Wow, Derby 2015 is now history. It was a really good race and we all are anticipating a very competitive Preakness.  We’ve been enjoying lots of interesting guests who were in for the Derby. One night we had guests from Switzerland and from Germany, plus another woman born in Sweden.  I had a great time listening to the different accents at the breakfast table …discussing the difficulties of finding some of their unique traditional foods.

imageThis time of the year we are still in the midst of foaling and breeding season.  We have had five runs to the breeding shed this week and had good news that Orientatious, Silimiss, Alydarla and Having a Big Middle (I did NOT name this mare and she does not have a big middle yet …but she will soon!) are all pregnant.


Scholastic and her new filly.

We also have two new babies.  Scholastic delivered a beautiful filly by Eskendreya about 12:20 AM on May 7th.  As you can see, she has three white socks and a broken blaze.  As soon as I saw the unique broken blaze, I thought of Rachel Alexandra who also sports a broken blaze.

10-month-old Mariela enjoying  her first Preakness!

10-month-old Mariela enjoying her first Preakness!

Rachel Alexandra was not only the 2009 Horse of the Year, but when she won the 2009 Preakness Stakes (the second leg of the Triple Crown), she became the first filly to win the race in 85 years.  That was a hugely memorable time for me and my family because I watched this race in Guatamala with our daughter Susan where we were waiting to bring home Susan’s adopted daughter Mariela!!!  That will be another story, another time.

Rose Dela Troienne and her First Defence colt.

Rose Dela Troienne and her First Defence colt.

Then Sunday was Mother’s Day and Rose Dela Troienne waited till the last moment of the day to give us a present of a big colt (weighing in at 128 lbs) by First Defense.  As you can see he’s got long legs and no white markings at all.  We have gotton used to this look from many of the foals from this family.  He’s just so sweet I have a hard time leaving the barn.

imagePS. Here’s a picture of me on Saturday night of Mothers Day weekend at Lake Placid with a barn owl.  That’s DEFINITELY a story for another time!