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, even though they are out of many different mares. And if he is stamping them with good characteristics, that’s a good thing! Goldencents foals all seem to have a lot of leg, good bone and a nice hip. Again, for you non-horse people, that means the part that runs is long and strong and the part that pushes (the hip) is strong and well developed.
Three days after Bellezza Rosso delivered, Malibu Gem this year again delivered with very little advance warning. These two mares have been very considerate in their foaling times: Bellezza Rosso at 8:30 PM and Malibu Gem at 8:00 PM. The picture at the top of this blog item is of the drive to the barn at right about that hour…
Malibu Gem produced a feisty filly by Violence. This filly is long legged and if there were a Runway for foals, she thinks she would be a star.
Our night watchman has nicknamed her Fire Pants because she is very acrobatic and feisty. But, as you can see from the photo at right, she also has our night watchman wrapped around her hoof…letting Fire Pants sleep in her lap.
Glad to know I’m not the only one spoiling these foals. It must be why every foal at Rosecreset Farm believes he or she is THE most special baby…and, come to think of it, the yearlings seem to have that same attitude. This is all reinforced to them from the B&B guests who pet them daily and tell them that they are sooooooo beautiful. I guess I’d believe it too!!!
Well, only five left to foal. I hope we’re done before the Derby.
Quick update on Sweet Halory… She has finally recuperated and returned to the track. Since Santa Anita is about to close for the season, she shipped straight to Los Alamitos to resume her training.
While we’re at it, here’s a Youtube video of Bellezza Rosso’s Golden Cents colt bounding around the stall. If you go to our Youtube channel, you can also see him when he finally got turned out that day…..quite the little runner at age 3 days!
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