Willie:  New Kid on the Block

Willie: New Kid on the Block

I hear lots of people say that a horse doesn’t know what they sold for. Well, I might have to disagree. If a horse goes through the ring and if they are listening to the auctioneer, they hear that final bid amount over and over and over before the gavel hits. But, as I said, the horse must be paying attention – which is not always the case.  Sometimes they are distracted by what’s going on around them, and there is a LOT going on around them.  The auctioneer is doing his rhythmical chant and making a lot of noise, but there are also all those people looking at them, and then you  have the people not bidding, but visiting with each other…as the horse wonders, “Why aren’t they bidding on me?  Don’t they know I’m going to be a winner?  I’m the next Big One!”  But then there’s that strange person standing off to the side, gesturing wildly while telling a story to the small crowd around him and the horse wishes he could hear that tall horse tale. Sorry, I digress.  Let’s get back to the main character of this story….”Willie”. His actual moniker until named is “Summer Soiree 16”.  That means he is the 2016 foal out of Grade I stakes winner SUMMER SOIREE (by War Front).  He is sired by WILL TAKE CHARGE, and is from Will Take Charge’s first crop.  So even before this weanling stepped into the sales ring, he had heard all about his pedigree, including that Will Take Charge earned $3,924,648 in 21 starts and was the son of Broodmare of the Year TAKE CHARGE...
WC Racing, and racing, and racing!

WC Racing, and racing, and racing!

We mentioned more than a year ago how WC Racing (Glenn Sorgenstein and Josh Kaplan) soooo kindly made us feel like family through all of GOLDENCENTS’ accomplishments. [ CLICK HERE  for a reminder!]  Well, it has become only “more so” as time goes on.  In fact, I owe my readers an explanation of the exponential, and exciting, expansion of “Team Rosecrest” by WC Racing’s purchase of the historic land behind us that is now dubbed “Wilshire Farm”. But more about that later….  Today I need to just sit down and share the fun news that WC Racing has FOUR horses running in stakes races today!!! RAMONA’S WILDCAT is in the $50,000 Happy Ticket Stakes at the Fair Grounds; and at Delta Downs they have SAMMY MANDEVILLE is in the $250,000 Delta Mile, SHANE’S GIRLFRIEND is in the $400,000 Delta Princess Stakes and DANGERFIELD is in the $1,000,000 Delta Jackpot. The latter is especially cool because GOLDENCENTS won that million dollar race four years ago!!!   That victory helped make him one of the favorites for the 2013 Kentucky Derby — that wild and wonderful ride on which we accompanied WC Racing three years ago. While I have your ear / eyes… I’ll tell you that we had two of our homebreds running in the same race at Santa Anita on November 3 as  SASSY ROSE and PISTOL PACKIN ROSE raced against each other. Doug O’Neil wanted each to have a little easier second career start, so we dropped them to a maiden claiming.  [I just prayed they would not get claimed!!!!] They came out of post positions 11 and 12, right together as...
October already????

October already????

I can’t believe it’s October in Paris Kentucky.  The babies aren’t babies anymore, they all have been weaned. So no more “foals” at Rosecrest, but we have very active weanlings. They no longer have Mom around to keep them behaving, so they are now bossing each other.  It’s really fun to watch the more dominant personalities take control and the rest play Follow the Leader.  But, then you also have the instigators who decide when it’s time to play and start chasing one another.  If that doesn’t work, he or she will usually bite another on the butt and run while the others give chase.  I do find it interesting how they just naturally run in big circles. The few weanlings being prepped for the Keeneland November sale are learning to get along without their buddies when brought into the barn for the night.  The first week a couple were very vocal about not wanting to be separated.  Like weaning all over again. If you are wondering why they have to come in the barn without their buddies, it’s so we have more time to work with the Sale Weanlings.  All the weanlings are introduced to the trailer, walking on and off so they are easy to load when the time comes.  (Trainer Doug O’Neil, once made an interesting comment that horses that load easily on trailers seem to adapt to the starting gate easier.)  The Sale Weanlings start getting baths and what you might call spa treatments.  They also spend time learning their runway walk: walk, pause, turn and pose and then do it again. It’s all part of growing up, and...
Racing and Foals and Racing

Racing and Foals and Racing

Okay…I know it’s been awhile, but life has just been tooooooooo crazy! Our last blog ended with Miss Noble Rose in her first race at Santa Anita. Well, she broke from the gate great. From the ninth post position, she got right over and positioned herself fourth. She then decided to let everyone go ahead… She made a move at the top of the turn and, wow, were we excited. Then she decided to let all but two go ahead… Doug O’Neill thinks maybe she’ll like the turf better. Speaking of the O’Neill Team, they had a FABULOUS win in the Florida Derby with Nyquist and their star seems to have settled in at Keeneland. I hope Doug has a good Keeneland meet with the horses he is shipping in….and hope you don’t get tired of hearing about their good news.   As you may have learned by now, there are so many dips and dives in this business that you also come to appreciate your friends’ accomplishments as if they are yours. Two new babies…Bellezza Rosso delivered a strong Goldencents colt on April 5.  He weighted 116 pounds and I think his legs are as long as his mom’s.  As you can see from the photo, his mama thinks he is the most precious foal on the farm.  This is the fourth Goldencents foal we have delivered this year, and he certainly seems to be stamping them. OK, sorry…some of you are asking “stamping them”?  …This is a term used in the horse biz that means the stallion in question is producing offspring that all have similar physical characteristics,...
Two Long-legged Babies

Two Long-legged Babies

After the last three girls delivered on March 8 and 9, we were still waiting for Orientatious (who was due on March 1) and Another Moochie (who was due on March 11). Soooo, on March 20, when Chuck said at breakfast that he thought we’d have a baby today….I said, “Great! Orientatious is finally deciding to have her baby. ” He said, “No, not her, but Another Moochie.” So, as usual, the girls have their own timetable! Moochie had a nice day grazing in the sun, came in to the barn at 4:00 PM, ate her dinner, relaxed in her stall and about 7:00 started pacing her stall and by 7:45 PM produced a very handsome Uncle Mo colt who weighed in at 123 lbs! Moochie, who is not real tall, produced a colt with legs almost as tall, or long, as hers.  And to have a colt, when Uncle Mo is the sire of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and leading 2016 Derby contender NYQUIST from his first crop, is very, very cool. Moochie is a very loving and attentive mom and had him nursing within 90 minutes. Since her owners are in California, they were happy with the news and pictures before dinner, and I was thrilled to be in bed by 11:00 PM. (What a treat when moms deliver so I can be in bed by 11!!!) So still we were waiting for Orientatious to deliver our third Goldencents baby. About 1:00 PM the next day, Orientatious started acting agitated in the pasture… like maybe there was something that weighs 118 lbs. with four long legs moving around...
Are You Watching Me?????

Are You Watching Me?????

Some of you may remember “The Florida Girls” from last winter.  Now that they have been here for more than a year, they have acclimated to the Kentucky winter and have their winter coats, so no additional blankets were needed this spring.  But they have kind of tended to do things together, and eight days into March, we were waiting for Our Unbridled Gem (whose due date was Feb. 23) and D’Chili Pepper (due date Feb. 26) to foal. If you want a reminder of their foalings last year, click here  to read about the Florida Girls hating our winter of 2015 and “Chili” foaling and click here to read about Our Unbridled Gem’s story. The March weather in Kentucky this year has been unseasonably warm, making being at the barn much more comfortable for us humans.  Our Unbridled Gem was enjoying the weather and looked to be very content to hold on to her baby indefinitely.  D’Chili Pepper was of the same mind, and she was showing no signs of getting close to delivering. The only one looking like she might deliver was our mare, Miss Dixie Rose.  So for several days, Miss Dixie kept us on our toes, thinking “Today is the day.”  And then the next day, “Today is the day.”  Our Unbridled Gem wanted to know why we kept looking at her, and D’Chili Pepper had us convinced she had no intentions of having her baby in the immediate future. Soooooooo, at 11:30 PM on March 8, while refilling water buckets, D’Chili surprised us by saying, “It’s time!” and within about 20 minutes, it was all over...