Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dialed In To Have Surgery, Robert LaPenta & Nick Zito Taking Care Of Their Horses

It looks as though Dialed In, 3 year old winner of The Florida Derby and The Holy Bull Stakes, is scheduled to have surgery next week to repair a chip in his right knee. He will be out of training for a while but should be back in time for his 4 year old campaign. We certainly wish him the very best. Dialed In is owned by Robert LaPenta and trained by Nick Zito.

Robert LaPenta & Nick Zito are a team that, in my book, is the cream of the crop. They have been taking good care of horses and looking out for them for a long time. I am reminded about Little Cliff. The following is Little Cliff's story, as told by Ed DeRosa in The Thoroughbred Times.

Little Cliff, one of two horses owner Robert LaPenta named after the late turf writer and chartcaller Cliff Guilliams, was rescued from slaughter on March 11. Christy Sheidy, co-founder of Another Chance 4 Horses rescue in Bernville, Pennsylvania, discovered the five-year-old Gulch gelding in a direct-to-kill pen in New Holland, Pennsylvania. He had last raced in a $10,000 claiming race on March 1 at Philadelphia Park, finishing seventh of nine and earning $170 for owner LA Buzz Stable. Trainer Ramon Preciado had claimed the horse from Jimmy Moran Jr. for $10,000 on January 13.

Sheidy ran the gelding’s tattoo and had Diana Baker, formerly of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, pull a race record, which is when the connection to LaPenta and Racing Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito appeared. Zito’s wife, Kim, is involved in horse rescue efforts as well.

“Mr. LaPenta and Mr. Zito sent a very generous check to Christy that more than covered Little Cliff’s expenses,” Baker said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better or more generous response than what we received."

LaPenta purchased Little Cliff for $250,000 at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale and bought him back on a bid of $350,000 at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Calder sale of selected two-year-olds in training. Little Cliff finished sixth behind eventual Grade 1 winners and Central Kentucky stallions Political Force and Flashy Bull in his second career start before winning his next two races by a combined 6 1/4 lengths to close out his two-year-old season. At three, he finished third in both the Leonard Richards (G3) and Sir Barton Stakes. He won three of 27 starts and earned $202,762.

Although Little Cliff had changed owners four times throughout his life before being rescued, one thing that followed him from Kentucky to New York to Florida to Pennsylvania were his Jockey Club papers, papers that Kim Zito had affixed with a white sticker that says, “If this horse needs a home when he retires, please call.” “The tragic part of this story is that Little Cliff had this sticker on his papers, and that breaks my heart because it proves that there are people in this industry who don’t give a darn,” Kim Zito said.


The sport of thoroughbred horse racing has a far piece to go when it comes to horse welfare, particularly with regards to retired race horses however, thanks to good people like Robert LaPenta, Nick Zito and his wife Kim one day horses will never have to suffer the cruel fate of the slaughterhouse.

Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles...Dedicated To The Gypsy That Remains

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Share My Link And I Will Share Yours

Often, online business and website owners (and also traditional brick and mortar business owners) look for cost effective ways to advertise their businesses. Sure, there are hundreds of places that you can advertise but, more often than not, there are huge costs involved with that advertising and, many times the end results are not even close to what you paid out in advertising and/or marketing fees. eBay and Amazon can afford to take huge hits, most of us cannot. At Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles we have found a cost effective solution to this problem. As a matter of fact, it's so cost effective that it's free. All it takes is a few minutes of your time each day.

The solution that we have found is a Facebook page called Share My Link And I Will Share Yours. It's really very simple. Go to the page and like it. You don't have to wait to be approved or wait for any kind of confirmation email. Just like the page. After that, post a link to your website. We have found that it works best to post a link to a specific item that you are selling as opposed to your home page however you can post a link to whatever you want (providing that it is legal and suitable for all ages), including your Facebook business page. After you post just look on the page and find (at least) two links that you would like to share with your family, friends, business associates or whomever. Hit the "Share" link underneath the links that you want to share and share them to your profile page. It's really that simple. Others will come along and, after they post their links to be shared, they will share yours. Your links and products will be seen hundreds (if not thousands) of times. You are only required to share two links for each one that you post however, you're going to find so many diversified sellers who sell so many unique and different products that you will probably want to share more than two. You might even find that hard-to-find item that you've been looking for forever. The page owners Linda and Michelle have worked very hard to create this page for all sellers to benefit from.

Stop by Share My Link And I Will Share Yours and give it a try. You won't be disappointed. You can tell them that Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles sent you.

Until next time...Rock On!

Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles...Dedicated To The Gypsy That Remains...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Remembering The 1969 Woodstock Music Festival

Wow!! It's been over 40 years since that magical four day weekend called Woodstock took place. 32 of the most popular and best music acts came together in Bethel, NY and performed in front of roughly a half a million people...and music history was made. If you weren't alive in August of 1969 or if you were too young to remember it I'm here to tell you that you missed something that only happens once in a lifetime. Of course, the times back then were totally different than they are now, as was the music, the people and the fashion. As Bob Dylan wrote, "The Times, They Are A'Changin'". I look back on those days often, sometimes with a sense of longing to be able to return to a time when life seemed so much easier. It really wasn't easier (there was lots of political turmoil and the Vietnam Conflict was very much in the forefront) but, as usual, when you look back on periods of time in your life they always seem to be happier and than they really were. I could go on and on about all the memories that those days bring back to me but, right now, I will focus on the fashion.

I remember those days as being pretty much a "wear whatever feels comfortable" time in my life. Along with that came the clothing accessories. I love big purses and bags, some of my favorites were the big hippie style bags. I could fit just about anything in those were always ready to rock when you had your big boho bag with you. At Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles we have found some of those bags and we are pleased to offer them to you...
Gypsy Boho Hippie Retro Beaded Macramé Hobo Shoulder Bag
Gypsy Boho Hippie Retro Beaded Macramé Hobo Shoulder Bag
Gypsy Boho Hippie Retro Fringed Knit Shoulder Bag Hobo Purse
Gypsy Boho Hippie Retro Fringed Knit Shoulder Bag Hobo Purse
Gypsy Boho Hippie Retro Embroidered Shoulder Bag w/ Tassels
Gypsy Boho Hippie Retro Embroidered Shoulder Bag w/ Tassels

All of these bags have a real Gypsy Boho Hippie look and feel to them and, as always, shipping is free at Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles. Please stop by and see us, if you have any questions please drop us a line and we'll get right back with you. We look forward to seeing you and, as always, Rock On!!

Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles...Dedicated To The Gypsy That Remains

Thursday, June 2, 2011

It's Finally Summer, Time To Break Out The Sandals

One of the first things that I do once the weather gets warm enough is to go into my closet and get out my sandals. It's not only the fact that they are comfortable, it's the fact that it's summer and I CAN.

Different people may choose to wear sandals for several different reasons, among them economy (sandals tend to require less material than shoes), comfort in warm weather, and as a fashion choice. The oldest known sandals were discovered in Fort Rock Cave in the U.S.state of Oregon; radiocarbon dating of the sagebrush bark from which they were woven indicates an age of at least 10,000 years. None of my sandals are quite that old however I do have a couple of pairs that are pretty disco looking.

While old shoes and sandals are great, I'm always on the lookout for a new pair or two. At Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles we have some great sandals available. If you're looking for dress sandals we have this rocking pair of Pleaser Candy-40 White Buckle Strap Platform Sandals Shoes

Pleaser Candy-40 White Buckle Strap Platform Sandals Shoes

If goth is your thing we have this medieval style pair of Demonia Glam-42 Black Studded Criss Cross Strap Sandals Shoes

Demonia Glam-42 Black Studded Criss Cross Strap Sandals Shoes

If you're looking for something a little more casual try these Pinup Couture Tootsie-09 Wedge Platform Sandals Shoes

Pinup Couture Tootsie-09 Blue Wedge Platform Sandals Shoes

In addition to the blue shown the Tootsie-09 Sandals are also available in black, red, and also white. We also have many other styles of footwear including dress shoes, boots and, of course, gothic footwear. As always, free shipping is included with all of our items. Please stop by when you get a chance and drop us a line if you have any questions, suggestions or requests. We look forward to hearing from you and, as always, Rock On...