Grade One Winner!

Grade One Winner!

I know this is the fourth time in the last five blog posts that my headline has ended with an exclamation mark, but having a Grade One winner just demands an exclamation mark. Actually WC Racing had the honors of not only owning, but breeding, the new Grade One winner — DENMAN’S CALL.   But WC Racing has always included Rosecrest in all their great moments, and now we are Team Rosecrest / Wilshire Farm.  So all the more reason to celebrate. Denman’s Call won the Grade I Triple Bend Handicap at Santa Anita on March 11.  He made a “bold move on the turn”, collared favorite MASOCHISTIC at the head of the stretch, took the lead at the eighth pole and drew away to a length win.  Wooooohoooo! You may remember the name as Denman’s Call figured prominently on the West Coast Kentucky Derby Trail last year, running third in the San Vicente S.-G2 behind two little horses named NYQUIST and EXAGGERATOR before running sixth in the Santa Anita Derby-G1. He has been running in top company, but this was not only his first G1 win, but first stakes win.  He has won or placed in six of his eight career starts, so the future looks bright.   Less than one percent of the horses born in North America in a given year win a G1 race, and with all WC Racing’s good horses, this is their first G1 winner since GOLDENCENTS,  and it is sooooooo much more special when you bred AND own the winner…. so we’re pumped. Actually, we had an exciting race the day before that of Denman’s Call, as well....
Full Baby Mode

Full Baby Mode

We have FOUR new babies at Rosecrest Farm, and each arrival was a little different…. The first recent newcomer was Yonehay 17. His mama (Yonehay, in case you’re new to this baby horse parlance) was in NO hurry to have her baby this year. The average gestation period for a mare is 340 days.  She decided that was not enough and waited an additional 26 days before delivering her long legged colt by It’s My Lucky Day. (Remember him from the 2013 Kentucky Derby, when he was one of five Bourbon County-foaled starters in that year’s Derby???) Yonehay was very considerate and delivered February 20 at 10:15 PM, which allowed us to have a full night’s sleep.  I said he had “long legs”.  Maybe I should have said “long, long, long legs”!  They were so long that he kept getting them tangled when trying to stand.  For those of you who have never seen a foal stand up, let me try to explain.  There are many miracles that occur with a birth, and one of them is standing.   Foals seem to have an instinct to extend their front legs ahead of them, so they can push up with their backside.  Then, with the front legs stretched, they attempt to balance of four wobbly legs. Well this boy kept crossing those front legs, making it utterly impossible for him to stand.  Chuck would uncross them, and then this young boy could stand.  But the next time he got up, he wanted to cross them again.  Sooooo through the night, he was very happy to have assistance from Chris (our nightwatchman)  so he could...