The new foaling season is now well underway at Alabar NZ.
There have already been a number of outstanding foals born at the Auckland farm in the first month of foaling for the new season.
Two of the highlights so far have been the arrival of a Somebeachsomewhere colt from Cowgirls N Indians – a brilliant daughter of Real Desire who was voted the NZ 2yo Filly of the Year after winning the Harness Jewels and the Aust Breeders Crown; and an American Ideal colt out of Sky Beauty, so half brother to last season’s Harness Jewels winner and NZ 2yo Pacer of the Year, Sky Major (by Art Major).
However, a lot of the excitement has been about the arrival of the first foals by Big Jim – after seeing photos of his foals in North America, much was expected - and they haven’t disappointed.
Big Jim (by Western Ideal) was a phenomenon on the race tracks of North America. Tall, dark and handsome – he became very much a crowd favourite. He broke the traditional mould becoming a world champion and breaking the world mile record for a two-year-old without the support of a big-time owner, trainer or driver. He won the Breeders Crown, was the clear US 2yo Pacer of the Year and retired to stud as the fastest two-year-old of all time.
Photo 1 - A filly from Tirol’s Sallance (a daughter of In The Pocket who won the Group 1 Caduceus Classic and went on to be voted NZ 2yo Filly of the Year
Photo 2 - A colt from Cloneen (a three-win daughter of Live Or Die)
Photo 3 - A filly from Russian Rose (a 1:57.8 daughter of Road Machine)