Silver Charm Arrives at Three Chimneys in 1999

Silver Charm Arrives at Three Chimneys in 1999

For 18 years, I was the Communications and Marketing Director at Three Chimneys and had the honor of helping welcome 1997 Kentucky Derby Silver Charm to his new home in July of 1999.  I was so “taken” with him and the experience that I sat down late in the day after he arrived and wrote the following.  This week marks the first Kentucky Derby since his return to the United States from Japan, his trainer (Bob Baffert) has the two favorites for this year’s race (American Pharoah and Dortmund), and Charm’s reunion with Gary Stevens will be part of the Derby coverage, so Lyra thought you’d enjoy the following…. It’s exciting anytime a new stallion arrives at the farm… a new career for him, a new patriarch for us.  The Sallee Van pulls up, the big door is opened, the ramp extended and the new kid on the block takes his first tentative or, sometimes, aggressive steps on to Three Chimneys soil. But this time was different.  I wasn’t a part of Three Chimneys when Seattle Slew arrived, so nothing had prepared me for this day. We didn’t have much time to ready a red carpet for Silver Charm.  We only learned late Sunday afternoon that he would be arriving between 1:30 and 2:00 the next afternoon – Monday of the July Sales.  The other members of the Three Chimneys team covered for me at the sales and I went to the office Monday morning to fax notice to the local media that the Third Leading Moneywinner in history would be arriving in Midway in less than five hours....
Three in a Row

Three in a Row

It’s been 12 days since we had a baby.  During that time we have had eight runs to the breeding shed and the good news that Maxnmacy, Dinah Lee, Our Unbridled Gem, Golden History, D’ Chili Pepper, Miss Dixie Rose and Orientatious are in foal and four of them are in foal to Goldencents (our Derby Boy of 2013, now in his first year at stud). The Bed and Breakfast has been crazy busy and I feel like Paris has tried to float away with all the rain. But back to the mares that have been patiently waiting past their due dates.  Key Lime Baby had not been showing any signs of nearing her due date but Annapolitan had been displaying signs for the last two weeks …..giving the B&B guests hope that they might get to see a newborn but nooooooo, she was just teasing them. Then on Wednesday, April 22nd, our 16-year old mare Tigress Woods easily delivered a 118 lb filly by Drosselmeyer at 1:35 AM right on her due date. If you’ve been to the farm you would have fed her mints I’m sure because she is a Mint Hound. So then the next morning at 1:50 AM, Key Lime Baby Delivered a 128 lb. filly by Pioneer of the Nile.  Earlier this year Key Lime Baby’s half sister, Hot Buttered Popcorn delivered a filly by Morning Line. Key Lime Baby is a winner of almost $170,000 and is graded stakes placed.  Her mother is by Pioneering, and this filly is by Pioneer of the Nile….makes for interesting name ideas! And then the next day, on...
Time Marches On

Time Marches On

It’s been a very good week at Rosecrest Farm.  The sun has been shining and it only rained three days.  The trees are budding, shrubs and flowers are blooming and the grass keeps getting greener.  Mother Nature is doing her magic and the record low temps and snows are a distant memory. We found out that Penrose, Yonahey and Maxnmacy are in foal (pregnant) for 2016.  A big blessing is that Teresa only took off one day for Spring Break with her children, as she keeps everything running smoothly. We had a treat this week of  Isabell and Olivia and their mom Leslie returning as guests at the B & B.  This time, four years later, they brought their dad.  [Is the B&B really and truly already four-years-old???]  They had such a good time catching up on the current status of all the babies that they had seen in 2011, including the sweet colts — Goldencents and Lord Darby! As you can see from the photos the girls — like those two charming colts —  have really grown up.  They have continued taking riding and jumping lessons and hope to one day soon adopt one of our retirees. Last but far from least (i.e. very exciting) is that Magical Broad delivered a big healthy colt by Oxbow.   Magical Broad is a stakes winning full sister to the millionaire and sire Include (sire of seven Grade I stakes winners). She had an easy delivery even though her boy weighed in at 138 lbs.  He is so solid he looks like he could be 3-weeks-old instead of newborn.  Mom and baby are...
Congrats, My Elusive Dream

Congrats, My Elusive Dream

Let me tell you about our most recent baby at Rosecrest.  If you have been here,  you know that our expecting mares start spending the nights in the barn about 30 days prior to their estimated due date.  At about 8:00 AM, the mares that have been in the barn overnight are turned out for the day.  They are kept in a pasture near the barn so we can keep a close watchful eye on them. Well, My Elusive Dream was walking the fence line more than usual that morning so Chuck had the guys get her stall ready by 11:00 AM, thinking she was going to have that baby.  But no, she waited, and walked, and came in with the rest of the mares about 4:00 PM.  Needless to say she was tired, because if she was counting steps I’m sure she hit that magical number of 10,000.  She was finally ready later that evening, her water broke at 8:55 PM and  delivered at 9:10 PM.  She delivered a big beautiful colt by Congrats weighing in at 128 lbs. As you can see in the photo, Mom loved her baby immediately but was obviously exhausted from the long day.  She was so tired that I think she was hoping her boy would just lay by her for several hours.  Well, it wasn’t several hours but she had time for a power nap that was enough for her to regain the needed energy to stand up with him, so he could nurse. After a good feeding, his little belly was full and both mom and colt were back down taking another, longer...
More Bourbon County Historic Sites

More Bourbon County Historic Sites

It’s APRIL and things are hopping in the Bluegrass!  You can always tell when Keeneland is getting ready to open by how there are soooooo many more people in Downtown Paris…and they come from all over the world.  Literally.  The Guesthouse at Rosecrest Farm is fully booked for the month of April, most of the people who come in to Loch Lea Antiques are looking for horse items, and there’s lots of excitement about “Who will make the Kentucky Derby.” People talk about what a big deal it is going to be to have the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland this November, and it is a great thing, but they don’t realize what a huge deal every April is!  Keeneland hosted 270,093 people at the 2014 Spring Meet, and 251,574 last Fall.  The Breeders’ Cup is going to sell 28,000 reserve tickets for each of the two days of Breeders’ Cup races this year…..which would put this fall with the Breeders’ Cup only 10 percent ahead of last spring’s meet! My point is that Keeneland and the lead-up to the Kentucky Derby is a big, big, BIG deal economically for the Bluegrass every April.  It’s spread out over the entire month, and some people come year, after year, after year.  We love it. So here’s some more information for you about those 25 Historic Highway Markers in Paris and Bourbon County.  The Guesthouse at Rosecrest Farm is located in the southern half of the county, and I’ll tell you about the four located in that part of the county.  Click here by the way, if you’d like to go back to our first posting about the...