Here comes the Goldencents stork!

Here comes the Goldencents stork!

Three foals in three days…. in my book, that’s a busy time at the farm! But first let me refresh your memory.  We had Baby Penumbra early this month, and the other mares due this month were: Rose dela Troienne due Feb. 8 Miss Dixie Rose due Feb. 14 First Shift due Feb. 15 Golden History due Feb. 25 Common sense would tell you that Rose dela Troienne would be the first of these mommas to deliver.  But I will remind you that we’re talking about pregnant mares who sometimes don’t follow common sense, let alone look at their projected foaling dates written there on the stall door. So, without much notice, First Shift decided on February 25 at 12:30 in the morning that her baby was ready.  More accurately, her colt by Goldencents decided it was time!  Momma had an easy delivery, helped by the fact that he was a manageable 115 pounds in size.  Her colt was very content to be bottlefed and just snuggle in the straw.  He did try out his legs by 1:45 AM.  He was quite sturdy and walked around his stall and Mom helped him figure out the nursing thing.  With Mom and baby doing well, Chuck and I went back to the house and let Hugo continue to monitor them and the other mares. We got almost back to sleep when Hugo called and announced that Rose dela Troienne (then 17 days over) was finally showing signs that it was her turn.  Back at the barn, Chuck found that she was ready but the foal wasn’t quite in the correct position. ...
Anticipation of a New Year

Anticipation of a New Year

The New Year at Rosecrest Farm is the biggest of times, yet the quietest of times. It’s a big deal because the babies aren’t babies anymore.  As most of you know, Thoroughbreds all celebrate their birthday on January 1st.  So the weanlings all became yearlings.  It’s big, because there’s just a month to go before the craziness begins.  Mares start foaling, trips to the breeding sheds begin and our vet seems like a permanent fixture at the farm.  Certainly Chuck and I don’t go anywhere!!! But this is the calm before the storm and it’s a good time to catch up on who’s where…. We have eight now-yearling fillies and colts at the farm and, yes, they are very full of themselves – just like most talented teenagers.  Seeing them sprint across the fields is a thrilling sight that warms the heart. We have five 2-year-olds — three fillies and two colts.  They have been saddle broke and are enjoying being ridden.  And it’s fun for us to see them taking these beginning steps on their careers.  So far, they are enjoying their next job of being a race horse. We have one 2-year-old who needs a name.  It’s our filly by Strong Mandate, out of Charley’s Hope.  So far she’s been named Charley’s Hope 17, or just “Charley”, but it’s time for that to change.  How about some ideas from our friends???? For those of you into background, here’s a snap of her 5-cross pedigree.  For those of you who are new to this naming thing, names can be no longer than 18 characters, including spaces and here’s...
Summertime

Summertime

The babies are growing, the yearlings are maturing and the mamas’ bellies are starting to show they are pregnant again.  In case you were wondering… YES it is hot here, too!!! The babies don’t care.  They play tag and see who can pull the hardest on the other’s halter.  The guests at the B&B really enjoy watching the evening antics after dinner. Orientatious 18 may be the youngest (born May 8), but WOW what attitude he has!  He likes letting the older ones know that he is a force to be reckoned with.  Penumbra 18, the oldest of our 2018 crop, is quite the independent filly.  She’s already been weaned, along with Golden History 18, and will hold her own at feeding time against the mares.  She’s an impressive filly by Colonel John. The yearlings have changed their schedule too — from just hanging out in the pasture all day to what we call Sales Prep.  That means they come in to the Yearling Barn at 7 AM and go back outside by 6 PM.  While they are in the barn, their schedule varies a little bit but includes being bathed, groomed, walked and learning how to use the Automated Walker properly. Some of our guests ask why we do all this, and the answer is “for many reasons”.  Keeping them in during the day keeps them out of the sun, which gets rid of their sun bleached coats.  This, with the grooming, puts a beautiful shine to their coats. The walking gets them used to the way they will be walked at the sale.  The youngsters need to...
Crazy Busy Spring….

Crazy Busy Spring….

Well, it’s been too long ago that I’ve shared life at Rosecrest Farm.  We have been very busy foaling, breeding, receiving fillies off the track to acclimate and breed and going to the races to see our homebreds run.  I’ll start with the last four foals born this year. Flaming Slew was one of those very thoughtful mares who delivered at 7:55 PM.  She started giving us signs two days before foaling, but then about 5 PM she let us know it was definitely happening soon.  She easily delivered a 128 lb. filly by Constitution (G1 winner by Tapit). This big girl started out a little shy, but now is so friendly I think she’d be happy if you just stayed in her stall and rubbed on her all day long. On April 11, Malibu Gem delivered, only one day after her projected foaling date, a 123 lb. colt by Not This Time (by Giant’s Causeway) at 10:55 PM.  We may have to call him Daddy Longlegs because he has verrrrrrry long legs.  His legs are so long that it took him quite awhile to get them all working together. You may remember from previous years that Malibu Gem likes to deliver when she thinks no one is watching.  This year, however, she actually gave us a little warning… not much but enough that we knew she had to be watched — although in a way she couldn’t see you.  She’s a sneaky girl and this year was a little possessive as a Mom. Three days later, Bellezza Rosso delivered a sweet 105 lb. filly by Goldencents.  Bellezza did give...
Bourbon County in Kentucky Derby 2018

Bourbon County in Kentucky Derby 2018

Five years ago tonight (Thursday of Derby Week), we were celebrating FIVE Bourbon County Homegrown entries in that year’s Kentucky Derby.  Included in that number was our GOLDENCENTS and the eventual winner was (drumroll, please)….  Claiborne-born and raised (and now stallion) ORB. This year, there are three Kentucky Derby horses foaled in Bourbon County:  Enticed, Magnum Moon, and Promises Fulfilled. Lyra’s up to her eyeballs with guests at the B&B, catering and lots of guests at Lil’s and all the foaling season goings on at the farm.  So I’m updating you on our Bourbon County connections. MAGNUM MOON was born right next door to Rosecrest and Wilshire Farms at Claiborne Farm, so we’ll start with him.  In many years, the undefeated colt would be the favorite for the race.  He won the Rebel S.-G2 and the Arkansas Derby-G1 (by four lengths!) on the Oaklawn Park path to the Derby.  There is a LOT to like about Magnum Moon’s story if you like deep Bourbon County roots, and you can read that story if you CLICK HERE  . ENTICED is the next nearest foaled….at Darley’s Stonerside Farm.  He won the Kentucky Jockey Club S-G2 at Churchill last year and the Gotham S.-G3 this year and most recently was second in the big Derby prep, the Wood Memorial.  You can read his story if you CLICK HERE  . PROMISES FULFILLED was born in northwestern Bourbon County, on Russell Cave Road, at Crowning Point Farm.  He was consigned as a yearling by Select Sales, when Carrie Brogden (of Bourbon County’s Machmer Hall farm) helped him find his trainer Dale Romans.  The winner of the classic Florida prep...