Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tabby Takes a Break

(Tabby enjoying a bounce after breakfast! - photo credit: Annie Ringwelski)

Tabby Lane is taking a bit of time off.  She is going to be “enjoying” her first Minnesota winter under the loving care of Annie Ringwelski at Spring Lake Farm in Prior Lake.  Annie runs an all-bred rescue but also has room for some layups.  We could get her a pasture anywhere but we knew going out to Spring Lake she'd be loved as well.  You really should go and "like" Spring Lake Farm on Facebook and get all caught up on the doings there.

Bernell Rhone wasn’t heading to Oklahoma this season – not that it mattered, Tabby hates Remington, so she wasn’t racing anyway – and it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to spend close to $2,000 to ship her back and forth to Florida to get ready for the races and maybe have a race or two in Tampa when there is good money to race for in Minnesota now, so she’s staying home.

The real question we have is do we WANT to race next year?  She’ll be seven years old and raced 40 times so there are some miles on the tires.  The gene pool of broodmares is pretty shallow here, though expected to pick up quickly over the next couple of years, so while she may not be a good candidate for broodmare status in Kentucky, she may be an excellent one for Minnesota.  We’re kicking that around now.

(Great Photo of Tabby surveying her new domain at Spring Lake Farm - photo credit: Annie Ringwelski) 
She is exceptionally well mannered and kind and, while a cribber at the track, is not inclined to crib at all now that she has a pasture to play in!  Her racing record, while not exemplary, is pretty darn good:

40 lifetime starts: 10 wins; 7 seconds; 4 thirds and lifetime earnings over $116,000. 

She’s won on dirt and turf and even ran well on synthetic.  She is by Even the Score who, while not commercially a hit, did produce Dullahan as well as Take the Points and Four Gifts.  Her dam, Keeley Chay, while not much on the track, did produce four foals, all of whom were winners and all of whom earned more than $20,000 with Tabby being the top producer of the group.  Her second dam, Midway Gal, produced I’m  A Numbers Guy, winner of the 2006 Bongard Stakes at Belmont Park.  I think this illustrates what I said earlier: while there may not be broodmare potential in states like Kentucky, Florida or New York, in a state like Minnesota where there has been a dearth of broodmares the last five years, her durability, winningness (yup, made that up), endurance and attitude could make her a solid producer in a state that is going to be experiencing a resurgence in its breeding program the next few years.

So maybe she’ll race next year.  Maybe she’ll be sold.  Maybe we’ll breed her.  There are a lot of options and we’ll be entertaining all of them.

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