Category: Thoroughbreds

ofrosessusansandcarnations: Colorado’s Pride …

ofrosessusansandcarnations:

Colorado’s Pride and Joy

If someone had told me when I attended the Silver Cup Yearling Sale back in August of 2011 that I would be seeing a future stakes winner at Oaklawn I would have laughed probably. I was there knowing full well that most of the local bred horses weren’t anything really special but being a Smarty Jones fan I really wanted to get photos of the Smarty colt.

While I can’t remember much about the Smarty baby I remember the second highest priced horse in the sale, a nice looking son of First Samurai. Going for around 40,000 while the rest of the sale would bring in a couple of thousand at most. That son of First Samurai would go on to become Get Happy Mister. Who this afternoon won the Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn by 2 lengths.

Fast forward to fall of last year I begin to hear the first murmurs of a juvenile colt raced out of our hometown track with quiet a bit of potential. Despite my best efforts I never get around to adding him to my Virtual Stable. And eventually the name slips my mind completely much to my annoyance.

Fast forward again to yesterday afternoon. I am watching the Arkansas Derby undercard when my ears perk up at the words ‘Colorado-bred’. That was unusual, you almost never hear a Colorado-bred at a big track like Oaklawn, I briefly remember the colt I had heard about the previous fall and wonder if it is the same. I hear the name of the big race out here mentioned and pout realizing that I missed my chance to see a possibly really nice colt out here

As I watch him draw away to win by a couple of lengths I want to smack myself for not attending the big race last fall. Having missed the chance to see him in person I wonder if he will ever be back at Arapahoe.
Fast forward to around 7:30. I go from annoyed to excited when I realize that there is a chance that I may have seen the colt a year before he even raced. It takes 15 minutes to track down the information I need but I nearly whoop for joy when I realize that I had seen him in person before. When he was just an unnamed First Samurai yearling.
The photos above are from the sale. This was several months before I got my really nice camera so the quality is so-so. But I had to post them.

Big boy has stakes named after him now

Good luck Tapwrit in your return to the races!

Good luck Tapwrit in your return to the races!

Look at this cutie! Managed to capture Houston Heat in one of my…

Look at this cutie! Managed to capture Houston Heat in one of my favorite positions!

Queen of Dreams beat the boys (and a lot of older horses too)! 

Queen of Dreams beat the boys (and a lot of older horses too)! 

Royal Zem was the winner of the race (pictured) and Royal Lane…

Royal Zem was the winner of the race (pictured) and Royal Lane was second. The winners circle was full of ROYALty haha see what I did there?

Swan Black literally surprised everyone when she won this race!…

Swan Black literally surprised everyone when she won this race! She’s cute so it’s all good!

You get another one of him because gah just look how beautiful…

You get another one of him because gah just look how beautiful and gorgeous he is!

No Comment was meant to be a model I swear

No Comment was meant to be a model I swear

Ironically the Arabian with the least weird name won! This beaut…

Ironically the Arabian with the least weird name won! This beaut is Eastway!

CHIVAS ARGH

CHIVAS ARGH