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...
It’s a wrap on the 2019 Foaling Season

It’s a wrap on the 2019 Foaling Season

We’ve had a very busy 14 days.  It started on April 25 at 5:10 AM with Hit the Limit going into labor and delivering a healthy, very leggy colt by Classic Empire. This year the mares have decided to go past the average 340 days of gestation, to an average of 352.  And they’ve not been giving a lot of notice of being close to delivery.  Good thing we have Hugo on close watch to see the small indications of imminent delivery and he calls so Chuck and I are there for the delivery.  Usually very little help is needed with the actual delivery, but the men did need to assist Hit The Limit a little with delivering this 125 lb. colt with good size, shoulders and hips. As usual we collect the colostrum from mama and feed it to the foal as soon as possible.  Good thing with this boy, since it took him two hours to get his legs under him and stable enough to stand, after a little help getting up. So the next day Get Back Anne started showing signs of labor about 3:20 AM.  She was ready, but the foal was not in the correct position.  Luckily after walking the mare for about 15 minutes, the foal got into position and at 3:55 she delivered a healthy 118 lb. colt by Goldencents.  Annie was exhausted and needed to rest for about 25 minutes. This colt is very flashy, with a great blaze and lots of chrome, as you can see.  I’m sharing this photo that shows his very long legs, but I’m sure when he’s...
Riding in Style to Vet Clinic

Riding in Style to Vet Clinic

Ten days until the Kentucky Derby. You’d expect me to be writing with excitement about our boy Goldencents having a Derby Horse from his very first crop, right? Nope! We had five mares left to foal when this past week started. Born To Be Winner and Get Back Anne were both overdue (since the 8th) and Born To Be Winner is a maiden, which always makes me a little nervous. Maidens are mares having their first baby. You never quite know how they are going to react to the foaling and mothering thing. (Get Back Anne has already had a foal and was a good momma.) Hit the Limit’s due date was the 13th and Ivanka’s due date was the 15th… so that’s four of the five.  Orientatious was just hanging out since she isn’t due til May 6. During the waiting game, my morning starts with our guests asking, “Any new babies last night?” and my answer was the same, “No, none of the girls are even acting like they’re close to delivering.” As most of you know, there are signs to watch for and we weren’t seeing any.  One of the first signs is the mare will produce milk, so you’ll see their bag start to swell.  Well, nobody had a bag on Sunday, on Monday, on Tuesday.  So we were surprised when Born To Be Winner gave birth to a Jimmy Creed colt at about 4:45 AM on Wednesday the 17th. With no bag – meaning she was not producing any milk – we had to feed the little guy one of our bottles of colostrum...