Welcome to my world, I’m Lyra Miller proprietor of The Guesthouse at Rosecrest Farm and Lil’s Coffee House and all round helpmate for Rosecrest Farm. I love my world and sharing it with friends via The Guesthouse and Lil’s. They in turn have encouraged me to share it more widely via a blog, so here we are!

 


Goldencents Son’s Storm Breeders’ Cup 2020

Some of our return guests enjoying the weanlings Where has this year gone? It seems, COVID-19 has had an effect on everyone this year…some businesses have closed, others are struggling to stay open and everywhere you look people are wearing masks, and it’s not even Halloween. I will not dwell on the negative but instead concentrate on the positive. We have guests once again returning to the B&B, return guests have come back and to use their words “Rosecrest Farm is a place they know they can walk around and almost feel normal again”.  Some are staying with us for the first time. It seems many people have been suffering from “COVID-19 seclusion” and are in need of a change of scenery. And guess what…they found it at Rosecrest Farm. The morning starts with a cup of our special bourbon blend coffee that they take to the front porch and watch the beautiful shades of sunrise. Then, after breakfast they are just in time to see the weanlings being turned out of the barn and explode into the pasture, you’d think they heard the call to post and are off like a flash. Once that show is over, there are still plenty of mints for retirees and a few pregnant mamas. Pistol Packin in foal to Sky Mesa Pistol Packin Rose is really fun to watch these days…she’s in foal for the first time and recently has started looking at her belly and wondering what is going on. I could go on and on about our girls but I won’t bore you.  It’s been a beautiful fall with the... read more
March Madness

March Madness

What a crazy weekend.  It started Friday night at 9:00PM.  Rose Dela Troienne ’20 decided it was time for her to stretch her legs.  Mama started labor and it was turning into a long labor so I started stroking her head and neck telling her she was doing great but she needed to push a little harder.  She gave me one of those looks that I recognized from when her mother, Tigress Woods, was having her babies.  You may not believe it but it’s true, it’s a look that says “you’ve got to be kidding me” but after the look and several big pushes she delivered a very leggy 128 lb. filly by Goldencents.  Within moments I was taking pictures when my phone dinged with a text message from Teresa. Teresa: I didn’t get the all call;)   I’m in the warm house but must have had a feeling and when I turned it on there was action in the maternity ward.  I couldn’t believe I pulled it up at the exact time.  Lyra: I had the same kind of timing.  Earlier I looked at the cameras and saw Mary in the stall, leave and then came back in to wrap Dela’s tail.  Chuck and I headed up before we got the call.  After a good delivery giving us a great baby.  I texted her back….  Lyra: First Shift was watching, I told her to go ahead and have her baby too. (Side Note:  First Shift is in the stall across from Rose and was already nine days overdue and yes we do talk to our horses as if... read more
Four New Babies

Four New Babies

We’ve been busy… FOUR new babies in nine days.  First was Shane’s Girlfriend, delivering a feisty colt by Arrogate, just one day past her projected foaling date.  Shane’s Girlfriend was retired from racing in 2018 after a short but successful career.  She started with a win on her first time out in a MSW@ Santa Anita then followed that up with a win in the Delta Downs Princess Stakes (G3), flew back to Santa Anita and ran 3rd in The Santa Ynez Stakes (G3) and ended her career winning the Iowa Oaks (G3).  So back to the present, she didn’t show too many signs of contemplating motherhood except for being very cranky for the last three months.  She decided it was time and had an easy delivery at 11:55PM.  Her colt, by Arrogate, weighed in at 102 lbs.  For those of you who might not remember Arrogate, he is by Unbridled’s Song and is the richest North American Racehorse in history with earnings of over $17 million, also breaking three track records.  As you can see from this video this colt is already thinking track records.  Mallibu Gem’s leggy colt Then Malibu Gem decided not to wait until her projected foaling date of Feb. 3rd but delivered a very leggy colt by Mendelssohn at 4:50AM on Jan31st.  Congrats to proud breeders Pam and Don Mattox.  They have been our clients for almost as long as we’ve had the farm.  We had Malibu Gem’s mom Miss Gem for many years.   We miss Miss Gem, her daughter Malibu Gem does not have her good natured personality, she is quite cranky unless... read more
New Beginings 2020

New Beginings 2020

Welcome January 2020, while everyone is celebrating and wishing friends and family “Happy New Year” here in Paris Ky many are singing “Happy Birthday”.  Some of you reading this might not know or remember that January 1st is the common birthday for every thoroughbred regardless of their actual birth date.  All the babies born in 2019 became yearlings, yearlings became 2 year olds and so on. This Year Rosecrest Farm celebrated Darby’s Hope turning 23, she’s our oldest horse, but certainly doesn’t show her age when running with the younger retirees.  I know some guests might not remember her but all remember the next oldest horse here, Tinner’s Storm ( son of Tinner’s Way and grandson of Secretariat) he celebrates being 20 years old.  He’s healthy and at this time of the year very fluffy with his winter coat.  Earlier this week he was given mints and carrots from Pat Sormani who came specifically to see him.  Pat has been a long time fan of Tinner’s Way and because of that she was very excited to visit Tinner’s Storm, and he loved all the special attention.  Pat was also very happy with her pen that she purchased which is from our new line of souveniers. Tinner’s Storm enjoying treats from Pat January starts the foaling season. We have 12 expecting mamas and 4 of them for the first time. I was already to give you the foaling dates coming up, 4 of them due this month, but instead Dialed To Go wanted to be the story by not waiting for her due date but delivered a beautiful colt by... read more