Last night we had our season ending Astar Thoroughbred meeting and celebration at the Oceanaire restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. It was great fun sharing another memory with our main trainer Gary Scherer, partners Tom and Felicia Lindquist and our main breeding and care managers, Rick and Joyce Osborne.
Though we only race 4 or so horses every year now, we still seem to collect a stakes win every other year or so. This year Blazing Angel was our main stable performer and our 7th stakes winner in the 11 years we've been in the business. She won the Minnesota Oaks at 26 to 1 and amazingly, a few of us like Gary predicted that outcome and prepared her to win that race months and years before.
Some people with much bigger stables, hoping for a rare stakes winning horse, wonder why we seem so lucky. In truth, a lesson learned long ago in the corporate world was that you will always be successful if you "diligently" chose to work with people who have winning character traits. Gary, Tom, Felicia, Rick and Joyce are some of the most honest and best people in the business, and frankly you can't say that about everyone involved in racing and breeding.
We feel very fortunate to have arrived at our racing relationships, and Debbie and I can't imagine working with better, more competent, caring and nicer people. Thanks for again making 2016 a memorable year!
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.