Foaling two-by-two

Foaling two-by-two

This is the year for babies to come two at a time. We’ve had two babies in one night before, but we’re not a huge foaling operation so it doesn’t happen all that often for us. This year, we’ve now had that happen THREE times! That might not sound like a lot until you realize that represents six babies out of the nine born so far in 2018. Hot Attraction started the action on February 27.  She was three weeks past her due date, so we had even had the vet check her several times just to make sure all was good with the baby.  She was good, baby was good and sooooo considerate that she delivered before dinner!  Yes, I said “before dinner” at 7:00 PM. This colt by Carpe Diem has an unusual blaze – sort of a broken blaze / blaze in two parts.  It reminds me of a successful horse I’m used to seeing in the last few years, but I’m drawing a blank on the name.  Can anyone help me??? With Chris having everything under control with Mama and baby, Chuck and I went back to the house.  I reheated our dinner and we ate while catching up on the other happenings of the day.  The phone rang and Chris said he thought Suzy Malibu was showing some signs of wanting to deliver. Soooooo back to the barn we went.  Suzy Malibu was a maiden mare (meaning this was the first time for her to have a baby) so we had no historic reference on what she was going to show us before delivering.  At...
Ladies First

Ladies First

It’s that time again….Foaling Season. Penumbra started us off by delivering on January 30 – a week early.  She delivered a beautiful redhead filly by Broken Vow weighing in at 106 pounds at 4:25 AM. Next, Diamond Stilettos delivered a good size Goldencents colt.  He showed up at 3:25 AM on Sunday, February 11, weighing 114 pounds.  As you can see, he is very flashy, with a nice big blaze and three white socks. He was in no hurry to see how his legs worked… very content to let Mom give him a thorough bath, scoot around his stall, drink a bottle  and then finally stand up. He wasn’t the youngest for long!  First Shift delivered a fiesty filly by the new stallion Upstart about 20 hours later-  at 11:30 that evening.  She was compact, but really big in spirit.  As the video shows, within 20 minutes she decided, “It’s high time I get up and eat!” Click here to see her video. She continues to show her feisty spirit when the guys pick her hooves.  She is quite willing to let them work on her front feet, but has decided her back hooves do not need their attention – thank you very much!  Once they remind her who’s in charge, she finally agrees to let them get the job done. On the 22nd, we had a filly by Goldencents, out of Golden History.  She’s a big, beautiful 138 pound filly, but watch the video and you’ll see how Momma steals the show from new baby / protects her from prying eyes. Click here to see how… Yesterday (February 24),...
The New Year Cometh

The New Year Cometh

The horses rang in the frigid New Year while celebrating their birthday. As most of you know, Thoroughbreds turn a year older on January 1st. As with people, the ones that get most excited are the youngsters. Weanlings become yearlings and see their first big change when they are separated by gender.  The yearlings become 2-year-olds and they have been seeing the biggest changes – which started about three months ago, when they were saddle broke and started learning how to be a racehorse. It’s exciting to see their progress under tack and get those reports on how their attitudes are adjusting to their job (who likes it and who doesn’t).  And now that they’re two, they can start racing soon. We hope to dub 2018 as the Golden Year, because Goldencents’ first crop of foals are 2-year-olds now, and will start racing.  As you know from pictures we’ve posted, they are beautiful.  They seem to have all the makings of racehorses, and we certainly hope that is the case. We’ll update you more very soon on the horses at the track, but will use this post to introduce you to the Foaling Mares because babies are going to start arriving before you know it!  We have eight mares due to foal in February and three more due in March. They are, in order of last cover date: Penumbra – a Malibu Moon mare out of a half-sister to millionaire GYGISTAR who was purchased from the Keeneland November Sale in foal to Broken Vow. First Shift – a War Front mare out of G3 stakes winner WATCH, who is a full sister...
Homecoming and Thanksgiving

Homecoming and Thanksgiving

I was getting ready to write this blog when, eight days ago, we got word of the horrific fires in California. Many of you have seen the videos from the fires at San Luis Rey Training Center.  If you have not, you may choose not to watch, because it is very difficult to see. Some trainers, like Doug O’Neill, were lucky not to lose any horses in the fires.   But there were many tense hours between about 7 PM California time and into the next day when they were desperately moving horses from the training center and while horses set loose from their stalls (to avoid burning there) were rounded up and accounted for, or not. We enjoyed a very special Thanksgiving Dinner this year…. shared, as Glenn Sorgenstein said, “with family, friends, and horses in the new yearling barn at Wilshire/Rosecrest Farm.”  One of those horses was multiple stakes winner and graded stakes-placed 3-year-old filly SHANE’S GIRLFRIEND. She was finishing up a three month break from the track at Wilshire / Rosecrest Farm and went back to California right after the festivities. She was one of the O’Neill horses we initially thought at San Luis Rey.    Turns out she was at Santa Anita.  That agony of not knowing was repeated times hundreds of horses and their connections and hundreds of grooms, hotwalkers and trainers and their connections. Some humans not only lost horses but were victims of burns themselves trying to save horses.  Others witnessed events and must now deal with horrific visions that don’t go away.  Many horses are now on nebulizers to try to reverse the effects of...
Moving Along

Moving Along

Some good-byes are harder than others. Monday I cried as the gavel went down on Hip # 178 at the Fasig-Tipton Yearling sale. It meant that Rose dela Troienne 16 is shipping to Korea…. I loved him too much.  Yes, it does happen…loving them too much.  Ours is a business and I know in my head that we will be selling most of our babies, but still sometimes it’s hard to see them go off to another owner…hoping someone will continue to kiss him on his nose and tell him he’s a winner. Those of you who have stayed at the farm know how the babies steal your heart, and how the mares look you in the eye and remind you how much they trust you to love them. I miss all the babies, yearling or mares who leave the farm.  And, as you can see from the photo at left, our staff as well is sometimes sad to see the youngsters graduate to their next stage. Speaking of which, we have registered names to share with you of horses from the farm.  Yankton is the Miss Dixie Rose 15.  We still own him, he had planned to debut at Keeneland, but had a small setback so he’s back at the farm rehabbing.  Daddy’s Diva is the Empire Diva 15 filly by Scat Daddy.  She’s owned by WC Racing, was in California training for her first start and unfortunately developed a bad knee.  Her owners decided to send her back to the farm for rehabbing and then will breed her to Goldencents and hopefully produce a great runner. Carateracho is the Maxnmacy 15...