NEWS: breeding

Grade 1 Travers Stakes Winner V. E. Day to Waldorf Farm

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Waldorf Farm logoEdited press release

North Chatham, NY—Johnathan Miller, representing owner Mrs. Magalen Bryant, announced the retirement of Grade 1 Travers Stakes winner V. E. Day. “He is shipping back to the U.S. from France and will take up stud duties next year at Dr. Jerry Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm,” commented Miller. “We are extremely excited to stand the leading North American money earner of a Grade 1 stakes on dirt by English Channel,” added Miller.

V. E. Day provided trainer Jimmy Jerkens with a thrill of a lifetime when he nosed out stablemate Wicked Strong in the Travers Stakes. The $1.25 million Travers Stakes win was remarkable, considering it was only the colt’s third start on dirt. After breaking his maiden in May at Belmont at a mile, V. E. Day followed up with a two length 1 1/8-mile allowance win on Belmont’s inner turf. Moving to Saratoga, he won at the same distance on dirt taking the Curlin Stakes in a dramatic three-horse finish, defeating Protonico and Viva Majorca. V. E. Day’s big score in the “Mid-Summer Derby,” was again a tight finish over a stellar group, defeating Grade 1 Wood Memorial S. winner Wicked Strong, Grade 1 Belmont S. winner Tonalist, graded Stakes winner Kid Cruz, Grade 1 winners Mr. Speaker and Bayern, as well as Grade 1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens recalled his thoughts on his Travers winner. “V. E. Day was a beautiful chestnut colt with a gorgeous shoulder and a stride that covered immense ground. He ascended the three-year-old ranks in early summer in leaps and bounds as was evident by his big wins in the Curlin and Travers. He was absolutely sound and had a mind to match. He will always be one of my favorites.”

At four V. E. Day was second in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational S. by a neck to Coach Inge, and second in the Temperence Hill S., both at Belmont Park. Third in three of four starts at five in France, V. E. Day retires with career earnings of $1,994,460.

Bred by Brad Kelley’s Bluegrass Hall, V. E. Day is out of the Deputy Minister mare California Sunset, dam of five other winners and out of a sister to champion Grass Horse Sunshine Forever. V. E. Day sold at Keeneland September for $105,000 to Bradley Thoroughbreds and was purchased by Chester Stables, agent for $135,000 at the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

V. E. Day will stand for an introductory price of $6,500 in 2017 at Waldorf Farm. For additional information contact Dr. Jerry Bilinski (518) 461-8424.







Grade 1 winner of $3.3 million Effinex retires to Questroyal North

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
Grade 1 Clark Handicap (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Grade 1 Clark Handicap (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

(Edited press release)

Effinex, the Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire son of Horse of the Year Mineshaft, has been retired from racing and will stand his first season in 2017 at Questroyal Stud in Stillwater for $10,000 stands and nurses.

The 5-year-old Effinex won nine races and earned more than $3.3 million while competing against the best handicap horses in North America. In multiple graded events he defeated Grade I winners Honor Code, Frosted, Tonalist, Hoppertunity, Wicked Strong, Keen Ice, Melatonin, etc.  In the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic, he finished second to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, recording a Beyer speed figure of 112. It was one of 11 triple digit Beyers he earned in his career.

Effinex competed in 20 stakes and his final 14 races came in graded company, including nine Grade 1 events. He won the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap, the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park, twice, and the Grade 3 Excelsior at Belmont.

Effinex is by Horse of the Year Mineshaft, sire of winners of more than $47 million including North America’s Leading Freshman Sire Dialed In. Effinex is the first foal out of the multiple stakes winner What a Pear from the female family of champion 2-year-old in Ireland, Malinowski and the great Redoute’s Choice.

Russell Cohen of Tri- Bone Stables said, “I am very excited to stand our Grade 1 winner and New York Horse of the Year in New York. Effinex has given us such joy the last few seasons and we have compiled a great team to promote Effinex for the 2017 season in my long time friend Gus Schoenborn, Chris Bernhard of Hidden Lake Farm and Barry Ostrager of Questroyal North. This team has been responsible for the two biggest success stories to come out of New York in City Zip and Belong to Me.”

Barry Ostrager commented, “Effinex is the most accomplished Freshman sire in the history of the New York breeding program and represents extraordinary value to breeders from any state at $10,000, live foal.”

Effinex will be available for inspection at Questroyal North in Stillwater, NY on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3. For more information go to or contact Midge Hawver (518) 828-0777 Email:; Michael Brown, Farm Manager 518-774-2730; or Kelly McCombs, Office Manager (518) 541-3280 Email:







War Dancer connections name first “Starlet” for 2017 “Breeding with the Stars” program

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

(Edited press release)

Saratoga Springs, NY – The connections of millionaire Graded stakes winner and future Rockridge Stud stallion War Dancer kicked off their New York “Breeding with the Stars” program” last week with Sugar Plum Farm.

This week the War Dancer connections confirmed the first ‘Starlet’ in the program will be Holy Smokie, by Holy Bull. The 9-year-old mare has produced three winners from three starters, including Grade 2 Summer S. runner up, 2-year-old Conquest Farenheit, who juvenile sold at Keeneland yesterday for $735,000 to Rockingham Ranch.

Robin Malatino, owner of Sugar Plum Farm near Saratoga and representing the War Dancer “Breeding with the Stars” program” said, “We are thrilled to have such a nice young mare join our program, she will be boarded at Sugar Plum Farm in Saratoga Springs after she is bred to War Dancer early next year.”

Malatino continued, “New York has such a wonderful lucrative breeding program, we could not be more excited by this mating, and the resulting foal will continue the War Front sire line.”

War Dancer is one of three millionaire sons of leading two-year-old sire War Front standing in North America, and the only one in New York. War Dancer won or placed in 11 stakes, nine of them graded stakes and won the Grade 2 Virginia Derby and Grade 3 Louisville H. He is out of Deed I Do, runner-up in the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss and a daughter of Grade 1 Carter H. winner and Grade 1 Preakness runner-up Alydeed.

For more details about the War Dancer Breeding Program please contact Rockridge Stud in Hudson, Lere at (518) 851-6616 or Erin (859) 421-7531.

Sunrise Stallions Sets 2017 Fees

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Big Brown (Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt)

Big Brown (Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt)

(Press Release)

Sunrise Stallions released its stud fees for 2017 this week. Big Brown will stand for $7,500 and Frost Giant will stand for $5,000. Sunrise will offer Frost Giant’s full brother, Heavy Breathing (by Giant’s Causeway, out of Takesmybreathaway, by Gone West), for a fee of $2,500. Heavy Breathing’s first crop hits the track next year.

Heavy Breathing stands alongside Big Brown at Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, while Frost Giant stands at Keane Stud near Amenia.

Big Brown (by Boundary, out of Mein, by Nureyev) is coming off a strong season in which his Grade 1-placed daughter Kiss to Remember won Churchill Downs’ Grade 2 Chilukki Stakes Nov. 5 prior to selling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale for $500,000. Big Brown’s multiple Grade 1-winning son Dortmund ran second to California Chrome in Del Mar’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap this summer.

The progeny of Big Brown—the only Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes winner to stand in New York other than Spectacular Bid in the twilight of his career—have earned more than $3.28 million in 2016. Ranked fourth for the season among New York-based sires after ranking as the state’s top sire in 2015, Big Brown has sired 16 black-type winners.

Frost Giant is the state’s leading sire of 2-year-olds, with more than $575,000 in earnings. Among his 13 winners is black-type winner Bobby On Fleek. Frost Giant’s number of 2-year-old winners this season is almost twice as many as second-ranked Bellamy Road, who moved to New York from Kentucky this year.

“Both Big Brown and Frost Giant have proved they can sire top runners who can earn New York breeders substantial returns on their investment through New York’s nationally leading breeding incentive program,” said Sunrise Stallions business manager Eric Bishop. “We want to encourage breeders to take part in New York’s extremely attractive program by offering our stallions at exceptionally competitive fees.”






Millionaire Upstart to Stand at Airdrie

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
First stakes victory: Funny Cide (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

First stakes victory: Funny Cide (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Courtesy Airdrie

Upstart, one of the leaders of his division as a 2, 3 and 4-year-old, has been retired to Brereton and Elizabeth Jones’s Airdrie Stud. Racing in the colors of Mr. Ralph Evans and conditioned by trainer Rick Violette throughout his career, the Multiple-Graded Stakes winning son of Flatter retires with career earnings in excess of $1.7 million.

A 2-year old Saratoga debut winner at 5 ½ furlongs, Upstart ran his record to a perfect two-for-two with a win in Saratoga’s $200,000 6 ½ furlong Funny Cide Stakes. He followed that effort with a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes – a race in which he earned a 102 Beyer Speed figure – before completing his juvenile campaign by placing in the Grade 1 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita.

At 3, Upstart was widely viewed as the top Kentucky Derby prospect on the East Coast following a dominant 5-length score in Gulfstream’s Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes over future Grade 1 winners Frosted and Keen Ice. The effort earned him a 105 Beyer. He once again crossed the wire first in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, this time by 2 ¾ lengths, but was subsequently placed second by a controversial steward’s decision for interference in the stretch. He entered the 2015 Kentucky Derby off a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Florida Derby – good for a 108 Beyer Speed Figure – before adding a third place finish in that season’s Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.

As a 4-year- old in 2016, Upstart began the season with a victory in Oaklawn’s GIII $350,000 Razorback Handicap before completing it with back to back placings in the Grade I Metropolitan Mile and Grade 1 Whitney Handicap. The $130,000 yearling purchase concludes his career with $1,732,000 in earnings and will stand as a partnership between Airdrie Stud, WinStar Farm and Mr. Ralph Evans.

Said Airdrie’s Brereton Jones, “Upstart is an absolutely gorgeous son of a fantastic sire in Flatter. We think he’s the best two-year- old Flatter has ever had and love that he trained on to be a top 3- and 4- year-old. I’ll put his 102 Beyer as a two-year- old and 108 at 3 up against any first-crop sire in America and to be right there in 6 Grade 1’s from the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to the Whitney tells you what a top- class racehorse he was. He’ll get our full support at stud and we couldn’t be more excited or grateful to team with Mr. Evans and WinStar Farm in working to make him a great success.”

Upstart [who was bred by Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen and foaled at her Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford] will stand his first year at stud for a fee of $10,000.




Sisella first winner for Boys At Tosconova

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Sisella (Photo: Jerry Dzierwinski/Maryland Jockey Club)

Sisella (Photo: Jerry Dzierwinski/Maryland Jockey Club)

By Mary Reeder, courtesy

In just her second start, Sisella drew away by 10 3/4 lengths on a sloppy track to become Boys At Tosconova‘s first winner as a sire in an Oct. 1 maiden claiming event for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Park.

Danny Limongelli’s Sisella, ridden by Angel Serpa, sat just off the pace three-wide and then took the lead about a quarter-mile from the wire. The filly defeated a field of nine other challengers for trainer Hugh McMahon after finishing seventh in her Aug. 24 debut at Saratoga.

Bred by Howard Nolan in New York, Sisella is out of the unraced Golden Missile mare Countyourblessings.

Lightly raced Boys At Tosconova won the Three Chimney’s Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) as a 2-year-old and went on to finish second in the 2010 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) to that year’s 2-year-old male champion Uncle Mo, who is currently the leading second-crop sire and ranks second on the general sire list behind Tapit.

Boys At Tosconova retired as a 4-year-old and was syndicated. He entered stud in 2013 at Questroyal North in New York, where he has stood since. The son of Officer out of the Coronado’s Quest mare Little Bonnet, stood 2016 for a $2,500 fee.

First winner for Soaring Empire

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
D'yer Mak'er (Photo: Adam Coglianese)

D’yer Mak’er (Photo: Adam Coglianese)

By Frank Angst, courtesy

New York-based freshman sire Soaring Empire picked up his first winner Oct. 1 when D’yer Mak’er drew off in the stretch in the 11th race at Belmont Park, a one-mile maiden special weight test for New York-bred 2-year-olds.

A grade III-winning son of classic winner Empire Maker, Soaring Empire stood the 2016 season for $3,500 at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, N.Y. Soaring Empire won the 2011 Hal’s Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park and two stakes races at Monmouth Park.

Out of winning A.P. Indy mare Flying Passage, Soaring Empire is a half brother to grade II winner Hungry Island. He has 24 foals in his first crop.

Out of the Dixie Brass mare South Wing, Six String Stables D’yer Mak’er completed the one-mile test in 1:39 on a muddy track to secure victory in his third start. D’yer Mak’er is trained by Nick Zito and was guided to victory by Javier Castellano.

First starter, first winner for Encaustic

Friday, September 30th, 2016
Roger's Dream (SV Photography)

Roger’s Dream (SV Photography)

By Eric Mitchell, Courtesy

New York freshman sire Encaustic had a solid start Sept. 27 when the stallion’s first starter also became his first winner.

The second-highest price in a seven-horse field at nearly 16-1, Rogers Dream won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden claimer at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack gate to wire under Rodolfo Ignacio. He crossed the wire one length the best in a final time of 1:07.96. The juvenile gelding is raced by owner/trainer Jeffrey Englehart and William Molloy.

Bred in New York by Banahan Farms, Rogers Dream is out of the winning Yonaguska daughter Shesadreamcatcher.

Encaustic is the only stakes winner from the next-to-last crop of leading sire Broad Brush. He is also one of five stakes winners produced by the blue hen mare Illeria, who is the dam of grade I winner and sire Include and graded stakes winner Magic Broad—both full siblings to Encaustic. All of Illeria’s foals were bred by Robert Meyerhoff or under the name of his Fitzhugh Farm. Meyerhoff raced Broad Brush.

As a racehorse, Encaustic won five of his 14 starts in black-type stakes. He retired with a 12-11-6 record in 46 starts and now stands at Foggy Bottom Farm near Geneseo, N.Y., for $2,000.

Desert Party sold to partnership, relocates to Irish Hill Century Farm

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
Photo: Courtesy Darley Stud

Photo: Courtesy Darley Stud

By Eric Mitchell, courtesy

New York sire and graded stakes winner Desert Party has been sold by Darley to a partnership that includes the stallion’s co-breeder Stephen Sinatra and will be relocated to Irish Hill Century Farm near Saratoga Springs.

“You never know in this business how things are going to work out, do you?” said Sinatra, the managing partner of the stallion’s new ownership group. “Having been one of his breeders, I’ve followed his career closely and am truly excited about being able to stand him and keep him in New York. And I must express my appreciation to Darley for working with us, as I know other offers were also fielded.”

Desert Party’s 2017 stud fee will be announced in the near future.

A 10-year-old son of Street Cry and sold as a yearling for $2.1 million, Desert Party won six times in 10 starts for Godolphin. He earned victories in the Sanford Stakes (gr. II), Gulf News UAE Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III), and Derrinstown Stud Elnadim Mahab Al Shimall (UAE-III).  Street Cry also won both the UAE Two Thousand Guineas and Derby.

Desert Party previously stood at Sequel Stallions in New York for three seasons and was New York’s leading freshman sire of 2014. His first crop included seven stakes horses, among them grade III winner Salama and graded stakes horses Heart’s Song, Desert Dynamo, and Can’t Happen Here.

Out of 60 lifetime winners to date, Desert Party’s other top runners are stakes winners Mecke’s Madelyn (owned by Sinatra and Corby Caiazzo) and Party Pooper.

Desert Party ranks among the top 10 leading New York sires in 2016, led by Saharan, a Paul Tackett homebred who is two for three on the dirt and has a career high 102 Equibase Speed Figure. His juvenile son Escape to Vegas, bred by Sinatra and owned by Robert Masiello, won his debut May 11 by 4 3/4 lengths at Belmont Park.



War Dancer to stand at Rockridge Stud

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Rockridge-logo(Edited Press Release)

Diamond M Stable announced Saturday today that their MGSW/G1SP son of War Front, War Dancer (War Front – Deed I Do by Alydeed), winner of yesterday’s Presidents’ Cup at Parx Racing, will be retired at the end of this year and will take up stud duties at Lere Visagie’s Rockridge Stud in Hudson beginning with the 2017 breeding season.

War Dancer will be the first son of War Front to stand in the Empire State and is currently the sire’s leading earner on the turf, with over $1 million in career earnings. A stud fee will be announced at a later date.