Moving Along

Moving Along

Some good-byes are harder than others. Monday I cried as the gavel went down on Hip # 178 at the Fasig-Tipton Yearling sale. It meant that Rose dela Troienne 16 is shipping to Korea…. I loved him too much.  Yes, it does happen…loving them too much.  Ours is a business and I know in my head that we will be selling most of our babies, but still sometimes it’s hard to see them go off to another owner…hoping someone will continue to kiss him on his nose and tell him he’s a winner. Those of you who have stayed at the farm know how the babies steal your heart, and how the mares look you in the eye and remind you how much they trust you to love them. I miss all the babies, yearling or mares who leave the farm.  And, as you can see from the photo at left, our staff as well is sometimes sad to see the youngsters graduate to their next stage. Speaking of which, we have registered names to share with you of horses from the farm.  Yankton is the Miss Dixie Rose 15.  We still own him, he had planned to debut at Keeneland, but had a small setback so he’s back at the farm rehabbing.  Daddy’s Diva is the Empire Diva 15 filly by Scat Daddy.  She’s owned by WC Racing, was in California training for her first start and unfortunately developed a bad knee.  Her owners decided to send her back to the farm for rehabbing and then will breed her to Goldencents and hopefully produce a great runner. Carateracho is the Maxnmacy 15...

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...
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....
It’s Baby Time!

It’s Baby Time!

We’ve started the year with two fabulous GOLDENCENTS foals. I know some of you are thinking I’m a little biased… and you would be soooo correct :-). But if you think I’m a little excited about our babies, it’s nothing compared to their actual owners WC Racing (Glen and Josh). So the first mare to foal was Diamond Stilettos on February 5 at 1:27 AM.  This is her first foal and we all wondered what kind of Mama she was going to be. Diamond Stilettos retired off the track in California in the summer of 2015.  After she was bred to Goldencents last spring and progressed normally, I noticed at about 7 months, she started looking at her belly a lot.  Her look was sort of, “What is going ON with my body?  It’s changing and I’m feeling some strange things!”  The last month she had really bloomed and actually waddled in and out of the barn each day. Well, for her first time foaling she was great… pretty much laid down, rolled a couple of times and voila… a feisty Goldencents filly!  Mama kissed her nose and, like most moms, thought this was the most precious foal of all time.  Diamond Stilettos was immediately attentive, and the filly was loving and easy to handle.  Wellllllll, maybe I should say she is a “handful, but in a good way”.  Because of freezing rain she was two days old when she got out of the barn. Chuck was surprised when she needed very little encouragement to walk out to the paddock.  In fact, she went ahead of her Mom at a...
Another SWEET win!

Another SWEET win!

Our now-4-year-old filly SWEET HALORY put in a game, game effort to win a 6-furlong allowance at Fair Grounds Racetrack yesterday. YAYYYYY! She’s a filly with tons of ability, which she showed by winning her career debut at Del Mar, and she has two wins and two seconds, now, from six career starts in the intervening two years.  So she has demanded LOTS of patience from us.  But she’s earned $77,290 in those six starts! Here’s how the Thoroughbred Daily News today summarized her story in a feature write-up today….and I must tell you it was a thrill to read! SWEET HALORY (f, 4, Hold Me Back–Brushed Halory {MGSW, $496,050}, by Broad Brush) scored on debut at Del Mar in November of 2015 and was second behind TDN Rising Star Bendable (Horse Greeley) in her sophomore debut July 1 at Santa Anita. Eased in a Del Mar turf sprint Aug. 4 [of 2016], she finished eighth back on the dirt there Sept. 3 before running second Oct. 22 in Arcadia for a $50,000 tag in her final start for the Doug O’Neill barn. Off as the 19-10 favorite here, the bay tracked from second through a :22.69 quarter, swung into action three deep approaching the stretch and outkicked game frontrunner Promisedyouheaven (Unbridled’s Song) by a neck. Sweet Halory is a half to Sly Storm (Storm Cat), MSW, $235,922, while her dam is a half to MGSW Key Lory (Key to the Mint), GSW/MGISP Halory Hunter (Jade Hunter), GSW/G1SP Van Nistelrooy (Storm Cat) and GSW Prory (Procida). Brushed Halory is responsible for an unraced sophomore filly named Verna Lea, a 2-year-old filly...