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...

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...
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....
Full Baby Mode

Full Baby Mode

We have FOUR new babies at Rosecrest Farm, and each arrival was a little different…. The first recent newcomer was Yonehay 17. His mama (Yonehay, in case you’re new to this baby horse parlance) was in NO hurry to have her baby this year. The average gestation period for a mare is 340 days.  She decided that was not enough and waited an additional 26 days before delivering her long legged colt by It’s My Lucky Day. (Remember him from the 2013 Kentucky Derby, when he was one of five Bourbon County-foaled starters in that year’s Derby???) Yonehay was very considerate and delivered February 20 at 10:15 PM, which allowed us to have a full night’s sleep.  I said he had “long legs”.  Maybe I should have said “long, long, long legs”!  They were so long that he kept getting them tangled when trying to stand.  For those of you who have never seen a foal stand up, let me try to explain.  There are many miracles that occur with a birth, and one of them is standing.   Foals seem to have an instinct to extend their front legs ahead of them, so they can push up with their backside.  Then, with the front legs stretched, they attempt to balance of four wobbly legs. Well this boy kept crossing those front legs, making it utterly impossible for him to stand.  Chuck would uncross them, and then this young boy could stand.  But the next time he got up, he wanted to cross them again.  Sooooo through the night, he was very happy to have assistance from Chris (our nightwatchman)  so he could...