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. Our 3-year-old filly named PISTOL PACKIN ROSE pretty much blew away the field in her maiden race at Santa Anita. I know you think I’m partial sometimes, so you can click here to judge for yourself. (Besides, being a proud parent, I’ll never miss an opportunity to share my darlin’s accomplishments!!!!)
Speaking of being a proud, or nervous, parent…. I have to share with you this video of GET BACK ANNE with her little Goldencents filly, Annie’s Golden Girl. (Remember Anne’s story? She’s proving to be a great momma.) I believe this was her first day turned out. It’s quite the game of “Follow the Leader”!
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Finally, for everyone who is wondering, “Where did spring go????” Here’s a sweet reminder of what it was like in Kentucky, anyway, a few weeks ago and what we’ll be enjoying again soon!
Remember Diamond Stilettos and her Goldencents baby we dubbed Pave???? Here’s a video of them being turned out for the first time with Empire Diva and her baby. First Pave eases over to check out the new pasturemate, but quickly retreats to visit with her human (Chuck) with whom she is much more familiar. Then she postures a little bit and finally starts strutting her stuff, running big energetic circles getting ever closer to Diva and her baby.
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Have we mentioned that we love this time of year?????