NEWS: breeding

Rockridge Stud announces 2015 fees

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Lere Visagie’s Rockridge Stud in Hudson has announced 2015 stud fees for its six stallions:

D’ Funnybone: $2,500 LFSN
Giant Surprise: $2,500 LFSN
Honorable Dillon: $5,000 LFSN
Posse: $5,000 LFSN
Soaring Empire: $3,500 LFSN
Trinniberg: $7,500 LFSN

Champion Big Brown to take up residence at Dutchess Views Farm

Friday, November 14th, 2014
Edited Press Release

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Big Brown, who ranks among North America’s leading third-crop sires and has nine stakes winners this year, will stand at Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains in 2015. His introductory fee will be $8,500.

Currently on shuttle duty at Vinery Stud in Australia, Big Brown is due to arrive at Dutchess Views in late December and will be available for inspection by breeders in the beginning of the New Year.

“We have entered into a synergistic relationship with Dutchess Views,” said Andrew Cohen of Sunrise Stallions, which also stands Heavy Breathing at the farm. “We have been impressed with how owners and managers Michael Lischin and Anya Sheckley have handled Heavy Breathing, and we are looking forward to a great beginning in New York with Big Brown. He is the most accomplished horse ever to stand in the state and he will be an outstanding option for New York breeders.”

“We have been standing stallions in New York for 17 years. Big Brown is as exciting a stallion as I have seen come to New York,” Lischin said. “Not only has he already had numerous quality stakes horses, he also is represented by several very promising young horses that could make an impact on the national racing scene in the coming months.”

Big Brown’s versatile daughter Puca, a fast-closing third to eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Lady Eli in a Saratoga maiden race on grass and a 16-length winner at Belmont Park on dirt, finished well after being blocked in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. Trained by Bill Mott, she wound up only about three lengths behind winner Take Charge Brandi after her troubled trip.

Dortmund, a juvenile colt by Big Brown trained by Bob Baffert, proved much the best in his promising debut at Santa Anita on November 2. Nicky’s Brown Miss, a two-year-old Big Brown filly, won the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies Stakes and was third in the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Big Brown’s offspring also are making a mark around the world. His son Darwin, a $1.3 million purchase by Coolmore, finished only about a length behind European Horse of the Year Kingman while third in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes. Apollo Sonic, co-bred in New York by Cohen, finished a strong third in Japan’s most coveted race, the Group 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), last year.

Another son of Big Brown, Big Wildcat, is a group stakes winner and Group 1-placed in Brazil. From his early Australian runners, Big Brown already has sired stakes-placed fillies Wroclaw and Muscovado. In South Africa, Big Brown’s son Masnoon helped international trainer Mike de Kock set a record for juvenile winners for 2014 season.

Sunrise Stallions and Gary Tolchin’s Golden Goose Enterprises recently acquired a majority interest in Big Brown and decided to stand the nine-year-old son of Boundary in New York. Cohen and Tolchin both were principal owners of Big Brown during his racing career, and they also stand 2012 New York record-breaking freshman sire Frost Giant, a full brother to Heavy Breathing, at Keane Stud in Amenia.

Big Brown, the champion colt of his generation after also winning the Florida Derby and Haskell Invitational Stakes, previously stood at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky.

McMahon of Saratoga formally introduces Central Banker, announces 2015 stud fees

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
(Edited Press Release)

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds formally announced the addition of Central Banker to its stallion roster Tuesday, in addition to the 2015 fees for all the stallions at the farm. The McMahons purchased Central Banker near the conclusion of Monday’s seventh session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale for a session-topping $400,000 (Hip 2494).

A Grade 2 winner of $598,786 by leading sire Speightstown, Central Banker recorded three triple digit Beyers at 3 and 4, including his lifetime best 107 Beyer in his win in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes over Shakin It Up on Kentucky Derby day 2014. The four-year-old out of multiple stakes winner Rhum, by Go For Gin, is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Gantry ($822,531) and Song of Pirates, multiple stakes placed.

Joe McMahon commented, “Central Banker will be one of New York’s most exciting stallions for 2015. He broke his maiden at two in Saratoga and at three he was third in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes when forced to go five wide. He ran a 105 Beyer when second in the Grade 1 Malibu and a 107 Beyer winning the Grade 2 Churchill Downs on Derby Day.” Joe’s son Mike added, “Central Banker showed his versatility by winning or placing 9 times in 13 starts at 9 different racetracks. We love his 1 3/4 Ragozin. That is freakishly fast!”

Bred by WinStar Farm, LLC, the $200,000 Keeneland September yearling raced for Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence, and was trained by Albert M. Stall, Jr.

Central Banker will remain in KY for viewing until the end of the November Sale. He is located at Mike and Natanya McMahon’s Spruce Lane Farm, in Versailles KY, and is available for inspection from noon to three with light refreshments available. Central Banker will stand for $7,500 live foal.

2015 stallion roster and fees for McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds:

CATIENUS $2,000 live foal
CENTRAL BANKER $7,500 live foal
HERE COMES BEN $7,500 live foal
JUSTENUFFHUMOR $2,500 live foal
TEUFLESBERG $5,000 live foal
THE CLIFF’S EDGE $2,500 live foal

McMahon of Saratoga goes to $400,000 to acquire Grade 2 winner Central Banker

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
(Edited Press Release)

Grade 2 winner Central Banker will enter stud next year in New York at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, which purchased the 4-year-old son of Speightstown for $400,000 during Monday’s seventh session of Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale (Hip 2494). The amount was the highest price paid during the session.

Claiborne Farm, agent, consigned Central Banker, the third-to-last horse offered Monday. He is out of the stakes-winning Go for Gin mare Rhum and is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Gantry and stakes-placed Song of Pirates.

Mike McMahon said the purchase price “was a little higher” than initially planned, “but it’s competitive to buy stallions. He’s a very nice Speightstown, just a beautifully balanced horse.”

Among Central Banker’s four wins in 13 starts was this year’s Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes. In 2013, he was second in the Grade 1 Malibu and third in the Grade 1 Foxwoods King’s Bishop. Central Banker earned $598,786.

With the purchase of Central Banker, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds was the session’s leading buyer.

Juvenile Grade 2 stakes winner Santiva relocates to Questroyal North

Friday, November 7th, 2014
(Edited Press Release)

Questroyal North has announced the arrival of Grade 2 stakes winner Santiva to stand in New York. The stakes-winning multiple graded stakes performing son of Giant’s Causeway, the 2014 Leading Sire of 2-year-olds and perennial leading sire and sire of sires, will stand the 2015 season at Questroyal North in Stillwater.

Santiva finished second as a maiden in the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland as a 2-year-old. He then broke his maiden in his next start in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs at the direct expense of 7-10 favorite Astrology, who would finish third in the Preakness the next season.

In his first start at three, Santiva finished second in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds behind Mucho Macho Man, who would go on to win the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic en route to runner-up honors as Horse of the Year. Santiva rallied from 11th place in a field of 19 to miss fifth by a nose in the Kentucky Derby. He was retired after 10 starts with earnings of $266,097.

Santiva’s dam, the Smarten mare Slide, is out of the 16-time winner Safely Home, and is a half-sister to Champion Sprinter Safely Kept, a 24-time winner (Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1, Test S-G1, etc.), and earner of $2.1 million; and also to Graded stakes-winner Partner’s Hero and multiple stakes-placed Safe At the Plate.

“We are thrilled to add Santiva to the Questroyal stallion roster”, Barry Ostrager said. “New York breeders should welcome the opportunity to breed to one of Giant’s Causeway’s most precocious sons.”

Santiva will stand the 2015 season for $2,500 live foal. His first foals will be yearlings of 2015. For more information call (518) 541-3280, or email

Champion & dual Classic winner Big Brown to stand in NY in 2015

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Big Brown, champion 3-year-old of 2008 when he won the first two legs of the Triple Crown and a leading third-crop sire, will stand the 2015 season in New York.

A majority interest in the 9-year-old son of Boundary, the sire of nine 2014 stakes winners and recent Bob Baffert-trained Santa Anita Park 2-year-old winner Dortmund, has been acquired by Andrew Cohen’s Sunrise Stables and Gary Tolchin’s Golden Goose Enterprises. Both were involved in the ownership of Big Brown during his racing career.

“In becoming the first horse in history to win the Kentucky Derby (Presented by Yum! Brands) (gr. I) from post 20 while earning the best Ragozin number in Derby history, Big Brown showed us what an extraordinary runner he was, and his Preakness Stakes (gr. I) victory was just as impressive,” Cohen said. “As a sire he has given us stakes winners at a wide variety of distances and surfaces, and he has had grade/group I runners in three countries.

“Some of his most successful performers have been New York-breds and/or from New York-bred connections. We believe that between Big Brown and Frost Giant, we are offering New York breeders the best stallion choices for their mares.”

Big Brown will stand his first season in New York for an introductory fee of $8,500. Sunrise and Golden Goose, which developed and stand record-breaking New York freshman sire Frost Giant, will announce the location where Big Brown will stand in the near future.

Also the winner of the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I), Florida Derby (gr. I), and the Monmouth Stakes on grass, Big Brown earned $3,614,500 during his racing career. He has stood his entire stud career at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky.

Currently, Big Brown is tied for second behind Curlin  among all third-crop sires in North America with his nine 2014 stakes winners, and his progeny have earned $3,342,697 this year, ranking him seventh among his peers. His progeny earnings would rank him fourth among all New York-based sires, with the three leaders having significantly more runners on track.

Overall, Big Brown has sired 12 stakes winners in his first three crops of racing age, an additional nine stakes-placed runners, and the earners of more than $7,397,000.

Bred by Gary Knapp’s Monticule, he is out of the Nureyev mare Mien and is from the female family of champion Hidden Lake.

Big Brown, who has also shuttled to Vinery Australia for Southern Hemisphere duty, stands at 16.1 hands.

Honorable Dillon, G2 Winning Son of Tapit, to stand at Rockridge Farm

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
(Edited Press Release)

Honorable Dillon, winner of the 2013 Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes, will stand in 2015 at Lere Visagie’s Rockridge Farm in Hudson. Honorable Dillon raced in the colors of New Yorker Joe Bucci and is a Grade 2 winning son of Tapit.

Said Visagie,  “We are excited to stand such a high caliber race horse and the son of North America’s number one stallion, Tapit, at our farm in New York. Honorable Dillon very closely resembles his sire in almost every way and we believe that he gives New York breeders every reason to stay in New York and breed into the most prolific sire line in the U.S.”

Mersad Metanovic Bloodstock who brokered the deal between his European clients and Rockridge Farm said, “Honorable Dillon is an absolutely beautiful horse and breeders that come to see him will certainly want to breed to him.”

Metanovic added, “The owners are putting their money where their mouth is and are announcing two ground-breaking incentive programs for New York breeders.”

The first incentive, known as the “REAL Award” program, passes on 100% of the New York Stallion Awards earned to the breeders if their mare is booked to Honorable Dillon prior to January 1, 2015 for the 2015 breeding season. The second, “Real Profit” program, guarantees breeders $20k-$30k for healthy weanlings they breed from graded stakes-winning or producing mares. “Both of these programs provide NY breeders with REAL money if they breed proper babies,” Metanovic said.

Honorable Dillon will stand for $5,000 live foal, payable stands & nurses.

Musket Man to relocate to Waldorf Farm

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
By Sarah Mace

Musket Man, a Grade 2-winning son of Yonaguska, will relocate from Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana, where he entered stud in 2011, to Dr. Jerry Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm in North Chatham for the 2015 breeding season. His fee will be $2,500.

Bred by in Kentucky by Jim E. Nelson and Sergio De Sousa, 8-year-old Musket Man is out of Fortuesque, a stakes placed daughter of Fortunate Prospect from the family of Grade 1-winning millionaire Ron the Greek.

Campaigned by majority owner Eric Fein, Musket Man went undefeated in two races at two. During the 2009 Kentucky Derby prep season, after finishing third in the Grade 3 Sam Davis Stakes, Musket Man went on to win both the Grade 2 Illinois Derby Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby. In the Classics, he finished third in both the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Grade 1 Preakness Stakes.

Musket Man won two other stakes races at four and placed in six additional graded stakes, including seconds in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap and Grade 1 Carter Handicap, and a third in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap. He retired with a record of six wins, three seconds and five thirds from sixteen starts and earned $1,236,820.

Fittingly, the first winner and first stakes winner for Musket Man was Ostrolenka, a New York-bred homebred for Eric Fein who followed a blowout fourteen-plus maiden-breaking score at Belmont Park on September 28 with a victory in the Sleepy Hollow Stakes for New York-bred juveniles on Showcase Day. Musket Man currently sits at number eighteen in the first crop sire rankings.

“We are very pleased to have a stallion of his stature coming to New York to complement the stallion power this state deserves with the improvement of the quality of racing and our New York breeding program,” said Dr. Jerry Bilinski.

Sequel New York announces 2015 stud fees, Stallion Show

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Sequel New York announced stud fees Wednesday for the 2015 breeding season and set the date for the farm’s Stallion Show: January 24, 2015.

Sequel Press Release:

New York’s premier breeding operation has announced stud fees for 2015. FREUD, who has been called the cornerstone of the New York breeding program will remain at $10,000. Sequel welcomes ALPHA, a multiple G1 winning son of leading sire BERNARDINI who joins the lucrative New York program in 2015 at $8,500 for Darley. The other Darley stallions will remain at $7,500 including New York’s leading freshman sire, DESERT PARTY and G1 son of UNBRIDLED’S SONG, EMCEE whose first foals hit the ground in 2015.

UNBRIDLED’S SONG’s G1 performing millionaire, MISSION IMPAZIBLE will stay at $7,500. He retired sound at 5 and has a stunning first crop of weanlings this year. New York’s hometown hero, FORTY TALES will stand for $6,500.

The 2015 Sequel New York Roster is:

ALPHA  $8,500
Bernardini – Munnaya, by Nijinsky II

Street Cry – Sage Cat, by Tabasco Cat

EMCEE  $7,500
Unbridled’s Song – Surf Club, by Ocean Crest

Tale Of The Cat – Forty Love, by Forty Niner

FREUD  $10,000
Storm Cat – Mariah’s Storm, by Rahy

Unbridled’s Song – La Paz, by Hold Your Peace

All fees are Live Foal/Stands & Nurses. Multiple mare discounts are available as well as rewards for repeat breeders.

The stallions will be available for inspection at the annual Stallion Show on January 24, 2015 at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson. For more information please call us at (800) 925-2913 or visit us at

Leading NY sire Bluegrass Cat to Ballena Vista Farm in CA

Friday, October 10th, 2014
(Edited press release)

Bluegrass Cat, New York’s leading sire by winners and earnings since moving New York in 2012, will relocate from Rockridge Stud to Donald L. and Karen Cohn’s Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, CA for the 2015 breeding season. Ballena Vista Farm acquired the Grade 1 winner in conjunction with WinStar Farm.

As a racehorse, Bluegrass Cat earned over $1.7 million for his owner-breeder WinStar Farm. He was a multiple Grade 2 stakes winner at two and the winner of the Grade 1 Haskell at three and placed second in the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes before retiring to stud at WinStar Farm in 2007.

With first-crop earnings of $1.4 million in 2010, Bluegrass Cat ranked second among North America’s freshman sires ahead of Bernardini and War Front, and was the number two second-crop sire of 2011 with over $3.4 million in earnings. His progeny earnings topped $4.7 million in 2012 and surpassed $5.4 million in 2013.

Currently Bluegrass Cat has progeny earnings of $4.4 million with five stakes winners in 2014 including this summer’s W. L. Proctor Memorial winner Story to Tell ($118,850) and additional stakes-winning juveniles in Canada and Maryland. His five crops to race have produced six graded winners, 22 stakes winners and 55 stakes horses. On the horizon Bluegrass Cat has 100 plus current two-year-olds, and well over 200 foals from his next three crops.

A foal of 2003, Bluegrass Cat is by Storm Cat out of A. P. Indy’s multiple graded stakes producer She’s a Winner, a full sister to the dam of WinStar’s Kentucky Derby winner and freshman sire Super Saver, the leading first-year sire in the nation.

Bluegrass Cat will complete his southern hemisphere season at Norman Fox’s Haras Lacala in Uruguay before moving to Ballena Vista Farm. His 2015 fee will be initially set at $6,500.