Another Baby, two more UK wins and Miss Noble Rose back in KY

Another Baby, two more UK wins and Miss Noble Rose back in KY

Well, once again it’s Sunday and the beginning of another week (at least that’s what the calendar says).  Chuck and I don’t seem to see a big difference between, say, Tuesday or Saturday unless the Wildcats are playing.  Everyday on the farm brings something unexpected. …So what happened this week? Don’t Tell Lou delivered a chestnut colt with two white stockings on both hind legs by Tapizar.  She, unlike the past 17 mares, was right on time according to her due date.  Her projected due date was 3/23/15 and she delivered on 3/24/15. She is a first time mama and has decided it’s her baby and everyone, and I mean everyone, should just stay out of her stall, or better yet even away from her stall.  If you are not around horses much, you might be wondering how she communicates that to us. Well, it’s all about body language.  She puts herself between you and her foal and pins her ears back so far that you can’t even see them.  Sooooo, we try not to bother her and foal anymore than necessary. The farrier was here trimming all the mares on the farm this week.  With the weather turning nice and April being the busiest month of the year at the B & B, the girls were very glad to be getting their hooves nicely trimmed and buffed… no polish though — much too muddy! This week our 2-year-old filly, Miss Noble Rose, shipped back to Kentucky from Webb Carroll’s Training Center in South Carolina … where she has been learning how to be a great racehorse (we HOPE !). She’s...
Bourbon County Points of Interest

Bourbon County Points of Interest

Because of its name, one of the first things people ask at the Guesthouse is about Bourbon County and the Birthplace of Bourbon. By way of introduction, I’m Lyra’s friend who is a History Nut and part-owner of Loch Lea Antiques in Downtown Paris.  She’s asked me to tell you about some of the many historical sites of interest in the area.  In Bourbon County alone, there are twenty-six Kentucky Historical Highway Markers, so we’ll start there, and with the one about Bourbon….. As the Hopewell Museum (a must-see in Downtown Paris, by the way) wrote, “The markers on this tour take you from the earliest pioneers through the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. They introduce you to citizens who impacted the history of the county, state, and nation. You will learn about early churches, education, and African American history along with the roles of industry, transportation, inns, and taverns in the county’s development. “Along the tour you will encounter Paris, a thriving small town with a historic courthouse and beautiful old homes. And like the earliest explorers, the limestone-based soil, winding creeks, and rock walls will encourage you to explore Bourbon County, Kentucky’s history. “ One of our favorites is Historical Marker #2295, which explains the history of Bourbon whiskey and Jacob Spears, one of the first distillers of Bourbon County, Kentucky.   It’s located at Crossroads of Clay-Kiser & US 27, Paris. There was a lot of Bourbon made in the county.   In the Bourbon County 1810 census, there were 128 distilleries listed, a total production of over 146,000 gallons of whiskey valued at over $48.000. Every community in Bourbon...
March Madness

March Madness

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, Rosecrest Farm had its own version of March Madness going on, as we had three foals in two days and actually TWO foals in twenty minutes! But first I’ll tell you about our pretty little St. Patrick’s Day baby….  Alydarla foaled a nice chestnut Curlin filly at 1:10 AM on March 17. She weighed in at 118 pounds.  This young lady will soon have an aunt or uncle arriving at Rosecrest Farm, as Mamboalot (dam of Alydarla) is at our farm and due to foal soon. Alydarla is one of four winners from four starters for Mamboalot.  Alydarla won a maiden special weight at 2 at Saratoga (another one of those things breeders love to have their babies go on to do) and was three times stakes-placed at age 3, including the Grade 3 Cicada S. The next day is when things really got crazy.  I get home about 5:15 after a long day at Lil’s and see Chuck’s vehicle still at the foaling barn.  That means it’s been an even longer day for him, sooooo I go up to see what’s happening. He said it looks like Silimiss is thinking about foaling, so he needs to stay with her.  So I go to the house, pour myself a glass of wine and decide to take it with me to the barn to sit with Chuck while he waits for a new foal. Chuck has checked all the girls and Silimiss was the only one showing any signs of foaling.  Our nightwatchman Fabio came in about 5:45 and joins the waiting game.  She shows more...
Go, Sharla Rae, Go!

Go, Sharla Rae, Go!

We’ve got the kind of weekend ahead that makes up for slogging through the snow earlier this month! First of all, we have a couple from a radio station from the Toledo area staying at the Guesthouse tonight and then broadcasting live from the farm tomorrow about horses and history of Paris and Bourbon County, Rosecrest Farm, and the Guesthouse. You can listen live from 9 to 11 AM Saturday morning at www.talkradio1470.com !  Bobby Shiflet, Margaret Layton and moi will be talking with Rick & Jackie Metz. Then we have Sharla Rae running in the $150,000 Grade 3 Bourbonette S. at Turfway tomorrow afternoon.  It’s a very competitive race….Click here  for the Blood-Horse’s take on the race. But there’s nary a doubt in our hearts!   We’re rooting for the beautiful Sharla Ray…winner of the California Oaks, Barretts Debutante Stakes and Pike Place Dancer Stakes. She has four wins from eight starts. First of all, WC Racing owned our GOLDENCENTS, and did everything right by him at every turn.  Second, they care for all their horses the way they did Goldencents, as I described in one of my earlier posts you can read if you click here.  Third, WC Racing makes us part of their family, so that’s why we can say “we have Sharla Rae running”. The best part of the weekend is yet to come, as Glenn Sorgenstein will be coming to stay at The Guesthouse at Rosecrest Farm on Saturday night after the race.  Here they will get to see their five mares who have accommodatingly ALL foaled already. Glenn loves his horses and he offered a...
Good Things Come to those who wait…

Good Things Come to those who wait…

Vassar was one of the first mares due to foal at Rosecrest Farm this year.  On March 11, she finally decided to have her baby.  Remember my earlier blog when I said that the average gestation period for a mare is 340 days?   Vassar carried this foal for 405 days….that’s like 65 days “over”, as they say in the business. She finally delivered a nice bay colt by Majestic Warrior with a star, tipping the scales at 114 pounds.  [Mom and baby are pictured above.]  She’s experienced at this.  She’s 16 years old, produced six foals of racing age, all six are starters (made it to the races), all six are winners, one is a stakes winner, two are graded stakes-placed and one is stakes-placed.  That’s the kind of record all of us breeders are hoping for! On top of that, her very first foal brought $1.8 million as a 2-year-old in training, and became the stakes winner, named “Shimmering Moment”.  When her now-3-year-old (later named “Stormy Liberal”) was purchased as a yearling, Brisnet wrote, “Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, acting as agent, was the final bidder at $500,000 on Hip 228, a Stormy Atlantic full brother to the Grade 1-placed Coast Guard and a half-brother to the stakes-placed Garlfine (Belong to Me). Consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent, the son of Vassar (Royal Academy) is from the family of Irish highweights Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo), Sequoyah (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), Listen (Tirol) and Saffron Walden (Sadler’s Wells), German highweight Dolphin Street (Bluebird), and Grade/Group 1 winners Beethoven (Ire) (Oratorio [Ire]) and Insight (Fr) (Sadler’s Wells). Further back, this female family produced...