While breeding season in Minnesota has just started, real preparation for the Minnesota racing season begins in our stable. We are getting papers and transport ready to ship our stable down to Hawthorne racetrack so our horses are "track ready" for the Minnesota racing season.
At Hawthorne they are able to get out on a properly manicured "real" racetrack and slowly build up to speed work in a safe track environment. This year it is even more important to have your stable properly prepared for Minnesota racing because Canterbury has returned to being open for live racing on the first Saturday in May (Kentucky Derby Weekend)!
Canterbury once was open on Derby Weekend, and by going back to opening sooner not only does Minnesota pick up a typically huge live racing audience but also a great wagering handle.
Our Minnesota bred Astar Lindquist stable will include last years Oaks winner in 4 year old Blazing Angel, but also winners and consistent earners in 5 year olds Victory Ice and PJ's Angel. We also will be running one baby, if he shows us he is ready, in 2 year old Twin Cities Magic. We have high hopes for him, as does everybody who has a 2 year old of course. "Magic" is the result of us breeding Stormy Business for the first time to a Brilliant Speed Pedigree Dosage* mare, who was sired by world recognized sprinter and sire Speightstown. Almost all of our past breeding to Stormy Business has produced horses that have won at sprint distances but are often proven better at two turns.
We will also have one Astar Thoroughbreds stable horse, 3 year old AJ's Angel, who burst onto the scene by winning his first maiden special race last year. Unfortunately after that he had a few nagging issues and ended the season sore and a bit shiny. He might have a very nice 3 year old season after be well rested, maturing, getting to go two turns, and feeling great now.
Should be another exciting season and it's already time to get serious about it my friends.
* Dosage is a system that attempts to predict the distance potential of horses based on certain sires in the first four generations of their pedigrees. Hit the button below to learn more.
Over the past 3 weeks I have discussed ideas related to improving our Minnesota Thoroughbred breeding environment. These meetings have been in small groups with participants ranging from former racing executives, consultants, bloodstock agents, actuaries, state employees and most importantly state breeders who have expressed interest in understanding more about the “breeding system” that exists in Minnesota.
The “breeding system” is not one thing. It is the collective effect of breeding incentives, purse distributions, breeding program definitions and rules, state bred restricted race opportunities, the stallion auction market, the yearling auction market, and the marketing of the Minnesota breeding “system” itself.
Click the button below to read the complete 3 page article. You just might be fascinated.
Did you know there is only one Thoroughbred standing sire in the entire state of Minnesota to sire over 15 Minnesota State Bred Winners, and over $400,000 in Minnesota State Bred foal earnings since 2013?
Did you also know that I may be the only person in Minnesota with enough interest in Minnesota breeding to go out to Bloodstock research and find this out!
That sire is once again standing for breeding this season at the Osborne Farm in Cambridge Minnesota.
If you are interested in breeding to the most consistent sire of Minnesota bred horses since 2013, contact Joyce Osborne at 763-689-3661. She can not only arrange a breeding session but you can visit the farm to see the sire, his yearlings, and his horses that will be racing in 2017.
Oh, I almost forgot. The stallion's name is STORMY BUSINESS and since 2013, his 17 Minnesota state bred winners and $441, 051 in Minnesota state bred foal purse earnings is unparalleled by any other Minnesota standing sire.
Facts will always be stubborn things, so if you are trying to make a logical breeding decision this year, play the odds and give Joyce a call!
A few folks and students of variation sent me messages asking where they can find our new You Tube Channel. The button link at the bottom of this blog should take you right there.
Our videos may not be slick. In fact they are pretty poor, and at age 64 the answer is yes. That's as good as I can look. Nevertheless, I think you will find the knowledge meaningful. We will always try to separate subjects into short disgestible segments. I hope this will help folks easily find what they are looking for over time.
Beside educational videos related to racing and breeding, those students who want to gain some understanding into how variation practically applies in the real world may be surprised at what they may learn. In fact, what did you learn yesterday watching the Super Bowl?
Racing owners, buyers and breeders will also likely find some honest analysis and information about why things are the way they are, on both the local and national scene.
We hope you enjoy.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.