The best part about this farm are the turnout paddocks. Toby and Ollie will spend their springs/summers/falls in a 9 acre paddock with the other horses. In winter they move over to a 50 acre field which is their hay field. My guys won't know what to do! It's been a super long time since Toby has been in a field with any substantial grass! Fall will be a good time for them to try it out since the grass isn't growing. In fact, with this drought it's flat out brown and dry. And if the lush fields are too much, there are 3 one acre dry lots with run-ins. It is a self-care facility so my guys will really get to know me much better... :) Pictures will come once they are moved in.
In the meantime, I'm helping Matt out with photography. He had a wedding to shoot last weekend so I went to Keeneland and covered the races for EquiSport Photos.
This is Mimi's Bling who won the Buffalo Trace Stakes last Friday. I just read that she will be offered for sale in the Fasig-Tipton select sales in November!
On Saturday, Lentenor raced. Lentenor is a full brother to Barbaro which always brings a lot of attention to him.
He has that "don't-mess-with-me-because-I'm-a-Dynaformer" look about him. He didn't put in a good race this time around. Maybe next time.
The feature race was the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes. A beautiful dark bay filly won named Harmonious. I was thrilled when I looked in the camera and saw that I captured this:
I LOVE the details! It's not the kind of shot that get's published - but this one is.
The racing is fun. But it's also fun to go to the breeding farms and the training farms. Like this morning when we got to go to Ken McPeek's farm called Magdalena. It was such a pretty morning!
I have some visitors coming tonight and tomorrow. Some of you may know my friend Alex Brown and his website. He'll be here for a couple nights to catch some Keeneland action. Should be fun and I'll be sure to take photos!
And as a sidebar, if anyone has any advice for introducing two adult cats to one another let me know! Pita (my 14 yr old female cat) is slowly being introduced to Monster (Matt's 6 yr old male cat). So far it's been fairly good but Pita keeps wanting to run back to Traverse City. Sigh...