Fast forward from 1996 to 2015 we lived in Kentucky, Florida & Washington State. We sold the farm, focused on breeding and racing in Florida & Kentucky while settling into becoming home room mom and dad, swim team parents, team drivers, thespian parents, school fundraiser parents and all around mom and dad to many of our son's friends.
We watched the racing industry ebb and flow, boom and bust. Thankfully we narrowly missed the 2008 economic meltdown that tore through the Blue Grass of Kentucky. We punched out of Lexington after I had a scrape with the Lexington good old boy club. My brash and outspoken nature challenged the old guard rubbing them the wrong way. After a lengthy and expensive commercial legal battle Bonnie was successfully retired to Old Friends, the rest of the mares were sold at Keeneland and we hung up our tack. I was ready to be the mom with all the crazy stories. During our tenure in Kentucky as Breeders we bred & sold a couple of nice race horses who paid their various owners very well;
SUSAN'S ANGEL G-3 Stakes winner, trained by D. Wayne Lukas $350,000
Hill n Dale sold her for $425,000 as a broodmare prospect for a racing partnership
LOVANGO G-3 placed Stakes winner $281,628
we bred Elrose, who became dam of Super Freaky (G-3 winner $385,498)
We basically developed the Bonnie's Poker female foundation, but what do I know?
Welcome Home Ryan, 89 starts $270,593
Adorable Jane, stakes placed winner $189,948
Missile Tone, $118,155
Super Candy, $95,069
Not In My House, $61,846
and a few others
Yes, I bred all my big winners using Marianna Haun's X-Factor Theory.
I know, Ann Peters doesn't believe in it, nor do any of the other so called Lexington pedigree experts, but prior to using the X-Factor theory my home breds couldn't outrun their own shadows.
Everything changed when I figured out how to use X-Factor. The horses listed above were bred out of 9 mares. Our program was tiny compared to other commercial big ticket Kentucky Farms. I am very proud of our accomplishments, so proud, I wrote the fourth book in the X-Factor series "A Tale of Two Hearts, The X-Factor from the Beginning."
In the last X-Factor book I tried to explain how breeders can successfully and easily use X-Factor theory to buy, sell or breed their Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses and Standardbreds using simple techniques I developed over the past 30 years. Once you see what I am talking about, you can't un-see it. If you would like to send me an email regarding a pedigree or a racing prospect click here
"I guess you could say I have been riding shotgun with the Captain since the day we met."
"Seattle, 1989, I was working for a company that produced graphics and marketing materials. He needed a production cover made for his documentary called "Kangaroo Gold". Then he told me he was a music producer, then he told me he was a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines. So which was it, music, film or flying?"
When the Captain retired early from the Airlines
we bought a farm in Kentucky
Paris Hills Farm (before the internet)
"I was a horsewoman from Washington State - living my dream in the Blue Grass of Kentucky. As soon as the paint was dry on our new four plank black fencing, we drove to Ocala, Florida to buy older/established broodmares to fill our little farm. Aged mares are commonly discarded in their mid teens because they tend to start missing years and going empty. That was ok for me because I just happened to specialize in equine nutrition and animal husbandry."
Our first trip to see the Twin Spires pretty much set the hook. We sold the waterfront estate in Seattle and moved to Paris Kentucky where we met big race rider & retired jockey Mickey Solomone. His farm was for rent so we bought it "Paris Hills". The first Kentucky Derby we attended as fans, Go For Gin won. The first time we became Kentucky Derby connections was when Silver Charm won in 1997. Silver Charm's mother Bonnie's Poker, was one of those aged mares we bought in Ocala. And yes, she was the deal of the century!
Then this little guy came into our lives and rocked our world. Trip Jakeman was born the same day Silver Charm broke his maiden. Our son was dragged from one side of the country to the other. He was a good sport and a great traveler. The Captain and I took him basically everywhere the horse business took us. He was our lucky charm.
Goofing around at the track before a race
I was a new mom, broodmare manager and a racing manager
It was so hard being a mom, wife and farm/racing manager, something had to give. I chose my family. Mr.Lukas was right, Racing is a full time job. You either marry the business or you end up being bad at both.
Paris Hills Farm - Hill Road, Paris Kentucky 1994-2001