It’s A Boy

 

Once we decided to start breeding our own horses and using Risk and Reward as a stallion, we also made a decision to find just the right broodmares to cross with him.  In this process, we came across a mare that belonged to a young girl who rode dressage for pleasure.  She was going away to college and needed to sell her horse.  We bought Jewel sight unseen because she had a great pedigree with a very productive female family line that crossed well with Risky.  You can see her pedigree page here.

In 2008 we purchased Our Jewel and bred her to Risk and Reward.  She had a healthy filly that has been somewhat successful on the racetrack. The following year we were able sign a contract for a foal share with Officer.  The goal was to sell the foal as a yearling and split the proceeds with the stallion owner.  With great disappointment, Jewel aborted a colt at 7 months along in her gestation.  We then bred her back to Risky for a 2011 foal. In late April she had a colt that died within 36 hours of being born.  Once again, we were heart-broken to miss out on another Jewel/Risky foal.  We had many opportunities to breed Jewel to some really nice stallions, but we hesitated after her difficulties.  We wanted to make sure she could have a healthy foal before we committed to the expense of sending her away to breed.  In 2012 she had a healthy Risk and Reward filly that is currently broke and just hanging out in the pasture as she grows and matures enough to start at the track.  Finally, she proved to us that she was ready to be sent away once again.  We were able to sign a foal share contract with WinStar Farms for a season to Super Saver.  The Super Saver filly is now a year old and is doing great in her preparation for the Keeneland Yearling sale coming up in September.  We are excited to see what this new venture will mean to our business.

Then the biggest excitement for Our Jewel arrived on May 2nd!  She had a healthy and flashy boy!  I thought for sure she would have another plain bay filly, but to our surprise, she had a Much the Best colt that is quite a looker.  Early Saturday morning, Jewel and her special colt made their way to Kentucky where she will be bred to Successful Appeal.  The reason we chose this stallion is because Jewel has a Multiple Graded Stakes winning sister by Successful Appeal. Her name is Dawn After Dawn and she actually meet the great Zenyatta at the races many times and competed well finishing in the money behind her with no problems.  Of course, the breeding business is always a risk.  At this point, it is a risk we are willing to take!

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