Bloodstock

Pocket Aces Update #2: New Horses!

There are three new faces to the barn! You’ll get to know the thought process behind why they were chosen and an updated will be posted once the two without names are named! Then, you can add them to your virtual stables on Equibase!

Windy Lu Who

Windy Lu Who before her gallop.

Windy Lu Who, the prettiest Who down in Whoville, is a gorgeous daughter of Justin Phillip. Susan Anderson bred and also co-owns this big girl as well as being the trainer. She’s been very excited about this 2YO since last year, but the timing wasn’t opportune for Pocket Aces.

Once she moved out of the training center to Belterra, the chance to see her came up again and Marc went out to get a look at her. After watching her gallop, he returned very impressed with not only the way she did it but how. She had only been at the track roughly a week but was galloping to the outside of breezing horses like she owned the place. A great mindset for such a young, inexperienced horse.

She goes about her works with her head low, in the bit, and engaged with what was being asked of her. Windy is at home on the track and looks like she enjoys her job. She’s a late April foal, but you’d never guess by looking at her. -Marc Wampler

The filly is already plenty big enough standing right at 16.0 hands. She is also a rangy filly that stands over plenty of ground. She has well defined strength in her forearms, hip, gaskins and good frame with an ideal shape to hind leg and good shoulder angle…At the walk, she is an athletic sort for a big filly.

If you’d like to learn more about her or see how she vetted, click here to jump to her official Pocket Aces page.

Street Boss Colt

This guy is the second new horse of the three, but he came the way of the Timonium sale. It’s held in Maryland every year by Fasig-Tipton and just recently concluded.

The sire, Street Boss, has had a good career so far and is a son of Street Cry, whose crops include horses like Street Sense, Winx, and Zenyatta. All household names for one reason or another.

This guy was an extremely impressive breeze and just as striking in person. From his pictures, you can tell he has an enormous stride and keeps his mind on his business. His stride was measured at 24.63 feet, placing him in the top 20% of horses at the sale. By comparison, horses in the bottom 20% were covering anywhere from 22.13 feet to 23.43 feet. Basically, he covers a lot more ground than some of his contemporaries at the lower end of the auction.

When viewed standing, the colt appears to have a couple of inches of growing still to do.

He is a scopey colt that stands over plenty of ground without being too long over his back. This colt has an extremely powerful build with great muscle mass in his shoulders, forearms, hips and gaskins…athleticism in his walk as he is light on his feet and strides out well with his hind limbs. -Marc Wampler

The thinking behind this gorgeous guy is that he’ll be a two turn horse, so he’s going to be getting a breather after the sale with no immediate rush to the races. Nothing longer than sprints is being carded right now, so he’ll be given plenty of time to recover from the rigors of the sales environment.

If you’re interested in this beautiful son of Street Boss, click here to see his official Pocket Aces page.

Northern Afleet Filly

June 1 will be the one year anniversary since her sire, Northern Afleet, passed on at Taylor Made farm. He was versatile, consistent, and a respected sire in the industry. He got classy horses at every distance and on any surface; he left us far too soon.

This filly displays many positive indicators for a successful future, her pedigree notwithstanding.

When you watch the breeze video, she travelled well with good action in her limbs. The filly was very focused, a big ask for young horses in a sales situation. Her head was low (think A.P. Indy in the Belmont as an example) and she tried the entire time. Her rider gave minimal encouragement, meaning she wasn’t forced to run.

As is so often the case at breeze shows, many young horses are looking to quit after the wire but the filly galloped out in much the same manner as she breezed…low, in the bit and aggressive. Overall, a fine representation of herself.

When you see her standing, she’s lovely filly. Not too large but not too small either, she fits into that ideal little niche for a horse her age. Her hind end is strong with plenty of muscling. She’s just pleasant to look at, and looks like a racehorse. Walking, she has a very loose stride and reaches out a long way with her hind limbs, as opposed to the inideal, short, stabby walks.

The filly’s dam, Five Yard Penalty, was stakes placed in Canada. She won four races from ages 2 to 5 and more than $40,000 CD. Her first foal is a 3YO gelding by Run Away and Hide. He has hit the board in 4 of 7 starts and earned more than $25,000 racing primarily at Gulfstream Park.

Since she also appears to be a two turn horse, she will be getting a refresher at the farm before a plan of action is created for her. Until then, she’ll enjoy her time off.

If you are interested in this lovely filly by Northern Afleet, click here to view her official Pocket Aces page.

Their future is very exciting and I look forward to see how they get along before their first start. As promised above, I will update with their official names (the bottom two without) when it’s registered.