April 26, 2015

Spring in Kentucky! Vivid green, redbuds and dogwoods in bloom, warm sun alternating with chilly weather. Sweet, tender green grass for the horses. Lots and lots of rain. And mud!

Sarbonne rolls in the mud. Photo by Laura.

Sarbonne rolls in the mud. Photo by Laura.

Horses never outgrow…

31 year old Do One Dance, a.k.a. Francis, after enjoying his mud roll. Photo by Laura.

31 year old Do One Dance, a.k.a. Francis, after enjoying his mud roll. Photo by Laura.

…their love for playing in the spring sunshine…

(L to R) Sarbonne, Fabulous Strike, Marshall Rooster, Commentator. Photo by Laura.

(L to R) Sarbonne, Fabulous Strike, Marshall Rooster, Commentator. Photo by Laura.

and rolling, splashing, wallowing in mud, mud, mud!

Rail Trip and Catlaunch. Photo by Laura.

Rail Trip and Catlaunch. Photo by Laura.

Hidden Lake. "Muddy? Me?" Photo by Laura.

Hidden Lake. “Muddy? Me?” Photo by Laura.

El Brujo and Victor Cooley. "Not us." Photo by Laura.

El Brujo and Victor Cooley. “Not us.” Photo by Laura.

Eldaafer, Google & Yahoo. "Nor we!" Photo by Laura.

Eldaafer, Google & Yahoo. “Nor we!” Photo by Laura.

Hussonfirst, be-muddied and proud of it!  Photo by Laura.

Hussonfirst, be-muddied and proud of it! Photo by Laura.

And then, there are the joys of springtime naps.

Game On Dude and Yankee Fourtune luxuriate in a spring afternoon snooze. Photo by Laura.

Game On Dude and Yankee Fourtune luxuriate in an April afternoon snooze. Photo by Laura.

From the spattered to the sublime – Michael paid a visit to wish luck to Brereton C. Jones’ Ashland Stakes (G1) winner and top rated Kentucky Oaks hopeful, Lovely Maria (she put in a fabulous 5 furlong work this morning). That’s her trainer Larry Jones with them, in case you didn’t recognize the famous cowboy hat.

Oaks contender Lovely Maria with trainer Larry Jones, admired by Michael at Keeneland. Photo by Mark Otto.

Oaks contender Lovely Maria with trainer Larry Jones, admired by Michael at Keeneland. Photo by Mark Otto.

Whoever your Derby and Oaks picks, here’s wishing them all the very best of luck and safest of trips this coming weekend!

Beth

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4 responses to “April 26, 2015

  1. The photos of the horses having so much fun are just wonderful….just pure joy all around…

  2. Becky P

    When did do one dance come to old friends?

    • oldfriendsblog

      June 3, 2014. He and Come On Flip aren’t on the front of the farm on the main tour route, but you can call us to specifically arrange a visit with him. As far as possible, we try to oblige requests to visit any horse on the farm.

  3. mybigred

    Roll, Roll, Roll in the Mud & see how good it feels !! Brush, Brush, Brush me clean & I’ll do it all over again 🙂 Yipee I LOVE Living at Dream Chase Farm !! LOL

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