Sunday November 2, 2008

I know sometimes I tend to brag on the Kentucky weather, but honestly, this weekend was fabulous.  It was maybe 72 degrees and sunny with the barest breeze.  As I write this tonight, the sunset is just awesome.  The entire sky is pink.  It’s something else.

This week, before the Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland November sales, is the weekend for the big stud farms to have open houses.  It’s a terrific time to see horses you may not otherwise be able to meet, so if you are ever planning a fall trip to Kentucky, you might want to consider the first weekend in November.   Greg and I went to Lane’s End, Darley and WinStar yesterday.   I have been fortunate to see many wonderful horses, but I don’t think I have ever seen one with the sheer presence of Tiznow.   You about expect this pool of golden light to shine onto him.  He is beautiful, but more than that, it’s how he carries himself.  We also saw some of my other favorite stallions, including Kingmambo, AP Indy, Street Cry and his recently retired son, Street Boss.   Street Boss is a maternal grandson of our own Ogygian.  We also saw one of our all-time favorite characters, Quiet American.  That horse just screams “personality”!

Back at Old Friends, everyone is doing great.  We had a full day of tours today, and we covered the entire farm at one time or another today.  Jake the tour dog took the day off.  He came home after last Sunday a little stiff and sore, so we gave him the week off.  Marley was her usual energetic self.  No dog can look more pathetic and unloved than Marley, when she finds a likely victim for her charms!

Walking toward the back of the farm this morning, we found Kudos waiting for us at his fence.  I don’t talk about Kudos enough, but if I could take one gelding home to be my yard ornament, it would be Kudos.  He is just the nicest horse.  Affirmed Success and Futural came over for some attention as well. 

I think I have mentioned this before, but many times people come to Old Friends to see specific horses.  Usually they have some fond memory of watching the horse race or maybe they also loved his sire or dam.   We had a visitor this morning that was a great fan of Will’s Way.  He and I had a discussion about who we felt was the fastest racehorse on the farm; he felt that Will was one of the fastest horses he had ever seen.  (We did decide that the fastest horse probably wasn’t Swannie!   However, Swannie still holds the dustiest horse award.  He ambles around in a cloud of his own dust!)

All our visitors were very nice, as usual.  But we only a couple of kids visit today, which is not usual.  One very nice young lady was here to visit the University of Kentucky with her parents and younger sister.   We had visitors from Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Ohio.   Everyone seemed to have a great time; in fact the 10 am tour went almost two hours, which is not typical!   My favorite visitor of the day was the lady who worked up her nerve to give a big kiss to Danthebluegrassman.  Her friend took a picture, so the moment is captured forever.  And really, shouldn’t everyone have at least the chance to kiss a horse?

We hope you can visit us soon.  In the meantime, thanks for spending another Sunday with Old Friends!     -Val



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2 responses to “Sunday November 2, 2008

  1. marilyn braudrick

    Pls. advise–have been waiting and waiting for news of lava man’s arrival at “old friends”–what’s holding it up?? I love the horse and will come to visit him even though you are so far from Calif. where we live.–pls. advise and . . .
    thank you for all of the noble things you do to ssave old race horses.

  2. oldfriendsblog

    Hi Marilyn.

    I do have an update on Lava Man, actually. Michael has spoken to his owners, and they decided to winter him in SoCal and ship him east for springtime in Kentucky. So, the plan is for him to arrive at Old Friends sometime in early March. By then we’ll be past winter and turning green, the grass will be growing and he’ll have all summer to get used to the change in climate! We can’t wait!


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