The weather this week has been weird, even by Kentucky’s standards, which includes the general truism that “if you don’t like the weather, wait an hour, and it’ll change.”
Last week, when multiple G1 winner Einstein shipped up from Florida to enter quarantine before beginning the breeding season at Adena Springs Farm outside Paris, Ky., some balmy weather came along, and we were enjoying high temperatures in the 50s. That works out to very pleasant weather for the Bluegrass State at this time of year.
Yesterday’s high, however, was a not-so-balmy 32, there was a thin layer of ice on many highways, covered by snow, precipitating hundreds of cars into ditches.
The sun melted all that away by today, however, and yet when observed up close and personal today at Adena, Einstein seemed to have a jaundiced view of the weather in his new digs. Although the dark brown son of Spend a Buck has the quarantine barn to himself, he is sporting a tight, well-groomed coat of short, racehorse hair. Not the thick, seal-like pelt that the local gentry have grown over the past few months.
Einstein did not allow the temperatures to get him down, however. Standing 16.2 hands, with a great depth of shoulder and great length through the body, Einstein also has a tremendous gaskin (21 inches around) that helped him produce the turn of foot to win at the premier level.
He has feet that appear very hard and well-shaped. In temperament, Einstein is reserved and somewhat aloof, not always trying to taste his visitors like some stallions I could name.
His size, balance, and presence are qualities that will attract breeders to use this tough athlete, as well as his potential as an outcross sire for the prevalent lines in American breeding.
Unlike the prospects for Einstein, the weather prediction is for the biggest snow storm of the winter on Friday and Saturday, with temperatures likely to plunge below 10 degrees on Saturday.