NEWS: breeding

Ohio-bred gives New York sire Justenuffhumor first winner

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
by Sarah Mace

Multiple Grade 2 winner Justenuffhumor, was represented by his first winner when Janet Reeder’s homebred Humoresque won the third race at Belterra Park on Thursday. Also trained by Reeder, the Ohio-bred 2-year-old filly led all the way to win the maiden special weight by 1 1/2 lengths in her second career start.

In 2009 at age four, Justenuffhumor reeled off six straight victories in turf routes at Gulfstream, Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga, culminating with back-to-back Grade 2 victories in the Fourstardave H. and Bernard Baruch H. In three seasons he won six of his 12 career starts and earned $533,900. Out of multiple stakes-winner Justenuffheart, by Broad Brush, Justenuffhumor is a half brother to champion Dreaming of Anna and multiple Grade 2 winner Lewis Michael.

The 9-year-old son of Distorted Humor stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, where his 2014 fee was $3,000.

Willcox Inn, MGSW and millionaire by Harlan’s Holiday, to stand at Saratoga Stud

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

(Edited press release)

Roy and Gretchen Jackson and All Inn Stable announced on Tuesday the retirement of millionaire and multiple graded stake winner Willcox Inn to stand at Saratoga Stud in Stillwater. Gretchen Jackson said “we have had many exciting moments in racing, a lot of them were with Willcox Inn. We want to give him the best chance to succeed at stud and feel New York is the right place to be.”

A graded stakes winner or graded-placed each year over four seasons from age two to five, Willcox Inn was trained by Michael Stidham for the Jackson’s Lael Stable and All In Stable. The connections plan to give strong support to Willcox Inn and his progeny.

As a racehorse Willcox Inn was a top class 2-year old.  He won his debut at two over eventual Kentucky Derby winner and champion 3-year-old Animal Kingdom. In his second start he finished third in the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland and in his third and final start he was a closing third the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs. Subsequently weighted at 115 on the 2010 Experimental Handicap, Willcox Inn received the same assignment as Mucho Macho Man.

Racing exclusively in stakes company as a sophomore, Willcox Inn won the first two legs of the Mid-America Triple Crown - the Arlington Classic Stakes at 1 1/16 and the Grade 2 American Derby at 1 3/16 miles on turf. In his attempt to become only the fourth horse in history to win the third leg and join the likes of Buckpasser, he finished a brave fourth in a rain-soaked running of the Grade 1 Secretariat. He came back with a commanding 4 1/2-length victory in the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby at 1 1/8 miles.

Willcox Inn won his first start at 4, and ran in three Grade 1 stakes that year, taking second in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile to eventual two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan.

As a five-year-old Willcox Inn finished on the board in six of eight starts, all graded, winning the historic Grade 3 Washington Park Handicap, just 1/5 off the track record. He was second in the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes and Grade 3 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Handicap and finished third in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile S. and Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes.

Willcox Inn retired with a record of six wins, four seconds and four thirds in 22 starts and earnings of $1,015,543. He is currently the second-leading money earner by Harlan’s Holiday behind Shanghai Bobby. He was bred by Dr. John Chandler and raised and sold by Mill Ridge Farm. He comes from one of the key blue hen families in the stud book, nurtured by Chandler for many generations and includes the likes of multiple Grade 1 stakes winners Dynaforce and Cetewayo.

Suzie O’Cain said, “We are thrilled the New York Breeders will get a chance to send their best mares to this talented son of the late Harlan’s Holiday. Willcox Inn was a quality, consistent Graded stakes winner, winning Graded stakes on two surfaces, while starting at ten different tracks nationwide, competing against the very best.”

Standing for $7,500, Willcox Inn will arrive in Saratoga in mid-August and will be available for inspection during the Saratoga race meeting.

For further information, contact Suzie O’Cain (518) 573-2304 or Marette Farrell (859) 312 0364.

Naughty Natisha’s Unavenged wins stakes at Fukushima to drive earnings over $800,000

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
by Sarah Mace

Unavenged (Empire Maker), a 5-year-old daughter of venerable broodmare Naughty Natisha, and U. Taiki Farm’s star New York-bred, added a fifth tally to the win column on July 19, taking the Adatara Stakes at Fukushima Race Course in Japan over a sloppy racetrack. With the victory, the half-sister to 2007 New York-bred Horse of the Year and millionaire Naughty New Yorker (Quiet American) drove her earnings past the $800,000 threshold.

Drawn in post two for the 1700-meter Adatara (approximately 8 1/2 furlongs), and fourth choice in the betting in the field of thirteen older horses of both sexes at 5.90-1, Unavenged stalked pacesetter Seika Fortuna (JPN) from fourth, moved up into third by the last point of call and drew off to a three-quarter length victory under jockey Hiroshi Kitamura.

The Adatara score improves Unavenged’s record to five wins and three seconds from 15 starts and boosts her earnings to $861,747. She also took the Koremasa Tokubetsu at 2100 meters (10.5 furlongs) in Tokyo in June 2013. Unavenged was purchased for $110,000 by SF Bloodstock at the 2011 Keeneland April 2-year-old sale.

Bred by Dr. William B. Wilmot and Dr. Joan M. Taylor, Unavenged is a daughter of the champion broodmare Naughty Natisha (Known Fact), who has produced no fewer than eight winners for Wilmot and Taylor since being purchased for $150,000 at the 1998 Keeneland November sale.

Naughty Natisha’s first foal was stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed Pupil by Unbridled, a $204,280-earner, but her most famous offspring is millionaire Naughty New Yorker. The iron horse hit the board 32 times in 67 starts, won 11 stakes races, including the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap, and complied four additional graded stakes placings, including third in the 2007 Grade 1 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile, the same year he won New York-bred Horse of the Year honors. Naughty Natisha is also the dam of multiple stakes-placed sophomore Deceived (Broken Vow).

Naughty Natisha currently has a bay yearling colt by Quiet American foaled on February 11, 2013 who is catalogued for next month’s Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale as Hip 389. This year she had a colt by Tapizar and was bred to Bodemeister.

Bluegrass Cat to Shuttle to Haras Lacala in Uruguay

Friday, June 13th, 2014
Edited Press Release

Bluegrass Cat, New York’s leading sire by winners and earnings since moving New York in 2012, will shuttle from Rockridge Stud to Norman Fox’s Haras Lacala in Uruguay for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season in a deal negotiated by TBS Agency of Brazil and Wynrose Equine, it was announced Thursday.

“Bluegrass Cat has an exceptional pedigree, and has proven his ability to sire precocious stock, and we couldn’t be happier to be bringing him to Uruguay this season,” said Norman Fox. “His recent notable performers include the very impressive Santa Anita juvenile debut winner Story To Tell along with stakes winner E B Ryder at Gulfstream Park, and we are particularly excited about his ability to sire good juveniles and horses that train on”.

An 11-year-old by Storm Cat, Bluegrass Cat has enjoyed success at stud with the likes of Graded Stakes horses Kathmanblu, Sabercat, Laurie’s Rocket, Percussion and Teeth of the Dog among his 46 Stakes performers.

Out of a full sister to the dams of 2010 Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and 2014 Grade 1 Man o’ War S. winner Imagining, Bluegrass Cat was a record-breaking Grade 1 winner and millionaire during his racing career. His biggest triumph came in the 2007 Grade 1 Haskell Invitational where he won by a record margin of seven lengths. He also captured the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes and Grade 3 Nashua Stakes as a 2-year-old.

Utopia to relocate to Turkey

Monday, June 9th, 2014

New York-based sire Utopia (JPN) has been purchased by Turkish bloodstock agent Tarik Tekce on behalf of Serdar Kemal Ozcolak, who will stand him in Turkey.

A 14-year-old son of Forty Niner out of Dream Vision, by Northern Taste, Utopia is scheduled to ship from the United States in mid-September to stand at the Jockey Club of Turkey’s Karacabey National Stud in Bursa. He began his stud career in 2008 at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds and stood the 2014 season for a $5,000 fee.

From 272 foals in four crops of racing age, Utopia has 85 winners, 13 stakes performers, and five stakes winners among 153 starters that have amassed progeny earnings of $5,596,469 through June 8. His top runner is three-time stakes winner and $206,217-earner Matchmadeinheaven.

A multiple stakes winner in his native Japan, Utopia won graded/group stakes in the U.S. and Dubai. He posted a career line of 9-5-3 from 34 starts while earning $4,913,585. His record includes victories in the 2006 Grade 2 Godolphin Mile and 2007 Grade 3 Westchester Handicap.

Utopia will spend 30 days in quarantine at trainer Murat Sancal’s Sancal Racing at Elmendorf Farm in Lexington before shipping to Turkey.

Noble Causeway, sire of Belmont contender Samraat, succumbs to laminitis

Friday, May 30th, 2014
(Edited press release)

My Meadowview Farm lost the cornerstone of its breeding operation on Tuesday with the death of Noble Causeway. The 12-year-old chestnut had been suffering from laminitis in recent weeks and was withdrawn from service in early May. His condition deteriorated and he was euthanized Tuesday evening.

Wally Burleson, farm manager at Sequel Stallions New York noted, “He was a brave and determined patient, but his condition deteriorated markedly in the last 12 hours. We decided to spare him further pain.

“With heavy hearts, we send our condolences to Mr. Riggio and the rest of the My Meadowview connections. Noble Causeway has always been a special favorite of the Sequel team. We are definitely going to miss him. Hopefully, Samraat will carry the torch so we’ll be able to enjoy his influence for many years to come.”

Bred in Kentucky by Reiko & Michael Baum, Mr. Len Riggio bought him at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. From the first crop of Giant’s Causeway out of Seeking The Gold mare Mimi’s Golden Girl, Noble Causeway earned $360,010 for trainer Nick Zito and owners My Meadowview Farm. With 3 wins at 3 & 4, he was 2nd in the G1 Florida Derby and 3rd in the G3 Ben Ali Stakes.

Noble Causeway, who stood the 2014 season for $5,000 at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, New York currently ranks 4th on the NY general sire list, with 2014 earnings of $1,133,180. For his career with 4 crops of racing age, he has sired 79 winners, 12 stakes horses with lifetime earnings of $3,932,485.

Among his leading progeny is My Meadowview Farm’s homebred Samraat, undefeated in his first five starts, winner of the Grade 3 Gotham and Withers Stakes, second in Grade 1 Wood memorial, he ran a game fifth in the Kentucky Derby. Samraat’s next start is the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Other top performers include Noble Killer and Eccole Qua, multiple stakes winner Private Cause and stakes-placed New York-breds Noble Cornerstone and Canal Six.

The Riggio family issued the following statement: “Noble Causeway provided our family with more joy than we could ever imagine. His passing occurred on the eve of his becoming the outstanding sire we always believed him to be. He taught us to dream and, now, we can only dream of what that future might have been. He was loved and will be greatly missed, but his memory remains with us forever.”

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Trinniberg to Haras Ponta Pora for Southern Hemisphere breeding season

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
(Edited press release)

Rockridge Stud announced that New York-based stallion Trinniberg will travel to Haras Ponta Pora in Brazil for Southern Hemisphere stud duties beginning in 2014. The Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup winner and Eclipse Award winning Sprinter began his stallion career at Rockridge Stud this season.

“A horse of this caliber absolutely warrants interest from South American stud farms,” says Rockridge’s Lere Visagie. “We want to give the horse the best chance possible to succeed, and dual-hemisphere breeding will certainly give him that added chance.”

“Haras Ponta Pora has been one of the major producers of speed in Brazil. Mr. Camil and Mr. Charlie, owners of the farm, are excited with the speed and class of Trinniberg,” says Ricardo Colombo, the agent who brokered the deal.

Grade 1 winner and former NY sire Crusader Sword dead at 29

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
by Sarah Mace

Old Friends at Cabin Creek in Greenfield Center has announced that Grade 1 winner and former New York sire Crusader Sword died on Saturday evening, May 10 from the complications of old age. Referring to him as “’Grandpa,’ the much-loved elder statesman at Old Friends at Cabin Creek” the farm reports that Crusader Sword “passed away, with his loving owner, JoAnn Pepper by his side, and had been surrounded by love from many of the farm’s volunteers on Saturday.”

A son of Damascus out of Copernica (Nijinsky II), Crusader Sword was bred in Virginia by Paul Mellon and trained by Mack Miller. Crusader Sword was a juvenile stand-out, winning the 1987 Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes and Grade 2 Saratoga Special and finishing third in the Grade 1 Futurity Stakes. In 1989 he was third in the Grade 2 Tom Fool. He retired with a record of 6-3-5 from 21 starts and $327,476 in earnings.

After beginning his stud career at Mockingbird Farm in Florida, Crusader Sword relocated to New York In 1997 he where he stood at Questroyal Stud and Foggy Bottom Farm. In 2010 he was pensioned to Old Friends.

Crusader Sword, whose progeny earned more than $18 million and top performer was Florida-bred multiple graded stakes winner Isitingood ($1,219,430), will be best-remembered in New York as the sire of Tin Cup Chalice, who in 2008 became the only horse to sweep the Big Apple Triple series for New York-bred sophomores. Later the same year Tin Cup Chalice, whose career was cut short by a tragic training accident in 2009, captured the Grade 2 Indiana Derby.

Described as “a favorite among the many fans and horse lovers who visit the farm,” the farm fondly recalls that “Crusader did a ‘dinner dance’ for each meal, licked the hands of volunteers and guests alike and had a beautiful spirit,” adding, “He is much missed and will always be remembered as a wonderful old friend, race horse, sire and champion.”

JoAnn and Mark Pepper, the owners of Old Friends, a non-profit thoroughbred retirement farm, have expressed their gratitude for the many expressions of sympathy and support they have received, and welcome all to the farm’s Open House on Saturdays (12:00 noon-3 p.m.) to pay their respects.

First runner, first winner for Desert Party

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
by Sarah Mace

Darley’s freshman sire Desert Party, who relocated to Becky Thomas and Dennis Narlinger’s Sequel Stallions New York in 2013 after starting his stallion career in Kentucky, sired his first winner from his first starter when 2-year-old colt Unlashthekraken scored a 2 1/2-length victory from off the pace going six furlongs over good/soft turf at Capannelle Racecourse in Rome (1:12.05).  [VIDEO]

Owned and trained by Massimiliano Narduzzi, Unlashthekraken was bred in Kentucky by Azienda Agricola le Ferriere Di Giampaolo Raponi. His dam, the stakes-placed Royal Academy mare Honeypenny, is a half-sister to graded winner and Grade 1-placed Millie’s Quest. Honeypenny’s current sophomore, Hoovergetthekeys (Henrythenavigator), was stakes winner at two in Italy and Group 3-placed this year.

Desert Party, a son of Street Cry (Ire) out of the Tabasco Cat mare Sage Cat, was bred in Kentucky by David Smith and Steven Sinatra. A $475,000 Keeneland September yearling in 2007, he was purchased by Sheikh Mohammed at Fasig-Tipton’s Florida February sale of two-year-olds in training in 2008 for $2.1 million.

A first-out winner who went to become multiple graded/group winner and $928,467-earner (10-6-1-0), Desert Party captured the Grade 2 Sanford S. at Saratoga Racecourse in 2008 by open lengths, the one-mile Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas in 2009 and the Group 3 Mahab al Shimaal S. in 2009. He also finished second in the Group 2 UAE Derby in 2009. In his final career start he took the 2010 Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap at Philadelphia Park, completing seven furlongs in 1:22.04.

Desert Party stands for a 2014 fee of $7,500.

Keane Stud’s Winslow Stevens names Philippe Lasseur co-owner and full partner

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Winslow B. Stevens, DVM, of Keane Stud Operations LLC has announced that Philippe Lasseur, long-time farm manager, has become a co-owner and full partner in their New York Thoroughbred breeding business.

Lasseur started as farm manager at Keane Stud in 1987 and is one of the longest-tenured managers in New York.  He and Dr. Stevens have worked together as manager and veterinarian since 1989 and, since 2007, as manager and general manager/owner of the Keane Stud facility.

“Philippe has always been the driving force behind Keane Stud, and assuming an ownership role is just another step in his career in the Thoroughbred industry,” said Dr. Stevens.