NEWS: breeding

Union Jackson to stand at Sequel New York

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

(Sequel press release)

Multiple stakes winner Union Jackson has been retired from racing and will stand the 2018 breeding season at Sequel Stallions, Hudson, New York as a Sequel Stallions/Stonestreet Stables venture.

A five-year-old son of Curlin – Hot Dixie Chick by Dixie Union, Union Jackson was bred in Kentucky by Barbara Banke’s Grace Thoroughbred Holdings LLC , campaigned by her Stonestreet Stables LLC, and trained throughout his career by Steve Asmussen.

On only his second start, Union Jackson emulated his sire and dam by earning honors as a TDN Rising Star, breaking his maiden by 7 ¾ lengths over six furlongs at Keeneland. He went on to win six races by a combined margin of 26½ lengths, including an 8¼ lengths score in the Sam Houston Sprint Cup, and on his final outing a victory in the Iowa Sprint Handicap, which he took while running six furlongs in 1:08.75.

Union Jackson is by two-time Horse of the Year, Curlin, who also bore the Stonestreet colors for most of his career. A son of Champion Sire, Smart Strike, Curlin has made an exceptional start to his stud career his early crops producing such as Eclipse Award winner Stellar Wind, classic winners Palace Malice and Exaggerator, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) first and second Good Magic and Solomini, and other grade one winners Curalina, Connect, Keen Ice and Off the Tracks. Having run fractions of :21.78; :44.16; :56.2 and 1:08.75, Union Jackson has strong claims to be regarded as Curlin’s fastest son.

“A brilliant horse, by a great horse, and out of a brilliant horse. I would know… I had all three!” said Hall of Fame Trainer Steve Asmussen.

Union Jackson’s dam, the Dixie Union mare Hot Dixie Chick, was an exceptional two-year-old, breaking the five furlong track-record at Keeneland on her debut, then adding the Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III), which she took by 6¼ lengths, and the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I). Out of the graded stakes winning and grade one placed In Excess mare, Above Perfection, Hot Dixie Chick is also a half-sister to this year’s Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Florida Derby (gr. I) captor Always Dreaming.

Sequel Stallions principal Becky Thomas related that “Union Jackson is an outstanding individual from the physical standpoint, and I fell in love with him when I saw him. He was extremely fast, and when you consider that he is by a Horse of the Year and exceptional sire, out of a grade one winning two-year-old who is also half-sister to a Kentucky Derby winner, he may well be the best bred stakes winning runner to retire to begin his career in New York..”

Union Jackson will also represent a 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 “Union Jackson was a horse that we have always though very highly of. He reminds me very much of two other Stonestreet-raced horses, Kantharos and Maclean’s Music, who broke out to become very successfully young stallions, Maclean’s Music getting this year’s Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Cloud Computing in his first crop. Stonestreet very much believes in Union Jackson, and we will be strongly supporting him at stud.”

Union Jackson will stand his first season at a fee of $5,000.




Molly Lightner



Rockridge Stud announces 2018 fees

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

By Sarah Mace

On Tuesday,November 28 Rockridge Stud announced fees for 2018:

D’ Funnybone $2,500 S&N
Giant Surprise $4,000 S&N
Honorable Dillon $5,000 S&N
Micromanage $4,000 S&N
Soaring Empire $2,500 S&N
Trinniberg $3,500 S&N
War Dancer $7,500 S&N

The farm notes further that, “All LFSN contracts will continue to be eligible for three discount programs: 20/20 G1 Goldmine discount (20%), vanning discount (up to $500), and early pay discount (10%). Special incentives available for out of state mares.”

For more information, call Erin Robinson, (859) 421-7531.

Scintillation is Forty Tales’ First Winner

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

SV Photography

By Eric Mitchell, courtesy

Sequel Stallions’ Forty Tales, a 7-year-old grade 2-winning son of Tale of the Cat , was represented by his first winner Nov. 24 when his daughter Scintillation won the first race at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack by a neck.

Scintillation, bred in New York by Hidden Lake Farm, has been knocking on the door of a victory since Aug. 23, having previously placed three times in six races since then. The filly had been offered at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Preferred yearling sale at Saratoga but was bought back on a final bid of $29,000. She wound up racing for Mark Valentine and is trained by Sal Iorio Jr.

The first winner is out of the Golden Missile mare Golden Miss, who has produced three winners out of four named foals of racing age.

Bred in Kentucky by the Randal Family Trust, Forty Tales was sold as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton July sale for $80,000 to Jim Crupi’s Crupi’s New Castle Farm out of the Paramount Sales consignment as agent. He went on to race for Perretti Racing Stable and was trained by Todd Pletcher.

Forty Tales won in his first and only start at 2 by 2 3/4 lengths at Aqueduct Racetrack. The following year, except for his debut in an allowance race, the colt raced exclusively in black-type stakes. He strung together three consecutive graded stakes victories in 2013 in the Derby Trial Stakes (G3), Woody Stephens Stakes (G2), and the Amsterdam Stakes (G2). He was retired with five wins and two seconds out of 11 starts and earnings totaling $666,789.

Forty Tales stands at Sequel Stallions New York near Hudson for $6,500.

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC announce 2018 stud fees

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

(Press release)

The newly formed Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC announced 2018 Stud Fees for the New York Stallions they will manage in 2018. The stallion roster includes three stallions that previously stood at Dutchess Views Farm (Bellamy Road, Big Brown and Heavy Breathing), two stallions that previously stood at Irish Hill Century Farm (Desert Party and Zivo), one stallion that previously stood at Keane Stud (Frost Giant) and a new stallion (Market Rally).

The combined venture will now manage three of the four leading stallions in New York by 2017 progeny earnings.

All the stallions will be physically located at 281 Burke Road, Stillwater, NY 12170.

The 2018 stud fees will be:

Bellamy Road $6,000 LFSN
Big Brown $6,000 LFSN
Desert Party $2,500 LFSN
Frost Giant $5,000 LFSN
Heavy Breathing Private
Market Rally $3,000 LFSN
Zivo $2,500 LFSN

For further information, contact Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC:

Michael Lischin and Anya Sheckley, Phone (518) 398-5666
or Rick Burke and Bill Leak, Phone (518) 584-1515

Market Rally to stand at Irish Hill Century Farm

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Press Release

The graded stakes-winning son of Unbridled’s Song, Market Rally, has been retired and will take up stud duty at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater. He will be added to the Stallion Roster managed by Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC.

Market Rally raced for Sheik Ahmed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, winning three of his four starts before being retired due to loss of cartilage and tendon sheath from a poisonous spider bite. He demolished the field in the Grade 3 UAE 2000 Guineas, winning the one-mile race on the dirt by five widening lengths over a tough international group.

Market Rally is out of the stakes placed mare Boodles, a speedy grand-daughter of sires Gone West and Phone Trick. He is from the family of champion millionaires A Fleets Dancer and Bessarabian.

Market Rally’s 2018 stud fee has been set at $3,000 live foal stand and nurse.

“We are excited to stand this international dirt miler his first season at stud and have priced him to give owners who breed in New York good value for their money. He is a 16.1 hand chestnut Unbridled’s Song that fills his frame, has great angles, and stands over a lot of ground” said Stallion Manager Bill Leak.

The deal was brokered by Caitlyn Spivey of EA Bloodstock with help from Ashley Sooknanan.

For further information, contact:

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC
Rick Burke and Bill Leak,, phone (518) 584-1515 or Michael Lischin and Anya Sheckley, , phone (518) 398-5666

Merged Roster to be managed by Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Press Release

October 31, 2017 – In a landmark merger of New York breeding operations, three of the four leading stallions based in the state by 2017 progeny earnings will stand next year under the management of Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC at Irish Hill Century Farm in Saratoga, NY. This will be the largest stallion station in the region.

Sunrise Stallions, which owns champion and 2015 leading New York sire Big Brown as well as record-breaking New York sire Frost Giant and freshman Heavy Breathing, will stand that trio at Irish Hill, which will also become the home of leading NY stallion Bellamy Road. All will move to Irish Hill which is located near Saratoga Springs.

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown has sired multiple G1 winner Dortmund in his first six crops of racing age, and his progeny, including 19 other black type winners, have earned over $20.2 million. He ranks third among New York sires this year with $2.85 million to date.

Frost Giant sired New York-bred champions Kelli Got Frosty and Frosty Margarita in his first six crops and his G2 winning son Giant Expectations is set to run in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Bellamy Road, who has eight crops of racing age, has sired the earners of over $23 million, with 97 individual winners earning over $4 million in 2017 including Jockey Club Gold (G1) winner Diversify.

“We are enthusiastic about standing our stallions with Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions near Saratoga Springs, and believe the new operation will offer breeders a first-rate experience and the best chance at getting an outstanding foal,” said Sunrise Stallions’ Andrew Cohen.

The full roster will include the stallions already standing at Irish Hill: Zivo – G2 winner and G1 performing Millionaire, Market Rally – new for 2018 – GSW son of Unbridled’s Song from the family of champions A Fleets Dancer and Bessarabian and Desert Party – G2 winner at Saratoga and second leading third crop sire in NY.

Michael Lischin and Anya Sheckley of Dutchess Views will handle the marketing and management functions of the combined operation including contracts, service certificates, reports and billing. They will join Rick Burke and Bill Leak in working with mare owners on matings and selling seasons and the business will be called Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC.

“We are excited about the potential of standing so many top quality stallions and combining forces with Irish Hill,” Lischin said. Stud fees will be announced after the Breeders Cup races.

For more information, contact: Anya Sheckley and Michael Lischin at 518-398-5666 or Rick Burke and Bill Leak at 518-584-1515,

Grade 1 multi-millionaire Effinex succumbs to pulmonary rupture

Friday, October 20th, 2017

G2 Suburban 7/9/16 (NYRA/Chelsea Durand)

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
John Norton Photography

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.”