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Without further ado, the 2013 Kentucky Derby Hopefuls tee is ready!
Featuring leading contenders Verrazano, Orb, and Goldencents, the hopefuls tee is an awesome conversation-starter with 100+ names of Kentucky Derby hopefuls— you’d be hard-pressed to not find the horse you’ve been rooting for this year on here!
Just like last year, all profits go to benefit New Vocations charity, and you can pick this up in a variety of colors and styles. Order yours here!

Without further ado, the 2013 Kentucky Derby Hopefuls tee is ready!

Featuring leading contenders Verrazano, Orb, and Goldencents, the hopefuls tee is an awesome conversation-starter with 100+ names of Kentucky Derby hopefuls— you’d be hard-pressed to not find the horse you’ve been rooting for this year on here!

Just like last year, all profits go to benefit New Vocations charity, and you can pick this up in a variety of colors and styles. Order yours here!

Racing Beat: October 21

We’ll miss you Frankel.

New theory: Bernardinis are only useful from June-early September.

A stand-out year for sire Montjeu [IRE] as Joshua Tree nails his third Canadian International (I) and Camelot nearly had the English Triple Crown.

I would have jumped on writing about Z Big Apple a while ago, but then I noticed he’s by Malibu Moon who I don’t really like.

What! Is Morning Line really coming back for the Dirt Mile?

Somebody adopt this little Tale of the Cat gelding “Sacred Tradition” from New Vocations… this is the second or third time I’ve seen an update from him. He squeals with joy!

Two weeks left ‘til the Breeders’ Cup = my fingies will hurt from all the typing I’m set to do, but I’m excited for the bump up in blog traffic that only seems to occur during the week of the Kentucky Derby and the week of the Breeders’ Cup.

Creative Cause, Sangaree, It’s Tricky, and Algorithms. Wow and goodbye all in the same week.

One of the best things about the sport of horse racing: it has no “season” like other sports and no lockouts. Waiting around for Saratoga’s short summer season to open up is anticipation enough.

Golden Ticket's 5-year-old full brother Trillionaire paid $9 to win this past Wednesday at Suffolk Downs. A huge difference stands between the $1 million G1 dead heat-Travers winner and his $5k claimer-winning brother, who had won for the first time since breaking his maiden in a March 2011 maiden claimer!

I rooted for So You Think [IRE] in last year’s BC Classic, but even after swearing off Euros on dirt, I’m tempted to jump back into the fray with “possible” 3-year-old colt Declaration of War. Aidan O’Brien trains him, and he’s by War Front (classic Danzig, speed influence) and out of a Rahy daughter who is a half to Union Rags. DAWWWW!

Few to-be-retired horses will be missed more than Shackleford. Adorable, consistent as the day is long, talented, impressive, and memorable.

As I get closer to graduation (still a ways off if I keep my goal of doubling), I dread the thought of having to possibly relocate to the west coast. I think I liked going to the New York tracks too much.

One of the premier Curlin fillies Evolutionary just got her maiden win down-pat. How did I forget about her while making the Early Bird list?

Mike Repole is not sending anyone to the Breeders’ Cup because damn no Lasix for juveniles, which is dramatically unfair for everyone. I think if you cut this man in half, his insides would be full of bologna.

Tweet o’ the Week:

Happy Super Derby Day!

*sneaks away from coursework* OH HEY!

Things are starting to crawl back to normalcy. However, the new normal involves a lot more paper writing than I originally anticipated (even in my easy class where all we basically do is watch movies) and don’t even get me started on the new bane of my existence, precalculus. It will all be worth it, it will all be worth it, it will all be worth it…


The Super Derby today looks like a good value race with a lot of possibilities… definitely a “box ‘em and hope for the best” kind of race. Out in the shop today, I am proud to unveil a minimalistic tribute to near-Triple Crown champ, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, and Super Derby winner Sunday Silence!

You can order the Sunday Silence Stripe starting today with all proceeds benefiting New Vocations, as usual! If you’re broke, you can probably win one in the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Handicapping Challenge in November.

In the meantime, I have SO many horses to write about (thank you, retirement spree, NOT) and then there’s catching up on old work and work that’s pouring in. And then there’s homework I will be slaving away all day tomorrow on…

High hoof!

Dawna

TIS JULY!

New Vocations got everyone’s thoughtful donations in recently! Thank you all once again for buying the designs!!

Already? What the! I have so many days off coming up between this week and next! Better still, they’re pairs of consecutive days off which is so very rare and welcomed in my book.

Next week I have my stupid math accuplacer, so I’ll be refreshing my brain with studying a bit. As a handicapper, it’s important that I get as much value as I can out of the day, so instead of trumping all the way up to Fitchburg just to take a 12-question test, I’ll also occupy some time while I’m there seeking out the new GHR headquarters. Yes, I have decided it is 90% likely at this point that I will be relocating out of western Massachusetts come fall. It’s both exciting and depressing for me having to start all over AGAIN with the awkward experience of meeting new people and trying to learn a new city… AGAIN.

Blog-wise news: doing a double-header for this week’s handicapping; I am practically obligated to sift out the Suburban Handicap (I) and will be joyfully eyeballing the field for the Long Beach Handicap at Monmouth.

Also, don’t be alarmed if you see an ad link or two pop up in future posts and or on the site itself. I refuse to spam my beautiful layout with AdWords like some other Tumblrs, but if I can turn a dime here and there to help finance contests and such, I’m all for it!

To my Americanos, a happy Fourth!

High hoof!

Dawna

I ain’t even dead

Nope! Just a teensy bit le tired. I’m piling serious man hours into improving “the GHR experience” as you can see here; I’m gearing up for a super special handicapping/preview of the Mother Goose Stakes (I) on Saturday.

Congratulations are due to fuckitareyoulistening on winning the “Worship Union Rags” giveaway! Be sure to message me back :)

Overall, it’s been a boring, long week as I weigh my options for the fall. I had to drive all the way to the school on my one day off only to find out I have to take a math accuplacer (why I don’t know, I aced geometry and algebra in my other college) and that my transfer credit statement wasn’t even available. How can I register for fall if I don’t know what has been accepted for credit already? Ridic. I also have to figure out if I want to move there or commute… what a pile of poop. I should have just stayed home and slept and wrote Belmont posts.

  • Super super special thanks to everyone who made reaching the goal possible: last week I met my $100 fundraising goal for New Vocations 5 MONTHS EARLIER THAN EXPECTED! I set the goal for $100 because that is the minimum amount RedBubble asks before sending out a paper check, plus I had never done any real fundraising efforts before and this isn’t a huge blog. Now that it’s been met, I have a check written out to send in the mail tomorrow and a new effort to raise additional funds will be set up. Purchases of T-shirt designs will continue to benefit retired racehorses. With that said, I have a new original idea for a design that won’t feature any one (or two) particular racehorse.
  • Looking hard at July dates for a Dawna appearance at East Boston’s Suffolk Downs. Also, looking at making the Whitney Handicap (I) at Saratoga on August 4. I think I’m too scared of driving through metro New York to scurry over to Monmouth >.>

Thanks for reading and high hoof for the start of summer!

Dawna

The I’ll Have Another shirt is fresh off the presses! It took me a while figuring out how I wanted to achieve the half-tone effect in color this time and then just cropping out the horse *just right* is what took me so long. Get yours in whatever color, style, and size you’d like here!
I added five cookies to the background to go along with the story behind his name, one for each of his spring races: the Robert B. Lewis, the Santa Anita Derby, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and next, the Belmont Stakes.
Use the code TEEMAY at checkout for 10% off your order, good until Wednesday night. All proceeds go to New Vocations.

The I’ll Have Another shirt is fresh off the presses! It took me a while figuring out how I wanted to achieve the half-tone effect in color this time and then just cropping out the horse *just right* is what took me so long. Get yours in whatever color, style, and size you’d like here!

I added five cookies to the background to go along with the story behind his name, one for each of his spring races: the Robert B. Lewis, the Santa Anita Derby, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and next, the Belmont Stakes.

Use the code TEEMAY at checkout for 10% off your order, good until Wednesday night. All proceeds go to New Vocations.

It’s Florida Derby/DWC Day!

I’m awake early today for the Dubai card!

I am so impressed with you guys supporting the retired ponies thus far, now having sold 6 Derby hopeful tees. I was a Girl Scout for about a week (thanks Mom and Dad) and I was fired from my first retail job when I was 17, so just being a teensy sales savvy makes me feel good, especially because it’s for a good cause. If you haven’t bought yours already, now is an awesome time to jump on the bandwagon. So far I’m 25% to the fundraising goal of $100 for New Vocations through shirt sales alone! Buy one or two or five!

To the Derby Handicap Contest-ers: Don’t forget to send me your Florida Derby (I) picks by 4:40pm EST today! I have a feeling this will be a good make-or-break day and hey, maybe we’ll even get a TRIFECTA picked today for the first time!

And Hansenforpresident, I got your message!

HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND!

Hansen looked super good and every bit the juvenile champion in his second race back after the Breeders’ Cup, making it look all too easy winning the Gotham Stakes (III) in the GAW DANG MUD!… WITHOUT blinkers!.. ON AN INNER TRACK RAMON SAID WAS TIRING!

Alpha, bring it on!

Anyways, the leaderboard for the Derby Handicap Contest has been updated, and it looks like a couple of you were successful in nailing the exacta of Hansen - My Adonis. Nicely done. We have a new leader at this point, so congrats are due to Sinningincowboyboots! Six more rounds to go, with next Saturday’s Tampa Bay Derby (II) next on board.

Also THANK YOU x1000 to those of you who have already bought a Derby Hopeful tee to benefit New Vocations! Keep ‘em coming!

Want to help retired racehorses and look cool in the process? I started up a RedBubble account recently and have finished up the Derby Hopeful tee for anyone to buy anytime. The design features Hansen and Union Rags on a backdrop containing OVER 100 colts nominated for the Triple Crown. It took me a great deal of care and time, and all proceeds will benefit New Vocations. I hope to raise $100 for them over the next several months.
The winner of the Derby Handicap Contest will receive this shirt in their choice of size and color, as well!
Please reblog and or share on social networks if you’d like to help a great cause!

Want to help retired racehorses and look cool in the process? I started up a RedBubble account recently and have finished up the Derby Hopeful tee for anyone to buy anytime. The design features Hansen and Union Rags on a backdrop containing OVER 100 colts nominated for the Triple Crown. It took me a great deal of care and time, and all proceeds will benefit New Vocations. I hope to raise $100 for them over the next several months.

The winner of the Derby Handicap Contest will receive this shirt in their choice of size and color, as well!

Please reblog and or share on social networks if you’d like to help a great cause!

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