It’s A New Day, A New Year, And New Dreams

Expecting Mamas It’s January 2021, and hopefully a much better year than 2020. I’ve decided to try and put 2020 behind me so I will not conjure up negative memories but look forward to all the positive possibilities and changes in the coming year. Miss Dixie Rose ’19 As many of you know, January 1st is the official birthday for every Thoroughbred. “Happy Birthday!” Here’s Miss Dixie Rose, he didn’t bury his face in cake but instead found a mud puddle to splash in…what mother has not had a little boy do that? Exhausted After Birthday Celebration The weanlings have become yearlings. Yearlings are similar in personality to teenagers! They are feeling independent and giving a glimpse of their personality by the way you see them interacting with their peers and the people working with them. There are times they are very calm and resting as a group like this picture taken on January 1st. I think they were resting after their birthday celebration. And then other times they are acting out the term “horse play”. Horse Play Some days it’s easy to watch their antics for hours, many of our guests have gotten great pictures doing this but now that they’re yearlings they have been moved to the yearling complex on the back farm referred to as Wilshire Farm at Rosecrest. Here they will graze a lot, grow a lot, and play a lot. Later this summer they will start spending time separated in their own paddocks. Their first step of getting their head out of a herd mentally (we hope). Arriving New Destination Then there are the...

Tinner’s Storm is a Star

We’ve got some exciting news at the farm! Whether you have been here once or many times we thank you for choosing us as your “go-to” farm when you need a horse fix. You’ve all fed mints to Tinner’s Storm, our resident grandson of Secretariat. We’ve considered him our rock star for the last 15 years and now he has been chosen to be included in the Secretariat’s Living Legends calendar.             Patricia McQueen, a professional photographer, has been a Secretariat fan for many years. She chose to share this passion by producing a calendar that highlights not only Secretariat but also his offspring. Sons and daughters have been her focus but now with only two sons and daughters she has started adding grandchildren. As some of you that like to photograph horses know, they don’t always cooperate. Patricia had gotten some nice shots of Tinner but wanted to try for a few more so I was enlisted to help position him. As you might remember the way to his heart is through mints, the only problem with that was I couldn’t run fast enough while feeding him mints for the shot she wanted. So I got the feed gator and yes he would follow me anywhere. And not only him but his best friend Darby’s Hope. At $25, this calendar would be a great gift for any horse lover and the proceeds help many horses that need a place to live out their lives. To order yours, go to www.secretariatslegacy.com. And they will mail them out. But if you’re local, I will have them for sale at the...

Goldencents Son’s Storm Breeders’ Cup 2020

Some of our return guests enjoying the weanlings Where has this year gone? It seems, COVID-19 has had an effect on everyone this year…some businesses have closed, others are struggling to stay open and everywhere you look people are wearing masks, and it’s not even Halloween. I will not dwell on the negative but instead concentrate on the positive. We have guests once again returning to the B&B, return guests have come back and to use their words “Rosecrest Farm is a place they know they can walk around and almost feel normal again”.  Some are staying with us for the first time. It seems many people have been suffering from “COVID-19 seclusion” and are in need of a change of scenery. And guess what…they found it at Rosecrest Farm. The morning starts with a cup of our special bourbon blend coffee that they take to the front porch and watch the beautiful shades of sunrise. Then, after breakfast they are just in time to see the weanlings being turned out of the barn and explode into the pasture, you’d think they heard the call to post and are off like a flash. Once that show is over, there are still plenty of mints for retirees and a few pregnant mamas. Pistol Packin in foal to Sky Mesa Pistol Packin Rose is really fun to watch these days…she’s in foal for the first time and recently has started looking at her belly and wondering what is going on. I could go on and on about our girls but I won’t bore you.  It’s been a beautiful fall with the...
Lazy, much less crazy, days of Summer

Lazy, much less crazy, days of Summer

It’s Sunday morning and while enjoying a cup of Lil’s coffee, I’m looking out on a sundrenched field where Sassy Rose and Varlabena are taking a much needed nap.  Tough morning for them, they woke up to a beautiful sunrise, cool temperature and grazed a little… make that a lot… then ran over to get a better look at the three youngest foals chasing each other playing tag.  That was it, down they went for their midmorning nap, not exhausted but living the life of a retired race horse at Rosecrest Farm. We watched the historic Belmont Race yesterday cheering for the horses as they charged down the stretch with empty stands, two weeks later than normal and…WOW…the first leg of the Triple Crown.  These are CRAZY times.  The owners, Sackatoga Stables and trainer Barclay Tagg win the Belmont. They were thereat Belmont Park 17 years ago hoping to win the third leg of the crown with Funny Cide.  Unfortunately, Funny Cide did not win the Triple Crown, but his story is one for the ages.  When Chuck and I purchased our farm, it was the beginning of my education of the Thoroughbred world.  Chuck had the business plan and background for this new chapter in our lives and I knew a horse had four legs… but I was going to design the racing silks for Rosecrest Farm.  Back to my education, one of the first books I read was the story of Funny Cide.  It was not only a great read but gave me a glimpse of the Thoroughbred business from many different aspects….breeding, sales, trainers and racing. ...
April In Paris

April In Paris

Spring in Paris, my view out the window is lush green grass (that you can almost see growing).  It’s hard to describe just how green the pastures are. Local photographers often comment that people believe the colors in their photos are being manipulated to achieve this vivid green…..NOT TRUE.  Then you have the flowering trees that seem to bloom overnight, shades of whites to pale pink to deep magenta…. it’s like MAGIC.  Then add mares and foals lazily grazing… or when the foals decide it’s race time and one will start to run. Usually Shane’s Girlfriend ’20 by Arrogate is the instigator, then Malibu Gem ’20 by Mendelssohn,  then First Shift ’20 by Flatter and so on until they’re all running.  Then they decide racing is done and they start harassing their mamas. It’s a good thing these mamas are used to home schooling, they do it every year.  Rosecrest Farm mares home schooling their little ones. Caradini ’20 Now let me introduce you to our newest baby, Caradini ’20 by Classic Empire.  As usual, Caradini goes past her due date by 10 to 12 days.  She also likes to play the game of “Can I have my baby while your head is turned??” Darby’s Hope was our first mare to play this game. They try to catch us not not looking. I wonder if this goes back to their instincts of foaling in the wild by themselves. Over the years we’ve gotten pretty good at spying on these girls, as they don’t know we’re cheating by using cameras.   Caradini’s filly by Classic Empire was born at 3:07 am....
March Madness

March Madness

What a crazy weekend.  It started Friday night at 9:00PM.  Rose Dela Troienne ’20 decided it was time for her to stretch her legs.  Mama started labor and it was turning into a long labor so I started stroking her head and neck telling her she was doing great but she needed to push a little harder.  She gave me one of those looks that I recognized from when her mother, Tigress Woods, was having her babies.  You may not believe it but it’s true, it’s a look that says “you’ve got to be kidding me” but after the look and several big pushes she delivered a very leggy 128 lb. filly by Goldencents.  Within moments I was taking pictures when my phone dinged with a text message from Teresa. Teresa: I didn’t get the all call;)   I’m in the warm house but must have had a feeling and when I turned it on there was action in the maternity ward.  I couldn’t believe I pulled it up at the exact time.  Lyra: I had the same kind of timing.  Earlier I looked at the cameras and saw Mary in the stall, leave and then came back in to wrap Dela’s tail.  Chuck and I headed up before we got the call.  After a good delivery giving us a great baby.  I texted her back….  Lyra: First Shift was watching, I told her to go ahead and have her baby too. (Side Note:  First Shift is in the stall across from Rose and was already nine days overdue and yes we do talk to our horses as if...