NEWS: breeding

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.

Encaustic’s first three foals are colts

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Encaustic foal out of Forty Licks

Encaustic foal out of Forty Licks

(Press Release)

Foggy Bottom Farm in Geneseo, New York reports that the first three foals sired by Encaustic, full brother to G1 SW Include, are colts. The first born on January 12 is out the winning Tiznow mare Tiz Our Dream, and was bred by Krystl Avedisian and foaled at Foggy Bottom Farm. Tiz Our Dream has been bred back to Encaustic in 2014.

The second colt, born on Feb. 7 out of Forty Licks, by Lycius, was bred by Tim Tompkins of Buffalo, New York and was foaled at his private farm. Forty Licks is taking a year off from breeding in 2014.

The third colt, born on Feb. 22 also at Foggy Bottom Farm is out of Jill’s Cat, and was bred by Vincent Clerico of Pavilion Racing Stables in New Jersey. Jill’s Cat will be bred back to Encaustic for 2014.

Encaustic, a son of Broad Brush, earned over $645,000 and won or placed in stakes at 8 different tracks. His dam Illeria produced 9 stakes horses from 13 foals, including 5 SWs; 3 graded.

Encaustic’s 2014 fee is $2,000 Live Foal, Stands and Nurses.

For more information contact:
Gary Least (585)704-2647<

Rockridge Stud’s Trinniberg participating in “Breed Secure”

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

image001Rockridge Stud has announced that their stallion Trinniberg (Teuflesberg – Bella Dorato by Goldminers Gold) will be participating in the “Breed Secure” program (as offered by Spendthrift Farm in KY). For a non-refundable fee of $150, breeders can sign a contract where the first funds of the sale of the foal at auction would come back to them, and the Syndicate would collect their fee secondarily.

“We just felt that this program would be a great way for the Syndicate to show breeders that we believe in the stallion,” says Rockridge’s Lere Visagie. He continues, “At times when you have an exceptionally proven individual with conformation flaws, it’s difficult for commercial breeders to take the risk. We’re eliminating that risk.”

Rockridge also offers Spendthrift’s namesake “Share the Upside” program for their other first-year stallion, San Pablo.

For more information, contact Lere Visagie at (518) 821-7086 or Erin Robinson at (859) 421-7531.

In brief: Mitchell, Caulfield parse Samraat pedigree

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

As writers continued to reflect this week on the thrilling running of the Gotham Stakes, features appeared in several publications focusing on the pedigree of the winner, My Meadowview Farm homebred Samraat, and his sire Noble Causeway, who stands at Sequel Stallions New York. Click links to read Frank Mitchell in the Paulick Report (“Bloodlines: Gotham Winner of ‘Noble’ Birth” and Andrew Caulfield in the Thoroughbred Daily News (“Pedigree Insights: Samraat”). — Sarah Mace

Boys At Tosconova represented by first foal

Friday, February 7th, 2014
by Sarah Mace

Boys At Tosconova (Officer) was represented by his first foal when a bay filly was born at Stone Bridge Farm in Gansevoort on January 30.

Owned and bred by Saul Kupferberg, the filly is out of the winning New York-bred Boone’s Mill mare Mill Power, dam of six-time winner and $73,541-earner Nothing But Power (Greeley’s Galaxy) and one other winner. The new filly’s second dam Gretel Girl (Hansel) is out of a stakes winner and a sister to three stakes winners, including multiple graded winner Euchre by Personal Flag ($900,145).

Boys At Tosconova (Officer) won the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga for Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable et al., and finished second in the 2010 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile. Never off the board in nine starts, he earned $688,960.

Owned in partnership by Questroyal Stud, Taylor Made Stallions and Gus Schoenborn, Boys At Tosconova stands at Questroyal Stud North in Stillwater for a 2014 fee of $5,000.

Sequel names Christine Hosier to bloodstock team

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
(Press Release)

Sequel Stallions is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Hosier to the position of Stallion Season Sales and Bookings Manager.

Christine brings a wealth of industry experience to Sequel Stallions, including tenures at The Jockey Club, Claiborne Farm and Denali Stud where she held the position of Director of Sales.

“We are delighted to welcome Christine who is so well respected in the industry to our team” said Sequel Stallions owner and founder Becky Thomas

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Becky Thomas, Wally Burleson and the team at Sequel and look forward to managing the seasons and bookings of our very attractive list of New York based stallions. The New York market is gaining momentum and I see this as a tremendous opportunity going forward” said Christine.

A native of South Florida, Christine is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with degrees in Agriculture, Economics and post graduate work in Microbiology and Genetics. Sequel Stallions New York is the premier stallion farm in New York standing Desert Party, Emcee, Forty Tales, Freud, Mission Impazible and Noble Causeway, sire of Samraat, winner of the G3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct.


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NY Stallion Shows 2014: it’s a wrap

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
by Sarah Mace

As bitter cold and snow yielded to kinder weather on the first weekend in February, seven major New York farms conducted stallion shows and open houses over three successive weekends. Visitors not only made annual pilgrimages to familiar territory but were also able to inspect new operations, new facilities and, of course, new stallions.

Holding their inaugural open houses were Saratoga Stud LLC and Rockridge Stud. Saratoga Stud, which opened its doors in December just east of Saratoga Springs, is a new entity headed by a partnership of C. Lynwood “Doc” O’Cain, DVM, his wife Suzie and Rick Burke. Dr. O’Cain brings to Saratoga Stud 23 years of experience as Resident Veterinarian at Highcliff Farm in Delanson, while Mrs. O’Cain was in charge of Highcliff’s stallion promotion and development. Located on part of the 300-acre Irish Hill Century Farm, which is owned by Burke, Saratoga Stud opened with a brand new stallion complex.

Lere Visagie’s Rockridge Stud near Hudson also held its first open house in 2014. Home to six of the Vinery stallions from Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag, Rockridge also had the chance to show off two new additions to its roster: Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup winner and Eclipse Award winning Sprinter Trinniberg, and graded stakes winner San Pablo.

Unveiling a new stallion complex and sporting two new stallions was Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson. Joining the Sequel roster for 2014 is Grade 1 winner Emcee for Darley and multiple graded stakes winner Forty Tales. Forty Tales stands as a joint venture between Dennis Narlinger and Becky Thomas of Sequel New York, and Joe McMahon of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds.

Holding its second annual stallion show and open house was Questroyal North, which opened on the 265-acre Sez Who North property in Stillwater in 2012. Questroyal also had the opportunity to show off a pair of new stallions. Multiple graded stakes winner Bridgetown was announced in November for the 2014 breeding season. More recently Lewis Michael was added to the roster, relocating from Three Chimneys Farm and standing as the property of owner Frank Calabrese.

Keane Stud in Amenia, which was the first farm to hold its stallion show (January 18), added a stallion for 2014 who, for most, needed little introduction: Grade 1 winner and last year’s New York-bred Horse of the Year The Lumber Guy, who stands as the property of Spendthrift Farm.

Those who completed the round of all seven shows also braved some cold and snow on the weekend of January 25-26 to visit McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds on Fitch Road in Saratoga, whose roster is six strong, and Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater, who stands Sir Whimsey and Simmard, whose first foal arrived on January 30.

Simmard’s first foal on the ground

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Dormellito Stud reported that multiple graded stakes winner Simmard (Dixieland Band-Dibs, by Spectacular Bid) has produced his first foal, owned and bred by Antonio Francesco. The foal was born on January 30 at Mill Creek Farm, and is out of Embracing Hearts, a stakes placed daughter of Sky Mesa from the family of Hennessy and Editor’s Note. The new baby is the first born of 49 expected foals by Simmard in 2014.

“Finally, all of our hard work is starting to pay off,” says Antonio Francesco, owner of Simmard. “For everyone involved, it’s a long awaited dream-come-true to find out what can come from such a quality, sound horse.”

With the first foal on the ground, Mr. Francesco is confident that Simmard – coming from a top sire-producing female line – will successfully stamp his foals while allowing the mares to refine those qualities with their own impressive traits.

“Simmard has proven himself on the track, and now we surely anticipate that he will prove himself at stud,” he says.

Trained by Roger Attfield, Simmard retired to stud last year having won the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes at Gulfstream (1 3/8 miles), Grade 3 Louisville Handicap (1 1/2 miles in stakes record time) and Chief Bearhart Stakes (1 1/4 miles). His stakes placings include runner-up finishes in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes, Grade 2 W. L. McKnight Handicap, and Grade 3 Singspiel Stakes. He finished third in the Grade 2 Elkhorn Stakes, Grade 2 Pan American and Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap. Injured while preparing for last year’s Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap, Simmard retired after six campaigns with a career record of 7-5-4 from 32 starts and earnings of $635,953.

As the only son of Dixieland Band available to breeders in New York, Simmard will stand his second season at stud in 2014 at Mill Creek Farm near Saratoga Springs for a $2,800 fee.

First foal a colt for Soaring Empire

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Rockridge Stud announced that graded stakes winner Soaring Empire has produced his first foal, a bay colt out of In Your Eyes (Vision and Verse) foaled on Jan. 24.

Owned and bred by Dan Bearden, the colt is the mare’s third foal and issues from the female family of multiple Grade 1 winner Delmora.

Soaring Empire, a half-brother to 2012 multiple graded stakes winner Hungry Island, was bred by Emory Hamilton and won the 2011 Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes. He stands at Rockridge Stud in Hudson for a 2014 fee of $3,500.

Multiple G2-winning millionaire Mission Impazible sires first foal

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Mission Impazible, the multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire by Unbridled’s Song, sired his first foal when a filly was born late Monday, Jan. 20 at Hidden Lake Farm in Otisville, NY.

The dark bay filly, with a striking white blaze, is out of the Forest Wildcat mare Stella Be Good, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Stage Classic. She was bred by Hidden Lake Farm.

Tagged as a TDN Rising Star at two, Mission Impazible won the Louisiana Derby (G2) at three and New Orleans Handicap (G2) at four. He was runner-up in the Stephen Foster H. (G1), Clark H. (G1), and Donn H. (G1) before retiring with earnings of nearly $1.3 million.

Mission Impazible is set to stand his second season at Sequel Stallions New York for a fee of $7,500 stands and nurses.