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Meeting a Kentucky Derby Winner
 By mosquito   •   16th Nov 2011   •   5,177 views   •   21 comments
One of the benefits of being in a syndicate is the farm visits that the organizers arrange for their members. Out here in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t have many of the massive breeding farms that you find in Kentucky, but do have some hidden gems. One of these is Ben Root’s Oakhurst Farm in Oregon, home to Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone. We were very lucky that our syndicate keeps a mare at that stud, so they arranged a special day out for us to see the grand old man, and the mare and her babies.

Oakhurst Farm is a gorgeous place; the kind we all dream of having. Built around a big lake and a centuries-old oak tree, the farm is designed with happy horses in mind. Acres of board-fence grazing nestled in Oregon’s wine country is the perfect pace for mares, foals and stallions to enjoy their days, and the farm is run by the very knowledgeable and capable Cookie Root, Ben’s wife.

When we arrived, we were first shown the syndicate’s mare, stakes runner Maxie’s Night Cap, and her 2011 foal by Grindstone. She was a small, sweet mare, very happy to let all of us crowd around her and her baby. The colt was a big, handsome colt, due to be weaned in just a couple of weeks. I don’t own any of Maxie or her colt, but it was wonderful to see them; I always love the chance to visit with babies! We also got to see Maxie’s yearling colt by top local stallion Mattie G; he still has some growing to do but he is certainly bred to run well in the Northwest, so I’ll be watching out for him as he grows up.

2011 foal by Grindstone
2011 foal by Grindstone and Maxie’s Night Cap

Now for the best part – Oakhurst is now home to 18 year old Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone. They brought him out for us to see, and this handsome stallion was a perfect gentlemen. He certainly knew how to pose for photos! He stood quietly for us for almost half an hour, while everyone got a chance to take photos and get up close to give him a pat. He never once even fidgeted, or looked at all irritable – he certainly loves the attention, and rightly so – he deserves it. After all, not only did he win the Derby, he sired Belmont winner Birdstone, who sired Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, so he has every right to be proud!

Grindstone
Grindstone

Grindstone
Grindstone

We got a tour of the farm, a chance to pet some of the broodmares expecting their first foals out in the paddocks, and to meet some of the other stallions at Oakhurst, although the best part of the trip was always going to be Grindstone. Apparently he has one cheeky habit – when he’s out in the paddock, he waits until no one is around, then he slips his halter off. No one has seen him do it, but it makes him pretty difficult to catch! They’ll need to put a camera out there to see if they can catch him in the act!

After the farm visit, we were all treated to gourmet pizzas made in a mobile brick oven, and a tasting of some local wines. Our next visit will be to Tim Mccanna’s training stable in November, so I’ll be sure to get plenty of photos from that visit too, but for now I can say I got to pet a Derby winner!

Oakhurst Farm Mares
Oakhurst Farm Mares
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xextendthetrotx  
grindstone is a beautiful horse!!! i hope u had a fun time!! :)
  Nov 16, 2011  •  3,233 views
 
FreeRein  
You are so lucky to meet a KD winner! I pet Animal Kingdom at the Belmont Stakes last year! Does that count? Lol!
  Nov 16, 2011  •  3,457 views
 
Valkyrie  MOD 
That is so awesome!! ^^ I got to meet Sunline (famous NZ racemare) after she retired and it was so awesome!!

I'm working at a stud this summer and I've already met a lot of progeny by some of my favourite stallions :)
  Nov 16, 2011  •  3,441 views
 
GoinGoingGone  
Wow that must have been fun! I have beento SO many because my parents BREED TBs!
  Nov 17, 2011  •  3,484 views
 
RoyalCrownEstates  MOD 
Sounds like a lot of fun !
  Nov 17, 2011  •  3,462 views
 
Prarie Rose  
So awesome! :)
  Nov 17, 2011  •  3,481 views
 
Mystic56  
The foal has nice colouring!
  Nov 18, 2011  •  3,473 views
 
All That Jazz  
Grindstone is gorgeous O.O
Looks like fun!
  Nov 18, 2011  •  3,470 views
 
Simplicity  
What a beauty
  Nov 18, 2011  •  3,433 views
 
Hoofz  
Your so lucky! Grindstone is a beautiful stallion! Maybe they should get him a better fitting Halter XD
  Nov 18, 2011  •  3,553 views
 
Barbwire Stables  MOD 
That is awesome glad you got to meet him and have such a great time!! Its always amazing getting to touch some of the greats!! I know i loved it when i got to pet and sit with Bey Shaw many many moons ago. (a very famous arabian sire for those who dont know)
  Nov 18, 2011  •  3,464 views
 
Deep as Rhubarb  
You're so lucky!
  Nov 18, 2011  •  3,444 views
 
Briseno TBs  
So pretty! Lovely story!
  Nov 24, 2011  •  3,682 views
 
Double Spur Ranch  
Such a beautiful horse wish i got to meet him
  Nov 25, 2011  •  3,437 views
 
Painted Destiny  
Sounds like a lovely place! Grindstone is lovely! You are very lucky!
  Nov 30, 2011  •  3,436 views
 
Froggy  
Lucky!!!!!:D
  Dec 3, 2011  •  3,463 views
 
GoinGoingGone  
Thanks for the post!
  Dec 3, 2011  •  3,488 views
 
weezapony  
Wow, this is so cool! :D
  Dec 5, 2011  •  3,441 views
 
Emmurr  
I'd love to be a syndicate at some point, I definitely have to give it a go.
  Dec 9, 2011  •  3,446 views
 
Artista  
What a lovely example of a Thoroughbred. Looks like you had a great time -- awesome article.
  May 3, 2012  •  3,466 views
 
MySweetButterfly  
Lucky you! Gorgeous horse!
  51 days ago  •  3,488 views
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