This backstory made me cry… (happy and sad tears)!






Here is my disclaimer:  Yes, I despise many of the rife shadow industries of the racing business (drugs, nursemare foals…)… but, I love the ‘against all odds’, ‘come from behind’, hardluck stories that make hearts soar – like Secretariat and Sea Biscuit and and… now Rich Strike.

This owner, trainer and rider don’t seem to have the wherewithall to be in the big leagues with the big players doing all the things… maybe they are, I don’t know.  But I do know there were no nurse mare foals on this foal’s dam since she was sent to auction after he was weaned…

So, for me, I see this story like the stories of old.  The last ditch effort with the last dime on the low rung ladder of minor success, comes this incredible WIN from a very unlikely team.

I cried when I watched the replay.

Major breeding farm, Calumet- winner of 8 derbies- breeds 16 year old Canadian race champion mare to their stud Keen Ice, the only horse to beat American Pharaoh. $7,500 stud fee. (After foaling the colt, Calumet dumped the mare at auction for $1,700 due to poor production value). The colt gets raced 2 years later. He comes in dead last. Calumet cuts their losses and put him in a $30,000 maiden-claiming race at Churchill Downs. Semi retired Oklahoman oil man claims the colt after failing to claim another horse- saying this is his last attempt in the disheartening race industry. The colt wins that claim race by 17 lengths. They race him again- in his last five races, he finishes third twice, fourth once and fifth once. Fast forward to May 6 his 3 year old year. D Wayne Lukas scratches his Kentucky Derby entry. The colt takes his place 30 seconds before the entry deadline on Friday. This is the first Kentucky Derby entry for the colts owner, trainer and jockey. The Venezuelan jockey is 83rd in earnings in North America for 2021 and has never won a major event. He draws the number 21 position in the gate. His odds are 80 to 1, the 2nd longest odds in Derby history. The colt comes from far behind, weaving his way through horses on the inside to win the Kentucky Derby in a shocking upset. The colts name is Rich Strike.

CLICK THIS LINK to watch the Kentucky Derby run and win with Rich Strike.

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AN OVERHEAD VIEW WITH MARKERS – SO YOU CAN WATCH HIS MOVES!

I watched this video, too… showing the race from overhead.  Here, you can see exactly how Rich Strike moved through the crowd.

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AS FAR AS THE ‘ATTACK’ ON THE OUTRIDER…

This video says exactly what I would have said…

(PS:  I now know why he wears a bit chain on his halter… – see photo above).

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MY OPINION

IMHO, Yes, I don’t like many, many (most) aspects of horse racing.  But, I do have to give it to this young, amazing horse.  He ran a phenomenal race – without all the bells and whistles provided to other more well-heeled horses from larger barns.  In this day and age, Rich Strike is probably the closest we will come to a pure winner.

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FUND TOTAL AS OF TODAY:  $835 (Thank you!)   We’ve saved POWDER PUFF 2/7/22 ($800),  EDDIE 2/9/22 ($1200), SURSHA 3/16/22 ($780),  BABY FRED 4/7/22 ($650)

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My friend had two more BABIES!






My friend is a Morgan breeder in Vermont.  His facility is called East of Equinox Farm and they have the old style Morgan that I love.  Many years ago, I toured their place and purchased two colts.  One grew into a lovely black stallion (which I sold because I wasn’t set up for stallions) and the other grew into my most favorite riding horse ever –  Aladdin.

Me on the trail with Aladdin.

My best guy when he was showing as a 2 year-old.

IN A WHILE…

In a while, when I’m back in Grass Valley, I might be in the market for a baby.  Since I have no mares anymore, I will need to purchase a baby.  And, for me, why not go back to the well?  I have only purchased from two Morgan breeders.   Kohler Farms (where I bought Mama Tess) and East of Equinox.

Since I have enough of Mama Tess’ breeding, I am strongly considering East of Equinox again.  Hence, I’m following all the births.  And, of course, they are sending me texts with photos – as it is happening – so the hook is being set nicely!

This is a 5 month old colt from last year’s crop at East of Equinox. He won the NY Breeder’s Sweepstakes.  He is related to my Aladdin.

 

LAST WEEK, I SHOWED YOU THIS GUY…

Just born

24 hours later…

And now two two more East of Equinox MORGAN BABIES were born!

This filly was born!

And then this black colt!

Loook at that face!

A great shot of the filly and the black colt, napping. These two mares know each other well.

Then they put all three mares together and this is what happened! Such a great shot!  These babies will be a pack of craziness very soon!

MAY BUCKET FUND!: LAST CHANCE CORRAL abandoned nurse mare FOALS!   Read the story here.

We reached our goal!  Please Click here to donate!  All donations are 100% tax deductible.  Thank you in advance!

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FUND TOTAL AS OF TODAY:  $835 (Thank you!)   We’ve saved POWDER PUFF 2/7/22 ($800),  EDDIE 2/9/22 ($1200), SURSHA 3/16/22 ($780),  BABY FRED 4/7/22 ($650)

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