It is always a thrill to see my favorite race mare. This was my first time seeing her in about a year, and it was even better that she came over to greet her guests and I got to pat her on her incredibly soft nose, contact she doesn’t always seek.
Stonestreet is always incredibly gracious, and even thought of providing ideal photo opportunities of their star, briefly removing her fly mask for this visit.
Part of the broodmare band
Rachel’s Valentina, part of the illustrious broodmare band, had an impressive-looking Curlin colt this year, her first foal, and has been bred to Pioneerof the Nile for a 2019 foal. Many of the foals below were also by Curlin, and some of the dams include Fiftyshadesofhay, My Miss Aurelia, and Maggy’s Melody, a daughter of Afleet Alex’s dam Maggy Hawk.
Some of the beautiful layout of the farm, formerly Buckram Oak, and now managed by Barbara Banke in a serene setting for the nursery portion of the farm, where the mares live with their foals until weaning, when they are moved to a different Stonestreet property until they foal again. Barbara Banke has expanded the Stonestreet operation into Australia, continuing to build upon the legacy her husband began, with nothing less than a goal of world domination.