Merck Animal Health Presents Foals Of 2016: Precious Moments

by | 05.17.2016 | 3:06pm
This Florida-bred son of First Dude just melts the heart.

While breeding in the racehorse industry can be a highly commercial enterprise, there are moments that remind us all why we enjoy this job. It can be a foal looking at you with absolute trust or jumping so high that you laugh out loud!

This week's foals hope to remind us of the love we all have for this great sport. Thanks to our sponsor Merck Animal Health, the group features the first foals of Strong Mandate and Itsmyluckyday, as well as foals by Orb, Gio Ponti, First Dude, Neko Bay, First Samurai, Midnight Lute, Bernardini, Quality Road, and Ghostzapper.

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Filly born 2016 at Mill Ridge Farm

Sire: Gio Ponti

Dam: Vee (Leroidesanimeaux)

Vee '16 #11 5-10-16 282

Filly born 2/11/16

Sire: Strong Mandate

Dam: Hen Party (Hennessy)

hen party

Colt born 4/11/16

Sire: First Dude

Dam: Vidi Vici (Yes It's True)

Owner/Breeder: Karen Blaho

Vidi Vici 16-feature photo

Colt born 2016 at Milar Farm in Louisiana

Sire: Neko Bay

Dam: Royal Sweep (End Sweep)

Royal Sweep 16

Colt born 4/9/16 at Stone Farm

Sire: First Samurai

Dam: Steady Course (Old Trieste)

Bred by: Stone Farm

steady course

Filly born 5/11/16 at Sagamore Farm

Sire: Midnight Lute

Dam: Hoka He (Dixie Union)

Hoke He

Colt born 1/27/16

Sire: Strong Mandate

Dam: Ravenesque (Dance With Ravens)


Colt born May 2016 in Kentucky

Sire: Bernardini

Dam: Lacadena (Fasilyev)

Owner/breeder: Heider Family Stables


Colt born 5/9/16 at Stone Farm

Sire: Quality Road

Dam: No Matter What (Nureyev)

Bred by: George Strawbridge

no matter what

Filly born 1/27/16

Sire: Strong Mandate

Dam: Repeat (Bernardini)


Colt born 2016 at Milar Farm in Louisiana

Sire: Neko Bay

Dam: Zonezone (Winthrop)


Filly born 5/8/16 at Sagamore Farm

Sire: Ghostzapper

Dam: Tizthen (Tiznow)


Filly born 3/21/16

Sire: Itsmyluckyday

Dam: Butterscotch Rain (Cadeaux Genereaux)

Owner/Breeder: Brandywine Farm LLC


Colt born 2/15/16

Sire: Strong Mandate

Dam: Pebble Hill (Lemon Drop Kid)


Filly born 4/29/16 at Stone Farm

Sire: Orb

Dam: One Too Many (E Dubai)

Bred by: Arthur Hancock, Stone Farm


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