O Baby’s Jewels’ Triumph A Special Highlight
O Baby’s win in the Jewels Three-Year-Old Fillies Final last year has been the highlight of almost 30 years involvement in the harness racing industry for Braeden and Caroline Whitelock.
“That win was very special to us,” says Braeden Whitelock.
“It was the culmination of a long involvement with harness racing as owners and breeders and gave us a very special thrill,” said Braeden.
O Baby not only won the Jewels Final, a coveted race on the harness racing calendar, but she also captured the Nevele R Fillies Final and to top off a memorable three-year-old season she won the Queensland Oaks.
The Whitelocks, proud parents of All Black Sam Whitelock, have also had the joy of owning a number of other top-class racehorses including Braeside Star, Dancing Diamonds, Minnie Moose and Meredith McGuire.
“Our policy is to sell the colts and race the fillies,” he said.
The Whitelocks will offer a half brother to O’Baby, Sexton (by Mach Three), at the yearling sales in February next year as part of the Breckon Farms draft.
The dam of O Baby and Sexton, Braeside Lady is a daughter of Braeside star who has become an outstanding broodmare, having produced eight foals with seven individual winners having won more than 50 races.
The Whitelocks have had a long association with the Te Awamutu-based sales and breeding operation. “Before Ken and Karen took over the property we had been involved with Sandy and Jan Yarndley for many years in a very successful manner,” Braeden says.
They are full of praise for the Breckon Farms operation. “Scott Yarndley does a fantastic job at keeping us fully informed with our horses every step of the way. Communication is paramount to him,” says Braeden.
“Our yearlings are always well prepared by Breckon Farms and the whole operation is full of positive people,” he said.