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Congratulations to #Stonestreet575 Winners

October 22, 2013: Lexington, KY

Fans took to Twitter over the weekend to wax haiku on racing and fall in Kentucky using #Stonestreet575 for a chance to win a visit with Rachel Alexandra at Stonestreet on Friday, October 25th.  Congratulations to the following winners, listed in random order, and thank you to all who participated!

If we selected your haiku, please email for information about your visit and to RSVP. Please advise as soon as possible if you are unable to attend so another fan may have the opportunity!

read PPs, made picks

got to the window in time

my horses were slow

by Candice Curtis @Skipaway2000

morning fog, dawn nears

out of the mist, “She” appears

she alone brings tears

by Marlo Matheny @TeamSpringster

Stonestreet champions

flaming colors red and gold

fall scenes of beauty

by Dave Gilley @Dave9393il

Fasig Tipton sale

try to find the best future

drop the hammer down!

by Brian Short @BCSHORT44

chilly morning works

steam rising from their withers

backstretch comes alive

by Lisa Jeannette @ljeannette58

the leaves turn colors

weanlings dance in the cool air

dreaming of Stonestreet

by Melanie Stopeck @MStopeck

near-sighted bettor

prods the three at Arlington

to a Belmont screen

by Joe Nevills @mibredclaimer

autumn is the time

Stonestreet and Lexington shine

Rachel’s friends arrive

by Nelson @nelsonlugo7

Keeneland: home at last

rejuvenating bluegrass

Breeders’ Cup awaits!

by Kristen Neiding @PadfootMoony1

silhouettes in fog

come alive with the hoof beats

and it’s like I’m home

by Sammy Petitte @sammy_petitte

My Miss Aurelia Entered in Punkin Pie Stakes

October 19, 2013: Lexington, KY

My Miss Aurelia, an Eclipse award-winning Stonestreet homebred, is entered in the Punkin Pie Stakes on October 24th at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old daughter of Smart Strike has conditioned out of Todd Pletcher’s New York barn since returning from a freshening at the Stonestreet Training Center near Ocala, FL.

This will be the second start of the year for the multiple G1 winner after a disappointing third-place finish in the G3 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park this spring. Originally owned in partnership with George Bolton, this is the first race for ‘Aurelia’ under the sole ownership of Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables. Barbara recently acquired full ownership of her homebred with an eye toward racing the 2011 juvenile filly champion as a 5-year-old before bringing her into the Stonestreet broodmare band.

Find Your Muse and Haiku for Rachel Visit

 October 18, 2013: Lexington, KY 

Stonestreet Farm is celebrating fall in Lexington with a special See Rachel event on October 25th, just find your muse and haiku! Remember a haiku is a three-line poem with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second and five in the third.

To enter, tweet your best racing/fall in Kentucky haiku using #Stonestreet575 by Monday, October 21st at 5 p.m. ET. We will announce ten winners on Wednesday, October 23rd for a special See Rachel event October 25th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Stonestreet!

A Bon Voyage as Yearlings Travel to Stonestreet Training

October 4, 2013: Lexington, KY 

The fifth and final van rolled past the gates of the Stonestreet Yearling Division near Versailles, KY just after 3 p.m. and by 7 a.m. the next morning this same van would pull into the Stonestreet Training Center near Ocala, FL as ‘winter training camp’ begins for a new yearling class.

Jess’s Dream, Rachel Alexandra’s colt by Curlin, was the last in an orderly procession of yearlings to load for the winter migration to the Sunshine State, his long-time paddock mate Union Jackson, a chestnut colt by Curlin out of the G1-winner Hot Dixie Chick loaded moments before.

This will be the longest van ride to date for most so mitigating shipping stress is important. The ‘box’ stalls these yearlings ride in are roomy enough to allow them to both move around and lie down. Each van holds five of these ‘boxes’ and the valuable equine passengers contained within are monitored both by an attendant and an in-cab video feed. Riding through the night is comfortable and cool for the yearlings and drivers are able to avoid heavy traffic.

A colt by Eskendereya out of Magical Flash — dam of Glinda the Good and Flash Forward — waits to load one of 5 vans from Stonestreet Farm near Versailles, KY to the Stonestreet Training Center near Ocala, FL.

A colt by Eskendereya out of Magical Flash — dam of Glinda the Good and Flash Forward — waits to load one of 5 vans from Stonestreet Farm near Versailles, KY to the Stonestreet Training Center near Ocala, FL.

This group includes both the homebreds Barbara Banke chose to retain, as well as yearlings purchased by Stonestreet. Robert Turner, who manages the yearling program, says that preparation yearlings get through the sales process helps as they transition to training because they have already had to learn so much.

Just a week after making the journey to Florida, a Speightstown colt walks with rider up at Stonestreet Training as Ian Brennan, who leads conditioning at the training center, adds, “by the time  our yearlings arrive, they are so well handled it is not long before a rider hops on.”

This Speightstown colt out of Emptythetill stays sharp with new skills after just one week at Stonestreet Training.

This Speightstown colt out of Emptythetill stays sharp with new skills during his first week at Stonestreet Training.

Yearlings thrive on keeping their minds busy, graduating to new experiences at the training center keeps them challenged and stimulated.

“Horses that get rambunctious are bored, they are looking for something else to do and this is the time when they get to take it to the next level,” said Robert.

The bustle of the yearling prep season and subsequent exhale of calm as the last van leaves the yearling property are just another beginning. Within days, the first 25 weanlings of Stonestreet Class of ’13, shuttle from the nearby broodmare property as the process begins again.

Stonestreet Enjoys Banner September Sale

September 23, 2013: Lexington, KY

The final hammer of the 11-day Keeneland September Sale fell on Saturday closing the industry’s most important auction with broadly invigorating results and indications of the strongest market since 2008.

The robust action afforded Stonestreet a banner year, with gross sales revenue exceeding $9,000,000 across 45 yearlings sold. Barbara Banke and the Stonestreet family congratulate those new connections. Notable sellers for Stonestreet this September include:

  •  Hip 779, a Smart Strike filly out of Clay’s Rocket consigned by Denali Stud selling for $775,000 to John Greathouse
  • Hip 24, a colt by Tiznow out of Forest Music, dam of Maclean’s Music, consigned by Taylor Made selling for $610,000 to Fox Hill Farm
  • Hip 559, a Dynaformer colt out of Thissongsforyou consigned by Three Chimneys selling for $600,000 to Live Oak Plantation

Barbara Banke was also active as a buyer at the sale, including several acquisitions in partnership. In the same session during which Stonestreet and Regis Farms partnered to score Hip 515, a Tapit colt out of Successful Outlook, Barbara and Spendthrift netted a $1.7 million Medaglia d’Oro colt out of Supercharger together. In session four, it was Gainesway partnering with Stonestreet on Hip 681, a Tapit colt out of Ava Knowsthecode, for $1.2 million.

Barbara Banke partners with Gainseway in the purchase of Hip 681,a Tapit colt out of Ava Knowsthecode during Keeneland's September Sale.

Barbara Banke partners with Gainseway in the purchase of Hip 681,a Tapit colt out of Ava Knowsthecode during Keeneland’s September Sale.

Barbara retained seven of her favorite yearlings including Jess’s Dream, Rachel Alexandra’s colt by Curlin and Union Jackson, a colt by Curlin out of Hot Dixie Chick. Dreaming of Julia’s half sister by Distorted Humor, a colt by More Than Ready bred on the same cross as Verranzo, an Eskendereya colt out of Magical Flash, dam of Flash Forward, and an Eskendereya filly out of Profit Column, will all ship to Ian Brennan at the Stonestreet Training Center near Ocala, FL and their training as Stonestreet homebreds.

Stonestreet names Freeman Industry Relations Manager

September 4, 2013: Lexington, KY

Stonestreet Farm is pleased to announce the appointment of Gemma Freeman to the new position of Industry Relations Manager at Stonestreet.

Gemma brings a wealth of industry experience to Stonestreet, including an eight-year tenure at Lane’s End where she most recently sold stallion nominations.

As the Industry Relations Manager, Gemma will develop and sustain strong, positive relationships between Stonestreet and the Thoroughbred breeding and racing communities through managing Stonestreet’s marketing, client and fan relations programs.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Barbara Banke and look forward to finding innovative ways to connect with fans and the industry through this exciting new position,” said Gemma.

A native of Great Britain, Gemma is a graduate of Imperial College with a degree in Equine Business Management.