Babies, Babies and MORE Babies

Babies, Babies and MORE Babies

It’s been a week since I’ve shared what’s going on at Rosecrest Farm….even though to me it seems like just yesterday I last wrote. Foaling and Breeding Seasons remind me of the Winter Season.  It starts getting cold and you eagerly anticipate the first snow of the winter.  It comes and puts a beautiful white frosting on the trees and fences.  Everything is gorgeous and then it continues, and continues, and keeps on coming. THEN you remember that even though you enjoy it, it also brings longer days for you getting your normal routine accomplished, plus you also have the additional work of snow removal and other things like walking the feed into pastures because you cannot drive into them. Well, this past week has been really busy….a GOOD busy.  We had five new babies, three runs to the breeding sheds, guests at the B&B and we top it off with some of my Lil’s employees not being able to get to work because of the snow.  Chuck and I have not been bored. OK, I’m done whining.  Instead, let me introduce you to four of the new babies.  Dinah Lee delivered a big, beautiful filly by Discreetly Mine on March 4.  When I say “big”, she weighed in at 138 pounds!  At two days old, she looked like some of the older foals.  She must take after her granddad, Dynaformer (sire of Dinah Lee). Dinah Lee is a full sister to the G3 stakes winner Fortuitous and her grandmother is a half-sister to champion Wolfhound and Weekend Surprise (dam of AP Indy, Summer Squall and Honor Grades —...
Our New Little Gem

Our New Little Gem

Our Unbridled Gem has delivered her first Gem, a bay filly by Uncle Mo, on March 1, 2015 weighing in at 102 lbs. You can see from the photo that mama loves her first Gem. Rosecrest Farm is lucky to have a history with Our Unbridled Gem (aka Sissy – more about that later).  She was here as a foal in 2009, while her dam Miss Gem was being bred.  So let me tell you about Miss Gem, the granddam (aka grandmother) of this new filly. Miss Gem was very special to Pam and Don Mattox, since she was the first thoroughbred broodmare they owned together.  Miss Gem was a winner at the track but she was an outstanding broodmare.  She produced 12 foals, of which 11 got to the track and 10 of them were winners. Now, that’s really good, but it gets even better. Her foal Meadow Gem was a graded blacktype winner and High Adventure was blacktype placed.  If you are not involved in thoroughbred racing you may not understand just how hard it is to have a winner, much less black type winner. AND, better yet, Miss Gem’s second foal was a filly named Native Trinket. See right for a picture of them together.  Native Trinket was sold as a yearling, won six races and $130,000+. The Mattoxes bought her back after her racing career, bred her to Malibu Moon and sold her in foal.  The foal she was carrying, Golden Artemis, was stakes placed and produced MY CONQUESTADORY, winner of the 2013 Grade I Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland! My Conquestadory ran 6 times.  Every start was in a  graded stakes,...
All in the “Family”

All in the “Family”

WC Racing truly welcomed a new member to their racing family on Feb. 27 when Maxnmacy delivered a 125 lb colt by Informed.  The most unusual thing about his birth was that HE stood up before his Mom — something you don’t see all that often, so here’s a video for you to enjoy. What’s most unusual about this young man, whom we’ve dubbed “Max”, is how many ways he is special to his owners, WC Racing.  Let me try to tell his story…. In 2009, WC Racing (Glenn Sorgenstein and Josh Kaplan) had an opportunity to buy a two-year-old filly by Monarchos.  They named her “Maxnmacy” for Glenn’s two daughters.  She showed great promise, lots of speed in her works, but two weeks before her first race, she had some heat in her knee, so they gave her time off. To make a long story short, she came back to the track, ultimately needed surgery on the knee (and rehab at Merv Griffin’s ranch, no less!), was back in training and developed heat in the knee again. We’re up to 2011 by now.  (Josh and Glenn are nothing if not patient, and good to their horses.) The decision was made to retire her, breed her to California stallion Papa Clem and in 2013, at Glenn’s ranch, she foaled a colt by Papa Clem with Glenn doing the midwife duties! Meanwhile, WC Racing and partners claimed a horse named INFORMED.  In 2009, he won the Grade 2 San Diego H. at Delmar.  (See photo of happy Winners’ Circle.  Everyone wants to win at Delmar — let alone a Grade 2 stakes race.) ...