Normandy has to be one of the unluckiest horses we’ve had in the barn. First, he had the deep abscess along with being underweight which caused us to give him the 2nd half of his 3yo year off. After just a few races at 4, he then got a lung infection that caused us to give him plenty of time this year. He was getting close to a return when Larry noted the smallest amount of swelling though he wasn’t lame in the least, and it turned out to be a fractured sesamoid. Dr. Bramlage has told us that there is a 50-50% chance that he can return at his prior level and with no increased risk of injury at the site. He will know when he re-examines Normandy in about 45 days. Larry was very excited about Normandy’s prospects for 2015, so we just have our fingers crossed that the healing goes well enough that Dr. Bramlage gives us the green light to return him to training.I will not race him unless Dr Bramlage tells me he can race at the same level as he previously raced.
We have a Bal a Bali update that we’d rather not be making. He was scheduled to fly out to Richard Mandella over the weekend, but a small lameness issue cropped up nearing the end of last week. We’ve been proactive at every stage, including sending him to the nearest clinic when he was first noticed lame, but as of yesterday, it was confirmed that we are battling laminitis. We have the vets from Palm Beach Equine as well as Rood & Riddle working on him, and we’ve brought in a mobile cold water pool for him. The news was fairly positive today and we hope that it continues to be positive over the coming days. We’d like to thank Dr. Davis, Dr. Dryden, and everyone else who has been tending to Bal a Bali for all their hard work and dedication to seeing him become well. We hope you’ll send good thoughts to the horse and his team.
This is a Tale about a filly and the man who owns Fox Hill Farm. This is the 2013 filly out of Christina’s World by Tale of the Cat. She was born prematurely and before her bones had properly hardened. It was said that 95% of people would’ve euthanized the filly. She couldn’t be a viable racehorse and a $30k stud fee was due on her. Rick could see no humane reason to put the filly down, so she wasn’t. He paid for two surgeries to help her limbs, and has paid for her monthly care. She illustrates why I’m so proud to work for Rick Porter, who always thinks of the horses’ welfare first. I also want to commend Coolmore Stud who knew of the situation and waived the stud fee. She’s now a yearling and ready to be broken and be someone’s riding horse. If you’d like to adopt her or would like to work with her to ready her for a new home, please let us know.
Fox Hill Farm and Siena Farm have purchased 2014 Brazilian Triple Crown winner Bal a Bali (Put It Back-US — In My Side-Brz, by Clackson-Brz). Bal a Bali became Brazil’s 12th Triple Crown winner by winning the Grande Premio Cruzeiro do Sul (Brz I) in track record time of 2:23.25 for the 2400 meters (about 12 furlongs). In the first leg of the Triple Crown, Bal a Bali also set a track record. The time of 1:31.36 for 1600 meters (about 1 mile) was just shy of a world record. With 11 wins and 1 third in 12 starts, Bal a Bali will now try to bring to the U.S. the same exciting form he showed in Brazil. Bal a Bali has earned a “Win and You’re In” spot in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (GI) but with his prowess extending from a mile to a mile-and-one-half and a pedigree that indicates that dirt may not be out of his realm, the colt has a few options that we will explore. Born on Sept. 22, 2010, the Brazilian 3-year-old will be a young 4-year-old in the States. Bal a Bali will be sent to trainer Richard Mandella.