The opening paragraph in Thoroughbred Times was this:
Millennium Farms’ Kentucky-based stallions Scrimshaw and Woke Up Dreamin will move to Moon Lake Farm in Louisiana for the 2010 breeding season, Millennium owner Ro Parra said on Thursday.”
The original source of this story was Dan Thomas, a salesman who’d contacted the farm for business reasons this morning and was told the news, but there’s no way the writer would have known this.
How do I know, you ask? Well, because I spoke to Dan earlier today, and he told me the news.
I then used social media — Twitter — and posted this information at about 2:00 pm.
Here’s my original tweet: “Millenium Farms is moving Scrimshaw and Woke up Dreamin from Ky to La for 2010; it’s going to be tough for the smaller stallions in Ky.”
The Thoroughbred Times and The Blood-Horse writers, or editors, saw this and like good reporters acted on it the old-fashioned way, by calling Mr. Parra or Millenium directly for confirmation. The story was then confirmed, via a press release
Incidentally, there’s one more part to this story that I didn’t tweet. Dan also told me that another Parra stallion, Littleexpectations, who stood at another farm in Louisiana in 2009, will join Scrimshaw and Woke Up Dreamin at Moon Lake Farm in 2010, too.