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!

 


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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
The Magic of Horse Country and Racing

The Magic of Horse Country and Racing

Racing has been exciting in August for Rosecrest Farm….we had two wins in two days!!! You would have thought that would send me running to the keyboard to write, but we’ve had soooo many guests at the B&B and Lil’s has been thankfully busy, so I haven’t had time to sit down and put some thoughts together. So, on August 2, Pistol Packin Rose won at Del Mar and on August 3, Sweet Halory won at Indiana Downs. Rafael Bejarano rode Pistol Packin Rose.  He broke great with her and got her to settle on the backstretch.  Then, coming out of the second turn she took a short lead in midstretch, than had Lady Ninja fight back, but she could not match Pistol Packin Rose and our Rose inched clear at the wire!!!! As you can imagine, Chuck and I were on our feet as we watched her fight for the win and GET IT!!  And, yes, we celebrated as we kept watching the replay.  Click here to enjoy the race!!!CLICK HERE <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ury2QQAGSIY?rel=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> The next morning I fed breakfast to a full B&B and Chuck got the moms and babies in, fed, and back out in time for us to drive to Indiana to watch Sweet Halory run.  She won and we were there to see it!!! Her jockey, Katie Clawson, rode a great race.  She was content to lay back and let the speed horses fly with the fast times of 21.5 and 44.15 for the quarter and half-mile.  At the quarter pole (with a quarter of a mile to go), Sweet Halory... read more
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) showed promise at 2 and caught the eye of one Diane Perkins. When General (FR) did not run on, she was able to purchase  him and he made his way to stud in Argentina. There General (FR) bred a mare recently purchased by Peter and Diane Perkins via 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 not only making his stakes debut, but he was making his second start in just eight days, and was 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... 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

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