archive News on Blue Gum Farm
(The story below is as per Tara Madgwick editor of Breednet - http://www.breednet.com.au/news2006.asp?id=74476)
The future looks bleak when you are a 22 year-old mare who is not in foal and being offered at a commercial broodmare sale with a produce record that looks like this.
Back in 2009 there was considerable controversy within the Australian bloodstock industry regarding the sale of elderly mares at auction that were no longer viable producers.
Falling into that category was 22 year-old Emerald (USA), a blue-blooded import that had fallen on hard times.
As an unraced three-quarter sister by El Gran Senor to legendary sire and Group I winner Danehill (pictured), as well as four other stakes-winners, Emerald was afforded every opportunity at stud in the Northern Hemsiphere.
She visited many of the top European sires and produced a string foals and while the seven who raced were all able to win, they did so in lesser races and none measured up to Black Type company.
Sent to Australia in 2004, Emerald continued her career at stud, but her earlier good fertility deserted her and she managed to produce just two live foals (one of which has subsequently won as Discovery Lad) before going to the Inglis Broodmare Sale in 2009 after missing to California Dane.
Her pedigree page at the sale looked like this .
Respected horse woman Susan Keating (Marketing & Client Liason Manager at Blue Gum Farm) was interested in the mare and was originally going to buy her as a nanny, but when she had to go $9,000 to secure her, she decided to give the mare one last try at stud.
"I had calls from a number of people after the sale asking what I was going to do with her and the manager at Banstead Manor in the UK where she was bred called to tell me a bit about her,” said Keating.
"She was the second foal of Razyana, so when she was in the belly, Danehill, who was the first foal, was running alongside her Mum.
"Apparently she was unraced because of issues with a deep seated corn in a hoof, rather than any lack of ability.”
Ms Keating brought Emerald back to Liverpool Farm and she settled in so well that it was decided to try her at stud again.
"She missed a couple of times to Northern and Southern Hemisphere time and I just thought that was that and she could be the nanny as planned, but when I moved to Victoria last year and started working with Blue Gum Farm, I bought a share in Turffontein and decided to try one last time,” Keating revealed.
"She got in foal on the first cover and I entrusted her to Suzanne Royal up at the NCEE Tafe at Wangaratta and the students treated her like the ‘Racing Royalty' that she is!”
On September 25th Emerald delivered this gorgeous chestnut filly and can now look forward to a blissful retirement having been officially pensioned from stud duties.
"She's back here now with the foal at my new farm (also called Liverpool Farm), which is situated in the Strathbogie Ranges,” Keating said.
"I originally booked a foster mother thinking she might struggle to raise the filly, but she's done exceptionally well and so has the foal, so she can do the job herself for the last time.
"It gets very cold down here and we get snow on the ground a couple of times a year and when it happened last year I was watching the mares in the paddock thinking ‘Emerald is the only one that has seen snow before'.”