Posts Tagged ‘Stacy Edwards’

Maryland Horse Farms: Country Life and Merryland (Video)

I had the pleasure of visiting Country Life Farm in Maryland during a recent holiday visit to my hometown. Established in 1933 and best-known as the birthplace of the legendary Cigar, Country Life was also the starting point for successful Kentucky stallion Malibu Moon, sire of 2013 Kentucky Derby hero Orb.

A few miles down the road is Merryland Farm, a full-service breaking and training center purchased in 2001 and run by Mike and Josh Pons.

I would like to thank Mike and Josh Pons for their hospitality, and George Adams for graciously showing us the ropes at Merryland Farm.

Stacy Edwards photo - Country Life Farm

My first visit to Country Life Farm in Fallston, MD.

Cal Nation Country Life Farm

Distorted Humor’s son Cal Nation (above) stands at Country Life Farm.

Freedom Child Country Life Farm

G2 Peter Pan hero Freedom Child (above) struts his stuff at Country Life.

Friesan Fire Country Life Farm

2009 Kentucky Derby favorite Friesan Fire (above) is a stallion to watch.

Super Ninety Nine Country Life

Up close and personal with Country Life sire Super Ninety Nine (above).

Merryland Farm 2014

Scenes from Merryland Farm (above).

Horses training at Merryland Farm (video above).

Horses playing at Merryland Farm (video above).

Photos and video by Stacy Edwards.

WinStar Farm Visit (Part III): Behind the Scenes

Now that the 2013 Breeders’ Cup is in the books, it is time to finish up my WinStar Farm blog series. In Part I, I took a look at the stallions, and Part II was all about the Training Barn. In this edition, I will take a behind the scenes look at the WinStar training and rehab center.

WinStar FarmWinStar Farm has a state of the art training track and rehab center, and I am looking forward to seeing the Training Barn residents compete this winter and beyond.

outdoor poolWinStar offers much more than a training track for equine residents. If your horse needs some swimming therapy, try the large outdoor pool (right), or the indoor aqua tread (below right).

Does your horse need oxygen? No problem. Check out the hyperbaric chamber (below left).

hyperbaric chamberEstablishes horses like Normandy Invasion and Revolutionary should both be revitalized and full of energy when they return to the racing wars in the near future. I hope to see them both competing at a very high level in Florida this winter.

In the weeks and months to come, I will follow the progress of young, lightly raced, and unraced horses currently residing at WinStar Farm, including but not limited to Amazing Shoes (Empire Maker – Isabell’s Shoes, by King of Kings), Clark Kent (Unbridled’s Song – Ideal Image, by Hennessy), Flirtatious (Hard Spun – Christina’s World, by Unbridled’s Song), Holy Soldier (Colonel John – Dance Swiftly, by Danzig), Queenie’s Song (Unbridled’s Song – Queen of Money, by Corporate Report), Race Day (Tapit – Rebalite, by More Than Ready), Sweet Dreamer (Tiznow – Dream of Summer, by Siberian Summer), and The Trunk Monkey (Old Fashioned – Susquehanna River, by Trippi).

aqua treadThese refreshed horses and others could end up offering decent value when they make it to the track. Stay tuned!

Thank you to WinStar for allowing us to visit and for taking us behind the scenes. If you would like to learn more about the WinStar StableMates program, check out their website.

If you would like to see more of Stacy’s WinStar and other horse racing pictures, please visit her Kentucky horse racing photos page, The Runaway Horse.

Kentucky Derby 2013 Week Videos

The field is set for Kentucky Derby 2013 and it has been a crazy week at the offices of HorseRacingNation.com.

On Tuesday, I traveled to Churchill Downs and interviewed trainer Michelle Lovell. She is based at Fair Grounds in the winter and Churchill Downs in the spring. I wanted to find out about the differences in the two tracks and I also asked her about Rosie Napravnik, Mylute, and the Fair Grounds Derby horses.

Thursday was fun. I got to shoot three videos with special guests. Ryan Patterson had a great idea about a video consisting of a wet track scenario for the Derby. We did not have time to shoot it last week but jumped right into that one after checking the weather forecast for the first Saturday in May.

I have not done a video with Mike Shutty for quite some time. It was good to see him again and our video theme was live Derby longshots. If you need help in the Derby, check out Mike’s Kentucky Derby Super Screener product.

Finally, Jasen Mangrum contacted me last week and we set up a video for Thursday afternoon. I told him to pick a topic and he settled on the Kentucky Oaks-Woodford Reserve Turf Classic-Kentucky Derby Pick 3. Also, check out the Super Screener Handicapping Seminars.

My Kentucky Derby Day full card selections are now available:

Check out my Kentucky Derby 2013 full card at HorseRacingNation.com

If you would like to hear our Derby Day thoughts, I will be at my regular weekend spot on The Fast Track with Steve Bortstein radio show on Saturday morning (weekends at 10am eastern time).

Special thanks to my video editor and photographer, Stacy Edwards.

Farm Hopping: Hello, Union Rags!

by Jarrod Horak

Earlier this week, I ventured to Lexington, Kentucky with Candice Curtis and Stacy Edwards to visit with some of our favorite equine stars.

First stop was Lane’s End Farm. We spent some quality time with the likes of After Market, Candy Ride, City Zip, Curlin, Discreetly Mine, English Channel, The Factor, Lemon Drop Kid, Pleasantly Perfect, Quality Road, Smart Strike, and Union Rags.

Seeing these equine legends brought back some handicapping memories. I was in the early stages of my stint with Racing On The Net when Lemon Drop Kid captured the Belmont Stakes, and he was one of my first significant online play of the day winners.

I made my first trek to Santa Anita Park for the 2003 Breeders’ Cup and Pleasantly Perfect won the Classic that year.

Jarrod and rags 2

Fast forward to 2012 and Union Rags was my Derby horse. He had a less than ideal trip that day but redeemed himself in the Belmont Stakes. He retired shortly after the Test of Champions and I relocated to Kentucky just in time to visit the regal looking son of Dixie Union. He was taking a nap when we first arrived but curiosity got the best of him and he came over to see what we were up to. I rubbed his nose a few times and the gentle giant went back to sleep in the blink of an eye.

Some delicious refreshments were offered including chili and quiche. Real men don’t eat quiche but I had some anyway before out next stop — Ashford Stud.

Coolmore America is an impressive operation with an imposing group of young stallions including Cape Blanco, Dunkirk, Hansen, Lookin At Lucky, Stay Thirsty, and Uncle Mo. It was also a pleasure to see veteran sires Fusaichi Pegasus, Giant’s Causeway, Tale of the Cat, and Thunder Gulch.

Candice got her picture taken with her early racing idol Thunder Gulch, and for Stacy it was all about Stay Thirsty.

Hansen horse

Hansen stood out with his soft, light coat. He seemed a bit edgy at first but calmed down nicely once he got outside and allowed us to get up close and personal. Our picture perfect day was not over yet, because we were only a hop, skip, and a jump from Three Chimneys.

Stacy told me to wear my Big Brown hat since she knew we would be visiting the 2008 Derby winner, but before that I had to get a glimpse of my 2001 Derby horse, Point Given.

Point Given horse

I was all over Point Given before, during, and after the 2001 Triple Crown trail, and I even traveled to Big Sandy to watch him romp in the Belmont Stakes. He seemed unaware that I was there but just as I was about to walk away he pranced over and allowed me to share a moment with him. To his right was young stallion Caleb’s Posse. Brilliant Speed was just down the road and Ice Box was in the middle of his meet and greet with the fans.

We journeyed outside and as we walked down the path, a horse handler looked at my hat and said “I know who you want to see.” Actually, Colonel John was my Derby horse that year, but I played along.

Big Brown horse

Big Brown is a magnificent looking bay son of Boundary, standing at 16.1 hands, and he seems to know that he is a Derby winner.

We proceeded to walk a bit further down the path and were greeted by Marketing and Communications Director Jen Roytz. She was very gracious and asked us if we would like to see any horses.

She showed us Exchange Rate, Red Giant, and War Chant, and walked us to the next viewing area to visit with I’ll Have Another’s proud papa Flower Alley, who seemed to set a world record for chowing down his food. Jen was very excited about showing off low profile sire Lewis Michael, and we were more than happy to the share our day with the handsome son of Rahy.

Before we left Three Chimneys, we had a lengthy conversation with a veteran bloodstock consultant and helped ourselves to some food offered during the open house. Chili was on the menu again, and although it was tasty, I have to give the cook-off award to Lane’s End.

Wise Dan

We hopped in the car and headed to our final destination, Keeneland. It was the first day of the January sale but before hitting the pavilion, we toured the grounds, snapped some more photos, and reminisced about last year’s stakes winners through the eyes of the lawn jockeys.

As for the sale, Trip for A. J. (hip 241) went for $310k, and we left after Big Tiz (hip 299) brought down the gavel at a cool $600k.

This was our first of many planned Kentucky farm visits. 2013 is off to a wonderful start and that spring aroma in the not too distant future can only mean one thing – live racing at Keeneland is just around the corner!

If you would like to view more of our farm adventure pictures, please visit Stacy’s Kentucky Horse Racing Photos page.