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!

 


An Improbable Story

An Improbable Story

If you’ve been around the horse biz for very long, you know it’s FULL of improbabilities and that’s part of what makes it so much fun and, at times, so frustrating. Well, sit back and we’ll tell you our new/old Improbable Story…. It starts in the early 1970s when a horse named Brigadier Gerard won seventeen of his eighteen career races to be rated by some as the best racehorse trained in Britain in the 20th century.  Sadly, he did not replicate himself at stud, except that a son of his named General (FR) was exported to stud in Argentina. There General (FR) bred a mare owned by Peter and Diane Perkins at their San Francisco de Pila farm near Buenos Aires, and on October 1, 1980 Lord At War was foaled. Lord At War (ARG) was undefeated in three starts in his native Argentina, culminating with a win in the Gran Premio Joaquin S. Anchorena going a mile on the turf.   He was just a 3-year-old running against older horses in the most important mile race of the Argentine calendar!  As a result, he was the Champion Miler of Argentina for 1983. The Perkinses brought their star to North America to be trained by the great Charlie Whittingham. Lord At War (ARG) raced on dirt and turf and won or placed in ten stakes but his biggest win was the Santa Anita Handicap-G1. The Santa Anita Handicap is not just a Grade I race.  It is also known as “The Big ‘Cap”.  It is certainly the best known of the Santa Anita races and its first running was... read more
Bourbon County Wins Big at Belmont

Bourbon County Wins Big at Belmont

Two horses raised right here in Bourbon County, Kentucky won their very first Grade I stakes in VERY different fashion on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park in New York City. One was a longshot running in his first G1 race at age 5.  One was a $1.2 million yearling vindicating his big ticket purchase price in the classic Belmont-G1. One was rewarding his breeder’s faith in him, after his breeder bred, foaled, raised him and invested four years of training bills in a gelding who required five starts to break his maiden. One was rewarding his owners’ faith in him, after they banded together to be able to afford him at the uber elite Saratoga Yearling Sale and invested $1.2 million to purchase him, only to watch him run 10th in his career debut a year later at Saratoga. What they share is Bourbon County roots, and the joyful support of hundreds of Bourbon Countians who labor in various aspects of the Thoroughbred horse business.  They all experience sooooo many ups and downs that they truly exult when a fellow Bourbon Countian gets to enjoy the view from the top of the heap. The big ticket 3-year-old winner of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes is TAPWRIT, the third son of Tapit to win the Belmont in the last four years.  He was raised at Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud under the care of the excellent team led by Gary L. Bush.  Denali also had the responsibility and accomplishment of sending him through the Saratoga Yearling Auction.  Selling a big ticket yearling is not like selling an expensive piece of jewelry.  These young... read more

Testing, testing….

We don’t believe you received email notice of our new blog post last night….. So here’s a link: Click HERE to read about our last two foals of the season and Rosecrest’s many Kentucky Derby connections this year. Hope this reaches you and hope you enjoy! PS. Use your lucky charms and positive thoughts for DENMAN’S CALL — running in the Churchill Downs Handicap on Saturday. It’s the 10th race on the Derby Day... read more

We be done!

There’s a saying around the Bluegrass, “The last foal is the best one.”  Well, I heartily agree!!!   Team Rosecrest / Wilshire Farm is done birthing babies for another year — with just 72 hours to spare before Derby Day.  …But I get ahead of myself. At 5 AM on May 2, Rose Dela Troienne delivered a big Goldcents colt.  Did I say “big”?  I mean “really big” colt.  He tipped the scales at 143 pounds and he was up literally bouncing around his stall within a half hour.  For those of you who follow my blogs, you know that’s really fast. And at 143 pounds, he’s the biggest foal we’ve had in the last two or so years.  So, as you might expect, everyone around the farm is thinking he is going to be something special.  (But then, we think all our babies are special… so maybe he will be extra special.) Meanwhile those long legs made it extra tough for him to figure out how to maneuver them to lay down for the first time.  Check out this video:  <div style=”position:relative;height:0;padding-bottom:56.25%”><iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/WmhJ-CXcbsE?ecver=2″ width=”640″ height=”360″ frameborder=”0″ style=”position:absolute;width:100%;height:100%;left:0″ allowfullscreen></iframe></div> Or Click here  if the embedded video doesn’t work. Rose Dela Troienne’s breeding gives her 10 lines of La Troienne, and with that we are hoping that she will produce great runners the way La Troienne did.  [La Troienne is one of the most successful broodmares in the history of Thoroughbred racing.  Click HERE  to read a little more about her contributions to the breed…] That left Charley’s Hope.  She was two weeks past due, we had plans to go to the Derby... read more
There’s Another Baby at the Barn

There’s Another Baby at the Barn

Our blog post of March 10 reported on a spate of four babies, then we spent three weeks waiting and watching for mares to foal.  We had lots of guests at the B&B and the babies on board were developing as they should, and they saw the farrier for the first time. It’s interesting to watch the farrier visits because we get to see each foal out of the stall, walking in the shed row so that the farrier can evaluate his or her walk.  He’s looking to see if there are any issues with the way the baby’s hoofs hit the ground with each step.  A good farrier is an artist, who can help the baby’s development by the way he trims his or her feet.  If you haven’t noticed by now, I’ll remind you that there is a lot of artistry, knowledge and experience that goes into raising successful racehorses.  Then we just have to pray for an equal amount of (good) LUCK. Meanwhile, we watched Dancing Band and Miss Dixie Rose (who were both due about March 12) watch us back, while waddling in and out of the barn each morning and afternoon.  Finally on April 1st, when some of you were playing practical jokes on each other, Dancing Band decided to deliver a nice Orb colt just after dinner at 9:15 PM. Quick reminder that Orb is the royally bred (by Malibu Moon, out of a mare descended from a sister to the great racemare Ruffian) Bourbon County colt foaled and raised across the road from us at Claiborne Farm…the winner of what I like to call the “Bourbon... read more
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.... read more

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