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Fresh and ready: Red Knight wins Grade 3 McKnight

Sat, 2023-01-28 16:44

Still going strong at age 9, Red Knight wins the William L. McKnight Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Jeff Zamaiko/Gulfstream Park Photo.

Tom Egan and Chad Stewart strategized a plan late last year to give Red Knight a break after the Grade 1, $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf in advance of a 9-year-old campaign in 2023.

“How long should we turn him out here?” Egan asked Stewart, who runs the Grace Full Acres Training Center in Ocala with his wife and veterinarian Dr. Laurie Stewart.

“No more than a month,” Stewart said. “Don’t let him get too settled down, just a month and then get him back to the racetrack.”

That’s the plan Egan followed and Red Knight showed yet again how beneficial that break would be with a victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 William L. McKnight Stakes presented by Davidoff Cigars on Gulfstream Park’s Pegasus World Cup Day undercard. The Pure Prize gelding, bred by and the lone horse owned by Egan’s Trinity Farm, led a 1-2-3 finish for trainer Mike Maker in the McKnight with a 1-length victory over Value Engineering as the 3-1 second choice. Wicked Fast finished third in the $200,000 stakes to complete the Maker trifecta.

“He’s a superb racehorse,” Egan said. “He loves what he’s doing. He was tugging when they walked him in (to the paddock). He’s just incredible.”

Irad Ortiz Jr., two days removed from winning his fourth Eclipse Award as North America’s outstanding jockey, rode Red Knight to victory in the 1 1/2-mile McKnight in 2:25.11 over the firm turf.

Red Knight collected his third graded stakes victory in the McKnight, adding it to his wins in last year’s Grade 2 Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs and Grade 3 Sycamore at Keeneland in 2020. He’s won six stakes overall and improved to 11-for-32 with eight seconds and earnings of $1,330,013.

“As I call him, he’s a gift from above. He really is,” Egan said. “You’d never get into racing and think you’d have a horse like that.”

Foaled at Keane Stud in Amenia, Red Knight is one of five winners produced by the late Isabel Way, whom Egan bought for $60,000 at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale. She won once in 11 starts, earning $71,149, but has produced two stakes winners.

Ortiz let Red Knight trail the field through the opening half-mile as Abaan, Agitare, Channel Maker and Pao Alto scrimmaged through sharp splits of :24.18 and :48.27. They advanced to ninth as Abaan clicked off the mile in 1:37.31.

“Thank God I had a good trip from tough post 11,” Ortiz said. “He’s perfect for the distance because he relaxes very well. With 5 furlongs to go he started to gain ground on the outside and I just let him do his thing.”

Red Knight cruised past rivals around the far turn and only had stablemate Value Engineering to run down in midstretch. He collared that foe inside the eighth pole and drew off to win while drifing out just a bit in deep stretch.

“Irad had Red Knight settled in the back of the pace. The pace was hot, which favored him. The rest is history,” Maker said. “I had a lot of confidence in him. The first time he ran for us, he hadn’t run in a year and won. He likes to run fresh. He loves his job.”

Maker won his fifth McKnight, adding Red Knight to scores in 2017 with Taghleeb, 2018 with Oscar Nominated, 2019 with Zulu Alpha and 2021 with Tide of the Sea. He finished 1-2 in the 2019 and 2021 editions.

“One, two, three and five,” Maker said, adding a fifth-place from Temple. “We just missed the superfecta. Every horse ran a great race and I’m proud.”

Egan said he’d discuss with Maker what to do next with Red Knight, adding that it’s a safe bet it won’t include another run in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (where he finished 11th at Keeneland). A trip to Lexington – possibly by way of Ocala again – might still be in the cards.

“He doesn’t need that and I don’t either,” Egan said of the Breeders’ Cup. Ideally, and I have to talk it over with Mike, I’d like to send him back to the farm in Ocala for February, and then go to Mike in March in Kentucky and then run in the Dixiana Elkhorn at Keeneland. As Mike says, he’s a fantastic layoff horse. It was 84 days here, he’s had some long layoffs. When he ran second at Kentucky Downs a couple years ago it was a 231-day layoff. He’s amazing.”

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Awesome Debate highlights OBS winter sale

Thu, 2023-01-26 09:51

Awesome Debate, winner of the 2021 Union Avenue Handicap at Saratoga, sold for $60,000 Tuesday at the OBS winter mixed sale. NYRA Photo.

Stakes winner Awesome Debate sold for $60,000 to top all New York-breds at this week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s winter mixed sale in Ocala.

H & E Ranch purchased Awesome Debate, selling as Hip 41 in foal to multiple Grade 1 winner Improbable, from the consignment of K P Sales, agent, during the opening consignor preferred session Tuesday. The 7-year-old by Honorable Dillon out of the Freud mare Healthy Debate was bred by Charlton Baker and foaled at Rockridge Stud in Hudson.

Awesome Debate raced for Baker for her first 12 starts before being claimed for $45,000 in May 2021 by trainer Danny Gargan and owner Spedale Family Racing. Spedale and Flying P Stable raced her for two starts and Awesome Debate made her final three starts, which included a victory in the Union Avenue Handicap at Saratoga Race Course, for trainer Bruce Brown and owners Van Vranken Racing and NRB Racing Stable.

Awesome Debate won eight of 17 starts with four placings and earned $323,527.

Awesome Debate highlighted the New York-breds at the OBS winter sale. Photo courtesy of K P Sales.

OBS reported sales on 35 of the 42 New York-breds offered over the two sessions for a total of $607,000 and an average price of $17,343.

A trio of New York-breds sold for $42,000, including a supplemented short yearling filly that sold Wednesday.

First Finds purchased Hip 646, a filly from the first crop of Lookin At Lee and a half sister to Grade 1 winner and New York-bred champion Haveyougoneaway. Bred by Andy and Susan Beadnell – who also bred 2016 Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes and Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap winner Haveyougoneaway – the filly was foaled at Bead Land and Cattle Co. in Pottersville consigned by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC, agent.

The filly is the 11th foal out of the Wiseman’s Ferry mare One Wise Cowgirl, who is also the dam of five other winners including $118,698-earner She’sakittykat. Haveyougoneaway, New York-bred champion older dirt female and female sprinter in 2016, won 11 of 27 starts and earned $907,425. She sold for $1.1 million at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale.

The other two $42,000 purchases were newly turned 3-year-olds and came via private sale after going through the ring.

Zeppes Stables bought Hip 226, a colt by Sharp Azteca; and Shelley Brown landed Hip 239, a gelding by Nyquist.

Oscar Brown Stables, agent consigned by Sharp Azteca colt out of the unraced Empire Maker mare Future Reward. Bred by John Lauriello and foaled at Hickory Hill Farm Thoroughbreds in Fort Edward, the colt breezed 3 furlongs in :34 during presale workouts. He’s the second foal out of Future Reward, who is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Gracious Gift, who is out of Hall of Famer Heavenly Prize.

Jesse Hoppel’s Coastal Equine LLC, agent, consigned the Nyquist gelding out of the stakes-winning Freud mare Karakorum Elektra and also breezed 3 furlongs in :34 during presale workouts. Bred by West End Thoroughbreds LLC and foaled at Edition Farm in Hyde Park, the gelding is the fifth foal out of the $484,676 earner and a half to stakes-placed Elektronic and winners Chiclet’s Dream and Notorious

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Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga to offer free program to VA eligible service members

Tue, 2023-01-24 11:42

Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Saratoga Springs that provides a home for retired racehorses that have sustained injuries and are no longer suitable for a riding career, was recently awarded a VA Adaptive Sports Grant through the Freedom Rein Project.

The Freedom Rein Project is a military equine therapy program that provides service members an opportunity to explore challenges and achieve goals in a therapeutic environment un-restricted by office walls and fully-emersed in working with horses who are keen observers and gentle guides. The grant will allow Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga to provide free equine therapy to any VA eligible service member.

According to Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, this type of care is not covered by insurance and the cost has been a barrier in the past for many service members who are struggling with PTSD, lack of connection in civilian life, communication issues and regaining trust among other issues.

In partnership with Licensed Mental Health Providers at ECS Psychological Services P.C., each participant is paired one on one or in group offerings to discuss individual goals while working with our clinicians and therapy horses. The participant will also be assisted by an Equine Specialist who is a guide to gain more horse behavior knowledge and create a healing bond between participants and these beautiful animals.

For service members interested in signing up for equine therapy, please contact ECS Psychological Services at (518) 580-0520 or intake@ecsps.com.

To learn more about Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, visit https://thsaratoga.org/

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First foal for late New York stallion Combatant

Mon, 2023-01-23 14:22

The late Grade 1 winner Combatant’s first foal, a filly out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Sadie’s Song, was born Saturday at Waldorf Farm. Photo courtesy of Rockridge Stud.

The late Grade 1 winner Combatant, a popular New York stallion in his first season, sired his first foal over the weekend.

Sadie’s Song, a 15-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song, delivered the filly by Combatant Saturday at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham. Bred by McConnell Racing, the newborn filly is the ninth foal out of Sadie’s Song, who is out of the Storm Cat mare Sharp Eyes.

Combatant, a son of Scat Daddy out of the Boundary mare Border Dispute, bred 85 mares in his first season at Rockridge Stud in Hudson. He died suddenly from colic in Chile in August, just after starting Southern Hemisphere duty at Haras Porta Pia.

The former Hronis Racing-owned Combatant was sold to Brian Levings of Levings Racing to stand at Rockridge in a deal brokered by Matt Bowling of Bowling Bloodstock, Colt Pike and David Ingordo.

Winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in 2020, Combatant retired to Rockridge with a record of 4-5-6 in 30 starts and earnings of $1,062,915. He stood his only season in New York for $7,500 LFSN.

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Stonewall Star shines in Franklin Square

Sun, 2023-01-22 16:57

Stonewall Star picks up second stakes victory in Sunday’s Franklin Square at Aqueduct. Chelsea Durand/NYRA Photo.

Barry Schwartz’s homebred Stonewall Star continued her forward movement that started back in late summer with a victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Franklin Square Stakes at Aqueduct.

Coming off a third in open company in the Gin Talking Stakes last month at Laurel Park, the 3-year-old daughter of Flatter dominated the 6 1/2-furlong Franklin Square from start to finish en route to a 6 1/4-length tally under Kendrick Carmouche. Trained by Horacio De Paz, Stonewall Star added the Franklin Square to her victory two back in the Key Cents Stakes at Aqueduct and improved to 3-for-6 overall in her young career.

“I’m very happy,” De Paz said. “She controlled the race and was able to get it done. We figured we would get her into the race like she usually runs and nobody really pressed her, and she really kicked on. I told Kendrick, ‘Just have fun, she’s your kind of horse.’ ”

Carmouche, riding the filly out of the winning Proud Citizen mare Jonata for the first time, relished that bit of confidence from De Paz.

“Catch me if you can,” he told De Paz.

That’s exactly how the Franklin Square unfolded, and nobody caught Stonewall Star.

Sent off as the 6-5 favorite against her five opponents – which included stakes-placed Security Code and Little Linzee – Stonewall Star took the lead shortly after the break and opened up a length through the first split in :22.93 over the fast track.

Carmouche said the first quarter felt much softer and continued to keep the filly alone on the lead around the far turn and to the half in :46.30.

“The horse warmed up really well,” he said. “It looked like I was the speed of the race and the track is favoring speed. I just broke and went and made myself a winner. They said 22, but it felt like I went 23 the first quarter, that’s how easy I had it going down the backstretch.”

Carmouche gave a look back over his right shoulder turning for home as Stonewall Star lengthened her stride and her advantage to 3 1/2 lengths in midstretch. No serious threat emerged from there and Stonewall Star cruised through the final furlong to win in 1:19.20.

“When I asked her, she leveled off and did everything perfectly,” Carmouche said. “I’m just grateful for the owner and trainer to give me the shot.”

Little Linzee made a mile rally in the lane to finish second, three quarters of a length in front of Security Code with Stonewall Star’s early stalker, Banterra, a head back in fourth. Lockbox and Starry Midnight completed the field.

Stonewall Star picked up $55,000 for the win to pad her bankroll to $195,808. Stonewall Star started her career with a runner-up to Security Code late in the Saratoga Race Course meeting before a win at Belmont at the Big A and a third against males in the New York Breeders’ Futurity at Finger Lakes in mid-October. Those three races proceeded her 4-length win the Key Cents and her third in the Gin Talking, where she led in midstretch.

De Paz said she’ll most likely stay in her home state and face fellow New York-breds in the immediate future, possibly in the March 24 East View Stakes.

“We’ll look at the stakes schedule in New York and keep her around here for right now,” De Paz said. “She’s worthy of [open company] and I will definitely take a look at both of those races.”

Bred and foaled at Schwartz’s Stonewall Farm in Granite Springs, Stonewall Star is the fourth foal and one of two stakes winners out of Jonata. La Fuerza, a 6-year-old full sister to Stonewall Star won three stakes carrying his owner and breeder’s black and white colors in 2018. He won four of eight and earned 4261,610.

Jonata is also the dam of New York-bred winners Citizen K, a gelding by Mizzen Mast also trained by De Paz; and Whatlovelookslike, a 3-year-old by English Channel who won at Saratoga in early September and is 2-2-1 in seven starts with $155,250 for trainer Todd Pletcher.

A $100,000 purchase by Schwartz at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale, Jonata won two of 17 starts with five placings and $140,800.

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Betsy Blue starts 2023 with Interborough win

Sat, 2023-01-21 16:37

Betsy Blue adds another open-company stakes, the Interborough, to season-ending victory in Garland of Roses. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo.

New year, same result for Betsy Blue.

Cloud Nine Stable’s 5-year-old Tonalist mare picked up where she left off in late 2022 with a rallying victory in Saturday’s $97,000 Interborough Stakes at Aqueduct. Betsy Blue closed from last after the opening half-mile to run down leaders Miss T Too and stablemate Piece of My Heart inside the final sixteenth for her second straight stakes victory for trainer Linda Rice and jockey Jose Lezcano.

Sent off the 1-5 favorite in the field of five reduced by the scratch of Easy to Bless, Betsy Blue also improved to 10-for-21 with seven seconds and two thirds and $659,510 in earnings.

“The numbers say she shouldn’t be doing this, but she continues to just find a way,” said Jerson Nauricio Suarez, a partner in the Cloud Nine group that came on board as the mare’s owner before her victory in the 2021 Bouwerie Stakes on Big Apple Showcase Day at Belmont Park.

Betsy Blue went 5-3-1 in 11 starts last year, earning $379,010, and Rice and the Cloud Nine group are optimistic for another strong campaign in 2023.

“We’ll just play it by ear. I’ll see what the Barbara Fritchie looks like,” Rice said of the Grade 3 stakes for fillies and mares February 18 at Laurel Park. “I’d prefer to stay in New York when I can. I’d rather not ship and run. She’s run very well at Aqueduct so I just assume I’ll keep her here if I can. But I will look at the Barbara Fritchie. The long-term goal would be the Distaff (April 3 at Aqueduct).”

Kentucky shipper Miss T Too, a daughter of Into Mischief making her final start before heading to the breeding shed, took the early lead not long after the break. She led and jockey Eric Cancel led by a head from Flight to Shanghai with Self Isolation close up. Betsy Blue trailed early but inched up to fourth as Miss T Too hit the opening quarter-mile in :23.54.

Miss T Too continued to lead around the far turn and held a half-length advantage over Self Isolation. Betsy Blue continued wide around the bend and into the lane and made a run toward Miss T Too and Piece of My Heart outside the eighth pole. Betsy Blue gained the advantage just inside the sixteenth pole and drew away late to a 1-length win in 1:25.94 for 7 furlongs on the fast track.

Piece of My Heart, second to Betsy Blue in an optional-allowance in mid-September during the Belmont at the Big A meet, held Miss T Too a length clear for the runner-up spot. Self Isolation and Flight to Shanghai completed the field.

“I saw the three horses go head-to-head there and I kept her in the clear,” Lezcano said. “In the middle of the turn, [Flight to Shanghai] kind of went out a little, but she was the best filly in the race and she showed it.

“She’s so good. She keeps holding her form and in every race, she keeps running better and better. She’s a nice horse and there’s nothing more I could ask for.”

Betsy Blue also improved to 4-for-6 at 7 furlongs, although her trainer feels she might be more effective going a touch shorter.

“She might be better at 6 1/2, closing into faster fractions,” she said. “I’m not sure seven-eighths to a mile is her best distance but she’s pretty versatile.”

Bred by Blue Devil Racing and foaled at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, Betsy Blue was claimed by Rice for $50,000 out of a victory March 25, 2021 at Aqueduct. Betsy Blue won her next two starts, including the Bouwerie, during a sophomore campaign where she went 4-4-1 in nine starts.

“She’s a great filly to have in the barn for almost two years now,” Rice said. “I was impressed with her first two races before claiming her. I actually was out-shook on her and then we doubled up on her. There was a seven-way shake on her the first time and the second time it was just us. We had to reach a little harder.”

Betsy Blue is the fourth foal out of the stakes-placed Yonaguska mare Honest to Betsy. Her first foal, the City Zip mare Sand City, won two of 25 starts with 10 placings and earned $87,895. Honest to Betsy is also the dam of the unraced 3-year-old New York-bred Unified filly Midnight Confession and a yearling New York-bred colt by Mitole.

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Foal Adventure offers entry into breeding world

Wed, 2023-01-18 11:53

Magic Happens, a winning daughter of Awesome Patriot, is one of two mares involved in Foal Adventure. Emily O’Neil-Hopkins Photo.

By Tom Law

Iain Holmes and Sean Feld were enjoying lunch in Boston one day last summer, discussing a myriad of topics when the conversation weaved its way to investing in the breeding industry on a budget.

“Someone really needs to make an opportunity for people to experience breeding racehorses on a small scale,” Holmes said that day.

That idea was the start of what became Foal Adventure, what Holmes and Feld call “America’s original foal club” and a way for the public to experience breeding and raising a racehorse.

“What you’ll notice, it doesn’t matter if you’re Mike Repole, or the Queen, or a hotwalker, trainer or groom, if you own one-tenth of 1 percent of a horse, when you’re cheering one on that you have a connection with there’s something special about it,” Holmes said last month. “It feels different than when you’re just holding a ticket.”

Foal Adventure offers the chance, for a one-time investment of $75, to purchase a one-year membership in a foal club. The membership features regular email newsletter updates, starting monthly in the winter months with candid photos of the expectant broodmares before coming weekly with pictures showing the foal’s development.

Members will have the chance to meet the foals over the summer and hopefully develop an interest in following them on the path to being raised, sold at public auction and into their racing careers.

“We settled on $75; that’s basically the price of a meal,” Holmes said. “Come join us for a year, cheer the foal on as it runs down and hopefully wins, and you’ll get an experience that you just can’t get anywhere else. So far everyone seems thrilled with the idea and getting a lot of interest and a lot of traction.

“That’s great because broodmares in October and November are pretty boring. There’s not a whole lot to report. They’re eating hay and growing, right? When we start getting foals and making breeding plans, it’s going to get a whole lot more exciting.”

The two mares involved – the 8-year-old Posse mare Lulu’s Partner and 7-year-old Awesome Patriot mare Magic Happens – are both in foal to New York-based sire Mr. Monomoy and expected to deliver foals in March. Feld is the managing partner of Climax Stallions, which owns and stands Mr. Monomoy at Pellinor Lane in West Virginia after starting his career at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, New York.

“Last year when I had my mare, I sent newsletters to my friends and family,”  Holmes said. “It started being just mine, then suddenly your friends’ mom is on the list, your mom’s friend is on the list. The list got bigger and bigger. And what we were doing was sending cute pictures of foals. So we put some of those ideas together and came up with Foal Adventure.

“It’s a new concept and it’s a bit disruptive, but as people really learn about what you’ll get out of being part of a breeding operation I think people will really enjoy it and have a good time.”

Learn more about Foal Adventure.

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Sequel Stallions adds Fire At Will for 2023

Tue, 2023-01-17 16:54

Fire At Will, winner of the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland, will stand the 2023 season at Sequel Stallions New York. Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire Photo.

Fire At Will, winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2020, will stand the 2023 season at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson. The 5-year-old son of Declaration of War will stand his first season for $6,000.

Fire At Will will be available for inspection during Sequel Stallions New York’s open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 167 Maple Lane in Hudson.

Campaigned by Three Diamonds Farm and trained by Mike Maker, Fire At Will won three of six starts and earned $675,932.

“He is absolutely the fastest 2-year-old I have ever trained on the turf,” Maker said.

Fire At Will bounced back from a troubled trip in his debut at Saratoga Race Course to win the $93,000 With Anticipation Stakes there less than a month later as a maiden over a sloppy and sealed surface. He showed his affinity for the grass with a 2-length victory in the Grade 2 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park before a 3-length tally over an international field in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland Race Course.

Fire At Will, who topped the likes of Grade 1 winner Gretzky the Great and Grade 2 winners Mutasaabeq and Battleground in the Juvenile Turf, was an Eclipse Award finalist in the champion 2-year-old male category in 2020.

Fire At Will returned to the races in 2021 and contested the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes on dirt at Gulfstream Park before a third in the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes on grass in his final start at Keeneland.

Out of the Kitten’s Joy mare Flirt, who sold in foal to Lemon Drop Kid for $500,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale, Fire At Will was originally purchased by Three Diamonds for $97,000 at the 2019 Keeneland September yearling sale. He was offered this month as a stallion prospect via Fasig-Tipton Digital.

“Recent Fasig-Tipton Digital Sale graduate Fire At Will presents a great opportunity to breeders in New York,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning Jr. “He was a brilliant Breeders’ Cup winner at 2 and has an outstanding pedigree. Becky Thomas and her team at Sequel have added another really exciting stallion prospect for the 2023 breeding season.”

Fire At Will is the first foal out of Flirt, who is a half-sister to Pegasus World Cup Turf contender and Grade 1 winner Decorated Invader (by Declaration of War), stakes winner Jubliant Girl and stakes-placed Cabral. Flirt, who is also from the family of top sire Stormy Atlantic, is also the dam of the unraced 3-year-old Mendelssohn colt and $310,000 yearling Sacred Rhyme and a 2-year-old filly by Lemon Drop Kid that sold as a yearling for $210,000.

“This is, perhaps, the most powerful stallion family in the world today,” said pedigree expert Alan Porter.

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Sequel sets 2023 fees; stallion show Saturday

Mon, 2023-01-16 10:34

Grade 2 winner Keepmeinmind will stand his first season alongside Freud, Mission Impazible and Honest Mischief at Sequel Stallions New York. Coady Photography.

Sequel Stallions New York will hold its 2023 Stallion Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Stallion Barn located at 167 Maple Lane in Hudson.

The 2023 roster is led by New York’s most popular sire by number of mares bred in 2021 and 2022, the state’s only son of four-time leading sire Into Mischief, Honest Mischief, who will stand for $6,500 LFSN.  The royally bred, precocious bay is New York’s leading sire of weanlings in 2022 and will continue to be backed by a syndicate led by Sequel, with global powerhouse Juddmonte Farm in support.

New to Sequel’s roster for 2023 is Laoban’s Grade 2-winning and multiple Grade 1-placed Keepmeinmind. An earner of $903,237, Keepmeinmind retires with the full support of the ownership group having already committed 25 top mares, including Better Not Cry, the daughter of $14 million broodmare purchase and Grade 2 winner Better Than Honour (in foal to Medaglia d’Oro) and Grade 1 winner and $1.3 million broodmare Diplomat Lady (in foal to Vino Rosso).

Multiple leading sire Freud and Mission Impazible will stand the 2023 season privately. Freud is New York’s leading sire by lifetime earnings and lifetime number of black-type winners and is the versatile full brother to Giant’s Causeway. He has lifetime progeny earnings of more than $70 million. Unbridled’s Song’s Grade 1-performing millionaire Mission Impazible has progeny earnings of more than $12 million dollars with 46 percent winners.

“We want to give our breeders a chance to be profitable,” said Sequel owner Becky Thomas. “The recent sales in Kentucky have clearly demonstrated breeding in Kentucky does not guarantee a profit. The lower stallion fees, no transportation or boarding costs coupled with the lucrative purse structure NYRA offers and resulting awards will give our breeders the best opportunity.”

The 2023 Sequel New York roster:
Freud Private
Honest Mischief $6,500 LFSN
Keepmeinmind $6,500 LFSN
Mission Impazible Private

Multiple mare discounts are available as well as incentives for repeat breeders.

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Rockridge Stud announces fees, stallion show

Fri, 2023-01-13 13:33

Hopeful. H. Allen Jerkens and Cigar Mile winner Mind Control enters stud in 2023 at Rockridge Stud in Hudson. Chelsea Durand/NYRA Photo.

Rockridge Stud in Hudson announced its roster and fees for the 2023 season along with a stallion show later this month.

The stallion show will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. A lunch buffet will be serve along with a raffle for free seasons to each stallion at the show (attendance is required to be eligible).

The Rockridge roster for 2023 includes newcomers Mind Control and Tourist.

Multiple Grade 1 winner Mind Control will stand his first season this year, after capping his career with a victory in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap in December at Aqueduct. The 7-year-old son of Stay Thirsty will stand as a joint venture with Irish Hill/Dutchess Views Farm, Waldorf Farm and Hidden Lake Farm.

Multiple Grade 1 and Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Tourist among the leaders on the North American third-crop sire list in 2022, relocates to New York after starting at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky.

The Rockridge roster and fees for 2023:

Al Khali $2,500 LFSN
A Shin Forward $2,500 LFSN
Disco Partner $4,000 LFSN
Frank Conversation Private
Mind Control* $8,500 LFSN
Slumber $7,500 LFSN
Tourist $3,500 LFSN

*Joint venture with Irish Hill/Dutchess Views Farm, Waldorf Farm, and Hidden Lake Farm

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NY-breds play big role at Keeneland January

Fri, 2023-01-13 09:26

Stakes-placed winner Ack Naughty, the dam of Practical Move, brought the highest price for a New York-bred at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. Keeneland Photo.

By Tom Law

Nine New York-breds sold for six figures – including a pair of mares that brought $500,000 and $425,000 – during the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale that wrapped up with strong returns Thursday.

Six of the nine six-figure buys were broodmares, broodmare prospects or racing prospects, with the group led by Ack Naughty for $500,000 during the first session. Chester and Mary Broman purchased Ack Naughty, selling as Hip 420B, with Becky Thomas handling the bidding for the perennial leading breeders in the Empire State. The 11-year-old daughter of Afleet Alex is the dam of recent Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity winner Practical Move and was offered in foal to New York-bred champion Upstart.

Bred by Waterville Lake Stables Ltd LLC and foaled at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, Ack Naughty won four of 15 starts with seven seconds and a third and earned $310,450. Practical Move is her second foal, and Thomas hinted at where she might be headed later this year when breeding season gets underway.

“Mr. Broman has one of the original breeding rights to Into Mischief, so I have a feeling she might be going to Into Mischief,” Thomas said.

Consigned by ELiTE, agent, Ack Naughty is out of the General Meeting mare Dash for Money and is a half-sister to stakes winners So Lonesome and No Spin from the family of champion Vino Rosso, Grade 2 winner Commissioner and Grade 3 winner Laugh Track.

Determined Stud purchased stakes-placed Dream Passage in foal to top sire Gun Runner for $425,000. Photo courtesy of Mulholland Springs.

Hip 804, the stakes-placed $461,801-earning New York-bred Dream Passage, commanded the $425,000 bid during the second session. Matt Dorman’s Determined Stud purchased the 9-year-old daughter of Stormy Atlantic, who sold in foal to top sire Gun Runner. Bred by Wellspring Stables LLC and out of the stakes-placed Raffie’s Majesty mare Raffie’s Dream, Dream Passage was consigned by Mulholland Springs, agent.

Keeneland reported sales on 105 New York-breds over the four sessions for a total of $4,051,300, an average price of $38,584 and median of $15,000.

New York-bred “short” yearlings fared well at the sale with 49 of the 61 through the ring sold for $1,498,100, an average price of $30,573 and median of $16,000.

The final session saw 18 New York-breds sell for $158,200, an average price of $8,789 and median of $6,250.

Hip 1336, a short yearling filly by Thousand Words, brought the highest price for a New York-bred during the final session on a bid of $26,000.

Carlos Cole Bloodstock purchase the filly, who was bred by Kenny Toye and is out of the unraced Stormy Atlantic mare Mermaid Sara. The filly was consigned by Stuart Morris, agent for Waldorf Farm. Mermaid Sara is the dam of four winners

Hip 1312, a short yearling colt by New York-based sire Honest Mischief, sold for $25,000 to Borah during the final session.

Bred and consigned by Sparks View Farm, the colt is out of the winning Brahms mare Love to Gamble. She’s the dam of four winners, including the stakes-placed duo Love to Score and Quality Bet, and a 2-year-old New York-bred Palace Malice colt that sold for $17,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale.

Honest Mischief, a 7-year-old son of Into Mischief out of the Seattle Slew mare Honest Lady, stand for $6,500 at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson.

 

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On Palm Sunday highlights third Keeneland session

Thu, 2023-01-12 07:50

On Palm Sunday, a Summer Front gelding selling in the complete dispersal of Patricia Generazio, brought $80,000 Wednesday at the Keeneland January sale. Photo courtesy of Denali Stud.

On Palm Sunday, a 4-year-old New York-bred Summer Front gelding from the complete dispersal of Patricia Generazio, sold for $80,000 during the third session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Wednesday in Lexington.

Two Hearts Farm II, LLC purchased On Palm Sunday, who is out of the Malibu Moon mare On Oaks Day and sold as Hip 1198 out of the Denali Stud consignment.

On Palm Sunday placed twice in six starts for Generazio and trainer David Donk, earning $27,900. He finished fourth in his most recent start, a 1 1/16-mile maiden claiming event on the turf Nov. 6 at Aqueduct.

Hip 1022, a colt by Street Boss out of the winning Dialed In mare Safta, brought the day’s highest price for a short yearling on a bid of $65,000 from Jim FitzGerald, agent. Bred by Nice Guys Stable LLC and SH Racing LLC, the colt was consigned by Burleson Farms, agent.

The colt is the second foal out of Safta, who is also the dam of the 2-year-old New York-bred Carpe Diem filly Mar G that sold for $8,000 at last year’s OBS October yearling sale.

Keeneland reported sales on 44 New York-breds during Thursday’s penultimate session for a total of $619,600, an average price of $14,082 and median of $6,750. Overall and including post-sale returns, Keeneland has reported 86 New York-breds sold for the first three sessions for a total of $3,808,100, an average price of $44,280 and median of $18,500.

The sale concludes with the final session at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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First foal for Venezuelan Hug at Mill Creek Farm

Wed, 2023-01-11 16:42

Venezuelan Hug’s first foal, a filly out of the Mizzen Mast mare Flutiste, born Wednesday at Mill Creek Farm. Photo provided.

Graded stakes winner Venezuelan Hug sired his first foal Wednesday when Flutiste delivered a filly at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater. Venezuelan Hug, a 6-year-old son of Constitution out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Downtown Diva, stands for $2,500 at Mill Creek Farm.

Owned by Sal Spedale’s Spedale Family Racing, the filly is also the first foal for the 5-year-old Mizzen Mast mare Flutiste. Bred by Gerard and Alain Wertheimer, Flutiste was claimed out of her maiden-breaking victory in mid-December 2020 by Spedele Family Racing and Flying P Stable.

“Mr. Spedale is super excited about the next chapter for Venezuelan Hug and is extremely involved with breeding and supporting him,” Mill Creek Farm owner Anne Morgan. “The filly is super cute and feisty, very correct and well balanced.”

Venezuelan Hug raced for Spedale Family Racing and R. A. Hill Stable before retiring to stand his first season in 2022 at Mill Creek. He won six of 10 starts and earned $252,830. He ended his career with three straight victories in stakes company, winning the Millions Turf Preview Stakes in November 2020 at Gulfstream Park West, Sunshine Turf Stakes in January 2021 at Gulfstream and the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes in late February 2021 at Gulfstream.

Flutiste is one of five winners out of the Dynaformer mare Etincelle, a half-sister to stakes winners Take the Ribbon, Flash Forward, Flash Mash, Glinda the Good, Bright Magic and Hot War. Glinda the Good is the dam of champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Good Magic.

Venezuelan Hug is one of several stallions based in New York and other states with seasons for sale in the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.’s annual Stallion Season Auction set for January 27-31 on Wanamakers.com.

The auction raises funds that allow the NYTB to carry on its two-fold mission of promoting New York breeding and racing and protecting the welfare of industry stakeholders.

Donations of stallion seasons will be accepted until the beginning of the auction. Please visit nytbreeders.org to view the current list of stallions in the auction and contact NYTB directly at 518.587.0777 or info@nytbreeders.org to donate a season.

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Dream Passage sells for $425,000 at Keeneland

Wed, 2023-01-11 09:03

Dream Passage, a stakes-placed daughter of Stormy Atlantic in foal to top sire Gun Runner, sold for $425,000 Tuesday at the Keeneland January sale. Photo courtesy of Mulholland Springs.

Stakes-placed $461,801-earning New York-bred Dream Passage commanded a bid of $425,000 to finish the second session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale as one of the top-priced broodmares Tuesday in Lexington.

Matt Dorman’s Determined Stud purchased the 9-year-old daughter of Stormy Atlantic, who sold as Hip 804 and in foal to top sire Gun Runner. Dream Passage, who is out of the stakes-placed Raffie’s Majesty mare Raffie’s Dream, was consigned by Mulholland Springs, agent.

“I had pegged her somewhere in that price range,” consignor John Henry Mulholland said. “She’s just such a beautiful and classy mare and has a lovely Constitution yearling filly. She’s in foal to the best young sire in the world, probably. She stood out here and sold really well. I’m pleased.”

Bred by Wellspring Stables LLC, Dream Passage compiled a record of 8-7-4 in 28 starts and finished second in the 2020 Jersey Lilly Turf Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. Her eight wins came on the NYRA circuit, including a run of three straight at Belmont Park and Aqueduct in the fall of 2019.

A full sister to multiple stakes winner and $336,649-earner Stormy’s Majesty and Bullish Sentiment, the dam of multiple stakes winner Sassy Agnes, Dream Passage’s first foal is the yearling filly by Constitution. Dream Passage finished the day as the co-sixth most expensive horse through the ring and one of five six-figure New York-breds.

Keeneland reported sales on 15 New York-breds Tuesday for a total of $1,389,000, an average price of $92,600 and median of $40,000.

Hip 506, a colt by Violence, brought the second most expensive price and highest price for a New York-bred short yearling on a bid of $175,000 from SKPJ Stables.

Bred by Fred W. Hertrich III, foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham and consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, the colt is the first foal out of the winning Liam’s Map mare Liam’s Lookout.

The January sale continues with the third of four sessions at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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Bromans land Ack Naughty at January opener

Tue, 2023-01-10 08:59

Stakes-placed winner Ack Naughty, the dam of Practical Move, sold for $500,000 to opening the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. Keeneland Photo.

Perennial leading New York breeders Chester and Mary Broman made a splash with their lone purchase during Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, going to $500,000 to purchase the dam of one of this year’s leading classic prospects.

Becky Thomas signed the big ticket on behalf of the Bromans for the multiple stakes-placed Ack Naughty, selling as Hip 420B, who ended the day as the second highest-priced horse sold during the session. The 11-year-old New York-bred daughter of Afleet Alex is the dam of recent Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity winner Practical Move and was offered in foal to New York-bred champion Upstart.

Bred by Waterville Lake Stables Ltd LLC and foaled at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, Ack Naughty won four of 15 starts with seven seconds and a third and earned $310,450. Practical Move is her second foal, and Thomas hinted at where she might be headed later this year when breeding season gets underway.

“Mr. Broman has one of the original breeding rights to Into Mischief, so I have a feeling she might be going to Into Mischief,” Thomas said.

Consigned by ELiTE, agent, Ack Naughty is out of the General Meeting mare Dash for Money and is a half-sister to stakes winners So Lonesome and No Spin from the family of champion Vino Rosso, Grade 2 winner Commissioner and Grade 3 winner Laugh Track.

“She was a supplement, and (the sellers) are taking advantage of a nice update,” ELiTE’s Liz Crow said. “We were really happy with the price.”

Practical Move, a son of Practical Joke who sold for $230,000 at last year’s OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in training, landed on the classics trail after a third in the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar in November and a victory in the Los Alamitos Futurity in mid-December. Ack Naughty is also the dam of a yearling colt by Complexity.

The January sale also marked the start of the complete dispersal for Patricia Generazio. Another top-selling New York-bred mare came from that group – stakes winner Mischievous Dream, who sold for $210,000 to West Bloodstock, agent for Repole Stable.

Stakes winner Mischievous Dream, part of the Patricia Generazio complete dispersal, sold for $210,000 Monday at the January sale. Photo courtesy of Denali Stud.

Consigned by Denali Stud, agent for Generazio’s dispersal, and offered as Hip 98, the 5-year-old daughter of Into Mischief was sold as racing or broodmare prospect.

A half-sister to stakes-placed Keepthedreamalive and two other winners, Mischievous Dream is out of the unraced Marquetry mare Princesa’s Passion, the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Presious Passion.

Mischievous Dream is 3-3-3 in 14 starts with $268,600 in earnings. She won her debut in July 2020 at Saratoga Race Course before a fourth there in the Bolton Landing Stakes and a victory in the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park. She later placed in two more stakes – the 2020 Nownownow against males at Monmouth and 2021 Honey Ryder at Gulfstream Park. Mischievous Dream finished third in an optional-allowance sprinting on the grass during the Belmont at the Big A meeting in her most recent start in late October.

The most expensive New York-bred “short” yearling also came out of the Generazio dispersal and Denali consignment – Hip 262, a colt by Goldencents purchased by Tahlula Stables for $85,000. The colt is out of the stakes-placed Midshipman mare Wave of Glory, the dam of stakes winner and $110,690-earner Treasure King.

Keeneland reported sales on 23 New York-breds during the opening session for a total of $1,489,500, an average price of $64,761 and median of $37,000. The January sale continues at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the second of four sessions.

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First foal for Waiting at Irish Hill Century Farm

Mon, 2023-01-09 11:48

Waiting’s first foal, a filly out of Norway, relaxes at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater. Emily Davis Photo.

By Tom Law

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions celebrated several firsts – naturally during the first week of the year – with the birth of a filly January 6 in Stillwater.

The newborn chestnut – a filly by Waiting out of the Brethren mare Norway – is the first foal by her sire and dam, the first born at Irish Hill Century Farm in 2023 and also believed to be the first foal born in New York this year.

Born at 5 a.m., the filly is “very good sized for a maiden mare. She is well balanced, energetic and has Waiting’s strong hind end,” according to Irish Hill & Dutchess Views’ Moe Scavullo.

Waiting, set to stand his second season for $2,500 LFSN, is the lone son of American Pharoah standing in New York. The unraced 6-year-old is out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare Wait No More, a $1,575,000 topper at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings. Wait No More is also out of champion 3-year-old filly Wait a While.

The 6-year-old Norway is out of the Pure Precision mare Romin Robin, a Grade 3-placed seven-time winner who earned $296,138 in 40 starts.

The NYTB encourages breeders, owners and farm representatives to share photos and information on their new arrivals at nytbreeders.org/foals.

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Wudda U Think Now fends off foes in Say Florida Sandy

Sun, 2023-01-08 17:16

Wudda U Think Now and Dylan Davis team for second straight stakes victory in Sunday’s Say Florida Sandy at Aqueduct. NYRA Photo.

Rudy Rodriguez came into Sunday’s $97,000 Say Florida Sandy at Aqueduct knowing Wudda U Think Now would face a tall order against the likes of New York-bred champions Bankit and My Boy Tate. He also came into the 7-furlong stakes knowing the 5-year-old Fast Anna gelding had run his best races at the Big A.

Wudda U Think Now improved on that record in the stakes named for the two-time New York-bred Horse of the Year and multiple divisional champion, fending off Market Alert and Bankit for his second straight victory. Dylan Davis rode the gelding for Rodriguez and owner Stuart Grant’s The Elkstone Group.

“He’s a really big horse and he travels well,” Davis said. “He’s really aggressive in the mornings and the same in the races. He’s a little easier to manage during the races than in his breezes when he’s a little tougher.

“What I’ve noticed is that he’s a hard-trying horse that will give you everything he’s got, but you’ve got to know how to ride him because he doesn’t have a big turn of foot and he’s just a real steady grinder.”

Wudda U Think Now, sent off as the 9-5 second choice in the field of five off his win in the Dec. 17 Alex M. Robb, improved to 7-for-11 at Aqueduct with the grind-it-out style.

The grind was far from slow, however.

Wudda U Think Now and Davis set a strong pace from the start, leading an attentive Market Alert by a half-length on his outside to the opening quarter-mile in :22.96 with Bankit and My Boy Tate tracking side-by-side up the backstretch.

Market Alert inched within a head to the half in :45.58, and the two separated from the other three around the far turn. Bankit, the 6-5 favorite coming off a victory in the Thunder Rumble division of the New York Stallion Series Stakes in early December, made a run just before the straight but couldn’t match the top two.

Wudda U Think Now cut the corner and opened up in the lane, extending his advantage to a half-length in midstretch and past 6 furlongs in 1:10.50. Bankit continued to gain on the outside from there, and rallied with Market Alert in deep stretch before running out of racetrack.

“I was really trying to manage what I could get away with,” Davis said. “Kendrick [Carmouche, aboard Market Alert] was pressing me and he kept the pace honest for me. Because he shortened back up from the mile, I knew he handled the distance and I could ride him a little earlier. I really got into him once we got to the turn. He just kept finding more and more.”

Wudda U Think Now won in 1:24.23 for his ninth win in 20 starts, to go with four seconds and two thirds, and picked up $55,000 to pad his bankroll to $558,750. Market Alert held second, beaten three-quarters of a length and a head in front of Bankit. My Boy Tate and Reggae Music Man completed the field.

Bred by Mina Equivest LLC and foaled at Five Oak Farm in Saratoga, Wudda U Think Now is out of the stakes-placed Unbridled Jet mare Unbridled Grace.

Grant purchased Wudda U Think Now for $60,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale. He’s one of five winners from five foals to race out of Unbridled Grace. In addition to Wudda U Think Now, Unbridled Grace is the dam of New York-bred stakes performers James Jingle and C d’Cat. She is also the dam of the New York-bred Yes It’s True gelding Dean Verdile, who won 12 of 69 starts with 16 placings and earned $239,160.

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City Man closes 2022 with Fort Lauderdale victory

Sat, 2022-12-31 17:41

City Man and Joel Rosario cruise to rail-skimming victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale. Lauren King/Gulfstream Park Photo.

City Man started his 2022 season with an open company stakes victory, and did one better in his finale.

The 5-year-old New York-bred son of Mucho Macho Man delivered on New Year’s Eve for owners Dean and Patti Reeves of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Peter and Patty Searles and trainer Christophe Clement, coming up the inside under Joel Rosario to win Saturday’s 66th renewal of the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

City Man improved to 5-for-8 with the victory – all stakes wins – and added the Fort Lauderdale to prior open company wins in the Danger’s Hour in early April at Aqueduct and Grade 3 Forbidden Apple at Saratoga Race Course. He also inched closer to the seven-figure earnings mark, collecting $115,320 to boost his bankroll to $987,120, ahead of a more lucrative start in the January 28 $1 million, Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream.

“He was running so well up in New York and we just felt like he was really on top of his game,” said Dean Reeves. “I’ve never seen him run this well. We thought, ‘Let’s run another race and really see how he does against open company in a Grade 2,’ and if we did well there we’d look probably to go to the Pegasus. Christophe stables at Payson Park, so we’ll leave him here in Florida and get him ready for the Pegasus.”

Sent off as the 3-1 second choice in the field of 12 behind last year’s Pegasus World Cup Turf winner and even-money choice Colonel Liam, City Man and jockey Joel Rosario tracked in third early. Winfromwithin, a 34-1 longshot under Chantal Sutherland, set the pace on an open lead through splits of :23.62 and :46.92 ahead of Decorated Invader, City Man and Colonel Liam.

Winfromwithin continued to lead through 6 furlongs in 1:10.11 over the firm ground with Decorated Invader within a half-length and City Man and Rosario looking for room on the inside.

The room eventually came as the field turned for home and City Man spurted clear on the rail. He drew off from there, widening his advantage inside the final eighth as Decorated Invader held second in a four-way photo with Street Ready, Winfromwithin and Good Governance. The latter two finished in a dead-heat for fourth and Colonel Liam checked in sixth.

City Man, the winner of nine of 26 in his career, won in 1:46.10.

“It was a good trip,” Rosario said. “He came out of the gate well so I could get a good position. I was in a good spot. He did the rest after that.”

City Man made it three straight in the Fort Lauderdale, after victories in the Ashley T. Cole Stakes and Mohawk Stakes, both over New York-breds during the Belmont at the Big A meeting at Aqueduct. He also finished second in the Grade 3 Bernard Baruch Handicap on Closing Day at Saratoga Race Course this season.

Clement was pleased with the performance, of City Man and his rider.

“The idea was to be forward with him. I told [Rosario] not to fight him and be comfortable, and he won well,” Clement said. “It’s a nice race, a prep for the Pegasus. That would be the plan. He’s a New York-bred, so I gave him a break [in the winter] in the past. But this year, I just thought we had never run in the Pegasus and I told Mr. Reeves, ‘Why don’t you try to run in the Pegasus?’ It’s a beautiful turf course, well done by Gulfstream. They got it right. All the jockeys have been very positive about it, and I’m delighted.”

Bred by Moonstar Farm, City Man is the fourth foal out of the winning City Zip mare City Scamper. A half-sister to New York stakes winner Alysinstilettos and stakes-placed Always For You, City Scamper is also the dam of the five-time winning and $105,017-earning New York-bred Majestic Warrior mare Go Kelly Go and two-time winning and $61,687-earning New York-bred Laoban ridgling El Mayor.

City Man originally sold for $20,000 as a weanling at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale. He showed up in the OBS April sale 18 months later and was purchased by Dean Reeves for $185,000. He was in the second crop of Mucho Macho Man, whom Reeves campaigned to a victory in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

City Scamper also produced a New York-bred colt by Hoppertunity in early March 2020 and is the dam of the yearling full sister to City Man, Miss City Girl, born April 7, 2021. Moonstar Farm bred those two, along with a weanling filly by Vino Rosso born May 10, 2022.

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NYTB Stallion Season Auction Returns Jan. 27 – 31 on Wanamakers.com

Wed, 2022-12-28 11:00

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction from Friday, January 27 to Tuesday, January 31 on Wanamakers.com.

The auction raises funds that allow the NYTB to carry on its two-fold mission of promoting New York breeding and racing and protecting the welfare of industry stakeholders.

The auction has routinely attracted donated seasons from farms in the Empire State and Kentucky, including McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Sequel New York, Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions, Rockridge Stud, Darley, WinStar Farm, Darby Dan Farm, and Gainesway Farm.

“The benefit of our annual stallion season auction is that it allows participants to find great value on stallions from leading farms in New York, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and elsewhere while helping our mission to protect and enhance the incentives and awards that have made the New York-bred program the strongest regional breeding program in the country,” said New York Thoroughbred Breeders Executive Director Najja Thompson.

New York-bred program stakeholders receive more than $60 million distributed in purse money, incentives, and awards for New York-breds who compete in more than 600 New York-bred races run annually on the New York Racing Association circuit and Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.

Additionally, there are specific enhanced programs targeted for New York-Sired New York-breds, including the $2.3 million 10-race New York Stallion Stakes Series and the New York-sired owner’s bonus programs on the New York Racing Association circuit.

Donations of stallion seasons will be accepted until the beginning of the auction. Please visit nytbreeders.org to view the current list of stallions in the auction and contact NYTB directly at 518.587.0777 or info@nytbreeders.org to donate a season.

Participants must register with Wanamakers.com prior to bidding. All bids will be subject to the rules and conditions of the auction and each season’s conditions will be posted. Click here to register your account with Wanamakers.com in advance.

Available Seasons
*Current as of 12/28

Stallion Standing At State Alternation Darby Dan Farm KY Bee Jersey Darby Dan Farm KY Big Brown Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY Copper Bullet Darby Dan Farm KY Country House Darby Dan Farm KY Dolphus Darby Dan Farm KY Eddington Ackerman Farm AZ Freud Sequel New York NY Frosted Darley KY Good Samaritan WinStar Farm KY Higher Power Darby Dan Farm KY Honest Mischief Sequel New York NY Keepmeinmind Sequel New York NY King For a Day Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY Leofric Darby Dan Farm KY Lookin At Lee Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY Modernist Darby Dan Farm KY Mission Impazible Sequel New York NY Raging Bull Gainesway Farm KY Spun to Run Gainesway Farm KY Tapwrit Gainesway Farm KY Tale of Ekati Darby Dan Farm KY Tale of Silence Darby Dan Farm KY Tale of Verve Darby Dan Farm KY Venezuelan Hug Mill Creek Farm NY Waiting Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY War Dancer Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY

 

 

 

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Mind Control to stand at Rockridge for unique partnership

Wed, 2022-12-21 12:55

Mind Control, who capped his career with a win in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile in December, retires to Rockridge Stud in Hudson for the 2023 season. Joe Labozzetta/NYRA Photo.

Red Oak Stable’s and Madaket Stable’s multiple Grade 1 winner Mind Control, who capped his career with a gritty victory in the Cigar Mile Handicap, will enter stud in 2023 in New York. The 6-year-old son of Stay Thirsty will stand at Rockridge Stud in Hudson under the management of Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions and Rockridge Stud.

Mind Control, who will stand for $8,500 live foal, stands and nurses, is the most accomplished horse to begin his stud career in New York in decades. Bred by Stephen P. Brunetti’s Red Oak Stable, Mind Control won 12 of 29 starts with three seconds and six thirds for $2,185,834 in earnings. He was a graded stakes winner in each of his five seasons on the racetrack, and a Grade 1 winner at 2, 3 and 6.

“We are excited and looking forward to standing Mind Control at Rockridge Stud,” said Red Oak Stable racing manager Rick Sacco. “There was considerable interest from stud farms in the U.S., Japan and the Middle East, but given that his three Grade 1 victories were on the NYRA circuit, we believe Rockridge Stud in the state of New York is the perfect place for Mind Control to begin his stallion career.

“Ultimately, Stephen Brunetti wanted the horse to stand in the U.S. Sol Kumin agreed, a deal was struck with Rockridge Stud, Irish Hill Farm and Dutchess Views Stallions, and a partnership was formed.”

Mind Control will serve stallion duty as the property of Rockridge Stud, Irish Hill Farm, Dutchess Views Stallions, Hidden Lake Farm, and Waldorf Farm, as well as Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stable.

“This is a significant development for Rockridge Stud, Irish Hill Farm, Dutchess Views Stallions and for the breeding industry in New York,” added Rockridge’s owner/operator Lere Visagie. “Getting this group of partners together to support Mind Control gives us a phenomenal opportunity to make him the most successful stallion to ever stand in the state.”

Mind Control’s first Grade 1 victory came in the 2018 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Fresh off a 6-furlong maiden win at Monmouth Park in his second start for trainer Gregory Sacco, Mind Control shipped to upstate New York and won the 7-furlong Hopeful on the front end in 1:22.09.

Mind Control started his sophomore season with a victory in the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct before returning again to Saratoga for another Grade 1 victory – in the 7-furlong H. Allen Jerkens Stakes in 1:21.43. He won two more stakes on the NYRA circuit as a 4-year-old, taking the Grade 3 Toboggan Stakes and Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap, both at Aqueduct.

Mind Control and John Velazquez win the Cigar Mile. Chelsea Durand/NYRA Photo.

Transferred to Todd Pletcher in late spring 2021, Mind Control won his first start for the new barn in the Grade 2 John A. Nerud Stakes. He later added the first of two Parx Dirt Mile Stakes wins before taking three of six starts in 2022. Mind Control won the Grade 3 Salvator Mile Stakes at Monmouth Park and Parx Dirt Mile this year, before defeating Get Her Number, White Abarrio, Zandon and others in the $750,000 Cigar Mile.

“That was a phenomenal performance,” Pletcher said after the Cigar Mile win. “It’s just great to see him have a victory like that in his final career start. He deserved to go out that way.”

“It’s not only great for him to go out on a win, but for him to do it in the style that defines his character and fight off challenges from the Florida Derby winner on the inside, the American Pharoah winner on the outside. Three Grade 1-winners battling it out across the track. He showed that signature move of his where he puts his head in front and won’t be denied.”

Mind Control is the fourth foal out of the stakes-winning Lightnin N Thunder mare Feel That Fire. He’s a half-brother to four winners led by Goddess of Fire, runner-up in both the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes and Gulfstream Park Oaks this past winter and spring and third in last summer’s Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. A debut winner at 2 at Saratoga who placed in two other stakes, Goddess of Fire earned $335,875 through Friday.

Feel That Fire is also the dam of winners Urban Burn, Gangbusters and My Gift From Above, and the 2-year-old Candy Ride filly White Hot Gold who made her debut Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay Downs.

“I’m extremely proud of everything Mind Control accomplished on the racetrack,” Brunetti said. “I’ve been breeding horses for 25 years and he’s the best one I’ve ever bred. From a breeding perspective, Mind Control has excellent conformation and size. He displayed fierce courage, he hails from a strong and active female family, and he won Grade 1 races from 7 furlongs to 1 mile.”

Rick Sacco described Mind Control’s final career start as almost like a movie ending.

“It was a fitting end to his impressive racing career and it was awesome that Johnny V. came in from California to ride Mind Control in his final race,” he said. “We’re very proud of the horse, our breeding program and the Red Oak Farm operation led by Barry Dolan. I just want to congratulate Todd and his entire team and to remember the excellent job my brother Gregg did with Mind Control earlier in his career winning two Grade 1 races.”

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