NEWS: breeding

Questroyal North moves Stallion Open House to February 9

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

Weather conditions have once again compelled Questroyal North to reschedule its annual Stallion Open House, the farm announced Thursday in a press release. Originally planned for Saturday, January 19,  but moved to January 27 due to last weekend’s major winter storm, the farm is taking an extra step to ensure the safety of its horses and guests. The release reads as follows:

Due to the week’s inclement weather and ground conditions on the farm, Questroyal North will be postponing our Stallion Open House, originally scheduled for Sunday, January 27th. We are tentatively rescheduling to Saturday, February 9th from 10am-3pm, and will confirm that date as soon as possible.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, but the welfare and safety of our horses and guests is our primary concern. As always, our stallions are available for viewing 7 days a week by appointment.

For further information or to schedule an appointment, please call Kelly McCombs at (518) 541-3280 or Bill Allen at (518) 965-9346.

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions stallion show rescheduled to Jan. 27

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Due to the snow forecast, Irish Hill and Dutchess Views Stallion will reschedule its stallion show originally set for January 19.

The Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions stallion show will now be held on Sunday, January, 27th from 11am to 3pm. All other details remain the same (full lunch, season raffle, etc).

Questroyal reschedules stallion show to January 27 due to impending winter storm

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Questroyal North in Stillwater, NY has rescheduled its Stallion Open House that was previously scheduled for this coming Saturday, January 19th, due to the impending winter storm.

The show has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 27th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The stallions will be still available for viewing by appointment only on Saturday, January 19th. Please call Bill Allen to schedule a time at 518-965-9346.

Rockridge Stud reschedules stallion show due to impending storm

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

(Press Release)

Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY has decided to reschedule its annual stallion show and open house that was previously scheduled for this coming Sunday, January 20 due to the impending winter storm.

The show has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Full lunch buffet will be served and drawings for free seasons to each of the stallions will be made at the show.

The stallions will be still available for inspection by appointment only on Sunday, January 20. Call 518 851 6616 to schedule an appointment.

Erin Robinson
Stallion Director
Cell (859) 421-7531
Fax (859) 225-3303

Camelot Kitten, millionaire son of Kitten’s Joy, retires to stand at Questroyal North

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Coglianese Photos

(Edited press release)

Barry Ostrager has announced that multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Camelot Kitten will join the 2019 stallion roster at his Questroyal North in Stillwater, where he will become the first son of perennial leading sire Kitten’s Joy to stand in the Empire State.

The 6-year-old Camelot Kitten is owned by his breeders Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey and will stand as their property for $5,000, live foal. The Ramseys have been in the top 10 on the North American leading owners’ list every year since 2009, and topped the list three times.

Camelot Kitten won six races, five of them stakes, and finished second three times, including two graded stakes, while earning $1,068,977. He broke his maiden at Belmont Park in his 2-year-old debut, and his first stakes victory came at age three in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs. Four weeks later, he captured the Grade 3 Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont, followed by a score in the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga. He then won the Grade 3  Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont, capping a sophomore season in which his exceptional stretch prowess accounted for four graded stakes.

Camelot Kitten has four full brothers, all winners, out of the Forestry mare Celestial Woods, including multiple graded stakes-winner Bobby’s Kitten. Now eight, he won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, earning $1,389,417. He stands in England for 12,500 euros and his first foals are yearlings of 2019. He is a shuttle stallion and is the first son of Kitten’s Joy to stand in Australia.

Three other sons of Kitten’s Joy will be standing for the first time in 2019. Roaring Lion has joined the stallion ranks for Qatar Racing at Tweenhills Stud. He’s a four-time Group I winner with earnings of $3.57 million. Oscar Performance, a 7-time graded stakes-winner who earned $2.34 million, will stand at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington for $20,000, and Hawkbill, Champion 3-year-old in England and 6-time Group winner, will stand at Dalham Stud in Newmarket for 7,500 euros.

Kitten’s Joy was the leading sire in North America in 2018, the second time he has reached the top spot in the last six years. He was in the top five in the other four seasons, finishing third in 2014 and 2015, fifth in 2016, and third in 2017.

In the season that just concluded, Kitten’s Joy set a personal record of more than $18.6 million in progeny earnings. He has reached nearly $97 million in career earnings, has been the No. 1 turf sire for the last six years, and is the No. 1 sire by average number of stakes-winners per year (19) for five. His runners have won nearly 2,100 races and averaged more than $100,000 per starter. He wound up 2018 in second place on the general sire list with 177 winners, just three behind the leader, and was No. 1 with 80 repeat winners. He’s just nine away from 100 black-type winners and has 174 registered 2-year-olds. Kitten’s Joy stands in Kentucky for $75,000 live foal.

For more information and booking to Camelot Kitten, please contact: Kelly McCombs, Office Manager (518) 541-3280, or, Bill Allen, Farm Manager (518) 965-9346,


First foal for Union Jackson is a colt

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Photo courtesy Sequel

(Edited press release)

Sequel Stallions has announced that first foal for multiple stakes winner and graded stakes-placed runner Union Jackson is a colt. Bred by the Mr. Amore Stables of Ron Lombardi, Union Jackson’s first foal, a flashy bay out of the Rockport Harbor mare Hoboken Honey, was born at Sequel New York on January 13.

Mr. Amore Stables, a multiple graded stakes-winning earner of more than $10 million, has enjoyed much success lately having campaigned, among others, Grade 1 Champagne winner Firenze Fire as well as Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint runner-up Tightend Touchdown.

Hoboken Honey is out of a half-sister to Daiwa Bandit, a multiple stakes winner in Japan of over $1.4 million. She is from the immediate family of Grade 3 stakes winners Advancing Star ($794,470, stakes producer) and Darby Fair ($337,374, sire).

A son of two-time Horse Of The Year and champion sire Curlin, out of Grade 1 stakes winner Hot Dixie Chick, half-sister to Grade 1 Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming, Union Jackson was bred in Kentucky by Barbara Banke’s Grace Thoroughbred Holdings, campaigned by her Stonestreet Stables, and trained by Steve Asmussen.

Union Jackson broke his maiden by 7 3/4 lengths going six furlongs at Keeneland becoming a “TDN Rising Star.” He went on to win an 8 1/4-length score in the Sam Houston Sprint Cup Stakes and a victory in the Iowa Sprint Handicap, which he took while running six furlongs in 1:08.75. On the board in 9 of 11 starts, he won 6 races by over a combined 27 lengths with earnings of $273,000.

Union Jackson represents the 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 “Stonestreet very much believes in Union Jackson, and we will be strongly supporting him at stud.”

“We are so excited about this first crop of Union Jackson and couldn’t be happier that the first one belongs to our friends at Mr. Amore Stable!” Sequel Stallion’s principal Becky Thomas said. “Ron Lombardi visited us yesterday at our annual Stallion Show, but the mare must not have wanted an audience as she waited until we had gone to have her foal. Ron is a big supporter of the New York breeding program so we are particularly thrilled that he has such a nice Union Jackson colt.”

The mare, Hoboken Honey, is breeding back to Union Jackson in 2019.

McMahon of Saratoga releases 2019 stud fees, adds details about Jan. 19 Open House

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

(Edited press release)

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds has released its 2019 stud fees and added details about the farm’s January 19 Open House.

Standing at McMahon for $7,500 live foal is New York’s leading 2-year-old sire of 2018 Central Banker. Progeny of the graded stakes-winning son of champion Speightstown surpassed $1 million in earnings last year, the highest for a New York Sire since City Zip in 2005. His top earner Bankit ($329,625) won the $250,000 Sleepy Hollow S. at Belmont by 5 3/4 lengths, finished second in $200,000 Funny Cide S. and was second by a head in the $400,000 Remington Springboard Mile S. Bankit is the leading money-winning colt by a first crop stallion in 2018.

Champion sire Teuflesberg is a top-five New York Sire by lifetime average earnings at $60,540 and will stand for $5,000.

New York’s leading second crop sire and top ten sire of 2-year-olds in 2018 Forty Tales will stand for $3,000.

Joining several other farms in the Saratoga area on January 19 (Irish Hill/Dutchess Views and Questroyal Stud), McMahon will host a Stallion Open House from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m., allowing breeders the opportunity to see as many stallions as possible that day.

For more information please contact Joe or John McMahon (518) 587-3426.

Questroyal North announces Open House for January 19

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Questroyal North will hold its annual Stallion Show this year on January 19, 2019


Light refreshments will be served.

The farm is located at 58 Dunn Rd. in Stillwater.

Direct inquiries to: / (518) 541-3280

Questroyal North 2019 stallion roster (including links to the Blood-Horse Stallion Registry):

Boys At Tosconova
Courageous Cat
Golden Ticket
Majestic City

Rockridge Stud schedules Stallion Show for January 20

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY will hold its annual stallion show and open house on Sunday, January 20 from 12 noon – 3 p.m.

Free season drawings to each stallion will be held at the show (must be in attendance to be eligible).

Lunch will be served.

Rockridge Stallions: A Shin Forward, Frank Conversation, Giant Surprise, Honorable Dillon, Micromanage

The farm is located at 5384 Rt 9H/23 in Hudson. For more information: (518) 851- 6616 |

Sequel Stallions announces 2019 fees, Stallion Showcase set for Jan. 13

Friday, December 28th, 2018

(Edited press release)

Becky Thomas’ Sequel Stallions has announced 2019 stud fees for the farm’s stallion roster and scheduled its annual Stallion Showcase for January 13, 2019.

Three Sequel stallions will stand for $7,500 in 2019.

Freud, New York’s leading sire by earnings, turf, and AEI is the versatile full brother to Giant’s Causeway and has for the fifth time had yearly progeny earnings exceeding $5 million. He is New York’s leading sire of New York-breds by winners and earnings from 2012 through 2018, with lifetime progeny earnings of nearly $60 million.

Unbridled’s Song’s Grade 1-performing millionaire Mission Impazible is New York’s leading third crop sire with progeny earnings over $5 million.

The most popular New York sire of 2017 and 2018 by number of mares bred Laoban is a winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes and is New York’s only son of Uncle Mo.

Standing for $5,000 is the Grade 1 winning juvenile whose first crop are 2-year-olds of 2018. Alpha, the multiple Grade 1 winning millionaire son of Bernardini will represent Darley in New York.

Multiple stakes winner Union Jackson will also stand for $5,000. Union Jackson is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, out of Hot Dixie Chick, a Grade 1 winning half-sister to Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming.

Stephanoatsee by A.P. Indy, a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 and classic winning Shackleford, will stand privately for Mr. Leonard Riggio’s My Meadowview LLC.

New for 2019 is track record setting, multiple graded stakes winner Destin, a full brother to Grade 1 sire Creative Cause. Destin, who was was nosed in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, is owned by a syndicate and is supported by Gainesway Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Farm as well as Sequel New York.

Also new to the roster for 2019 is multiple stakes winner The Lieutenant, a half-brother to undefeated, Triple Crown Champion Justify and sired by Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense. He was second only to Diversify in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park, defeating Discreet Lover, Hopportunity, Tapwrit, War Story, etc. Both freshmen will stand for $6,500 LFSN.

The 2019 Sequel New York roster:

Alpha  $5,000  Bernardini – Munnaya, by Nijinsky II
Destin  $6,500  Giant’s Causeway – Dream Of Summer, by Siberian Summer
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
The Lieutenant  $6,500  Street Sense – Stage Magic, by Ghostzapper
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 13, 2019 at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This year’s showcase will have Excellent Cajun Food (Team Laoban) and Kendall Jackson Wine (Team Union Jackson). There will be a stallion season raffle. For more information please call (800) 925-2913 or visit at