Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Lineage Style- Seeking The Gold

The muscles didn't even know where to go!
I have decided to try and write about one chosen horse from one of my girl's lineage each Thursday! There is a lot of good stuff in all of them, but my heart has always been with the thoroughbred racehorses. My mom, grandma and I have watched them race since I can remember. I believe my first Kentucky Derby winner was Silver Charm, and I have picked four other winners since then,
The "stud" look.
But, enough of that.

Let's take a look at Bacon's pedigree. Since she was never registered, we can use her brother's (Inbetweenthesheets) and compare. Who do I choose for our first throwback? Why, her grandsire on her dad's side, Seeking The Gold.
Seeking the Gold winning the 1988 Super Derby.

An earner of more than $2.3 million, he proved that he was always game in just about every race. The only race that he finished out of the money was a seventh place in the Kentucky Derby. The fact that he even ran in it is awesome to me. He started a total of 15 times, winning 8 of those and placing second in 6. Another great part? He was ridden most by my favorite jockey of all time, Pat Day.
Grandpa battles Forty Niner in the Haskell Stakes.

He impressively won multiple stakes races, including the G1 Super Derby, G1 Dwyer Stakes, G2 Peter Pan Stakes, and the Swale Stakes. He fought hard and dug in deep in all of his wins. That same gutsy running style can be seen in his second place finishes as well.
Second place finish against Alysheba in the 1988 Breeders Cup Classic.

"Grandpa" placed second in the Breeders Cup Classic, the G1 Travers Stakes, the G1 Haskell Invitational, the G1 Wood Memorial, the G1 Metropolitan Handicap, and the G2 Gotham Stakes. That's a lot of tough competition, including battles with Alysheba, Dynaformer, Forty Niner and Private Terms.
I see where Bacon's short back comes from...

Born on April 7th, 1985, he is still running around at Claiborne as he has been pensioned from breeding since November of 2008.
Bacon did not inherent his head, but look at those sweet eyes!

It is just so cool to me that Bacon has someone so successful in her lineage, let alone so close on the scale. 
He just looks so wise now.

One of my dreams is to someday go to the Kentucky Derby, and visit the Kentucky Horse Park, maybe even get to be there for Rolex, and visit the many beautiful stud farms in the area. Especially Lane's End, Winstar,Gainesway, Three Chimneys, Spendthrift, Airdrie, and of course, Claiborne. It would be amazing to pet this old guy (29 years old!) and to feel the magic.
I would give you carrots Big Guy. Lots and lots.
If you are really curious, you can watch him in the Haskell here, the Breeders Cup here, and the Travers here. They are pretty fun!


  1. If you ever come visit the KHP, make sure you schedule a visit for me and Connor! We are only 2 hours away from it.

  2. wow he is beautiful! very cool relative for Bacon - and i love the idea for this series too!

  3. Love the idea behind this series, what a lovely looking horse with a fab record to boot. Bacon comes from good stock ☺

  4. Love Seeking The Gold! No wonder Bacon's a hottie :)

  5. The have the same look in their eyes!! Very cool :-)

  6. Hubby and i visited KY last year. Claiborne was AMAZING but the tour at Three Chimneys was disappointing :(