Never a dull moment

Never a dull moment

Time continues to fly by.  Even though we are done foaling, we are still breeding the mares for 2016 foals.  So we still see Cory (our reproductive vet) almost every morning.  He’s pictured at right, checking Rose Dela Troienne to know what day she will be making a visit to Overanalyze at Winstar.  Good news this week is that Don’t Tell Lou, Magical Broad, My Elusive Dream, Deep South and Malibu Gem are all pregnant. The Bed & Breakfast has been crazy busy with many new faces, but also familiar faces returning to Rosecrest Farm.  Jim and Beth came back for a five day visit.  They were here two years ago when they stayed while attending the Derby. We reminisced about Goldencents’ racing career and how he’s now standing at Spendthrift Farm.  They were also excited to see the mares again with new foals at their sides. Then there was Goodtime Wilson to visit and catch up with. The last time they saw him, Wilson was just beginning his race career at two.  Unfortunately last fall racing at Keeneland he broke his leg.  After surgery and a very long rehab he is 100% again and I need to find him a new career.  Wilson, if you have not met him, is a very special beautiful 4-year-old gelding with a great disposition. Talking about our retired racehorses, Lord Darby just competed in May Daze at the Kentucky Horse Park last weekend.  It was Darby’s third show at Preliminary Level and his trainer Allie Knowles says he is continuing to improve in all areas. The first competition is his least favorite — Dressage …that may...
What a Weekend

What a Weekend

The Guesthouse was bustling this past weekend as it was chosen as the destination for a reunion of TriDelts from Iowa State University.  Eight of the ten checked in Thursday, toured the farm and met all the 26 babies on the ground. They had a lot of compassion for the two mares still waiting to foal — Mamboalot and Rose of Siena.   Many of them are mothers and the mares’ bulging bellies made them wince in remembrance.  As with most guests staying here, they were hoping both would deliver during their stay, so they could join in the celebration of a new foal. Well, on Saturday morning Mamboalot made their wishes come true when she delivered a beautiful filly by Pioneerof the Nile.  [Yes, this time it really WAS by Pioneerof the Nile. 🙂 ]  As you may know, American Pharoah is by Pioneerof the Nile.  I thought, “I need to get a bet down since the Preakness is this afternoon and this little girl by Pioneerof the Nile arrived this morning.”  Didn’t happen. The girls were ecstatic to see the new baby and Mamboalot was a proud Mama and willing to let everyone get a good look at her filly.  As one group was admiring the cutie pie, I told them, “Stay a little longer, if you can, and watch the baby try to remember how to lay down.”  The girls looked at me quizzically, but they stayed and enjoyed seeing baby’s dilemma. As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, instinct tells foals from birth how to get up, but is not as strong for laying down the first...
Mothers Day at Rosecrest Farm

Mothers Day at Rosecrest Farm

Wow, Derby 2015 is now history. It was a really good race and we all are anticipating a very competitive Preakness.  We’ve been enjoying lots of interesting guests who were in for the Derby. One night we had guests from Switzerland and from Germany, plus another woman born in Sweden.  I had a great time listening to the different accents at the breakfast table …discussing the difficulties of finding some of their unique traditional foods. This time of the year we are still in the midst of foaling and breeding season.  We have had five runs to the breeding shed this week and had good news that Orientatious, Silimiss, Alydarla and Having a Big Middle (I did NOT name this mare and she does not have a big middle yet …but she will soon!) are all pregnant. We also have two new babies.  Scholastic delivered a beautiful filly by Eskendreya about 12:20 AM on May 7th.  As you can see, she has three white socks and a broken blaze.  As soon as I saw the unique broken blaze, I thought of Rachel Alexandra who also sports a broken blaze. Rachel Alexandra was not only the 2009 Horse of the Year, but when she won the 2009 Preakness Stakes (the second leg of the Triple Crown), she became the first filly to win the race in 85 years.  That was a hugely memorable time for me and my family because I watched this race in Guatamala with our daughter Susan where we were waiting to bring home Susan’s adopted daughter Mariela!!!  That will be another story, another time. Then Sunday was Mother’s Day and Rose...
KY Derby 2015…”My Old Kentucky Home”

KY Derby 2015…”My Old Kentucky Home”

…is the favorite moment every Kentucky Derby for millions of people.  And it pretty well sums up Derby Day 2015 for Rosecrest Farm and Paris, KY! The day started at 12:05 AM when Bola de Cristal (IRE) decided it was time to foal.  Actually, I think her foal decided, “It’s time for me to get outta here.”  Because once she started, baby was here in like 15 minutes, he was trying to get up within 10 minutes and he was standing (and wouldn’t lay back down, thank you very much) within a half hour. He’s a pistol, and he’s by Mineshaft, so he is from that AP Indy sireline you heard so much about on Derby Day.  [For those of you who read this blog late Thursday night, I was mistaken when I remembered him as being by Pioneerof the Nile…. providing further evidence for my hubby and others who keep telling me I’m trying to do too much 🙁 !] His mother Bola de Cristal is a half-sister to G2 (Grade 2) SW (stakes winner) GRANDE MELODY and her “aunts” are G1 SW (best “grade” there is) CRYSTAL MUSIC and G3 SWs STATE CRYSTAL and SOLAR CRYSTAL  and her “uncles” are G3 SW DUBAI SUCCESS and the sire Tchaikovsky.  With all that music in the family, and his Derby Day arrival, wouldn’t it be fun if he could be named Myoldkentuckyhome! Thoroughbred names can have only 18 characters and spaces, so that’s why I ran that together, but they must also be approved by the Jockey Club to make sure there’s not already a horse named that, and that there...