Thursday, June 18, 2009

Lady's Wager update: June baby is a boy

Last week, awaiting news of the final foal (out of two, with one slipped) from my first year as a breeder, I ruminated on the chances of a June foal as a racing prospect.

Today around 6 a.m., that foal has arrived at Sarah Warmack's Hilltop Farm in Gordonsville, Va.. He is a chestnut (like the unrelated filly before him) with a blaze and a left front sock.

He is by Inner Harbour (Capote) out of Lady's Wager (Valid Wager-Lear's Lady, by Lear Fan). His half-brother, West Appeal (by the late Way West), recently broke maiden at Charles Town for breeders/owners Dale and Trisha Shockey, who also have his half-sister, Lady's Bopette (Bop) in the early stages of training.

Unless I was sorely mistaken -- and sometimes it feels like I should own stock in Absorbine Jr. -- a filly was predicted from the early ultrasounds. But the foal has arrived with certain equipment that might ultimately need changed.

Of course, healthy and correct are always the most important goals for a foaling, and so far it seems there are no major concerns.

Photos, for anyone who might care to see them, will be forthcoming.

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