Heard a proposal got nixed that would allow horses to service
mares while racing and retaining Sire Stake eligibility
and not so sure we understand the rationale therein.
Say for example locally owned stars like Artistic Fella
and Lis Mara were to breed mares obviously from an established
and approved location yet return to the races why shouldn’t
their get have eligibility assuming of course all other
prerequisites has been complied with.
Horses routinely race and breed in Europe and the ability
to do likewise here might just persuade some stud bound
superstars to actually compete a little longer which benefits
It’s an idea requiring further study.
Ironically if there were a 3 and up Breeders Crown series
this fall, it could have been the stage for some tantalizing
match ups like Artistic Fella, Lis Mara and Ponder: Passionate
Glide and Peaceful Way: Glidemaster, Chocolatier and Sand
Of course in adherence to the thoroughbred weight for age
concept, the 3-year-olds would draw for or be assigned the
An old adage in the breeding book is “move a horse
and immediately upon departure he will have his best year”.
That certainly seems applicable to Artiscape who with major
stakes stars like Lady Mattgalane, (Mary Mattgalane), Artzina
(Koutzina) and Me And My Baby (My Baby And Me) and Feelin
Friskie (Nadias Sister) is enjoying perhaps his finest overall
season to date.
After standing here in New Jersey for several years, Artiscape
was relocated to Winbak Farms of New York effective the
06 breeding season.
Fortunately we have another exceptional group of Artiscape
colts and fillies slated for Harrisburg and The New Jersey
Classic. Featured are Harrisburg bound BEACH BOY TOY (Good
Vibrations) and GET OUT OF DODGE (Dodge Kitty) and New Jersey
Classic bound WHERE THE ART IS (Bringeron Ohm). The latter
had an absolutely dynamite video to be posted shortly for
your viewing pleasure.
In many way one of this year’s classics was a real
handicapper’s special as the send off price on the
winner might have been a tad more generous than perhaps
it may have been had it not been visually and perhaps necessarily
nursed through it’s elimination which allowed the
unsuccessful favorite to be more prohibitively backed than
perhaps it should have been.
One major problem in this enhanced era has to do with the
accurate evaluation of some horses when they hit the breeding
shed. Mating decisions are made. Monies change hands and
at some point it’s imperative to actually differentiate
between the live and the Memorex if you catch the drift…
Good early reports on the first crop McArdles being prepped
for the New Jersey Classic. You’ll like #233 McARDLES
CHARM (Eternal Sweetheart) the brother to this year’s
good Artiscape colt Eternal Revenue
Also #174 BIG McARDLE (Gucci Girl) from the immediate family
of Sealed And Delivered (Listening Chris?) Plus #138 McARDLE
SISTERS (Triple Harmony) a sister to this year’s winner
Coupla Artiscape’s to notice could be #165 HAVA TEQUILA
(Almahurst Tequilla), the brother to this year’s NJSS
colt Mattinez, #110 MOGEN DUVA (Sorelle Duva) from a sister
to the well remembered San Gimigano and the video star #
194 WHERE THE ART IS…
More next week