Summertime

Summertime

The babies are growing, the yearlings are maturing and the mamas’ bellies are starting to show they are pregnant again.  In case you were wondering… YES it is hot here, too!!! The babies don’t care.  They play tag and see who can pull the hardest on the other’s halter.  The guests at the B&B really enjoy watching the evening antics after dinner. Orientatious 18 may be the youngest (born May 8), but WOW what attitude he has!  He likes letting the older ones know that he is a force to be reckoned with.  Penumbra 18, the oldest of our 2018 crop, is quite the independent filly.  She’s already been weaned, along with Golden History 18, and will hold her own at feeding time against the mares.  She’s an impressive filly by Colonel John. The yearlings have changed their schedule too — from just hanging out in the pasture all day to what we call Sales Prep.  That means they come in to the Yearling Barn at 7 AM and go back outside by 6 PM.  While they are in the barn, their schedule varies a little bit but includes being bathed, groomed, walked and learning how to use the Automated Walker properly. Some of our guests ask why we do all this, and the answer is “for many reasons”.  Keeping them in during the day keeps them out of the sun, which gets rid of their sun bleached coats.  This, with the grooming, puts a beautiful shine to their coats. The walking gets them used to the way they will be walked at the sale.  The youngsters need to...
Crazy Busy Spring….

Crazy Busy Spring….

Well, it’s been too long ago that I’ve shared life at Rosecrest Farm.  We have been very busy foaling, breeding, receiving fillies off the track to acclimate and breed and going to the races to see our homebreds run.  I’ll start with the last four foals born this year. Flaming Slew was one of those very thoughtful mares who delivered at 7:55 PM.  She started giving us signs two days before foaling, but then about 5 PM she let us know it was definitely happening soon.  She easily delivered a 128 lb. filly by Constitution (G1 winner by Tapit). This big girl started out a little shy, but now is so friendly I think she’d be happy if you just stayed in her stall and rubbed on her all day long. On April 11, Malibu Gem delivered, only one day after her projected foaling date, a 123 lb. colt by Not This Time (by Giant’s Causeway) at 10:55 PM.  We may have to call him Daddy Longlegs because he has verrrrrrry long legs.  His legs are so long that it took him quite awhile to get them all working together. You may remember from previous years that Malibu Gem likes to deliver when she thinks no one is watching.  This year, however, she actually gave us a little warning… not much but enough that we knew she had to be watched — although in a way she couldn’t see you.  She’s a sneaky girl and this year was a little possessive as a Mom. Three days later, Bellezza Rosso delivered a sweet 105 lb. filly by Goldencents.  Bellezza did give...
Bourbon County in Kentucky Derby 2018

Bourbon County in Kentucky Derby 2018

Five years ago tonight (Thursday of Derby Week), we were celebrating FIVE Bourbon County Homegrown entries in that year’s Kentucky Derby.  Included in that number was our GOLDENCENTS and the eventual winner was (drumroll, please)….  Claiborne-born and raised (and now stallion) ORB. This year, there are three Kentucky Derby horses foaled in Bourbon County:  Enticed, Magnum Moon, and Promises Fulfilled. Lyra’s up to her eyeballs with guests at the B&B, catering and lots of guests at Lil’s and all the foaling season goings on at the farm.  So I’m updating you on our Bourbon County connections. MAGNUM MOON was born right next door to Rosecrest and Wilshire Farms at Claiborne Farm, so we’ll start with him.  In many years, the undefeated colt would be the favorite for the race.  He won the Rebel S.-G2 and the Arkansas Derby-G1 (by four lengths!) on the Oaklawn Park path to the Derby.  There is a LOT to like about Magnum Moon’s story if you like deep Bourbon County roots, and you can read that story if you CLICK HERE  . ENTICED is the next nearest foaled….at Darley’s Stonerside Farm.  He won the Kentucky Jockey Club S-G2 at Churchill last year and the Gotham S.-G3 this year and most recently was second in the big Derby prep, the Wood Memorial.  You can read his story if you CLICK HERE  . PROMISES FULFILLED was born in northwestern Bourbon County, on Russell Cave Road, at Crowning Point Farm.  He was consigned as a yearling by Select Sales, when Carrie Brogden (of Bourbon County’s Machmer Hall farm) helped him find his trainer Dale Romans.  The winner of the classic Florida prep...
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...
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...