Work has taken me to a few Central Kentucky farms in the last week. (It’s a rough life, I know!)
|A yearling balks.|
Included among the photographs in this post are 25-year-old, Grade 1 winner, multiple Grade 1 producer Lady Shirl; Sunday Silence’s beautiful daughter Silence Beauty (dam of Grade 1 winner Tale of Ekati); and the mare who had a cameo role in “Secretariat” as Somethingroyal giving birth to the star of the film. Coincidentally, the actress is a granddaughter of Secretariat!
Grande dame and Grade 1 winner Lady Shirl, the dam of 2011 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Perfect Shirl, Grade 1 winner Shakespeare, Grade 2 winner Lady Shakespeare, and stakes winner Fantastic Shirl.
Silence Beauty, a rare daughter of her sire Sunday Silence in the U.S. She's the dam of Grade 1 winner Tale of Ekati.
Stud barn kitty crosses over the grave of Black Toney at Darby Dan Farm. The headstones of father-and-son Ribot (right) and His Majesty (left) are visible in the background.
|A mare and her young filly.|
|Grave of Topper -- possibly a riding or companion horse -- sandwiched between the burial sites of 1926 Kentucky Derby winner Bubbling Over (d. 1948) and Blossom Time (d. 1946), dam of 1929 Belmont Stakes winner Blue Larkspur.|
|Broodmare. Actress. Granddaughter of the real Secretariat. Mother of the fictional Secretariat.|