Well our main stable with Gary Scherer gets going this weekend.
Friday night our BJ's Angel races for the first time in 5 months. She is the first $100K winner for our sire Stormy Business. We kept her as a yearling because she ran through a fence and completely severed a back tendon. With a bad looking rear leg she wouldn't have sold at a sale and we are just lucky she stayed in our stable.
If BJ's Friday race stays on the turf I like her chances. She's hit the board in her last 5 races, all in open company, winning once. The straight scoop is that we laid her up and removed small chips from her ankle at LSU. She's had the best of care and has been working well since coming back. Since you never really know when the chips began to bother her, she may come back better now than before getting laid up. If she does, watch out. I'm doing my NON-Rain dance starting today. (It's not a pretty sight.)
Our Astar Lindquist PJ's Angel goes in the 10th Saturday night. She's looking to break her maiden as a 3 year old, and just missed doing that last year in her final two year old race, missing by a half length. Her dam, Astar For Dina who was named after our oldest daughter, passed away when PJ's Angel was born. Amazingly our old 25 year mare, stakes winning Leading Ballerina owned by Rick and Joyce Osborne, immediately took her under her wing and became her excellent surrogate mom! I'm thinking PJ may be just like her real momma who always appreciated the extra distance two turns provided. Guess we will see.
PJ's Angel is named after our nearly two year old grandson Pryce Jordan, better known as PJ, daughter Dina's son. BJ's Angel is named after grandaughters Bennett and Josie, daughter Tara's daughters. The girls picked BJ's name one morning at the Hasting's Perkins over breakfast.
You never know how things will turn out in a horse's first out after a lay off so we'll see. You also never know the back stories of home bred horses around the farm, but now you know a little more about these two angels.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.