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...
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...