Moving Along

Moving Along

Some good-byes are harder than others.

Monday I cried as the gavel went down on Hip # 178 at the Fasig-Tipton Yearling sale. It meant that Rose dela Troienne 16 is shipping to Korea….

I loved him too much.  Yes, it does happen…loving them too much.  Ours is a business and I know in my head that we will be selling most of our babies, but still sometimes it’s hard to see them go off to another owner…hoping someone will continue to kiss him on his nose and tell him he’s a winner.

Those of you who have stayed at the farm know how the babies steal your heart, and how the mares look you in the eye and remind you how much they trust you to love them.

Chris watching the yearlings leave.

I miss all the babies, yearling or mares who leave the farm.  And, as you can see from the photo at left, our staff as well is sometimes sad to see the youngsters graduate to their next stage.

Speaking of which, we have registered names to share with you of horses from the farm.  Yankton is the Miss Dixie Rose 15.  We still own him, he had planned to debut at Keeneland, but had a small setback so he’s back at the farm rehabbing.  Daddy’s Diva is the Empire Diva 15 filly by Scat Daddy.  She’s owned by WC Racing, was in California training for her first start and unfortunately developed a bad knee.  Her owners decided to send her back to the farm for rehabbing and then will breed her to Goldencents and hopefully produce a great runner.

Carateracho is the Maxnmacy 15 colt by Informed.  Travieza is the Bellezza Rosso 15 colt by Into Mischief.  Both are in California with Doug O’Neill, training for their first start.  Put those names in your Virtual Stable and hopefully they’ll be lots of fun to follow.

The five Goldencents youngsters headed to Florida!

Speaking of which, Pistol Packin Rose hasn’t won every race, but has continued to have very good Beyer numbers.  She and Joe’sgoldenholiday and Sassy Rose are ALL running at Santa Anita tomorrow (Saturday, October 28). Pistol Packin Rose (Team Rosecrest / Wilshire) is 3 to 1 in the morning line for the 1ST at Santa Anita, an allowance going a mile and an eighth on the turf.  Joe’sgoldenholiday (for WC Racing) is 5 to 1 in the morning line for the 6TH at Santa Anita, a six and a half furlong turf allowance.  And Sassy Rose (Rosecrest Bred, but no longer owned) is in the 10TH at Santa Anita, going six and a half furlongs for trainer Art Sherman.

Sweet Halory is still racing and looking into November for her next race.

Last, but far from least, we have the Graduation pictures (below) of five beautiful yearlings, all by Goldencents, who left the farm late last month to go to Florida to start learning their racing lessons.  You can see our Wilshire Farm post of their departure pictures if you Cick Here.  And if you haven’t already become a fan of our Wilshire Farm Facebook page, Click Here and click LIKE at the top of the page so you’ll see the Team Wilshire posts on facebook along with the Team Rosecrest posts!

PS.  Yes, the 2016 colt by Goldencents, out of Empire Diva pictured below is the guy aka “Valentino”!


  1. Oh how it must hurt in your heart. I know you will follow to make certain safe and sound and well cared for but. You give them the most love and kisses
    And. How could he not be any other name but Valentino. Just love Goldencents and all his babies

    Thank you for these update and especially the photos

  2. We loved staying on the farm.We could tell how much you loved all your baby’s.

  3. Thank you for your thoughtful update on all of the beautiful horses who have been so blessed by your love and care over the years, Lyra. My heart aches (a bit) as a consider my yearly visit, knowing that I will not be “chatting with” and photographing Empire Diva 16 – Valentino in 2018. He captured my heart two years ago and I continue to think of him often and wonder how he is doing. To be clear, has he been given the name Valentino? I want to follow his journey as much as possible. Also, are visits permitted where they are being trained in Florida? We head down every winter, for a few weeks, and you know I would love to see him if that is permitted.

    You and your husband are a treasure and I am so thankful I found your B & B in 2016. You make everyone feel so welcome and that is appreciated beyond words. See you in February.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *