Terry's Friday and Saturday South Africa Blogs, Cool Photos
There’s no Lasix or Bute allowed on raceday. None, nada. The people are very proud of that fact. We could do the same in America if we had the willpower to get it done. Some say running without Lasix is animal abuse. Huh? Take a look at the rest of the world.
The average racehorse in South Africa makes about 25 starts in his career- more than twice as many in the States.
Thanks for following my blog. I’m blogging more and more and really enjoy it. Looking forward to heading home and preparing for the two-year-old sales.
Went up to Table Mountain today for a tour. Truly one of the most awe-inspiring views in the world. Cable car goes almost straight up to get you to the top of the mountain.
This is where Nelson Mandella was held for 18 of his 27 years in captivity.
Working on videos, photos, shipping details, pre-training plans (in South Africa they call “breaking” horses “pre-training” them - I like the South African term better!)
On Saturday, Cape Town holds the equivalent of South Africa's Kentucky Derby at Kenilworth Race Course. They say the crowd will be over 50,000.
Bought a really nice colt today by American bred stallion Var out of a daughter by Danzig. Really excited about both purchases. See their pedigrees below. Photos and videos to come. Took a cable car to the top of a mountain today. Was unreal. More to come.
Finished up at the sales today - a long, long day. Started at 4:00 p.m. and didn’t end until after the 11 o'clock hour.
The auction has a much more leisurely pace here - horses spend quite a bit more time in the ring in South Africa compared to the states.
I love looking at new bloodlines. We've gotten too restrictive in the states in many ways with bloodlines. Inbreeding is fine - to a certain extent.
We bought a dynamite colt, lot 120, by a stallion called Jay Peg out of a Charismatic mare. The sire won four Grade 1 races in three different countries, including the 2008 Singapore International Cup (gr.IT) and the Dubai Duty Free (gr. IT), where he set a track record that still stands today. Here’s a good piece from pedigree expert Alan Porter about how his inbreeding shares similarities with 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown.
Here’s his promotional video:
And here’s footage of him winning in Dubai:
As you might know, there are an abundance of wineries here in South Africa. About 45 seconds after I signed the ticket on this colt, the breeder walked over and gave me a nice bottle of "Jay Peg" wine. I don't think there is a single consignor who is not offering wine at their stable locations.
We bid on two others, one of which was a nice Tapit filly who went for a bit too much money, but I’m happy with our purchase. The new horse is solid - he’s stout and looks fast and intelligent. We really liked this dude. You can find his catalogue page here.
Keep in mind these horses were bred in the Southern Hemisphere so the yearlings turn two on July 1, 2012. We'll have photos shortly.
Cape Town Convention Center:
Player has a keen interest in American politics. We discussed the Presidential campaign underway in the U.S. He's met with every American President since 1956. I've been in his company five or six times since I met him in 2009. Every time, he drives home to me the fact that he loves the United States.
Had dinner tonight on the water on the cape of Cape Town, sponsored by the sales company. Kip Elser and I sat at a table with horsemen from Argentina, France, England, and Hong Kong. Very interesting to get their take on American racing. Every single one of them is in favor of having raceday medication abolished in America.
More to come!
Fifteen hours to Johannesburg and three to Cape Town - just arrived to an awesome view flying into Cape Town Airport, and I actually feel very good. They say most of jet lag is mental.
Kip Elser is coming in tonight from Atlanta. Hitting the beach in a bit, temp is about 85 degrees.
Be sure to check back tomorrow as I’ll be blogging throughout the week.