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...
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...
Magical Rose, Indeed

Magical Rose, Indeed

It’s been two and a half months since I’ve written you and MR. MONEY is one of the favorites for this Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile — the race his daddy GOLDENCENTS won. Not only is Goldencents the only two-time Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner ever, but Mr. Money is from our boy Goldencents’ very first crop. Sooooo, you’re thinking I finally sat down to write about the big race coming up this weekend, aren’t you? ….You would be wrong! I’m writing to share a very special weekend just concluded, and the career debut of our 4-year-old filly named MAGICAL ROSE and her new owner Wheaton Hardwick. Many of you know Wheaton from Lil’s Coffee House, where she has worked for the last three years.  She started when she was 14.  Some of you who have stayed at the B&B have seen her attending to the horses on Rosecrest for the last year.  Those who know Wheaton have seen an ambitious and capable young lady positively bloom since she joined Pony Club in January of 2018. But her love of horses started long before then.  Wheaton started attending summer riding camp at Moss Landing (click here to read more about their great facility) nine years ago.  She graduated to being a junior counselor for the last five years.  After a good foundation from Nicole Patenaude at Moss Landing, Wheaton joined Pony Club almost two years ago. About one year ago, Wheaton asked if she could come to the farm to see what goes on with the horses.  Well, she didn’t just watch…she pitched in mucking stalls, leading horses, grooming...
Revolutionary War Roots

Revolutionary War Roots

Have I mentioned that I love Paris?  That I love the history here?  That I love the people here?  That I love having Lil’s and meeting all the native Parisians, and the wonderful way that stories have of revealing themselves??? But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, for reference, here’s a map showing Rosecrest and Wilshire Farms along Winchester Road / US 627. We’ve met and become good friends with Chilly Cox, who used to own our farm and called it Duncan Farm when he raised Thoroughbreds on these acres.    We asked “Why Duncan Farm?”  He said, “I inheirited it, and that’s what my mother always called it.  I never really thought about why!” We’ve asked many people since then if they know the story about the name “Duncan Farm”, to no avail. Thursday night, we hosted a 64th Bourbon County high school reunion dinner at Lil’s after-hours.  It was great fun to see the folks reconnect, enjoy their stories and more than a few had memories of very different dining at the old J.J. Newberry’s.  Fun. As we were locking the doors, classmates were loathe to leave so out on the sidewalk still visiting and Earl Sosby, who grew up on Claiborne, asked me about Lil’s and how we came to own “the old Duncan Farm”. Soooooo, I asked once again, “Do you know why it was called the Duncan Farm?”  And he DID!!! It was, he said, named for the Revolutionary War officer who originally owned it.   Captain somebody Duncan.  …Eureka!!!! He said to find a copy of the early history of Paris and Bourbon County...
It’s a wrap on the 2019 Foaling Season

It’s a wrap on the 2019 Foaling Season

We’ve had a very busy 14 days.  It started on April 25 at 5:10 AM with Hit the Limit going into labor and delivering a healthy, very leggy colt by Classic Empire. This year the mares have decided to go past the average 340 days of gestation, to an average of 352.  And they’ve not been giving a lot of notice of being close to delivery.  Good thing we have Hugo on close watch to see the small indications of imminent delivery and he calls so Chuck and I are there for the delivery.  Usually very little help is needed with the actual delivery, but the men did need to assist Hit The Limit a little with delivering this 125 lb. colt with good size, shoulders and hips. As usual we collect the colostrum from mama and feed it to the foal as soon as possible.  Good thing with this boy, since it took him two hours to get his legs under him and stable enough to stand, after a little help getting up. So the next day Get Back Anne started showing signs of labor about 3:20 AM.  She was ready, but the foal was not in the correct position.  Luckily after walking the mare for about 15 minutes, the foal got into position and at 3:55 she delivered a healthy 118 lb. colt by Goldencents.  Annie was exhausted and needed to rest for about 25 minutes. This colt is very flashy, with a great blaze and lots of chrome, as you can see.  I’m sharing this photo that shows his very long legs, but I’m sure when he’s...