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Sisella first winner for Boys At Tosconova

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Sisella (Photo: Jerry Dzierwinski/Maryland Jockey Club)

Sisella (Photo: Jerry Dzierwinski/Maryland Jockey Club)

By Mary Reeder, courtesy

In just her second start, Sisella drew away by 10 3/4 lengths on a sloppy track to become Boys At Tosconova‘s first winner as a sire in an Oct. 1 maiden claiming event for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Park.

Danny Limongelli’s Sisella, ridden by Angel Serpa, sat just off the pace three-wide and then took the lead about a quarter-mile from the wire. The filly defeated a field of nine other challengers for trainer Hugh McMahon after finishing seventh in her Aug. 24 debut at Saratoga.

Bred by Howard Nolan in New York, Sisella is out of the unraced Golden Missile mare Countyourblessings.

Lightly raced Boys At Tosconova won the Three Chimney’s Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) as a 2-year-old and went on to finish second in the 2010 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) to that year’s 2-year-old male champion Uncle Mo, who is currently the leading second-crop sire and ranks second on the general sire list behind Tapit.

Boys At Tosconova retired as a 4-year-old and was syndicated. He entered stud in 2013 at Questroyal North in New York, where he has stood since. The son of Officer out of the Coronado’s Quest mare Little Bonnet, stood 2016 for a $2,500 fee.

First winner for Soaring Empire

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
D'yer Mak'er (Photo: Adam Coglianese)

D’yer Mak’er (Photo: Adam Coglianese)

By Frank Angst, courtesy

New York-based freshman sire Soaring Empire picked up his first winner Oct. 1 when D’yer Mak’er drew off in the stretch in the 11th race at Belmont Park, a one-mile maiden special weight test for New York-bred 2-year-olds.

A grade III-winning son of classic winner Empire Maker, Soaring Empire stood the 2016 season for $3,500 at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, N.Y. Soaring Empire won the 2011 Hal’s Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park and two stakes races at Monmouth Park.

Out of winning A.P. Indy mare Flying Passage, Soaring Empire is a half brother to grade II winner Hungry Island. He has 24 foals in his first crop.

Out of the Dixie Brass mare South Wing, Six String Stables D’yer Mak’er completed the one-mile test in 1:39 on a muddy track to secure victory in his third start. D’yer Mak’er is trained by Nick Zito and was guided to victory by Javier Castellano.

First starter, first winner for Encaustic

Friday, September 30th, 2016
Roger's Dream (SV Photography)

Roger’s Dream (SV Photography)

By Eric Mitchell, Courtesy

New York freshman sire Encaustic had a solid start Sept. 27 when the stallion’s first starter also became his first winner.

The second-highest price in a seven-horse field at nearly 16-1, Rogers Dream won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden claimer at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack gate to wire under Rodolfo Ignacio. He crossed the wire one length the best in a final time of 1:07.96. The juvenile gelding is raced by owner/trainer Jeffrey Englehart and William Molloy.

Bred in New York by Banahan Farms, Rogers Dream is out of the winning Yonaguska daughter Shesadreamcatcher.

Encaustic is the only stakes winner from the next-to-last crop of leading sire Broad Brush. He is also one of five stakes winners produced by the blue hen mare Illeria, who is the dam of grade I winner and sire Include and graded stakes winner Magic Broad—both full siblings to Encaustic. All of Illeria’s foals were bred by Robert Meyerhoff or under the name of his Fitzhugh Farm. Meyerhoff raced Broad Brush.

As a racehorse, Encaustic won five of his 14 starts in black-type stakes. He retired with a 12-11-6 record in 46 starts and now stands at Foggy Bottom Farm near Geneseo, N.Y., for $2,000.

Desert Party sold to partnership, relocates to Irish Hill Century Farm

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
Photo: Courtesy Darley Stud

Photo: Courtesy Darley Stud

By Eric Mitchell, courtesy

New York sire and graded stakes winner Desert Party has been sold by Darley to a partnership that includes the stallion’s co-breeder Stephen Sinatra and will be relocated to Irish Hill Century Farm near Saratoga Springs.

“You never know in this business how things are going to work out, do you?” said Sinatra, the managing partner of the stallion’s new ownership group. “Having been one of his breeders, I’ve followed his career closely and am truly excited about being able to stand him and keep him in New York. And I must express my appreciation to Darley for working with us, as I know other offers were also fielded.”

Desert Party’s 2017 stud fee will be announced in the near future.

A 10-year-old son of Street Cry and sold as a yearling for $2.1 million, Desert Party won six times in 10 starts for Godolphin. He earned victories in the Sanford Stakes (gr. II), Gulf News UAE Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III), and Derrinstown Stud Elnadim Mahab Al Shimall (UAE-III).  Street Cry also won both the UAE Two Thousand Guineas and Derby.

Desert Party previously stood at Sequel Stallions in New York for three seasons and was New York’s leading freshman sire of 2014. His first crop included seven stakes horses, among them grade III winner Salama and graded stakes horses Heart’s Song, Desert Dynamo, and Can’t Happen Here.

Out of 60 lifetime winners to date, Desert Party’s other top runners are stakes winners Mecke’s Madelyn (owned by Sinatra and Corby Caiazzo) and Party Pooper.

Desert Party ranks among the top 10 leading New York sires in 2016, led by Saharan, a Paul Tackett homebred who is two for three on the dirt and has a career high 102 Equibase Speed Figure. His juvenile son Escape to Vegas, bred by Sinatra and owned by Robert Masiello, won his debut May 11 by 4 3/4 lengths at Belmont Park.



War Dancer to stand at Rockridge Stud

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Rockridge-logo(Edited Press Release)

Diamond M Stable announced Saturday today that their MGSW/G1SP son of War Front, War Dancer (War Front – Deed I Do by Alydeed), winner of yesterday’s Presidents’ Cup at Parx Racing, will be retired at the end of this year and will take up stud duties at Lere Visagie’s Rockridge Stud in Hudson beginning with the 2017 breeding season.

War Dancer will be the first son of War Front to stand in the Empire State and is currently the sire’s leading earner on the turf, with over $1 million in career earnings. A stud fee will be announced at a later date.

New York’s leading Second Crop Sire Dublin sold to Keane Stud

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Photo: Barbara Livingston

Photo: Barbara Livingston

Amenia, NY—Keane Stud Operations and Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY, have announced that Keane Stud has acquired controlling ownership interest in Dublin (Afleet Alex – Classy Mirage, by Storm Bird).

Dublin will continue to stand at Keane Stud in Amenia, NY. In 2016 Dublin has sired 2016 multiple stakes winner Dr. Blarney, multiple NY stakes-placed Taoiseach, and Celtic Chaos, third in Saratoga’s Albany S.

Dublin stood for $2,500 live foal in 2016. A stud fee for 2017 will be announced at a later date.

For more information, please contact Philippe Lasseur, Keane Stud, phone (845) 373-9601.

Stonesider relocates to Valor Farm

Thursday, September 1st, 2016
Barbara Livingston

Photo: Barbara Livingston

By Sarah Mace

New York sire Stonesider will relocate to Valor Farm in Pilot Point, Texas for the 2017 breeding season. The striking-looking 13-year-old chestnut son of Giant’s Causeway entered stud in New York in 2008 and stood most recently at Keane Stud for a fee of $5,000.

Stonesider is owned by Bob and Janice McNair, whose stallion Congaree also relocated to Valor Farm and who, according to the DRF, are consolidating their stallion interests.

Campaigned by the McNairs under the banner of Stonerside Stable, Stonesider won his lone start for trainer Todd Pletcher, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Belmont at two in 1:03.32.

Stonesider’s dam is Added Gold, a daughter of Gilded Time, who won the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan, earned $222,000 and produced five winners. Her dam Added Elegance (Stutz Blackhawk) was likewise a graded winner.

The star of Stonesider’s offspring is New York-bred sprinter Galiana, a winner of five stakes at Delaware Park and Pimlico Racetrack and a graded stakes performer. To date the mare has earned $641,861. Stonesider also sired Pennsylvania-bred stakes winner Hey Kiddo and New York-bred stakes winners Sinistra and May Shares.

Suzie O’Cain who managed both Stonesider’s and Congaree’s stud careers for the McNairs while they stood in New York, said, “Stonesider was the first son of Giant’s Causeway to stand in New York and it was a great pleasure to stand him at stud. He has such a great temperament! I really want thank the McNairs for the privilege.”

Continued O’Cain, “He will be very happy at Valor Farm. I think it’s a great spot for him and [former stablemate] Congaree is there, too! I know that several good mares have already been earmarked for him.”

Rockridge sires Trinniberg, Midas Touch, and Posse to Shuttle to Uruguay

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

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Rockridge Stud in Hudson is announcing today that three of their stallions will shuttle to Uruguay for Southern Hemisphere breeding in 2016.

Trinniberg (2009 by Teuflesberg out of Bella Dorato) will shuttle to Haras La Concordia y Haras Cuatro Piedras for the 2016 and 2017 Southern Hemisphere breeding seasons. The deal was brokered by Ricardo Colombo. Trinniberg previously shuttled to Brazil in 2014, where he bred 138 mares.

Midas Touch (GB) (2007 by Galileo (IRE) out of Approach (GB)) has been sold to Haras Rapetti & Associates and will ship to Uruguay for their 2016 breeding season. Haras Rapetti already shuttles Rockridge stallion Posse, who will return there for the coming season as well, both under the care of stallion manager Juan Carlos Montenegro.

Said Rockridge Stud’s Lere Visagie, “The farm [Haras Rapetti] has shown interest in Midas Touch since he came to us and we were hoping to work out a shuttle arrangement. Unfortunately, the untimely death of Midas Touch’s owner, Andres Rodriguez, forced the estate to find a buyer for him. He has found a very good home.” The sale and shuttling agreements for both Midas Touch and Posse were brokered by Miguel Ezcurra Bloodstock.

Trinniberg and Posse will return to Rockridge in December2016 for the 2017 breeding season in New York.

“Straight from the Horse’s Mouth”: Dr. Ahlschwede on the development of young foals

Friday, June 10th, 2016

LilyYawnBy Tom Gallo

This week our guest is Dr. Scott Ahlschwede resident expert on foal development as part of his many responsibilities at the new Rood and Riddle clinic in Saratoga Springs New York.

Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, Partner and Vet for Rood & Riddle Equine Clinic in Saratoga Springs, NY, graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and began his veterinary career in Lexington, KY as an intern at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in 1996. He practiced in the Lexington area for 15 years as an ambulatory veterinarian specializing in reproduction, primary and preventative care, and sales evaluation. In 2012 Dr. Ahlschwede moved to upstate New York to develop Rood & Riddle’s first practice outside of Lexington, KY.

Now that breeding season is coming to an end and most of the foals out of our numerous mares are safely on the ground, standing and nursing I quizzed Dr. Scott about what our priorities and options would and should be moving forward to raise a healthy and correct foal. As we know as breeders we are essentially stuck with what Mother Nature gives us and have to make the best of it. But there are different things we can do to improve things if deemed necessary by a qualified, objective eye. I think objectivity is the key because nobody has an ugly baby. Add to that the fact that you see them every day after a while you may not notice subtle changes. So here we go . . .

Dr. Scott how do we approach the many ways foals growth and development can be augmented and improved with modern day intervention techniques?

Just generally speaking, proper management of foal conformation is part patience and part active intervention at appropriate points in the timeline

When’s the soonest a vet should look at the way a foal stands and walks?

Newborn foals should be assessed early to make sure there aren’t gross abnormalities that can be corrected early. Examples are contracted knees or fetlocks that might need treatment with oxytetracycline or splints. Oxytetracycline relaxes tendons and helps them stretch. It is surprising, for example, a contracted foal that might be knuckling over at the fetlock can be brought back to normal with a couple treatments and a properly applied splint.

There are some foals that are extremely crooked in knees or hocks and they might need a screw and wire very early. Most mild to moderate problems improve with time.

When’s the latest you can do ankle screws?

Foals that turn in should be looked at by vet before 60 days to see if bridging with screws might help. Ankle screws involve place a single screw across the growth plate along one side of the ankle to stop growth while the other side keeps growing to effectively straighten the limb. So for a foal that toes in the screw goes on the outside of the fetlock. The growth plates on fetlocks run out of room for manipulations around 90-120 days. A lot of foals are in at the knee and turn out a little but also have a tendency to toe in from the fetlock. They look okay in the ankle until the knees naturally straighten, then they are pigeon toed. Most foals need some correction on there trims taking more foot off of the inside to effectively “push them out”.

When should a blacksmith start running a rasp around the foal’s hooves?

A blacksmith should be making initial corrective trimming at 2-3 weeks of age. They should be following up with routine trims at least monthly going forward. Maybe a little more frequently if you’re working on a problem.

When’s the latest you can do stripping?

Stripping in another procedure utilized to correct angular deformities. It involves cutting down to the growth plate and lifting the periosteum (bone covering) to increase growth on one side. The maximum effectiveness of this surgery is early in the growth stage.

I use it most commonly for foals moderately in at the knees that are improving on their own but need a little help.

When’s the latest you can do knee screws and wires?

Knees don’t close until after a year of age so there is plenty of time to be patient. Lots of foals are in at the knee mildly but turn the whole leg out from the shoulder down. These are hard to look at and most people want to fix them, but this is an example of ones where it pays to be patient. As the chest expands these horses improve. Surgically there is no fix.

Should foals be eating grain or will it lead to GI issues like ulcers?

It is normal for foals to start eating feed concentrates alongside their mothers. I don’t necessarily believe this is a contributing factor to ulcers. Foal rearing to me is about having a balance and supporting mother nature. There are many ways to raise a horse correctly. Fundamentally, shelter, good nutrition for mare and foal, good grass and turn out, good water and access to salt are the basics. Once those are met, good horsemanship to me is the ability to observe and monitor the growing foal and know when human intervention will be of benefit.

If I get 2 bad foals from a mare from two totally different sire lines should I think about selling her?

That is the question we all wish we had the answer to. There will always stories of mares who were sold then produced their best offspring. From a production standpoint it makes sense to go with the odds and move on. Sometimes the next owner will have better luck.

Thank you Dr. Scott Ahlschwede. Watch for more helpful interviews and if you have any questions for Dr. Ahlschwede or comments, questions, feedback or suggestions for future dialogue, feel free to email them to

Champion NY broodmare Naughty Natisha dies at 22

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

By Evan Hammonds courtesy

Drs. Bill Wilmot and Joan Taylor of Stepwise Farm near Saratoga Springs reported the death of Naughty Natisha Feb. 24.

The 22-year-old mare is the dam of 2007 New York-bred Horse of the Year Naughty New Yorker and the stakes-winning Pupil, and was herself voted Champion  New York Broodmare in 2007. The mare was found Wednesday morning in her paddock.

“She was my favorite broodmare,” Taylor said. “She’s 22 and since her first foal, she’s done everything right.”

“She had been a great broodmare for us,” Wilmot said. “She was such a cool horse. She was demure and self-contained. Nothing excited her. She set the tone for our broodmare band. She had all those little things.”

Naughty New Yorker won 11 stakes and earned $1,089,884. He won the Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) in 2006 and placed in four other graded stakes, including the 2007 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I).

Naughty Natisha, by Known Fact—Noble Natisha, by Noble Commander, was bred in Kentucky by John A. Chandler and Garrett O’Rourke. She was winless in seven starts on the racetrack. Stepwise Farm purchased her for $150,000, carrying Pupil (by Unbridled), at the 1998 Keeneland November sale.

Wilmot and Taylor are eagerly awaiting the debut of Naughty Natisha’s 2014 Tapizar colt (named Carthon), for whom they have high hopes.