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Old Tavern Farm Virtual Tour and Memento d'Oro18 Naming Contest Reveal!

August 19th, 2020

Join the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame for a live virtual tour of Old Tavern Farm on Thursday, August 20 at 3 p.m.

Follow the farm’s staff for a view of the grounds and facilities, learn about the farm's history and meet some of the resident thoroughbreds. Featured horses will include participants of Foal Patrol. There will be a brief Q&A session following the tour - attendees will have the chance to submit questions about the farm when they register for this event.

To register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DPWIRmYlQd-lky2h7Bfmdg

Did you submit a name for Old Tavern Farm’s Racehorse Naming Contest? If so, you’ll want to tune in tomorrow when Memento d’Oro18’s (star of Foal Patrol season 1) official name is revealed live during the tour! 

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Photo courtesy of Old Tavern Farm

Old Tavern Virtual Farm Tour

August 11th, 2020

Join the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame for a live virtual tour of Old Tavern Farm on Thursday, August 20 at 3 p.m. Follow the farm’s staff for a view of the grounds and facilities, learn about the farm's history and meet some of the resident thoroughbreds. Featured horses will include participants of Foal Patrol. There will be a brief Q&A session following the tour - attendees will have the chance to submit questions about the farm when they register for this event. Click on the link to register - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DPWIRmYlQd-lky2h7Bfmdg

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Photo courtesy of Old Tavern Farm

Naming contest for Memento d'Oro18!

Memento d'Oro
July 22nd, 2020

Racehorse Naming Contest

Old Tavern Farm is asking for your help in naming a two-year-old homebred filly by Bodemeister out of Memento d’Oro. You may remember her from Foal Patrol Season 1 & everyone’s favorite seahorse! 

Submit your name idea at the farm's website here. Submissions will be accepted until July 30th. Have fun and be creative!

All submissions will be collected and reviewed by the Old Tavern Farm team. Once they pick a favorite name, they will confirm the submission is in accordance with the guidelines set forth by The Jockey Club. They will then announce the winner via social media!

(p.s. the name Seahorse is already taken...they tried!)

By submitting a name you agree that Old Tavern Farm shall own the full rights of the entry submitted.

Below is a photo of Memento d'Oro '18. Her legs were wrapped for protection while traveling in the van. 

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Photo courtesy of Old Tavern Farm

Background of farm staff and updates on the Season 1 & 2 participants at Old Tavern Farm

Alpine Sky
July 17th, 2020

Earlier this season, we asked what you wanted to learn more about at Old Tavern Farm. We received some great questions and inquiries. The farm staff reviewed them and their responses are below. Thanks for following.

I’d love to learn more about Greg and Trina’s background and career – what got them started in this field?  Who were their mentors? Where have they worked in the past? What is their favorite part of the daily routine? What part do they like the least? What tidbit about them might surprise us to learn? – Jane

Greg: I grew up in Saratoga Springs and worked on horse farms throughout college. I graduated from Providence College with a BA in political science. After graduation I was hired full-time at Five Oak Farm where I spent about 10 years in various roles. They are also a small boutique breeding farm in Saratoga Springs. I have a MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia and left Five Oak to travel in 2015. While traveling I was approached by Old Tavern Farm to consult with the farm design and construction and was hired as Director once the farm was completed in 2016. My favorite part of the routine is night-check when the horses are in the barn. My least favorite is when one of the horses is sick or at the clinic. Surprising fact: I do not ride horses. 

Trina: I was born and raised in Washington and graduated from Washington State University.  I was introduced to the racetrack when I met the Ward family (Wesley and his father, Dennis). I started out breaking 2-year-olds with Dennis and ended up working in many other capacities on the racetrack over the next 20 years, including training, assistant training and galloping. After many years of working on the racetrack, I was ready to learn something new. I was introduced by a mutual friend to the team that was building Old Tavern Farm and was hired as Broodmare Manager in 2016. My favorite part of the daily routine is feeding all of the animals in the morning. My least favorite is to lose an animal or to see one of them suffering. Surprising tidbit: I got to travel to Dubai when Brass Hat ran in the World Cup.

How do you determine which horse(s) go into which paddocks?

There are a lot of factors in how we determine whom goes where. For example, age, sex, proximity to barn, turf management, personality, diet, etc. all are part of the discussion when we put horses in certain fields. As a smaller farm, we need to rotate the fields quite a bit to ensure there is adequate grass and nutrition. 

With Old Tavern Farm, I'd love to hear progress reports on the foals from the last 2 seasons, even if they are now in hands of new owners. It would be fun to know their registered names, so that we can follow them if they race.  Photos would be great, too. - Katherine

The foals from previous seasons have not been named. Memento d’Oro ’18 is scheduled to sell in July at OBS. You will be able to watch her work on the OBS Sales website. Comme Chez Soi ’19 is not named and we still have her on the farm. She is targeting the Keeneland September yearling sale. You will be able to see her go through the ring on the Keeneland website. We will also be posting to our social media pages as we begin sales prepping her over the summer. Below is a photo of Memento d'Oro '18. Her legs were wrapped for protection while traveling in the van. 

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Photo courtesy of Old Tavern Farm

Thank You Foal Patrol Farms, Fans, Followers!

July 8th, 2020

Thank you Foal Patrol farms, fans and followers! This year has had many terrific memories and adventures with all of the mares and foals, as well as the featured stallion, Gun Runner. We couldn't have done it without you! Foal Patrol has fans from six continents and has more than 1.5 million views this season. Please keep checking the Foal Patrol site for updates throughout the summer months. 

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Photos courtesy of Three Chimneys Farm, Indian Creek Farm, Gainsborough Farm, Gainesway Farm, Old Tavern Farm, Denali Stud