We’ve had a lot of rain this month, but on a balmy June evening a week ago as I walked the farm with my iPad I happened on this moment.
Seen through a curtain of late sunrays, Alphabet Soup decides on the perfect spot for a refreshing roll in the dust. At 28 years old the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner is a bit cautious about the smoothest way to lie down, but he sure does know how to make a jaunty exit.
If you’re a repeat reader of this blog, or a follower of Old Friends on Twitter and Facebook, or of photographer, tour guide, and worldwide race attendee Laura Battles on Facebook, you have a good idea of what the Georgetown Farm is like after the last tour leaves and the farm closes for the evening. The beautiful golden light in so many of Laura’s photos attest to how many hours she spends with the horses after-hours, with her camera at the ready. And—as the horses all know—her carrot bucket is also at the ready, especially for the residents pastured off the main tour route. Here are a few glimpses of Laura at work on a summer evening. For this session a week ago, she was joined by a second photographer, events volunteer Kurt.
Shutters click as Skip’s World (the grey), 1996 Queen’s Plate winner Victor Cooley (dark bay wearing a fly mask) and younger fellow Canadian, El Brujo, come to see what’s up. If you’re not familiar with fly masks, Skip and Victor can see perfectly well through them – they’re mesh. They just do what the name implies, keep flies out of a horse’s eyes. Some of our residents like wearing them in the summer, some prefer not to.
We especially wanted to get photos and a video clip of our two new girlfriends, Silver Charm’s very sweet daughter, multiple stakes winner Classy Charm (bay), and impressive multiple graded stakes winner Saudi Poetry (chestnut). Laura’s photos were more successful than the video, I think, and I’ll post some when available.
These two ladies will be moving to a different paddock before long. Though they won’t be on the front of the farm because the stallions behave much more nicely when there are no nearby mares to show off for, the two will be available for visits by private tours. When this clip was taken they were coexisting peacefully, as you see here. Making friends takes more time, but as of a few days ago these two have started to really make friends.
Here’s a clip for all those folks who may think the horses off the main tour route don’t get lots of lovin’, too. Laura and Kudos.
And here’s 2002 Belmont Stakes winner, Sarava. I know he’s quite familiar, very much on the beaten path of the tours, and he’s also not doing anything in particular in this video, but he’s so handsome by sunset that I just had to include him.