Visiting Purim

In late December of 2010, on a frigid, glittery, ice-inflected Kentucky morning, I pulled into Richland Hills Farm. Ed DeRosa and I were on a winter farm tour mission, and our host, Leanna Packard, graciously welcomed us, though I can imagine that there were many things she’d have rather done that morning than walk us…

A Visit to Claiborne Farm

When I visited Claiborne Farm late last June, there wasn’t much – if any? – talk about Blame, even though at that point he was riding a winning streak of four consecutive graded stakes races. The Claiborne folks might be forgiven, though, and not blamed (sorry, couldn’t resist), given the hefty hunk of racing history…

A PG visit to Vinery Florida

I missed out on a live sex act because of Mapquest. Scheduled to see a breeding at Vinery on March 18th, I confidently tell Melissa Anthony, Vinery’s office manager, that I don’t need directions because I can get them from Mapquest. Less than twenty-four hours later, I pull off to the side of the road…

An afternoon at OBS

As I’ve noted in previous posts about visits to breeding farms, the tours seldom include visits/attention to the broodmares and the foals. The emphasis is all stallions, all the time, and while seeing the stallions and learning about them is fascinating, I’ve always been a little disappointed that we don’t get to learn more about…

A morning at Journeyman Stud

Preparing for my trip to Ocala, I browsed farm information, looking for visitor-friendly sites, easy contact information, and stallions for whom, for one reason or another, I felt a particular affinity. In Journeyman Stud, I found all three. In response to my e-mail inquiry about a possible visit, I received an ebullient e-mail from Crystal…

Shadwell and Darley

Last Friday, Frank and Erin of That’s Amore Stable were kind enough to invite me to tag along with them on their visits to the Shadwell and Darley breeding farms. Their visit to the former was expressly to see the perfectly-named Swain, to whom a That’s Amore filly is currently in foal, and Kent Barnes,…

Visiting Three Chimneys

I can’t imagine that my visit to Three Chimneys was all that different from anyone else’s; as with most elements of the breeding industry, the place is a smooth-running machine, with the touring part of the business in the very capable hands of Ann Hayes, our wonderful tour guide. We got a little lucky: the…