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A Yearling for Christmas: Partnerships Make it Possible

They’ve been on every little girl’s Christmas list since the dawn of time: a horse. It was on mine (and still is, hint hint) and despite my parents’ best intentions, we could never afford one. I’ve grown up and my wish list has changed with me, for all but the dream of owning a horse. Now, my parents lived with me for 18 years and dealt with the people who got the “I hate (their present), take it back” speech from me but what if you married into the insanity or your kids are displaying a liking for the equine family that just. won’t. go. away? I have brought respite from the holiday stress for those with a fan of racing in their house: you don’t have to be swimming in money to afford your share in a racehorse!

May I introduce this handsome yearling colt by Majesticperfection out of Myntz Connection? I shall!

His dam was campaigned by the famous silks of  Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable- who have had names like Rail Trip (Gr. I Hollywood Gold Cup winner), Include Me Out (winner of the Gr. I Clement L. Hirsch), Arson Squad, and Declan’s Moon bring them grade one success. Of this prestigious list, Rail Trip and Include Me Out hit the board in Breeders’ Cup events with a second and third respectively in the Mile and Ladies’ Classic (now called the Distaff again).

Myntz Connection was a fun racer: she competed in six races and won two of them at the now destroyed Hollywood Park. She is a homebred for the Siegels, which meant that they were the masterminds behind her birth, her racing campaign, and now her current career as a broodmare herself.  Since she retired, she’s only had three foals go through the sales which include this colt’s half-brother named Sparkle Diamond (by Include) and an unnamed filly (by Cairo Prince) that did not reach reserve price at $80,000 during this year’s Keeneland November sale.

As per tradition with this blog, we’re going to take a short trip through Myntz Connection’s past and her family is quite interesting where racing abilities are concerned. Myntz herself is a daughter of Zealous Connection, the undefeated winner of the Gr. II Landaluce S. (she won it by 7 lengths) and she loved winning wire-to-wire. Her smallest margin of victory was four comfortable lengths. From there, the female family is a nice string of mares that had respectable careers as racers before retiring to be broodmares. Things get interesting (and admittedly, a little sad) when we get to a mare by the name of Lady Highthorn (GB). She was a chestnut born in 1865 that had a very nice career in her racing days: she was a stakes or handicap winner for three consecutive years. Her breeding career was much harder on her owners, however, as her produce record looks like this:

  • 1874: Mrs Pond (first recorded foal)
  • 1875: Miss Pool (Myntz’s Family)
  • 1876 & 1877: Foals Died/Barren
  • 1878: Staff of Life
  • 1879: Foal Died/Barren
  • 1880: Assay
  • 1881: Foal Died/Barren
  • 1882: Foal Died Young
  • 1883: Barren
  • 1884: Foal Died Young
  • 1885: River Plate
  • 1886: Foal Died Young
  • 1887: Pinkthorn
  • 1888: Foal Died/Barren
  • 1889: Barren
  • 1890: Barren

Despite the bad luck their dam had within her broodmare career, her surviving daughters went on to produce entire lines of successful runners. Out of the darkness, a light of hope. All records indicate that the mare lived a good life once she ceased being a broodmare before she passed on from advanced age. Sometimes, racing talent isn’t meant to be replicated as breeding luck and this well could have been the case. It wasn’t a problem passed on to her relatives as most after Lady Highthorn (GB) led healthy and productive lives both on and off the track.

Now, to the colt’s sire, Majesticperfection!

He was touted as one of the country’s best sprinters back in 2010. He’d outbreak everyone, run them off their feet, and still finish with a time that made announcers gawk in amazement. One such performance was his 2010 Gr. I Alfred G. Vanderbilt victory, shown below and called by the legendary Tom Durkin.

He’s since relocated to Haras Rapetti to continue his career, but he does have a select few crops on the ground in America. This colt is part of that group. The sons of Harlan’s Holiday have been doing so well (think Shanghai Bobby and his Royal Ascot winner) and this particular son is a specimen; the physical picture of a sprinter.

As for the colt himself, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him a few times now and he’s the loveliest horse. I know some yearlings that would kill me as soon as they looked at me, but this guy is so kind. My experience with him has convinced me that he’s a very gentle soul. The horsemen and women at Margaux Farm can’t say enough good things about him either: he’s smart, picks up his lessons so quickly, and has a great mind between his ears. If you’ve ever known that one Thoroughbred that’s always their own worst enemy, you know how important that is on a racehorse.

Naturally, he’s now on Christmas break and spending time out in a field with his friends being a horse. Once the year turns over and he’s done some more growing, the Pocket Aces partners will decide on a name for him as well as send me out for more pictures.

To be fair, I am the social media intern at Pocket Aces Racing but they aren’t paying for this article, nor was I asked to create it. I really just wanted the chance to share my experiences with a cool, little horse and convince someone to take a chance on a dream.

Pocket Aces is a pretty cool group. One of the best things I’ve seen during my time with them is that all partners are treated the same. No matter if you purchased 1% of the horse or 10% of the horse, you’re getting the best that the partnership can offer you. That’s everywhere too: communication, race experience, and perks of ownership. You get an email every Sunday about how your horse (s) are doing and all important decisions are shared with the partners before they’re made. You know what they know.

Trust me on this; I’m on the mailing list for every single horse they own. If I don’t clear out my inbox promptly as they come in, I have 23 emails to read once all is said and done. So, don’t be nervous and as an added bonus, you’ll get a phone call from ME before this guy races if you buy into him. Best part of being a partner! 😛 Personally, I’d much prefer something unique like this then clothing or electronics that realistically could also be an app on your smartphone.

But seriously, I’ve included the link to his page on the Pocket Aces website. It includes the pricing, any extra information that I realistically couldn’t fit into this article, and you can get a good idea on whether or not this is a Christmas gift that you’d like to give (or alternatively, you can treat yourself). Maybe he won’t fit down the chimney (Geez, Santa) or fit under your tree, but that’ll be forgiven when you’re standing in the winner’s circle getting your picture taken.

As always, if you have any questions, you’re always free to comment below or send me a private message.

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  1. That poor mare 😦 His family is something of a Christmas miracle. All those barren years or foals that died, and here he is despite all of that. WOW!

    I wonder if I can convince hubby…

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    • I felt quite bad for her, but it seems that some mares just have terrible luck as broodmares. Zenyatta and Rachel are famous examples that come to mind: Z just can’t hold a pregnancy, it seems and RA almost died from complications (had them for both foals too). Sometimes, the racing gods just say “no, no reproducing the magic” and that’s that. You get what you get and it’s best to come to peace with it.

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  2. Also, Pati, about Zenyatta, she can’t seem to replicate her greatness. Yeah, I know the stallions make a contribution to that as well. The jury is out on the Medaglia D’Oro filly that has yet to hit the track, as far as I know. At least Rachel Alexandra produced a G1 winner in Rachel’s Valentina (winner of the G1 Spinaway), and a winner in Jess’s Dream, who sadly never ran again, but nonetheless, RA did produce winners. Sadly, we never saw her replicate her greatness, and due to her previous problems in pregnancy, will likely never be bred again.

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    • I disagree; Zenyatta has not had enough foals *survive* for that assumption to be made on her quality as a broodmare. Granted, if the MDO filly does not pan out, then I’ll be more willing to say she’s a broodmare flop.

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