It’s Baby Time!

It’s Baby Time!

We’ve started the year with two fabulous GOLDENCENTS foals. I know some of you are thinking I’m a little biased… and you would be soooo correct :-). But if you think I’m a little excited about our babies, it’s nothing compared to their actual owners WC Racing (Glen and Josh). So the first mare to foal was Diamond Stilettos on February 5 at 1:27 AM.  This is her first foal and we all wondered what kind of Mama she was going to be. Diamond Stilettos retired off the track in California in the summer of 2015.  After she was bred to Goldencents last spring and progressed normally, I noticed at about 7 months, she started looking at her belly a lot.  Her look was sort of, “What is going ON with my body?  It’s changing and I’m feeling some strange things!”  The last month she had really bloomed and actually waddled in and out of the barn each day. Well, for her first time foaling she was great… pretty much laid down, rolled a couple of times and voila… a feisty Goldencents filly!  Mama kissed her nose and, like most moms, thought this was the most precious foal of all time.  Diamond Stilettos was immediately attentive, and the filly was loving and easy to handle.  Wellllllll, maybe I should say she is a “handful, but in a good way”.  Because of freezing rain she was two days old when she got out of the barn. Chuck was surprised when she needed very little encouragement to walk out to the paddock.  In fact, she went ahead of her Mom at a...
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

The last few weeks have presented a wide range of emotions. (Have you noticed that seems to be the norm on a horse farm???) Three weeks ago, on January 1, 2017, we celebrated about 50 birthdays on the farm.  It was a cold and grey day, which did not make for many good photo opps, but as I went around wishing all “Happy Birthday”, the horses young and old were not deterred by the grey day.  They enjoyed the extra attention they were getting. I did have what I considered to be some bad news to share with CHARLEY’S HOPE… that her daughter SASSY ROSE had been claimed the day before at Santa Anita, and was no longer part of the Rosecrest Family.  Sassy ran third in the race, almost having to split a deadheat with her former pasturemate PISTOL PACKIN ROSE.  But Sassy got her nose down for third over Pistol Packin Rose. I told Rose Dela Troienne, dam of Pistol Packin Rose, that her daughter broke well but hung back in 7th place until the stretch when jockey Flavien Prat said she suddenly kicked into a new gear and came running.  Good effort… just a little late. The granddams of both fillies are also on the farm, so I had to tell them all about the race, too… they all like to be kept informed! The yearlings turning two-years-old are ready to begin training.  Four of them are going to Webb Carroll in SC.  Actually two shipped a week ago.  Max was supposed to go with them, but decided he was not shipping that day.  Some of you...