With the arrival of spring each year comes the anticipation of the new arrivals of foals from mares bred in the previous season.
Spring is certainly here, but the weather is still very changeable, with a cold snap coming through this week, after some previously nice warm spells. All this volatility can play havoc with the mares foaling on time, with many deciding to hold on a little longer beyond their due dates and also for mares being prepared to be served, it can often mean they don’t come into season or cycle as they should, in preparation for this seasons matings.
During the winter the farm has been prepared in readiness for spring and the grass growth that that brings and so with Breckon Farms looking a picture and plenty of spring grass, this year’s crop of babies has begun to arrive.
So far there have been 13 new arrivals and all are doing well.
The first two to arrive were a filly by Bettor’s Delight out of Sossusvlei and a filly also by Bettor’s Delight out of Goodlookingbabe (see photo).
Sossusvlei is a direct descendant of broodmare gem Black Watch being out of her daughter Corbie (1.57.2, 2 wins, $16,535) who is the dam of Agios Nikolaos (1.52.2m, $192,180) and the granddam of 3-time Group 1 winner and 3yo Pacing Filly of the Year who set a NZ Record, Lauraella (1.55.9, 10 wins, $649,946).
Goodlookingbabe is a race winning half-sister to the topline 2-year-old juvenile filly of last season Miss Streisand (1.58.0, 4 wins, 4 places, $94,640) and is from the family of Group 1 winner Flaming Flutter (1.53.0, 23 wins 37 places, $738,335).
Other mares to foal so far include the 6-win first-time mum Double Shot, who foaled an Art Major colt on the 9th September; dual Group 1 winning and 2yo Pacing Filly of the Year Only For You (1.55.8, 9 wins, 17 places, $365,459) who foaled a Bettor’s Delight filly on the 13th September and another maiden mare Hulabaloo Baby, a daughter of Rockahula Baby who is an Artsplace half-sister to Blazin N Cullen (1.50.8, 24 wins, 37 places, $523,007) and a direct descendant of Rich N Elegant who is claimed to be the leading broodmare in the world with progeny earnings of $6,124,270 and who is the dam of sensational sire Rocknroll Hanover, as well as other successful sires Red River Hanover, Rustler Hanover and Righteous Hanover, who foaled an Art Major colt on the 18th September.
A very high-profile foaling to date this season has been the four-time Group 1, one Group 2 and one Group 3 winning trotting mare High Gait (1.57.5, 16 wins, 12 places, $342,474) who had her first foal, a very impressive Love You filly (see photo).
There were two further foaling’s overnight last night, the first of which produced a very big colt with a big white blaze (see photo, taken just 5 minutes after he was born). He is by leading USA sire Somebeachsomewhere out of Kelly Maguire and is thus a half-brother to Burnaholeinmypocket (1.52.1, 20 wins, 18 places, $241,773).
The other arrival last night, was the first foal from the top race mare and Group 1 winner Willow (1.51.4, 13 wins, 9 places, $314,043), who also had a very large colt by Art Major.
Some 26 mares have already been served so far this season at Breckon Farms, including two very notable mares served this week, in the maiden mare Partyon (1.51.3, 17 wins, 6 places, $658,478) who was the winner of five Group 1 and two Group 3 races in her career that finished earlier this year with a gallant 5th in the Harness Jewels, having already won the 2-year-old version and Linda Lovegrace (1.54.8, 14 wins, 12 places, $265,433) who was also a Group 1 winner, winning the Caduceus Club 2YO Fillies Classic.
Four mares have already returned initial positive pregnancy tests, these being the trotting mares Yankeedoosie (4 wins, $43,999 and a full-sister to champion trotter and 10-time Group 1 winner I Can Doosit (T,1.55.5, 36 wins, 7 places, $1,445,774, 188,072); Fear Factor (the dam of 4 winners to date, including topliners Prince Fearless (T,1.55.0, 8 wins, 8 places, $188,072) and Stress Factor (T,1.59.4, 7 wins, 3 places, $130,977 and just announced Australian 3YO Colt/Gelding Trotter of the Year); Factor The Odds (a young unraced mare who is a half-sister to Prince Fearless and
Stress Factor and has only had two foals to date), as well as the pacing mare Giveitawhirlgirl (the dam of 6 winners already).
So, while there are many foals still yet to be born at Breckon Farms, this season has started off very well and we look forward with great anticipation to further new arrivals in the next few months.