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...

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...
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...
Revolutionary War Roots

Revolutionary War Roots

Have I mentioned that I love Paris?  That I love the history here?  That I love the people here?  That I love having Lil’s and meeting all the native Parisians, and the wonderful way that stories have of revealing themselves??? But I’m getting ahead of myself. First, for reference, here’s a map showing Rosecrest and Wilshire Farms along Winchester Road / US 627. We’ve met and become good friends with Chilly Cox, who used to own our farm and called it Duncan Farm when he raised Thoroughbreds on these acres.    We asked “Why Duncan Farm?”  He said, “I inheirited it, and that’s what my mother always called it.  I never really thought about why!” We’ve asked many people since then if they know the story about the name “Duncan Farm”, to no avail. Thursday night, we hosted a 64th Bourbon County high school reunion dinner at Lil’s after-hours.  It was great fun to see the folks reconnect, enjoy their stories and more than a few had memories of very different dining at the old J.J. Newberry’s.  Fun. As we were locking the doors, classmates were loathe to leave so out on the sidewalk still visiting and Earl Sosby, who grew up on Claiborne, asked me about Lil’s and how we came to own “the old Duncan Farm”. Soooooo, I asked once again, “Do you know why it was called the Duncan Farm?”  And he DID!!! It was, he said, named for the Revolutionary War officer who originally owned it.   Captain somebody Duncan.  …Eureka!!!! He said to find a copy of the early history of Paris and Bourbon County...