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...
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...
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...

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...

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...
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...