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 VisitRachelA@Stonestreetfarms.com 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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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:
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 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.
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.