Ladies First

Ladies First

It’s that time again….Foaling Season.

Penumbra’s beautiful redhead.

Penumbra started us off by delivering on January 30 – a week early.  She delivered a beautiful redhead filly by Broken Vow weighing in at 106 pounds at 4:25 AM.

Diamond Stilettos 18 – our only boy so far!

Next, Diamond Stilettos delivered a good size Goldencents colt.  He showed up at 3:25 AM on Sunday, February 11, weighing 114 pounds.  As you can see, he is very flashy, with a nice big blaze and three white socks.

He was in no hurry to see how his legs worked… very content to let Mom give him a thorough bath, scoot around his stall, drink a bottle  and then finally stand up.

Upstart filly, out of First Shift

He wasn’t the youngest for long!  First Shift delivered a fiesty filly by the new stallion Upstart about 20 hours later-  at 11:30 that evening.  She was compact, but really big in spirit.  As the video shows, within 20 minutes she decided, “It’s high time I get up and eat!”

Click here to see her video.

She continues to show her feisty spirit when the guys pick her hooves.  She is quite willing to let them work on her front feet, but has decided her back hooves do not need their attention – thank you very much!  Once they remind her who’s in charge, she finally agrees to let them get the job done.

Goldencents filly, out of Golden History

On the 22nd, we had a filly by Goldencents, out of Golden History.  She’s a big, beautiful 138 pound filly, but watch the video and you’ll see how Momma steals the show from new baby / protects her from prying eyes.

Click here to see how…

Yesterday (February 24), Empire Diva delivered our fourth filly of the month (if you squint a little and count Jan 30 as part of February lol). We are working on quite the batch of beauty queens.

Goldencents / Empire Diva filly.

Empire Diva was rather casual about the whole thing, showing few signs before foaling. She ate breakfast, went out with the other mares, came back to the gate very shortly and said, “Hey guys!  I think I’ll have my baby now.”

This is her first filly.  Most of you will remember her colt two years ago was the Goldencents with a heartshaped star we dubbed Valentino, and her colt last year was born ON Valentine’s Day.

Quick updates on the horses in training………..

Travieza, born and raised at Wilshire / Rosecrest Farm had a really good race recently when she was second at Santa Anita at 17 to 1 odds, with Kyle Frey aboard.  We were quite proud of her. Pistol Packin Rose is also at Santa Anita, looking to run as soon as we can find a two turn race for her.

Sweet Halory had a disappointing run at Oaklawn last week.  She had to check, and then go wide – having what’s called a “bad trip”.  Hopefully she’ll shine again in her next start.

Our homebred Yankton – the just-turned-3-year-old colt by Colonoel John out of Miss Dixie Rose – made his career debut this past Monday at Oaklawn.  He shocked the handicappers and betting public by finishing third at 30 to 1 odds, but not us! His trainer, Matt Sims, said Yankton learned a lot and loved it.

Whoa, whoa, whoa!

In just the last hour, Travieza won her third career start!!!!!!!!!!!!  She won the ninth race at Santa Anita, a $54,000 maiden special going six and a half furlongs on the turf, by a length and a half.  As the chart says, she sped between horses to the early lead, set all the pace, inched away through the stretch and held gamely to the finish.  YAYYYY!  She’s the 3-year-old filly by Into Mischief, out of Bellezza Rosso, has a win and a second from three career starts and earnings of $43,545.

Empire Diva 16 (known on the farm as Valentino) under tack.

We’re impatiently waiting for the Goldencents 2-year-olds to start running.  Can you imagine what life will be like then????????????



  1. Congratulations on the beautiful babies and the great races!

  2. Wow! Such good news on all fronts! Can’t wait to see all the babies.

  3. Awwww . . . Empire Diva finally had a Goldencents filly ❤️ All of the babies are just adorable- wish it wasn’t still winter and not travel weather . Can’t wait for the next installment!

  4. Your enthusiasm is contagious, Lyra. So thrilled for all of you! Exciting race results and the babies are beautiful. Looking forward to meeting them very soon. Best wishes as the season of birth continues.

  5. All your babies are so cute.


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