lead, continued one paced throughout while remaining off the inside. BOLD CONQUEST bothered slightly just after the start, also raced well off the early leaders, two path the middle half, dropped to the inside, improved a bit in the lane while not a serious threat. WIN THE SPACE settled well off the pace while racing outside, four wide into, five wide out of the final turn, lacked a kick in the stretch. THE TRUTH OR ELSE void of speed, raced inside, saved ground to no avail as he lacked a response in the drive. BRIDGET’S BIG LUVY a bit restless in the gate, broke out, got clear soon after, showed the way through some lively fractions, caved readily when headed by the winner turning for home.


Race Replay:

Lexington Stakes
Keeneland Race # 10
Distance: 1 1/16 miles
Type: G III – 3 Year Olds
Purse: $250,000
Order of Finish: 1. Divining Rod 2. Donworth 3. Fame and Power 4. Comfort
Winning Jockey, Trainer, Owner: Julien Leparoux || Arnaud Delacour || Lael Stables

Race Recap: Spectacular performance by Tapit son!

DIVINING ROD tracked the pace early off the rail, shifted into the four path in the far turn, took over command in the stretch and won going away. DONWORTH stalked the pace early, shifted into the three path in the far turn while making a bid but was no match for the winner in the final stages. FAME AND POWER set the pace early, angled off the rail into the far turn and faltered late in the stretch run. COMFORT was bumped and
bothered at the start, shifted into the three path in the far turn with some gain in the stretch drive. HENRY JONES was well placed early, shifted into the four path in the far turn and was empty late in the stretch. TIZNOW R J came in at the start and was done early. QUIMET was bumped and bothered at the start, steadied entering the first turn, steadied and hit the rail entering the backstretch.


Race Replay:


Stay tuned for THE KENTUCKY DERBY! MAY 2nd!

Indy’s Racing Thoughts! The Road to the Roses Continues!

Indy! Your friend in Racing!
Indy! Your friend in Racing!

Dear friends!

Greetings from my barn in sweet southern Georgia and Pudge’s barn in Manheim to you!! Are you getting ready for the Derby? One more weekend of preps to go and then the first Saturday in May is just around the corner!

It’s been a fun and exciting road and has kept Pudge and I on the edge for the most part. We think after this past weekend that the big lanky Dortmund is emerging steadily and surely as a very strong favorite for the Kentucky Derby. We also liked Carpe Diem’s performance tremendously at Keeneland and we saw a nice finish by Frosted in the Wood Memorial in New York. This weekend we’re going to be looking at American Pharoah and if he does as well as we think he stands a great chance to also be a heavy favorite for this coveted race in May.

And away they go….

April 4th

Wood Memorial
Aqueduct Race # 10
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Type: G 1 – 3 Year Olds
Purse: $1,00,000
Order of Finish: 1. Frosted 2. Tencendur 3. El Kabeir 4. Daredevil
Winning Jockey / Trainer / Owner:
Joel Rosario, Kiaran McLaughlin, Godolphin Racing

Race Recap: Great come from behind performance by Tapit progeny!

FROSTED settled into the three path heading for the clubhouse turn, continued at a considerable distance from off the rail proceeding down the backstretch, rider keeping something in reserve, tipped into the four path and was still in it entering the far turn, moved up readily towards the front runners, reaching a good striking position as the third fraction was being recorded, was about a length behind the runner up spinning into the stretch, responded positively when fully called upon, whittled away at the lead, eventually taking over for good with about a sixteenth to go, kicked away. TENCENDUR secured a forward position after the break, underwent a three wide journey to the quarter pole, picked up interest when asked, nearing the end of the backstretch, to press the issue as the widest of a threesome on the second bend, worked his way to the front to lead the field into the stretch by about a length, but with the top one lurking dangerously at this juncture, offered good resistance before relinquishing in the vicinity of the sixteenth pole, finished willingly to secure second. EL KABEIR unhurried in the two path, was asked to pick it up coming to the three-eighths pole, swung four wide into the stretch, got straightened away, mustered up a mild response to grab the show award, although never posing a threat to the top twosome. DAREDEVIL was rated prompting the pacesetter from the two path until the half mile pole, continued at the task, but now from between rivals on the far turn after the second place finisher arrived on the scene at that point, vied with vigor before backing away steadily racing down the stretch. TIZ SHEA D was pulling on the bit during the run towards the first turn, tipped into the two path just before reaching it and went about more professionally afterwards, kept watch on the front runners from between rivals for a good portion of the opening three-quarters, began to give way after going onward for another furlong. TOASTING MASTER broke alertly and established control in short order, showed the way from the inside, pilot initially applying a firm grip on the reins, was forced to defend the advantage being hounded by the top two finishers after leaving the backstretch, yielded despite getting put to a hard drive prior to the quarter pole and faltered. LIEUTENANT COLONEL was quickly guided over to the rail, gained ground on the front runners launching a middle move down the backstretch, stayed in contention for most of the way around the far turn then backed away.

Race replay:

Santa Anita Derby
Santa Anita Park Race # 8
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Type: G 1 – 3 Year Olds
Purse: $1,00,000
Order of Finish: 1. Dortmund 2. One Lucky Dane 3. Bolo 4. Prospect Park
Winning Jockey / Trainer / Owner:
Martin Garcia, Bob Baffert, Kaleem Shah

Race Recap: Dazzling Dortmund perseveres and wins commandingly despite a loose shoe.

DORTMUND bobbled some just after the start, had good early speed and set a pressured pace inside, inched away on the backstretch and second turn, kicked clear under urging in the stretch and was being flagged with the whip late. ONE LUCKY DANE prompted the pace between horses then stalked a bit off the rail, continued between horses on the second turn, was no match for the winner in the drive but bested the others. BOLO stalked the pace three deep, came four wide into the stretch and edged rivals for the show. PROSPECT PARK was in a good position stalking the pace between horses, fell back a bit just off the rail on the second turn, waited off heels leaving that turn and into the stretch, angled to the inside nearing mid stretch and was edged for third. CROSS THE LINE prompted the pace three deep then stalked outside a rival, continued
three wide on the second turn and into the stretch, drifted in some in the drive and was out finished for third between foes. BAD READ SANCHEZ angled in and stalked inside, fell back some leaving the second turn and into the stretch, was in a bit tight when crowded briefly in mid stretch and weakened.


Race Replay:

Blue Grass Stakes
Keeneland Race # 10
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Type: G 1 – Open – 3 Year Olds
Purse: $1,00,000
Order of Finish: 1. Carpe Diem 2. Danzig Moon 3. Ocho Ocho Ocho 4. Frammento
Winning Jockey/Trainer/Owner:
John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher, WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC

Race Recap: Captivating and Classy Carpe Diem wows the crowd and he runs from the pack! Whoa!!

CARPE DIEM pressed the pace early along the four path, continued pressure along the far turn while preparing to rope in the leader, fanned into the five path entering the lane, seized the lead entering the eighth pole and drew away in the final stages. DANZIG MOON was well placed
early along the six path, stayed in the six path in the far turn, made a bid in the stretch but was no match for the winner in the late stages. OCHO OCHO OCHO set the pace early in the three path, shifted into the four path in the far turn while losing the lead entering the lane and faltered late in the stretch run. FRAMMENTO was back early off the rail, stayed off the rail in the far turn and moved up in the stretch run. CLASSY CLASS chased the pace early along the five path, continued in the five path entering the lane while making a bid but weakened late in the stretch drive. GORGEOUS BIRD came out early and bumped rival shortly after leaving the gate, stalked the pace early along the four path, shifted into the three path in the far turn and faded late. UNRIVALED was never a threat. PEPPER ROANI was bumped early while no factor.


Race Replay:

What a spectacular lineup of racing we enjoyed and we hope you did too. Check out the replays and make your Derby pick.

This weekend we move to the final prep races of the season and then we will witness 2015’s Kentucky Derby. This is going to be an exciting race and one we are looking forward to. Last year we were pretty clear that it was California Chrome as the favorite and from an early point in the races, at least for Pudge and I. This year we have multiple horses we like really well but after watching Dortmund’s Santa Anita Derby performance we are leaning heartily and heavily toward him. We love all the contenders and those who competed in the preps as we know that it is a tough road to haul. Not everyone can get a gate on May 2nd, so following their journey is an honor and a privilege.

What’s Next!
Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park
Lexington at Keeneland

We will see you next week!

Your friends in racing! Indy and Pudge ♥

Indy’s Racing Thoughts! The Road to the Roses! Fountain of Youth, Risen Star and The Southwest Stakes & More!

Indy in Georgia with his human!
Indy in Georgia with his human!

Dear friends!

Pudge and I sure hope you’re staying warm and out of trouble! This winter has been the coldest on record and even here in Georgia we have seen winter! Brrr! Pudge echoes the sentiment. Pudge has been enjoying making snow angels whenever he can however. I think he secretly luvs winter! But even with all this weather we are enjoying the Road to the Roses and the road is heating up with each passing week. Those coveted gates are looming closer each day and the first Saturday in May will be here before we know it!

So without further adieu, we’ll get started!! We have lots to cover and away we go!
The Championship Series Begins!!

First up: The Fountain of Youth
Date: Saturday February 21, 2015
Track: Gulfstream Park
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles

Win: Itsaknockout
Place: Upstart
Show: Frammento

The Race Recap:
Upstart was DQ’d this time around. Itsknockout was not able to steady and lost his momentum after Frosted who was tiring bumped into Upstart. Upstart was found to have impeded Itsaknockout and lost his nearly over 2 length victory in the disqualification. Frosted finished fourth.

Itsaknockout picked up 50 points for his win and a 2nd place position in the Leaderboard not to mention his perfect record intact!! Upstart gets 20 points while Frammento picks up 10 points.

To see the race replay and read more about the race please go to this link:

The Risen Star Stakes
February 21, 2015
Track: Fairgrounds
Distance: 1 and 1/16 Miles

The Risen Star was won by International Star!! This colt owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey has been shining bright and picked up 50 more points to put him in a solid first place on the Leaderboard. War Story took the place with 20 points and strong closer Keen Ice took the show and 10 points.

Superb performance by winning once again for trainer Mike Maker! This seemed a close repeat of the Lecomte for International Star and War Story. Will these two battle it out at the Derby this same way? We don’t know for sure but we are pretty sure that International Star is going to be a very strong contender and one to watch!

To see the replay and learn more about the race please go to this link:

The Southwest Stakes
Date: February 22 2015
Track: Oaklawn Park
Distance: 1 and 1/16 miles

Far Right ran an excellent race in the slop. Very impressive win. Truth or Else took the place while Mr. Z took the show. Far Right took the shorter rail route again which reminded us of his race in the Smarty Jones Stakes. Mike Smith was in the irons and the colt gave him a fantastic ride.

To learn more details about the race and catch the replay, please go to this link below:

This past weekend the fillies have been busy too! They were off and running.

To see their race replays and all the details for the Devona Dale, Busher and Rachel Alexandra Stakes please go to this link:

There you have it friends!! The Road to the Roses for this week and stay tuned because the best is yet to come!

Your friends in racing!
Indy and Pudge ♥

Indy’s Racing Thoughts! The Road to the Roses with the Withers and Robert B Lewis Stake races!

Indy! Your friend in Racing!
Indy! Your friend in Racing!

Dear friends! Greetings to all from my barn in Georgia and Pudge’s in Manheim, PA to yours! We hope you’re staying warm as the Road to the Roses heats up! May is just around the corner and the competition is growing stronger each week! This week the fillies enjoyed a breather in their preps but the boys had two good races to keep us going! First up was the Withers run at the big A. Race Date: February 7, 2015 Track: Aqueduct Race Distance: 1 1/16 Miles Far from Over, El Kabeir and Classy Class hit the board 1,2,3! Far from Over overcame a terrible start to take the win very impressively. Now that friends, was an outstanding horse race. One that Pudge and I are still reeling from. To see a horse stumble that badly, trail in last for much of the race and have the power and acceleration to overcome all that and win so strongly – well simply put it took our breath away!! El Kabeir who we know is a class horse and leaderboard “leader” had a good race too as he was running on the outside for the race but that run by Far from Over caught our attention in a big way. Congrats to all 6 horses as they are the superstars. We hope they all come out of their races in top form and ready to battle another day. To watch the stellar replay and read all the race details please go to this link: Next up was the Robert B. Lewis stakes!! Dortmund proved his mettle again and again by remaining undefeated. This Dortmund is quite the talent and we have some pretty high expectations for this colt. This colt was to deny Firing Line yet another win!! This race was so exciting. Dortmund and Firing Line battled and battled like there was no tomorrow but it was Dortmund who found another gear at the end when it counted the most. Powerful horse ran expertly with Martin Garcia in the irons. Gary Stevens and Firing Line did not make it easy but Dortmund gave it his gritty best and got the job done. Dortmund, Firing Line and Rock Shandy ran 1-2-3 at Santa Anita Park. Race Date: February 7, 2015 Track: Santa Anita Park Race Distance: 1 1/16 Miles To read the chart, study the details and catch this thriller race replay, please go to the link below: Friends on Saturday for Valentines Day we will be watching the El Camino Real Derby from Golden Gate Fields!! We are looking forward to that and we’ll be sure to share all the race info next week. The Road to the Roses is not an easy one but boy it sure does get pretty exciting!! All for now and have a great week. Your friends in racing: Indy and Pudge ♥

Indy’s Racing Thoughts! The Road to the Roses, 2015!

Indy your friend in Racing and BFF!
Indy your friend in Racing and BFF!

Dear friends!

A hearty welcome and hello from my barn in Georgia and Pudge’s barn in Manheim! Me and the BFF’s are enjoying things in the South – little warmer than Pudge’s place in the north! Brrr… Pudge is holding up pretty well and Buttons keeps them all in hot cocoa so I suppose all is well.

Speaking of things being well… how about those races this past weekend?? Did you see some talent, some upsets, some surprises and not so surprising moves? I bet you’ll say yes to at least one or two!!

This week we had two Kentucky Oaks Prep races! Woo Hoo for the fillies! Take Charge Brandi took the win by just a bit in the Martha Washington and Callback went gate to wire in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes! Two talented fillies for you to look forward to seeing as they make their way closer to the Kentucky Oaks in May. It’s possible that Take Charge Brandi may appear next in the Honeybee at OakLawn Park and Callback is probable for the Santa Anita Oaks.

To see the replays and learn more about the races please go to the links below:

Martha Washington

Las Virgenes

Coming up on February 7th:

Aqueduct: Withers Stakes
Robert B Lewis Stakes: Santa Anita Park

Your Leaderboard Contenders!

This week we’re short and sweet but one thing is for sure the excitement in racing runs long!

Stay tuned for more racing news on the Road to the Roses!!

Your friends in racing, Indy and Pudge!