NEWS: breeding

Bill Allen to manage Questroyal North

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

By Sarah Mace

Barry Ostrager’s Questroyal North announced this week that Bill Allen has taken up the post of Farm Manager at the 280-acre Stillwater farm. A third-generation horseman, Allen comes to Questroyal North with 17 years of experience in the horse industry and a strong prior connection to the farm.

During his teens, Allen worked full time at his family’s Ocala, Florida farm while being home-schooled, doing everything from foaling, breeding, reproductive work, and breaking yearlings.  During college breaks he worked at Farnsworth Farms in Florida and was Foaling Manager during the 2000 and 2003 breeding seasons. From 2003 through 2009 Allen managed Liberty Stud in Columbia County and, most recently, was Assistant Manager at Joanne Nielsen’s Sunnyfield Farm in Westchester County in 2017.

Allen is returning to a farm he knows very well. From 2005 through 2009, Allen’s father, also William (Bill), managed Questroyal in its previous incarnation as Richard Simon’s Sez Who Thoroughbreds, which operated from 2001-2009 and was the leading breeder in the state from 2005-2007. Allen visited Sez Who often, and by way of a double connection, stood Ostrager’s stallions, including Strategic Mission and Patriot Act, when managing Liberty Stud.

“I am very excited and honored to be working with the team at Questroyal North,” said Allen. “I’ve had the privilege of standing Questroyal stallions in the past and I can say definitively that our current roster is as strong as any I’ve seen in New York – no holes, from top to bottom.”

A Shin Forward to relocate from Japan to Rockridge Stud

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

JRA Photo

By Sarah Mace

In 2012 A Shin Forward, a star turf runner in Japan and the second all-time leading New York-bred earner, began his stallion career at Lex Stud in Hokkaido in Japan. In February 2018 he will take up stud duties in his home state after relocating to Rockridge Stud in Hudson where he will stand for a private fee as the property Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm.

Bred by Mrs, Malloy, A Shin Forward is by Forest Wildcat out of Wake Up Kiss (Cure the Blues). He sold as a Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling in 2006 for $125,000 before being purchased by Hirotsugo Hirai the following March at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale for $290,000. He raced for five seasons in Japan for Eishindo Co. Ltd., which prefixes many horse names with “A Shin” or “Eishin.”

The defining victory of A Shin Forward’s racing career came in the 2010 Group 1 Japan Autumn International Mile Championship . The same year he also won the Group 3 Hankyu Hai. Over five campaigns, A Shin Forward won three stakes and placed in five more, and retired with $3,416,216 in earnings.

“We are so pleased to have A Shin Forward back,” said Mrs. Malloy. “He is the best horse Edition has bred and competed at the highest international levels. He gives New York breeders access to the Storm Cat line and he hails from Fappiano’s family. We will send several nice mares to him.”

Breeding inquiries should be directed to Erin Robinson, 859 421 7531,


For NYTB’s past coverage of A Shin Forward, click on the links below.

A Shin Forward Wins G3 Hankyu Hai (read more)
A Shin Forward Gives Breeder Malloy Uplifting Stakes-Record G1 Victory (read more)
International star A Shin Forward retires to stud as second-highest all-time New York Earner (read more)
See also A Shin Forward page on Japan Bloodstock Information System (JBIS)

First foal for Laoban is a colt

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

(Edited press release)

Becky Thomas is pleased to announce that the winning Freud mare Looksgoodfromhere foaled a healthy bay colt by Laoban on January 17 at 9:17 p.m. at Saratoga Glen Farm.

“He’s gorgeous!” said happy owner, Kathy Barraclough. He is from the family of Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic-winning millionaire Concern and Grade 1 Test Stakes winner Fara’s Team.

Winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes, Laoban (Uncle Mo) stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson for a syndicate by a joint venture between Southern Equine Stables, Sequel Thoroughbreds, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds as well as Woodford Thoroughbreds.

“Laoban is an outstanding physical, son of a freaky sire, speed to burn and a great ownership group,” said Matt Lyons, Vice President and General Manager of Woodford Thoroughbreds, “a no-brainer! We are very excited for this first crop!”

Keane Stud open house scheduled for Jan. 27

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

(Edited press release)

Keane Stud’s annual Open House and Stallion Show will be held January 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The 2018 Stallion Roster includes New York’s leading first crop weanling sales sire of 2017 Normandy Invasion, a record-breaking son of three-time leading sire Tapit.

Also on the roster for 2018 is multiple graded stakes winner Al Khali, a son of 2017’s leading sire of Grade 1 stakes winners Medaglia d’Oro.

Rounding out the roster is top-ten “northeast general” and 2-year-old sire of 2017 Dublin, with nearly $2 million in earnings.

In addition to food and refreshments the farm will hold their annual season raffle for all breeders in attendance Jan. 27

For more information or directions contact Philippe Lasseur, Keane Stud, 217 Depot Hill Road, Amenia, NY 12501. Phone (845) 373-9601.

War Dancer’s first foal is a colt

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

War Dancer Facebook post

By Sarah Mace

New York-based first crop sire War Dancer was represented by his first foal this week with the birth of a colt on January 6 at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham.

The youngster is out of Bruce McConnell and Linda McConnell’s Sadie’s Song, an unplaced Kentucky-bred runner by Unbridled’s Song. The colt’s second dam Sharp Eyes is a half-sister to Gaelic Queen, a group performer in Ireland. His third dam Gaelic Bird is a multiple group winner in France.

Sadie’s Song’s first foal, J C’s Not Brown by Big Brown is a multiple winner on turf and six-figure earner. The newborn is her fifth New York offspring.

War Dancer, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of War Front and millionaire, stands at Lere Visagie’s Rockridge Stud in Hudson for a 2018 fee of $7,500. According data from The Jockey Club, War Dancer bred 102 mares in 2017.



Updated photo, courtesy Rockridge Stud

Irish Hill & Dutchess View stallion show set for January 21

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC, announces their Stallion Show will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Irish Hill Century Farm, 281 Burke Rd, Stillwater, NY 12170.

View the stallions, meet the staff, enjoy hot food and a warm environment!

There will be a raffle for a free season to each of the stallions and special discount pricing available during the show.

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC
Administrative Offices:
PO Box 656, Pine Plains, NY 12567
Tel: 518-398-5666 Fax: 518-398-5143

Stallions located at:
281 Burke Rd, Stillwater, NY 12170
Tel: 518-584-1515

Rockridge Stud’s 2018 stallion show scheduled for January 27

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018




Rockridge Stud in Hudson announced that it will host its annual stallion show and open house on Saturday, January 27 from 12:00 noon-2 p.m. Full lunch buffet will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to win free seasons for 2018.

2018 Stallions:

D’ Funnybone
Giant Surprise
Honorable Dillon
Soaring Empire
War Dancer

For more information contact Erin Robinson: (859) 421-7531.

Sequel Stallions New York announces 2018 stud fees, annual stallion showcase

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

(Edited Sequel press release)

Three New York leading sires will stand for $7,500 in 2018 at Becky Thomas’ Sequel Stallions New York.

Freud, New York’s leading sire by earnings, turf, and AEI is the versatile full brother to Giant’s Causeway and has once again set a record for a NY-based sire with progeny earnings exceeding $6 million. Unbridled’s Song’s G1 performing millionaire, Mission Impazible is New York’s leading sophomore sire as well as New York’s leading juvenile sire of 2017. The most popular New York sire of 2017 by number of mares bred Laoban is a G2 winner of the Jim Dandy Stakes and is New York’s only Uncle Mo.

Standing for $5,000 is the G1 winning juvenile whose 1st crop are 2-Year-Olds of 2018. Alpha, the multiple G1 winning millionaire son of Bernardini will represent Darley in New York

A half-brother to multiple G1 classic-winning Shackleford, Stephanoatsee by A.P. Indy, will stand privately for Mr. Leonard Riggio’s My Meadowview LLC.

New for 2018 is multiple stakes winner, Union Jackson, who will stand for $5,000. Union Jackson is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, out of Hot Dixie Chick, a G1 winning 1/2 sister to G1 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming.

2018 Sequel New York Roster:

ALPHA…………………………$5,000  Bernardini – Munnaya, by Nijinsky II
FREUD………………………..$7,500 Storm Cat – Mariah’s Storm, by Rahy
LAOBAN………………………$7,500 Uncle Mo – Chattertown, by Speightstown
MISSION IMPAZIBLE…………$7,500 Unbridled’s Song – La Paz, by Hold Your Peace
STEPHANOATSEE…………..PRIVATE AP Indy – Oatsee, by Unbridled
UNION JACKSON…………….$5,000  Curlin – Hot Dixie Chick, by Dixie Union

All fees are Live Foal/Stands & Nurses. Multiple mare discounts are available as well as incentives for repeat breeders.

The stallions will be available for inspection at the annual Stallion Showcase on January 20, 2018 at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson. This year’s showcase will be a big “Only at Sequel” party with Cajun Cowboy Stew and Kendall Jackson Wine from noon to 4:00 p.m. There will be a stallion season raffle. For more information please call (800) 925-2913 or visit

Contact: Molly Lightner (800) 925-2913

National Museum of Racing and HOF launches Foal Patrol, La Verdad a featured mare

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

(National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame press release)

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will launch an innovative new project called Foal Patrol, a one-of-a-kind collection of live web cameras where people can view real-time streams of several in-foal mares during their pregnancy through the actual foaling. The live camera feeds will be available beginning Dec. 19 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST daily with extended hours as the expected foaling date approaches.

The live cameras can be accessed for free by visiting The website is optimized for viewing across all media platforms, including tablets and smart phones.

“We are delighted to be the first to offer this one-of-a-kind program that will build new fans and strengthen insights for racing enthusiasts,” said Cathy Marino, the Museum’s director.

“We are so thankful for the creative mind and generous heart of our president, John Hendrickson, who brought the Museum this opportunity. In addition to creating the concept of Foal Patrol, Mr. Hendrickson and his wife, renowned philanthropist and thoroughbred owner Marylou Whitney, are underwriting most of the project.”

“I am thrilled that Foal Patrol has become a reality. New fans, racing enthusiasts and young people will have their own virtual stable at their fingertips,” Hendrickson said. “They will get to know these magnificent athletes up close and personal and be an integral part of their lives through foaling and far beyond. One of my most-appreciated experiences is to be at Whitney Farm in Kentucky witnessing the foaling process. I truly believe, once you see a foal born, you will never be the same.

“I want everyone to feel ownership in this wonderful sport, with the magnificent beauty and tranquility of the farms as the backdrop. Foal Patrol will enable everyone to have unprecedented insight into a thoroughbred’s life and allow the followers to learn while having fun.”

Foal Patrol will debut with five mares: Sabbatical at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky. (in foal to War Front with an expected foaling date of Jan. 28, 2018); Stopchargingmaria at Three Chimneys Farm in Versailles, Ky. (in foal to Pioneerof the Nile with an expected foaling date of Feb. 2, 2018); Centre Court at Shawnee Farm in Harrodsburg, Ky. (in foal to Medaglia d’Oro with an expected foaling date of Feb. 19, 2018); La Verdad at Edition Farm in Hyde Park, N.Y. (in foal to Tapit with an expected foaling date of March 15, 2018); and Memento d’Oro at Old Tavern Farm in Saratoga Springs (in foal to Bodemeister with an expected foaling date of March 31, 2018).

Three additional mares are scheduled to be added to the Foal Patrol roster in March 2018: Via Veneto at Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, Fla. (in foal to Bodemeister with an expected foaling date of April 25, 2018); Bird Town at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky. (in foal to Empire Maker with an expected foaling date of April 26, 2018); and Arravale at Chanteclair Farm in Versailles, Ky. (in foal to American Pharoah with an expected foaling date of May 24, 2018).

Foal Patrol will provide viewers with unprecedented access to what daily life for a mare in foal is like. Each individual mare page will feature updates on the horse and extensive educational content, including information on breeding, nutrition, information about the stallion the mare was bred to and fun facts. There will also be a comprehensive background of each mare that includes its racing history, video and image galleries. Regular blogging, video content and audio interviews will keep fans of the horses updated on daily activities. Following the foaling, there will be updates on the development of the foal.

Fans following Foal Patrol can sign up for various contests, including opportunities to name some of the foals once they are born. There will be several prize packages announced throughout the duration of Foal Patrol that will feature unique racing experience packages. Whitney and Hendrickson have donated their box seats for the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks as the grand prize. The box seats six and is located at the finish line at Churchill Downs.

People can also sign up for alerts when there is notable activity involving the mares such as new blog postings or when the mare is close to the foaling date. Countdown clocks for each mare’s expected foaling date will be included throughout the site.

“The development of Foal Patrol has been a collaborative effort within the racing industry. Everybody in the game is invested in it and wants to see it succeed and grow,” Hendrickson said. “The Museum has been fortunate to work with the talented teams at The Jockey Club, Keeneland Broadcast Services and Fingerpaint Marketing in this effort to bring Foal Patrol from concept to reality. We’d also like to thank all the owners and farms that are supporting this project and granting us such unprecedented access to these special horses. We are most grateful to everyone for their enthusiastic support of this initiative.”

Special thanks:

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame would like to thank Harold Palmer and his team at The Jockey Club Technology Services; G.D. Hieronymus and Keeneland Broadcast Services; New World Resources; Carr-Hughes Productions; Fingerpaint Marketing; Empire Exhibits and Displays; Phipps Stable; Claiborne Farm; Three Chimneys Farm; G. Watts Humphrey, Jr. and Shawnee Farm; Lady Sheila Stable; Vivien Malloy and Edition Farm; Walt Borisenok and Old Tavern Farm; Donald R. Dizney and Double Diamond Farm; Marylou Whitney and Gainesway Farm; Charles E. Noell and Chanteclair Farm; I Love New York; Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce; Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau; Maureen Lewi; Visit Lex, Horse Country, Stewart’s Shops, Ocala Visitors and Convention Bureau; and Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms.

Union Jackson to stand at Sequel New York

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

(Sequel press release)

Multiple stakes winner Union Jackson has been retired from racing and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Sequel Stallions, Hudson, New York as a Sequel Stallions/Stonestreet Stables venture.

A five-year-old son of Curlin – Hot Dixie Chick by Dixie Union, Union Jackson was bred in Kentucky by Barbara Banke’s Grace Thoroughbred Holdings LLC , campaigned by her Stonestreet Stables LLC, and trained throughout his career by Steve Asmussen.

On only his second start, Union Jackson emulated his sire and dam by earning honors as a TDN Rising Star, breaking his maiden by 7 ¾ lengths over six furlongs at Keeneland. He went on to win six races by a combined margin of 26½ lengths, including an 8¼ lengths score in the Sam Houston Sprint Cup, and on his final outing a victory in the Iowa Sprint Handicap, which he took while running six furlongs in 1:08.75.

Union Jackson is by two-time Horse of the Year, Curlin, who also bore the Stonestreet colors for most of his career. A son of Champion Sire, Smart Strike, Curlin has made an exceptional start to his stud career his early crops producing such as Eclipse Award winner Stellar Wind, classic winners Palace Malice and Exaggerator, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) first and second Good Magic and Solomini, and other grade one winners Curalina, Connect, Keen Ice and Off the Tracks. Having run fractions of :21.78; :44.16; :56.2 and 1:08.75, Union Jackson has strong claims to be regarded as Curlin’s fastest son.

“A brilliant horse, by a great horse, and out of a brilliant horse. I would know… I had all three!” said Hall of Fame Trainer Steve Asmussen.

Union Jackson’s dam, the Dixie Union mare Hot Dixie Chick, was an exceptional two-year-old, breaking the five furlong track-record at Keeneland on her debut, then adding the Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III), which she took by 6¼ lengths, and the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I). Out of the graded stakes winning and grade one placed In Excess mare, Above Perfection, Hot Dixie Chick is also a half-sister to this year’s Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Florida Derby (gr. I) captor Always Dreaming.

Sequel Stallions principal Becky Thomas related that “Union Jackson is an outstanding individual from the physical standpoint, and I fell in love with him when I saw him. He was extremely fast, and when you consider that he is by a Horse of the Year and exceptional sire, out of a grade one winning two-year-old who is also half-sister to a Kentucky Derby winner, he may well be the best bred stakes winning runner to retire to begin his career in New York..”

Union Jackson will also represent a first participation in the New York breeding program for Stonestreet Stables. Stonestreet owner Barbara Banke stated the she was “very excited to be standing Union Jackson in New York,” adding that “Union Jackson was a horse that we have always though very highly of. He reminds me very much of two other Stonestreet-raced horses, Kantharos and Maclean’s Music, who broke out to become very successfully young stallions, Maclean’s Music getting this year’s Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Cloud Computing in his first crop. Stonestreet very much believes in Union Jackson, and we will be strongly supporting him at stud.”

Union Jackson will stand his first season at a fee of $5,000.




Molly Lightner