Oakhurst, Oregon. Home of Grindstone, Giacomo and Slew's Saga

I just returned from visiting Oakhurst and getting up close and personal with two Kentucky Derby winners, Grindstone and Giacomo and with one of the final sons of the great Seattle Slew, the stakes winning stallion Slew's Saga.

1996 Kentucky Derby Winner Grindstone and sire of 2004 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone.

Video of Grindstone:

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP0Zz2vA7UdpoE7gKjXU97W_sETa-Awr0HSGWJ_WvCPRFJLVYDqoFb0fXQNY8HKhQ?key=WVJKZy1iZnlaY2M2TnRWLXVsRFp5VklMV1owSy1R

24 year old Grindstone, still looking good:









Giacomo. 2005 Kentucky Derby Winner. Bred by Jerry and Ann Moss.





















Slew's Saga, foal of 2002, By Seattle Slew x Belle Breesing. Breeder, Karen and Mickey Taylor. At 2 won Cup and Saucer Stakes.



























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  • KetaKeta Member
    edited August 2017
    Especially_Horses
    What a terrific Discussion with outstanding photos!
    I had forgotten about the move to Oakhurst
    Hope you don't mind but shared this in other Discussions
    so more people will know about & read this.
    Keta
  • KetaKeta Member
    Article on Giacomo's Move to Oakhurst
    Kentucky Derby winning horse Giacomo arrives in Portland via Federal Express; open house planned
    By Beth Nakamura | The Oregonian/ on December 06, 2015
    When Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo arrived at Portland International Airport two weeks ago via a Federal Express airplane, he became the second of two Kentucky Derby winning horses to reside in Oregon.
    The Thoroughbred, who won the derby in 2005, now makes his home at Oakhurst Thoroughbreds in Newberg, in a stall alongside Grindstone, who in 1996 also won the prestigious race. The two horses are available for breeding.
    Jack Root, a veterinarian who runs the farm, is leasing Giacomo for three years.
    http://www.oregonlive.com/multimedia/index.ssf/2015/12/kentucky_derby_winning_giacomo.html
  • KetaKeta Member
    Especially-Horses
    Question: the article says that Oakhurst/Jack Root was leasing Giacomo for 3 years.
    Is the lease being extended or did Oakhurst purchase Giacomo?
    Just wondering
    Keta
  • edited August 2017
    I forgot to ask about the lease agreement. Dr. Root was attending to a horse with a badly cut fetlock; very bloody. I was able to observe for just a short time, but with the owners there I didn't want to interrupt. It was Dr. Root's son who actually took care of us and assigned two of his crew to escort us around. It was just my small group of four at the farm and we got a lot of personal attention. We were allowed to walk out into one of the fields of mares and foals. I was surprised when we were asked "do you want to go inside the field?" We all did except my husband. It was really something...all of a sudden I was surrounded by mares and foals. We had carrots with us and right away I figured out who the boss mare was. She wasn't mean, but just very assertive. There was one very sweet mare I just loved on, but her foal nipped me, haha. It was so quick, I didn't even see its mouth open. I don't know if it was a filly or colt, but it left a souvenir bruise on my arm. Most of the foals in the field were by Giacomo and you could tell which ones were going to turn grey.

    I got to pet Giacomo and Grindstone and give them a scratch behind the ears. Both were well behaved stallions. We also feed them carrots, although we had to make sure we broke off smaller pieces for Grindstone. The stallions, including Slew's Saga, hadn't been turned out for the day, because of our visit. We were told they would roll if turned out and they wanted to show us "clean" horses, lol.

    It was a wonderful experience.
    Keta said:

    Especially-Horses
    Question: the article says that Oakhurst/Jack Root was leasing Giacomo for 3 years.
    Is the lease being extended or did Oakhurst purchase Giacomo?
    Just wondering
    Keta

  • Thank you and Thank you again for sharing these photos and your visit to Oakhurst with us. Cannot begin to express how happy I am to see Grindstone looking good and healthy. Giacomo seems to have been a very busy boy. They all seem to be well cared for and in excellent health.
  • You're welcome. It certainly was a lot of fun.
    shirlee said:

    Thank you and Thank you again for sharing these photos and your visit to Oakhurst with us. Cannot begin to express how happy I am to see Grindstone looking good and healthy. Giacomo seems to have been a very busy boy. They all seem to be well cared for and in excellent health.

  • KMMKMM Member
    Fun story with pictures Especially_Horses. Thanks for sharing!
  • The stallions are fortunate to live on the farm where Dr. Root holds his practice. Here is an example of Dr. Root's veterinarian skills.


  • Oakhurst no longer makes mention of Grindstone on their web. I've inquired with them to find out if he's been pensioned, moved or is deceased.
  • ZenyenZenyen Member
    edited December 2017
    nvm you said Grindstone, not Giacamo.
  • Oakhurst responded to me:

    Unfortunately, age is catching up to him, and Grindstone will not be commercially breeding this year.

    I'm happy he is still alive!
  • I was wondering if he was still breeding at his age. He does look good though
  • Thanks for the great pictures of the horses. Giacomo is obviously one of my very favorites. ;)
  • Thank you Keta!
  • Thanks for sharing the photos of Giacomo and Grindstone. They both look good!
  • KMMKMM Member
    I forgot how big and handsome Giacomo is!
  • Thanks Bleubetty. I just love Grindstone.

    Here is a snip from the article:

    Giacomo, a “frustrating horse to breed, as he likes to go slow and romance the mares”, still looks impressive in the flesh, while Grindstone’s age is beginning to show. The 25-year-old is no longer commercially available as of this season, although the Roots family may try to breed some of their own mares to him. “In human years, he’s like 96,” said Ben. “He’s not getting as many mares pregnant as we would like, and we don’t want to do that to our clients.”

    “We’re going to keep him here as long as we can,” said Dr. Root. “I’m crazy enough that I might try to breed a mare or two to him this year, but otherwise, Grindstone has some old-man issues.”

    They aren’t the only stallions on the farm. Slew’s Saga is one of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew’s last sons at stud. The stakes winner was campaigned by the same Mickey and Karen Taylor that raced Slew himself, and Slew Saga’s 21-year-old dam, Belle Breesing, is pensioned on the grounds. Graded stakes-placed Raised A Secret rounds out their stallion roster.
    bleubetty said:
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