NEWS: breeding

Zivo to stand at Irish Hill Century Farm in Saratoga Springs

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Suburban H. 2014 (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Zivo wins Suburban H. 2014 (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

(Edited press release)

Thomas Coleman’s Grade 2-winning New York-bred Zivo has been recently retired to stud at Irish Hill Century Farm in Saratoga Springs.

Trained by New York native and leading trainer Chad Brown, Zivo was a nine-time winning millionaire, whose career-defining win came in the Grade 2 Suburban where he defeated Graded Stakes winners Moreno, Micromanage, Last Gunfighter and Vyjack. He then went on to run second in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes behind Classic winner Tonalist while beating Moreno and Micromanage again.

Important New York stakes wins include the Whodam, Kings Point and the Commentator Handicap. In Zivo’s career of 19 starts, 18 took place in the state of New York with the lone start out of New York taking place in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Trainer Chad Brown said, “Zivo is one of the most durable and talented horses I have trained to date. He raced year round in New York throughout his career, all of his starts on the dirt. I can’t wait to see what his offspring can do!”

Zivo is from a very deep female family represented by two-time Japanese Champion and perennial leading sire, Symboli Kris S, as well as Dubai World Cup winner, Well Armed, who won multiple Grade 1 stakes and over $5 million in earnings.

Zivo will be the lone stallion standing stud at Rick Burke’s Irish Hill Century Farm. He will be supported by mares from Coleman’s, broodmare band, Irish Century Hill, and the commercial breeding operations of The Club and Off The Hook.

The first year stud fee will be $6,000. Marketing will be handled by Sean Feld of Feld Family Stallions, who can be contacted at (859) 519-9665 or for more information, please contact Rick Burke of Irish Hill Century Farm at (518) 527-2701.


Precocious graded stakes-winning son of City Zip to stand at Questroyal North

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

(Edited press release)

Jeffrey Bloom of Bloom Racing Stable has announced that following his career, multiple Graded stakes winner Majestic City will stand the 2016 breeding season at Questroyal North in Stillwater. Barry Ostrager commented, “Questroyal is thrilled to stand a stallion with the speed, class, and durability of Majestic City. We’ve been pursuing him (as a stallion prospect) for many months and we will heavily support him with our own mares.” The stud fee for the syndicated stallion has been set at $3,500 live foal.

A precocious 2-year-old, Majestic City broke his maiden with an impressive wire-to-wire victory in his career debut at Hollywood Park. He set fractions of :21.91 and :45.10 en route to a 1 1/2-length score in :51.27 for 4 1/2 furlongs, just three-fifths off the track record.

In his next two starts, Majestic City captured the Willard Proctor Memorial by 3 1/2 lengths, followed by a 2 1/4-length score in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship. Nearly making it four straight victories, in a ferocious stretch battle he fell a neck short of Drill in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and was DQ’d to third place. In the Grade 1 Breeders Futurity at Keeneland, he finished second by three-quarters of a length.

Majestic City was ranked co-seventh on the Experimental Handicap at 119 lbs., ahead of champion sprinter Trinniberg, Secret Circle, Gemologist, Alpha and Drill. He is City Zip’s top son standing at stud by Class Performance Index (CPI).

Majestic City won Graded stakes from 2 to 6 earning $579,710. He finished in the top four in 13 stakes, 11 graded, competing at 10 tracks. His sire, City Zip, has sired three champions, earners of more than $62 million, and is the only stallion to have three Breeders’ Cup winners over the past two years.

Jeffrey Bloom said, “Majestic City has provided spectacular experiences for our racing program and partners. His physical attributes are remarkably stunning and we are thrilled to partner with the Questroyal team.   We are confident he will be a success at stud in New York.”

For more information contact: Midge Hawver (518) 828-0777,,

Kelly McCombs, Office Manager (518) 541-3280, Jay Ryan, Farm Manager (518) 441-1005,

Rockridge Stud announces 2016 stud fees

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Rockridge Stud in Hudson has just announced stud fees for the 2016 breeding season:

D’ Funnybone $2,500 LFSN
Giant Surprise $5,000 LFSN
Honorable Dillon $5,000 LFSN
Micromanage $5,000 LFSN
Midas Touch (GB) $3,500 LFSN
Posse $5,000 LFSN
Soaring Empire $3,500 LFSN
Trinniberg $5,000 LFSN

Bank Heist’s first winner romps by 18+ lengths at Penn National

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

By Sarah Mace

Bank Heist, a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner and 2007 champion sprinter Midnight Lute, got his first winner Wednesday in impressive fahion when Pennsylvania-bred juvenile filly Behrnik’s Bank bested nine rivals in her debut to win the third race at Penn National Race Course by 18 1/2 lengths.

A homebred for Peter Kazamias trained by Dimitrios Synnefias, Behrnik’s Bank led every step of the way under jockey Edwin Gonzalez. Out of stakes-placed Chimes Band mare Behrnik, who has produced four winners from four starters, Behrnik’s Bank completed six furlongs in 1:09.64.

Bank Heist, who entered his stud career in 2012 at Peter Kazamias’ Kaz Hill Farm in Middletown is a dark bay son of Maria’s Mon out of the unraced Dehere mare Candytuft who commanded $900,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September Yearling sale. All six of Candytuft’s foals to start are winners, with sprint champion Midnight Lute, by Real Quiet heading the family ($2,690,600).

Tapit’s Normandy Invasion purchased by Spendthrift, to stand at Keane Stud

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Keane Stud logoB. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has acquired Tapit’s Grade 1-performing son Normandy Invasion, who will stand stud in 2016 at Keane Stud in Amenia as a participant in Spendthrift’s renowned “Share The Upside” program.

“Normandy Invasion proved he was a top-class talent since his 2-year-old season, and, physically, he’s a very attractive horse,” said Ned Toffey, general manager at Spendthrift Farm. “We’re extremely excited to be able to offer New York breeders such a quality son of Tapit through our ‘Share The Upside’ program, and we really believe there isn’t a better opportunity in the Northeast. We would like to extend an invitation to New York breeders who are in Lexington for next week’s sales to stop by our open house and see Normandy Invasion before we ship him to Keane Stud after the sales.”

Normandy Invasion will stand for $6,500 on a one-year commitment through the “Share The Upside” program, and breeders will earn a lifetime breeding right beginning in 2017 after having only one live foal and paying the stud fee. Normandy Invasion’s one-time fee will be $5,000 on a standard stands-and-nurses contract for people who do not wish to participate in the “Share The Upside” program.

Campaigned by Fox Hill Farm, Normandy Invasion was a leading 2-year-old of his crop, breaking his maiden by 9 1/4 lengths before going on to finish runner-up by a nose in the Remsen S. (G2) at Aqueduct in his next start. He earned a 99 Beyer for the performance, marking the co-highest Beyer earned by a juvenile beyond a mile in 2012. Normandy Invasion closed out his 2-year-old campaign weighted at 118 lbs. on the Experimental Free Handicap, and was among the winter book favorites for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.

At three, Normandy Invasion closed strongly to be the runner-up in the $1 million Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct, finishing the final three-eighths of a mile in 36 1/5 seconds to be three-quarters of a length back from Verrazano. He went on to the Kentucky Derby where he would be the fifth choice in the wagering and finish a good fourth after making a strong middle move to take the lead turning for home. Normandy Invasion was beaten just 3 1/2 lengths by Orb and earned another 99 Beyer for the performance.

As a 4-year-old, Normandy Invasion scored a 7 3/4-length victory in his seasonal debut at Gulfstream, running a mile in 1:33 flat. In his subsequent start, he finished second in the $500,000 New Orleans H. (G2) to multiple Grade 1 winner Palace Malice at Fair Grounds, earning a 104 Beyer for the performance.

Trained by Larry Jones, Normandy Invasion retires with earnings of $551,900. He’s by champion sire Tapit, and hails from the Boston Harbor mare, Boston Lady.

Normandy Invasion is currently at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, and will be available for inspection during the farm’s open house that runs from Monday, Nov. 2nd through Friday, Nov. 13th at 1-3 pm daily during the November breeding stock sales. Lunch will be served daily. For more information about Normandy Invasion, Spendthrift’s Share The Upside Program, or the open house, please contact Des Dempsey at 859-294-0030.

Micromanage available for inspection Monday at Saratoga mixed sale

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Mike Repole’s stallion Micromanage, who will be standing his first year at stud at Lere Visagie’s Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY, will be available for inspection at the Saratoga Fall Mixed Sale on Monday, Oct.26th. The stallion will be shown in the back walking ring of the sales grounds beginning at 8 a.m. the morning of the sale.

If anyone would like to inspect the horse before or after the sale, please contact Lere Visagie at (518) 821-7086 to schedule an appointment.

Major Gain to McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds for 2016

Monday, October 19th, 2015

(Edited press release)

Saratoga Springs, NY — Major Gain has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 season at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds.

A son of internationally successful More Than Ready, Major Gain was bred and initially raced for Gary and Mary West Stables, Inc. Joe McMahon commented, “We are pleased to stand the first son of More Than Ready in New York. A graded stakes winner in his second start at two, Major Gain offers breeders a very successful precocious sire line in New York racing, plus his full sister is Grade 1 stakes winner Room Service.”

In his second start at two, Major Gain won the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity. Impressing horsemen and handicappers he was the favorite in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity. Major Gain placed third in Churchill Downs’ Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club S., only a head behind major performer Astrology.

Rewarded for his prowess at two, Major Gain was weighed 115 pounds on the Experimental Free Handicap, equal to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man and Astrology, while being weighted above Grade 1 winners Stay Thirsty and Caleb’s Posse, whom he defeated in the Arlington-Washington Futurity.

With a single start at 3, Major Gain was somewhat compromised thereafter. He won on turf and synthetic over one mile, as well as his Grade 2 placing on dirt. His sire More Than Ready has earned accolades in both hemispheres. His Grade I winning sons to recently enter stud include Verrazano and Daredevil, and in Australia his son Sebring is a highly rated young sire.

Out of stakes winning, graded placed Dream Lady, a granddaughter of leading broodmare sire A.P. Indy, she has produced multiple Grade 1 winner Room Service, a full sister to Major Gain and the stakes winning Dixie Union mare Oscar Party. Other notables in his immediate family include stakes winners Aubby K-G1, Zapata-G1, Lilly Capote-G3 and London Lil-G3.

Joe McMahon added, “His owners are offering several options to breeders, in 2016 Major Gain will stand for $2,500 live foal. Genomics assessed by ThoroughGen tell us his score of 91 is higher than many of the nation’s leading sires and is the second highest score of any major sire in New York, only Freud is higher at 94. Currently being syndicated for $5,000 per share at 50 shares, shareholders will get three seasons for the first three years and one breeding thereafter, or a lifetime breeding right can be purchased for $3,500.”

For more information contact Joe McMahon at (518) 587-3426.

Group 2 winner Midas Touch (GB) to Rockridge Stud

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Midas Touch conformationGroup 2 winner Midas Touch (GB) will stand at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY in 2016, as announced on Tuesday. The 6yo son of Galileo is relocating from KY.

Midas Touch (Galileo (IRE) – Approach (GB) by Darshaan (GB)), a stakes winner at 2, won the Gr.2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at 3, and was multiple Gr.1 placed at 3 and 4.

Says Rockridge’s Lere Visagie, “Midas Touch adds a different sire line and physical type to our roster. He will be the only son of Galileo standing in New York and gives our breeders a great opportunity to bring in European bloodlines.”

Midas Touch previously stood at War Horse Place in Lexington, KY and will have his first 2-year-olds in He will stand for a fee of $3,500 LFSN. Special consideration will be given for multiple mares, as well as for breeders supporting other Rockridge stallions in 2016. For more information, contact Erin Robinson, (859) 421-7531.

Grade 1 winner Golden Ticket to stand first year at Questroyal North

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Coglianese Photo

Left Bank Stakes (Coglianese Photo)

Questroyal North has announced that 2012 Grade 1 Travers Stakes co-winner Golden Ticket has been retired and will stand the 2016 breeding season at the Questroyal stallion station in Stillwater, NY.

Golden Ticket is a son of Speightstown out of the Deputy Minister mare Business Plan. He won stakes at three, four and five, including the $1,250,000 Grade 1 Travers.

Golden Ticket placed in eight Graded stakes, competed at 13 different tracks and earned $1,362,924. Among his more memorable performances are runner-up finishes in the 2013 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita and the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Golden Ticket was also second by three-quarters of a length in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby and second by a head to Palace Malice in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Golden Ticket’s sire, Speightstown, has career progeny earnings of more than $64 million and he’s been a top 10 North American sire for six consecutive years. He is the sire of 69 black-type runners, 23 in 2015, including Force Pass, winner of the Grade 1 Derby Invitational at Belmont Park and Rock Fall, winner of the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga. Speightstown is also emerging as a sire of sires – his son Munnings is the Leading Second-Crop Sire and the sire of the 2015 multiple graded stakes-winning filly I’m a Chatterbox.

Golden Ticket will stand for $7500, live foal, as the property of Carter Stewart. For more information contact: Midge Hawver (518) 828-0777,, Kelly McCombs, Office Manager (518) 541-3280, Jay Ryan, Farm Manager (518) 441-1005,

Breeding rights to BC Sprint-bound Palace purchased by Spendthrift

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
8_2_14 Palace Vanderbilt

Grade 1 Vanderbilt 8/2/14 (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Palace (City Zip–Receivership, by End Sweep), winner of the 2014 Grade 1 Forego S. and Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. at Saratoga, will stand at B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm upon the conclusion of his racing career.

Owned by Antonino Miuccio and trained by Linda Rice, the New York-bred is currently being aimed at the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland Oct. 31.

“Palace is the best colt by perennial leading sire City Zip, and he’s a great-looking individual,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “He’s been one of the classiest and fastest sprinters in the country the last couple of years, and we believe breeders will find him to be an exciting opportunity through our ‘Share The Upside’ program in 2016. We’re thrilled to have him, and believe he has a big shot in the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Sprint.”

Palace will participate in Spendthrift’s “Share The Upside” program that the farm offers for its first-year stallions. His “Share The Upside” fee has been set at $7,500, and will require breeders to breed a mare in 2016 and 2017, and then have two live foals on a stands-and-nurses basis to earn a lifetime breeding right in Palace starting in 2018 and lasting throughout his stallion career. Palace’s one-time stud fee is $6,000 on a standard stands-and-nurses contract.

Palace, bred by The Peter J. Callahan Revocable Trust Dated 2/28/02, has posted a record of 26-11-5-4 and earnings of $1,391,550. The $160,000 OBSMAR graduate has also posted wins in the Grade 2 True North S. at Belmont and Grade 3 Fall Highweight H. at Aqueduct, respectively.