Derby’s early days
October 11, 2011 2 Comments
In doing my research on Derby and his identity, I discovered that he was bred by Airdrie Stud, which is owned by consummate horseman (and former Kentucky governor) Brereton C. Jones. Derby romped on some seriously hallowed ground in his early days. Poking around on the Airdrie web site, I found a contact form, and on a whim, sent them a note, not really expecting to hear back, because they’re in the throes of the fall sales, and, well, Airdrie is a big operation. I don’t have rights to this picture of the farm, but this will give you an idea of the kind of place it is. Gorgeous, isn’t it!
Today, I opened my email and found a message titled “Photo of Derby as a foal” from a woman named Laura, who works at Airdrie. She had trawled Airdrie’s archives, and had found some pictures of Derby as a foal, which she scanned and emailed to me.
He was a cute little dickens!
Importantly, the photos included an up-close shot if his forehead, and there, wandering toward is left eye, is a distinctive smudge of white hairs. This evidence closes the blooks on Derby’s identification. There were a few little doubts, but I am now 100% sure he is, in fact, Holy Vows.
Yep, that is definitely Derby! And dang, he was a cutie.
And many thanks again to Laura at Airdrie. A long retired, unsuccessful gelding means nothing to their business, but despite that, Laura tracked down those photos and sent them to me. I’m really grateful. Thank you, Laura!