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Repole Stable’s Micromanage to stand at Rockridge Stud

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Rockridge logo(Edited press release)

Repole Stable and Rockridge Stud announced Monday that Micromanage will stand at Rockridge Stud in Hudson beginning in 2016.

In a deal brokered by Bowling Bloodstock, Micromanage, a son of Medaglia d’Oro who won the Grade 3 Skip Away Stakes at Gulfstream in 2014 and finished third in the 2013 Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes, will join Repole’s successful freshman stallion Giant Surprise at Rockridge.

Micromanage (Medaglia d’Oro – Catnip by Flying Paster) broke his maiden as a 2-year-old in his first start at Saratoga in a maiden special weight. In his career, he was second in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational Stakes at Belmont, third in the Grade 3 Greenwood Cup Stakes at Parx, and third in the 2013 Grade 3 Discovery H. at Aqueduct.

Micromanage won at distances from 7 furlongs to 1 3/4 miles, won 5 stakes races, and posted five triple-digit Beyers. He also hails from the female family of Hennessy and will be the only graded stakes-winning son of top sire Medaglia d’Oro standing in New York.

“I’m really excited to stand Micromanage in New York. Micromanage had a great race career, excellent pedigree, and impressive conformation,” said Mike Repole. “I’m excited to allow breeders to participate in Micromanage by selling a limited number of breeding rights under a ‘Share the Upside’ program. I plan to support him, as I do my other stallions.” Repole’s stallions include Giant Surprise, Overdriven, Overanalyze, Stay Thirsty, and Uncle Mo.

Micromanage retires with a record of 30-7-4-6 and earnings of $790,551. He will stand for a fee of $5,000 live foal stands and nurses.

For more information regarding the breeding right program, contact Rockridge Stud’s Erin Robinson at (859) 421-7531.

School Board Prez first winner, first stakes winner for Courageous Cat

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Courageous Cat (Lane’s End)

by Sarah Mace

School Board Prez, a dark bay or brown 2-year-old filly by Courageous Cat, jumpstarted her sire’s stud career on Saturday by giving him both his first progeny winner and first stakes winner after defeating ten rivals in the $75,000 Miss Ohio Stakes at Thistledown Racetrack in her first career start.

Trained by Doug Matthews, ridden by Jerome Lermyte and tabbed at 12-1 on the morning line, School Board Prez, was bet down to 5-2 favoritism by post time and more than justified the support with a professional and determined performance in the 5 1/2-furlong tilt.

After breaking from post 10, School Board Prez settled patiently in sixth in the early stages, five lengths or so off the lead while Ibelieveinmiracles set the pace, running a quarter in 23.04 and a half in 47.80.

Making up ground along the backstretch, and advancing between horses in the turn to fourth, School Board Prez entered the stretch four-wide and was asked for run.

Passing all her remaining rivals save for tenacious frontrunner Ibelieveinmiracles, the filly then steadily eroded the leader’s margin and surged in the final jump to secure the victory by a head in a final time of 1:06.86.

Bred in Ohio by her owner John W. Royer, School Board Prez is out of Torrent of Song, a winning daughter of Torrential who has produced seven winners from nine foals to start, led by multiple stakes-placed Dad Are We Here (Pure Prize), who finished 29 times in the money from 50 starts and earned over $350,000.

Grade 1 winner and millionaire Courageous Cat, a handsome 9-year-old son of Storm Cat, is out of multiple Grade 1 winner Tranquility Lake and a full brother to multiple Grade 1 winner and sire After Market. He won six races for his breeders, Martin and Pam Wygod, led by the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile. He also captured the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame S., the Grade 3 Canadian Turf S. and the Grade 3 Poker S. and fell just a neck short of winning the Grade 1, $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile S.

On-the-board in 11 of his 15 career starts, Courageous Cat retired with earnings totaled $1,165,760 and entered stud at Lane’s End in 2012. He relocated in 2013 to Questroyal North in Stillwater where he has been popular with New York breeders, breeding over 100 mares this spring for a current fee of $6,000.

G1 winner Dublin sires winner from first starter

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Spendthrift Farm’s New York-based freshman sire Dublin, the Grade 1-winning juvenile by Afleet Alex, sired his first winner from his first starter when 2-year-old colt Dr Blarney turned in an impressive 3 1/2-length debut win Sunday at Monmouth.

Trained by Thomas S. McCooey, Jr for owner Alfred DiRico, the chestnut colt was sharp in the stretch of the five-furlong heat, widening his margin to win going away in 58.82 seconds over a fast local main track.

Dr Blarney was bred in Massachusetts by Joseph DiRico, and hails from the Capote mare Dr. Capote, a half-sister to multiple stakes winners Dr Disco and Dance Gal Dance.

On the track, Dublin scored his biggest win in the Hopeful S. (G1) as a 2-year-old just a month after impressively breaking his maiden in 1:09 2/5 at Saratoga. His Hopeful time of 1:23 2/5 was faster than that of his champion sire Afleet Alex, who also captured the Hopeful five years prior. At three, Dublin placed in all three major Kentucky Derby preps at Oaklawn Park, including the Arkansas Derby (G1), and retired with earnings of $438,949.

Dublin hails from the Storm Bird mare Classy Mirage, a Grade 1 winner and five-time graded winner in New York.

Dublin recently completed the 2015 breeding season as a Spendthrift stallion at Keane Stud in Amenia, NY where he stood for a 2015 fee of $6,500, and was a participant in Spendthrift’s Share The Upside and Breed Secure programs. He has 70 2-year-olds in his first crop.

Uno Emayo first progeny winner for D’ Funnybone

Saturday, July 11th, 2015
NYRA/Adam Coglianese

NYRA/Adam Coglianese

by Sarah Mace

Uno Emayo, a bay gelding from the first crop of D’ Funnybone, gave his sire his first progeny winner on Saturday when he took the Belmont Park opener with a late surge up the rail.

Owned by Carl Lizza Racing Stables, LLC in partnership with the gelding’s trainer Rudy Rodriguez, Uno Emayo (5-2 second choice) was looking to improve on a third place finish to Dr. Shane in his debut on May 29.

Despite an early bobble, Uno Emayo was sharp out of the gate from his rail post under Javier Castellano. He then dropped off the pace set by No Entiendo to sit a pocket journey.

After saving ground through the far turn, the gelding cut the corner, raced evenly in upper stretch and, with a final surge up the fence as runner up No Entiendo drifted out late, captured the victory by a neck. The final time for 5 1/2 furlongs was 1:06.70. [VIDEO]

Bred by Glasscock Financial Services LLC, Uno Emayo is the second foal out of Cinco Emayo, a winning daughter of Broken Vow. Purchased as a weanling by Andrea McNeely for $20,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton fall mixed sale, he sold the following year at OBS to David Crow for $30,000.

D’ Funnybone, an 8-year-old chestnut son of D’wildcat, won a pair of Grade 2 sprints at two, taking the Saratoga Special by more than ten lengths and Belmont’s Futurity by nearly five lengths. He followed up at three with victories in the Grade 2 Hutcheson and Grade 2 Swale, both at Gulfstream Park, and, later in the year, posted a three-length win in Belmont’s Grade 2 Woody Stephens, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 100. He retired with a record of 6-3-0 from 15 starts and $686,700 in earnings.

Bred in Florida by Harold J. Plumley, D’ Funnybone is out of the Woodman mare Elbow, also the dam of stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Dr. Kathy. He hails from the female family of Grade 1 Top Flight Handicap-winner Chain Bracelet. He currently stands at Rockridge Stud in Hudson for a stud fee of $2,500 and has 36 2-year-olds in his first crop.

Here Comes Gwen first winner for Here Comes Ben

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

by Sarah Mace

Bill Stivers’ Here Comes Gwen became the first winner for New York sire Here Comes Ben on Thursday, July 2 at Prairie Meadows as the successful 4-5 favorite in a five-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.

After the break, the chestnut filly assumed a narrow lead before the first point of call under jockey Kelsi Purcell. Continuing to show the way to her seven rivals, Here Comes Gwen gradually increased her advantage without a direct challenge, crossing the finish line a 2 3/4-length winner in a final time of 1:00.89.

Bred in Kentucky by Charles LoPresti, Here Comes Gwen is the first foal out of the winning Stevie Wonderboy mare Sheza Great Friend. Bill Stivers purchased the filly for $6,500 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale. Sheza Great Friend is the half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Siphon City and issues from the family of Wise Dan.

Freshman sire Here Comes Ben stands at Joe and Anne McMahon’s McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds for his breeders Brandon and Marianne Chase in partnership with McMahon Thoroughbreds for a 2015 stud fee of $7,500, and has 43 2-year-olds in his first crop.

A 9-year-old son of Street Cry, Here Comes Ben is out of the Dayjur mare Chasetheragingwind, who is a half-sister to Group winners King Charlemagne and Meshaheer as well as the dam of Grade 1 winner Albertus Maximus. His second dam is the Grade 1 winner Race The Wild Wind.

A winner of the Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga in his graded stakes debut, Here Comes Ben also captured the Kelly’s Landing Stakes in consecutive years at Churchill Downs. Trained by Charles Lopresti, he retired with a record of seven wins, one second and one third from 17 starts and earnings of $410,764.

Multiple graded stakes winner Forty Tales to shuttle to Peru

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

(Edited press release)

Becky Thomas and Joe McMahon are pleased to announce that multiple graded stakes winner Forty Tales will stand the 2015 Southern Hemisphere Breeding Season at Boris Schwartzman’s Haras Barlovento in El Salvador, Peru.

The bay colt by champion juvenile sire Tale of the Cat retired with 5 wins and $666,789 in earnings and Beyer Figures of 106, 102, 100, etc. He won his only start at 2 by 2 3/4 lengths in a maiden special weight at Aqueduct for conditioner Todd Pletcher and owners Perretti Racing Stables.

A graded stakes winner at 3 from 6 1/2 lengths to a mile, he won the Grade 2 Amsterdam at Saratoga and the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont. Outside of the Big Apple, he won the Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs and was 2nd in the Grade 2 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park. He is out of stakes-placed Forty Niner mare, Forty Love and his first crop are weanlings of 2015.

Forty Tales who stands at Sequel Stallions New York will be shuttling for the first time after his second breeding season in the U.S. He will go into quarantine on June 27, 2015.

“We are so excited for Forty Tales to have a summer job at a leading stud farm in Peru,” said Becky Thomas. “The team at Haras Barlovento has just been great. We are grateful to Marette Farrell for giving Forty Tales another opportunity to prove himself as a sire. Given the success of the Storm Cat sire line, we are sure Forty Tales will become a highly sought after sire.”

Rockridge Stud’s Posse to shuttle to Uruguay

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Posse conformationRockridge Stud in Hudson announced Saturday that New York’s leading stallion (by winners, co-leader by SWs in 2015), Posse (2000 by Silver Deputy out of Raska by Rahy), will shuttle to Haras Rapetti in Uruguay, beginning with the 2015 Southern Hemisphere season through 2017, in a deal brokered by Michael Miller and Miguel Ezcurra in Uruguay.

Posse will stand alongside stallions Honour and Glory and Alexander of Hales at Haras Rapetti. Of the acquisition, Haras Rapetti’s general manager, Dr. Nicholas Barrenechea,stated, “We are proud to be able to offer a horse of Posse’s status to the breeders in Uruguay for the next three years.”

Posse has been a top 5 stallion in New York since his arrival in 2010. All but one year in the Empire State, he has been the top stallion by number of winners. He is supported by a Syndicate that unanimously voted to shuttle the stallion for the first time in his career.

Young sire Willcox Inn euthanized after paddock accident

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
© Four Footed Fotos

© Four Footed Fotos

by Sarah Mace

Promising young sire Willcox Inn had his stud career cut short when he had to be euthanized after being injured in a paddock accident on Friday, May 24. The seven-year-old son of the late Harlan’s Holiday was wrapping up his first breeding season at Saratoga Stud, LLC in Stillwater.

Suzie O’Cain, the head of stallion promotion and development at Saratoga Stud, not only mourns the loss of the individual, but also his lost potential as a sire. “This is so sad, not only for the connections and for breeders in New York, but for the breed as a whole,” said O’Cain. “A few weeks ago we saw a son of the late Harlan’s Holiday sire a Kentucky Oaks winner in his first crop (Lovely Maria by Majesticperfection). This is turning out to be a significant sire line and there aren’t going to be too many more of them.”

Bred by Dr. John A. Chandler, Willcox Inn was out of the multiple graded stakes-performing Gone West mare De Aar, who is a half-sister to millionaire Grade 1 turf runners Cetewayo and Dynaforce. He was trained by Michael Stidham and co-owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stable and All In Stable, a partnership including Marette Farrell, John Adger, Jack Hodge, Marty Nixon and Ron and Al Lepinski, several of them first-time horse owners.

On his way to becoming a millionaire and multiple graded stakes winner Willcox Inn generated a lot of excitement for this group. When he retired Gretchen Jackson said “we have had many exciting moments in racing, a lot of them were with Willcox Inn.” Many of the other partners felt the same way and enthusiastically joined the stallion syndicate.

A debut maiden special weight winner at Arlington Park, defeating eventual Kentucky Derby winner and champion 3-year-old Animal Kingdom, Willcox Inn continued to make a strong impression in two more starts as a juvenile, finishing third in the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland and the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs.

The following year he captured the Arlington Classic Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, the Grade 2 American Derby at 1 3/16 miles on turf and Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby at 1 1/8 miles. Second to Wise Dan in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at four, as a 5-year-old he finished in the money in five graded stakes. He won the Grade 3 Washington Park Handicap in near course record time, finished second in the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes and Grade 3 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Handicap and third in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile S. and Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes.

Willcox Inn took easily to the rigors of the breeding shed. O’Cain said, “He was the most willing horse I ever saw. He had obviously been handled right every step of the way and trusted us that we’d always do the right thing.”

Obviously deeply upset by the loss, O’Cain had become strongly attached to Willcox Inn. “He was developing into such a beautiful stallion during his first year in the breeding shed,” she said. “When he came to us he was race fit and looked like a racehorse. This spring and summer he has been filling out and looking one hundred percent like a first class sire.”

Swale winner and classic contender Sharp Humor dies in South Korea

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Sharp Humor, 2003-2015 (Photo courtesy Horseracing in Korea)

Sharp Humor, 2003-2015 (Photo courtesy Horseracing in Korea)

by Sarah Mace

Let’s Run Stud Farm on Jeju Island has reported that New York-bred sire Sharp Humor, who relocated to Korea from WinStar Farm in February 2011, died at age 12 as the result of an accident on March 18.

Bred in New York by Patricia S. Purdy, Sharp Humor was a son of Distorted Humor and one of two winners out of the unraced Kentucky-bred Hansel mare Bellona (Hansel). Trained by Dale Romans, Sharp Humor raced for a partnership of Purdedel Stable and WinStar Farm, who acquired an interest in the horse when he was a classic contender in late April 2006.

Sharp Humor won four of ten career starts, including three stakes. At two he followed up 2005 victories in the Bertram F. Bongard and Sleepy Hollow with a third in the New York Breeders’ Futurity. The following year he won the Grade 2 Swale at Gulfstream Park and ran second to Barbaro in the 2006 Florida Derby. After fracturing a knee in the Kentucky Derby a month later, he ran twice more later in the year, when he finished second in the Hudson Handicap facing older horses.

Sharp Humor’s final start came in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile. Having aggravated his knee injury, he was retired at the end of his three-year old season with earnings of $490,410 and entered stud for $12,500 in 2007 at WinStar Farm as a Taylor Made/WinStar Venture stallion.

At 12-years-old, Sharp Humor was in his third breeding season in Korea, having been purchased by the Korea Racing Authority in November 2011. He covered 97 mares in 2013 and 85 in 2014, with another full book in progress this year. His first Korean 2-year-olds are set to debut this year.

Credited with 17 black type progeny winners, Sharp Humor’s top-earning offspring include graded stakes winner Hero of Order ($747,822) and multiple graded stakes placed Angelica Zapata ($649,845).

New York breeders continue to up the ante with 2015 foals from top-flight first crop sires

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Orb / Black Escort (Photo: Kelly McCombs)

Orb / Black Escort (Photo: Kelly McCombs)

by Sarah Mace

As the snow recedes from the landscape in upstate New York, this year’s crop of foals is taking its place. Even on the heels of a benchmark year for the New York State breeding and racing program in 2014, it is clear that New York breeders are continuing to up the ante with each cohort of foals, and the 2015 crop is no exception. A review of The Jockey Club’s “Report of Mares Bred” for 2014, which flags the home state of mares when that information is available, shows scores of matings by state-based breeders between high-quality mares and top-flight first crop sires.

New York breeders of course jumped at the chance to take advantage of multiple opportunities to breed to accomplished first crop sires with deep pedigrees close to home. They account for the vast majority of mares bred to the state’s five first crop stallions: Darley’s Grade 1 Forego winner Emcee (Sequel Stallions New York), multiple Grade 2 winning sprinter Forty Tales (Sequel Stallions New York), Heavy Breathing (Dutchess Views Farm), who is the graded placed full brother to smashing young New York sire Frost Giant, multiple graded stakes winner and 2012 New York-bred Horse of the Year The Lumber Guy (Keane Stud) and champion sprinter Trinniberg (Rockridge Stud).

The Jockey Club “Mares Bred” reports also show that New York breeders did not hesitate to go further afield to explore racetrack achievers who retired to stud in 2014 elsewhere. To single out a few headliners, last year mares reported to be New York-owned were bred to: Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom (5), Grade 1 winner Graydar (4), triple Grade 1 winner Flat Out (8), triple Grade 1 winner Fort Larned (4), Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner and morning line favorite for the 2009 Kentucky Derby I Want Revenge (1), Kentucky Derby winner Orb (2) and five-time grade winner and turf star Point Of Entry (4). Especially popular with New Yorkers were juvenile phenom Shanghai Bobby (16) and Take Charge Indy, a Grade 1 winning millionaire and son of three-time Grade 1 winner and 2013 broodmare of the year Take Charge Lady (17).

Obviously not all of these matings of New York-owned mares will necessarily produce New York-bred foals on the ground. By the same token, other mares not flagged in these reports as New York-owned may have been bred to top-flight first crop sires and be preparing to drop New York-bred eligible foals. Taken as a whole, however, the reports paint a broad picture of New York breeders looking for fresh blood and quality both at home and out-of-state.

Two prime examples can be seen from a visit to Questroyal North near Stillwater, which already has foals on the ground by Kentucky Derby heroes Orb and Animal Kingdom, both out of well-bred mares owned by Questroyal’s majority owner Barry R. Ostrager. Orb, a $2.6 million dollar earner and winner of the 2013 Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth bred 122 mares last year according to The Jockey Club. Champion Animal Kingdom, an extraordinarily versatile son of Leroidesanimaux out of a Grade 3 winning German mare, won the Kentucky Derby his dirt debut and came back from injury to capture second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and win the Grade 1 Dubai World Cup on synthetic. He earned over $8.3 million before retiring to stud and in 2014 he bred 148 mares.

Orb / Black Escort (Photo: Kelly McCombs)

Orb / Black Escort (Photo: Kelly McCombs)

The Questroyal Orb foal is a bay colt with a small star born March 16 out of Black Escort, a daughter of Southern Halo out of a Nureyev mare. Black Escort was a juvenile stakes winner and Grade 2 placed on turf in France. The pedigree of the new foal runs deep. The colt’s third dam Sigy (FR) was a champion 2-year-old filly and champion sprinter in France as well as a graded stakes producer. Black Escort has produced three winners, including Black Snowflake, a multiple stakes placed runner by Elusive Quality. Her Orb foal, who is bred on the same cross as Kauai Katie, is given an A+ rating by TrueNicks.

Questroyal Stud was not alone in selecting the 2013 Kentucky Derby winner for a mating. SF Bloodstock’s Charlie’s Legacy, an unraced Virginia-bred by Indian Charlie from the family of multiple champion Indian Blessing, whom they purchased for $245,000 at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale, was also bred to Orb last year. No foal is reported to date.

Animal Kingdom / Dynamite Cocktail (Photo: Kelly McCombs)

Animal Kingdom / Dynamite Cocktail (Photo: Kelly McCombs)

Another well-bred foal on the ground at Questroyal is a filly by Animal Kingdom born March 11 with distinctive facial markings and a white half stocking on her left hind. Her color has yet to be determined. The filly’s dam is Dynamite Cocktail, a Kentucky-bred multiple winner of over $100,000 by Dynaformer who has produced three winners. Her top foal is Hollinger by Black Minnaloushe, multiple stakes winner, champion 2-year-old colt in Canada (2009) and earner of over $700,000. The filly’s third dam is stakes placed Luck’s Fancy, who is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes placed stakes winner Fancy ‘N Fabulous and two other stakes winners. The new filly, an outcross, receives an A++ TrueNicks rating.

In the many decades of the New York breeding program, 2014 saw unprecedented racetrack achievements by products of that program: Derby contenders, Grade 1 winners, a record number of Breeders’ Cup participants and an Eclipse champion. The year before set its own milestones. Breeders seem determined, however, not to rest on their laurels. As they push the ceiling higher for the program year by year, it would seem to be only be a matter of time before the foal crop of 2015 manages to set new benchmarks of its own, perhaps only to be superseded by the crop of the following year.