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Grade 1 multi-millionaire Effinex succumbs to pulmonary rupture

Friday, October 20th, 2017

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Press Release

Saratoga Springs – “Multiple Graded Stakes winner Effinex died very suddenly Wednesday evening in his stall from natural causes,” Joe McMahon announced on Thursday.

An autopsy was performed by Rood and Riddle Veterinary Associates. The autopsy revealed that the cause of death was an acute rupture of the pulmonary artery.

McMahon continued, “This is a huge personal loss to his owner-breeder Dr. Russell Cohen. He truly loved his horse.”

In closing McMahon added, “The passing of Effinex is also a terrible loss to the New York Thoroughbred breeding community, as well as to all of us at McMahon of Saratoga.”

Grade 1 multi-millionaire Effinex moves to McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Press Release

Saratoga Springs, NY—Joe McMahon announced today that Horse of the Year Mineshaft’s leading lifetime runner, multiple-graded stakes winning son Effinex, has relocated to his farm, minutes from Saratoga’s backside.

Retired to stud in 2017, Effinex will be represented by two in-foal mares at the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Fall Sale, Monday, October 16 in Saratoga and three at Keeneland November.

McMahon commented on the six-year-old, “Effinex was an absolute stand-out on the track, first in NY at 3, and at 4 and 5, he won or placed in 9 graded stakes nationwide, all G1 or G2 but one. He won the Clark H.-G1 at Churchill, the Suburban H.-G2 at Belmont (twice), the Oaklawn H.-G2 and earned a 112 Beyer Speed Figure when 2nd to American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 at Keeneland.” Adding, “Now that’s a racehorse, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him at our farm.”

Out of the E Dubai mare What a Pear, Effinex hails from the family of Kentucky Oaks-G1 winner Blush With Pride, dam of world record price mare and broodmare of the year Better Than Honour. Effinex joins Central Banker and Teuflesberg at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. Property of a syndicate, Effinex stood for $10,000 live foal in 2017 and will return at that price in 2018.

For more information please contact Joe McMahon (518) 376-2922 or McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds (518) 587-3426.



Buster and Teri Brown to manage Sequel New York

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

(Edited press release)

Becky Thomas announced on July 7, 2017 that Buster and Teri Brown will take over the helm at Sequel New York ( as farm managers.

“As sad as I was that departing farm manager Brittany Belbeck and her new husband Ryan Bardin chose to begin their lives in Kentucky, I am pleased to announce that Teri and Buster are joining our team. Brittany is an outstanding horseman and all of us at Sequel will miss her sorely,” said Thomas.

“Buster and Teri bring knowledge and experience that is second to none, not to mention that they are loved by everyone, not only in New York but in the whole Thoroughbred industry,” Thomas continued. “I can’t imagine finding more capable stewards for the beautiful land, first rate facilities and the top-quality horses that comprise Sequel New York.”

From a cattle ranch in New Mexico, to show horses, to the foaling barn, to the breeding shed, there is very little that this dynamic duo has not seen. Working together for the last 35 years, they managed Waldorf Farm in North Chatham for the last eight.  Revered by thoroughbred breeders particularly in New York and Kentucky, they will play a key role in promoting Sequel New York as the go-to farm in New York for top quality stock.

“We have been very lucky to be involved with great clients, breeders and friends over the years and are very happy for this opportunity to continue to share a first-class experience,” added Teri Brown. “Buster and I are especially excited about the stallion roster and the expanding sales opportunities that this move allows.”

White foal born at Stone Bridge Farm is breeder Tolchin’s dream horse

Friday, May 26th, 2017
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John Norton Photography

(Press release)

An unusually marked, mostly white colt from the last crop of California Chrome’s sire Lucky Pulpit was foaled on May 19 at Stone Bridge Farm in New York in ongoing fulfillment of a dream sparked in owner/breeder Gary Tolchin when he attended races with his father as a youth.

The colt was delivered by the white mare, Passionforfashion, who Tolchin acquired privately last year after a lengthy search for a white Thoroughbred.

“I always wanted a white horse after I saw one at Aqueduct with my father, Sam Tolchin, when I was growing up. My goal is to continue breeding white horses,” Tolchin said, adding that he intends to keep the newborn colt and eventually place him in training for racing.

Rick Bailey, registrar of The Jockey Club, said it is too soon to determine what color the colt officially will be given when registered. His coloring is similar, although a bit more splashed with chestnut, to that of Passionforfashion’s dam, the registered white Trust N Luck mare Turf Club, who also had liberal chestnut markings.

Tolchin, who is based in New Jersey and is active in the New York and Kentucky breeding programs, has owned or co-owned many prominent runners, including champion Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

After an unsuccessful attempt to buy another white mare at public auction, Tolchin fortuitously found Passionforfashion through social media. She was located by one of his agents, bloodstock and media consultant Michele MacDonald, in a Facebook posting by trainer Doug O’Neill’s operations manager, Sharla Rae Sanders, and soon purchased from previous owners.

Since Passionforfashion, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song’s multiple graded stakes-winning son Old Fashioned, was located in California and the 2016 breeding season was coming to a close, MacDonald recommended she be bred to Lucky Pulpit, who stood at Harris Farms. The cross of the Pulpit and Unbridled lines is the same general cross that produced leading sire Tapit.

Tolchin arranged the mating with Lucky Pulpit, California’s leading sire in 2016 and sire of record-setting, two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome. After Passionforfashion was safely in foal, he shipped her to Stone Bridge Farm.

The colt’s birth came three months after Lucky Pulpit died of an apparent heart attack when covering his first mare of the 2017 season.

“We think he’s great,” Stone Bridge Farm manager Heidi Fischer said of the colt, who has a sturdy frame and good bone.

Thoroughbreds with markings similar to the colt’s color pattern are rare, but several have become sensations while racing in Japan. The white Sunday Silence mare Shirayukihime produced multiple stakes winner Yukichan, a white filly by Kurofune, and fan favorites Marble Cake and Buchiko, both chestnut-spotted, registered white fillies by King Kamehameha who became popular multiple winners for owner/breeder Makoto Kaneko.

“I was fascinated when I saw the white horse with my father, and I’ve always liked them and gray horses, which seem to be lucky,” said Tolchin. “This all fell into place when Michele saw Passionforfashion on Facebook, and I said ‘let’s do it’ with the mating to Lucky Pulpit. I want to thank the people at Harris Farms, who were so helpful, and Stone Bridge Farm, which does such a great job.

“Passionforfashion is a beautiful mare and her colt is so distinctive and unusual. They are more than dreams come true.”


Edition Farm’s Wake Up Kiss, dam of A Shin Forward, euthanized at 19

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

Vivien Malloy, owner of Edition Farm in Hyde Park, has announced that her cherished broodmare Wake Up Kiss has been euthanized at age 19.

Wake Up Kiss, a two-time stakes winner by Cure the Blues, produced five winners from five starters, led by A Shin Forward, a Grade 1 winner in Japan who is second on the all-time New York-bred earnings list.

Malloy, who called the mare “a New York love story for sure,” was bred in the Empire State by John Hettinger. Purchased in 1999 as a Fasig-Tipton Kentucky summer yearling by Equix Biomechanics and trained by H. James Bond, Wake Up Kiss won five of 10 career starts for owners Rudlein Stable and William L. Clifton, Jr. Her first stakes win came at three in the Perfect Arc division of the New York Stallion Series going a mile on turf and, in her final career start at five, she captured the Yaddo Handicap at Saratoga by open lengths. In 2003 Wake Up Kiss was voted New York-bred Champion Turf Female

Edition Farm purchased Wake Up Kiss in foal to Forest Wildcat for $380,000 at the 2004 Keeneland November Sale. The resulting foal, A Shin Forward, sold as a Fasig-Tipton New York Select yearling in 2006 for $125,000 before being purchased by Hirotsugo Hirai the following March at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale for $290,000 and going on to become a star in Japan.

In 2010 at five, A Shin Forward finished second in the New Year Stakes at Nakayama, third in the Grade 3 Tokyo Shimbun Hai and won the Grade 3 Hankyu Hai at Hanshin. He then went on to his greatest triumph: a victory in the Grade 1 Mile Championship at Kyoto, where he crossed the wire in stakes record time under Yasunari Iwata at odds of 52-to-1. That year he also ran third by a neck in the Grade 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo.

A Shin Forward retired sound to stand 2012 breeding season at Lex Stud in Hokkaido. He bankrolled $3,421,360 (USD) and sits in second place on the all-time New York-bred earnings list, just $100,000 and change shy of top New York-earner, Grade 1 Kentucky Derby hero Funny Cide ($3,529,412).

Wake Up Kiss also numbers among her five winning offspring stakes winner Wake Up in Malibu, by Malibu Moon, and Red Groover, by Any Given Saturday. Red Groover also emigrated to Japan, became an allowance winner, and won twice over fences, including in his last career start on January 17, 2015.

Malloy has kept up with all of Wake Up Kiss’ progeny. Of Red Groover she said, “He died a short while ago and his groom sent a picture of himself in the stall, in the straw with Red Groover. It was endearing as you can imagine.” Wake Up Kiss’ last foal is an unnamed colt by Scat Daddy foaled on March 26, 2016.

Wake Up Kiss was euthanized at her home farm, where she was buried on February 27. Malloy, who hopes to sponsor a turf race for New York-bred fillies in her mare’s name, said, “Wake Up Kiss was stoic and classy to the end of her life.”

Malloy added, “She meant the world to me. She was my favorite always and I hope she knew it. She was beautiful. Ask anyone.”



Irish Hill welcomes first foal by Zivo

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Courtesy Irish Hill Century Farm

Photos courtesy Irish Hill Century Farm

By Sarah Mace

Rick Burke’s Irish Hill Century Farm in Saratoga Springs, home to Thomas Coleman’s sire Zivo, welcomed the stallion’s first foal on February 21, a filly out of the maiden mare Phoenix Park.

Phoenix Park, a daughter of Lookin At Lucky out of a Proud Citizen mare is a Kentucky-bred winner purchased by Zivo Enterprises at the 2016 Keeneland January sale for $17,000.

Her new daughter’s TrueNicks rating, based on the cross of Zivo’s sire True Direction with the Mr. Prospector line, (his son Smart Strike and grandson Lookin At Lucky, in this case), is an A++.

Zivo-Phoenix Park fillyZivo is a nine-time winning millionaire, who won the Grade 2 Suburban during his 5-year-old campaign. The same year, he finished second to Tonalist in the Grade1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and participated in the Breeder’s Cup Classic. In New York-bred stakes company, Zivo won the Whodam Stakes, Kings Point and the Commentator Handicap.

According to Zivo’s conditioner Chad Brown, “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!”

In 2017, Zivo stands at Irish Hill Century Farm for $2,500. Contact Sean Feld of Feld Family Stallions at (859) 519-9665 and  for inquiries. For more information, please contact Rick Burke at (518) 527-2701.




First foal arrives for New York stakes winner Japan

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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Waldorf Farm announced that the first foal by stakes-winning, graded stakes-placed Japan, a son of Medaglia d’Oro, was born on January 27.

The bay filly out of multiple stakes winner Lovely Daniella (9 wins, $171,942), was bred by Blue Star Stable and Michael Ferraro and was foaled at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham. Japan bred 61 mares his first year at stud in 2016. His stud fee in 2017 is $3,500 live foal stands and nurses.

For more information contact Dr. Jerry Bilinski Tel: (518) 766-4600 Email:




McMahon of Saratoga will host annual stallion show on February 11

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

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Joe McMahon announced today the farm will hold their Annual Stallion Show on Saturday, February 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the farm on Fitch Road.

Lunch and refreshments will be served.

The three McMahon stallions, Central Banker, Here Comes Ben and Teuflesberg, as well as 2017 foals and yearlings will be available for inspection.

For more information or directions to the farm, please visit or call (518) 587-3426.




First foal for Repole Stable’s Micromanage is a filly

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

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Repole Stable’s New York stallion Micromanage (Medaglia D’Oro – Catnip, by Flying Paster) sired his first foal when Stopspendingmaria (Montbrook – Cutoffs, by Notebook) foaled a filly on January 23 at Rockridge Stud in Hudson.

A multiple graded stakes winner of over $800,000, Micromanage stands at Rockridge Stud alongside Repole Stable’s Giant Surprise. Stopspendingmaria, a graded stakes-placed daughter of Montbrook, is also owned by Repole Stable. She will be bred back to Outwork in 2017.

“I am very excited to see Micromanage’s first foals, and this filly is a terrific start,” said Mike Repole. “My Repole Stable team and I are looking forward to seeing these foals in future weanling and yearling sales.”





Beautyinthepulpit to Buckridge in Kinderhook

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

(Edited press release)

Multiple stakes-placed winner Beautyinthepulpit has been retired to stud at Amy and Jody Boll’s Buckridge Farm in Kinderhook.

Beautyinthepulpit, a son of leading sire of sires Pulpit, whose sons include Tapit, Lucky Pulpit and Sky Mesa, won 8 races and $410,627, including a runner-up finish in Aqueduct’s Alex M. Robb Stakes, and third-place finishes in Laurel’s open Richard W. Small Stakes, plus the restricted Empire Classic at Belmont and Kings Point at Aqueduct.

A winner at first asking by a widening 8 1/2 lengths in New York-bred maiden special weight company going 6 furlongs at Saratoga, Beautyinthepulpit’s wins all came on dirt at distances up to 1 1/8 miles.

Beautyinthepulpit springs from an outstanding female family cultivated by accomplished New York breeder Albert Fried, Jr. His dam, Grade 2 multiple stakes winning juvenile Stolen Beauty, also produced stakes winner Moonlightandbeauty (herself the dam of Grade 3 winner Giant Moon and leading NY-bred sprinter Moonlight Song), and stakes-placed winner Stolen Thunder. Among the 57 black-type horses under Beautyinthepulpit’s first three dams are Grade 1 Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator, Canadian champion Eternal Search, and graded stakes-winning sires Niigon, Finality, and Jiggs Coz.

Beautyinthepulpit will stand as the property of Buckridge for a private fee, with the stud fee waived for mares who: have black type anywhere under the first two dams; who earned more than $50,000 on the track; who have produced a winner of $50,000 or more; and for breeders who send more than one mare per season.

“Beautyinthepulpit represents a unique opportunity for budget-conscious New York breeders,” said Buckridge owner Amy Boll. “Not only is he by Pulpit, one of the most sought-after sires of sires on the planet, he’s also out of a New York graded-stakes winning Deputy Minister mare, and he’s got the gorgeous shoulder you’d expect from that lineage. He won his debut at Saratoga in explosive fashion, maintained his form for six seasons of racing, and excelled at the sire-making one mile distance. We’re going to support him with our own mares — and we invite breeders to visit him in the coming months.”

The deal to send Beautyinthepulpit to Buckridge was brokered by New Jersey-based bloodstock agent Michael Slezak.