NEWS: breeding

Champion NY broodmare Naughty Natisha dies at 22

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

By Evan Hammonds courtesy

Drs. Bill Wilmot and Joan Taylor of Stepwise Farm near Saratoga Springs reported the death of Naughty Natisha Feb. 24.

The 22-year-old mare is the dam of 2007 New York-bred Horse of the Year Naughty New Yorker and the stakes-winning Pupil, and was herself voted Champion  New York Broodmare in 2007. The mare was found Wednesday morning in her paddock.

“She was my favorite broodmare,” Taylor said. “She’s 22 and since her first foal, she’s done everything right.”

“She had been a great broodmare for us,” Wilmot said. “She was such a cool horse. She was demure and self-contained. Nothing excited her. She set the tone for our broodmare band. She had all those little things.”

Naughty New Yorker won 11 stakes and earned $1,089,884. He won the Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) in 2006 and placed in four other graded stakes, including the 2007 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I).

Naughty Natisha, by Known Fact—Noble Natisha, by Noble Commander, was bred in Kentucky by John A. Chandler and Garrett O’Rourke. She was winless in seven starts on the racetrack. Stepwise Farm purchased her for $150,000, carrying Pupil (by Unbridled), at the 1998 Keeneland November sale.

Wilmot and Taylor are eagerly awaiting the debut of Naughty Natisha’s 2014 Tapizar colt (named Carthon), for whom they have high hopes.


Alpha’s first foal is a colt

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Sequel StallionsThe first reported foal by 2012 Grade 1 Travers Stakes winner Alpha was a colt born Jan. 28 at Sequel Stallions near Hudson.

Bred by Eddie Woods’ Other Things, the colt is out of stakes winner Silence Dogood, a half-sister to stakes winner Silver Haze and to the dam of Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed Rodman.

The colt’s second dam is the multiple Grade 1 winner Taisez Vous and his extended family includes European champion Bint Pasha and grade I winner Beautician.

“It’s just so exciting and meaningful to reach this moment with our promising young sire, Alpha,” Sequel Stallions owner Becky Thomas said. “As they say, ‘hope springs eternal,’ and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing more of his foals arrive this year.”

Alpha, a son of Bernardini campaigned by Godolphin, is one of three Darley stallions standing at Sequel Stallions, where his 2016 fee is $8,500.

Honorable Dillon produces white foal

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
Photo by Barbara Livingston.

Photo by Barbara Livingston.

Princesspatseattle (Airdrie Apache – Finance by Seattle Slew) has produced her second white foal – this one by first crop sire Honorable Dillon, Rockridge Stud announced on Wednesday.

The colt born on Sunday, Jan. 24, is the mare’s third foal and was bred by Rockridge Stud and Auggie & Patricia Renzine’s Hollywood Star Stable. Princesspatseattle also has a white two-year-old colt by Bluegrass Cat, her first foal, currently in training in New York.

The mare resides at Rockridge Stud in Hudson.

Hold Me Back to stand at Irish Hill Century Farm in 2016

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

IrishHillCenturyFarmCroppedLogoHold Me Back, a Top 10 Second-Crop Sire in North America in 2015, has been sold and moved to Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater, where the son of Giant’s Causeway will stand the 2016 breeding season for a fee of $5,000 S&N.

“Hold Me Back is a young stallion that is getting solid runners, and he’s an absolutely gorgeous physical by a leading sire of sires in Giant’s Causeway,” said Bowling Bloodstock’s Matt Bowling, who brokered the deal along with Sullivan Bloodstock. “I believe Hold Me Back presents tremendous value for New York breeders.”

Campaigned by WinStar Farm and trainer Bill Mott, Hold Me Back was a Grade 2-winning, multiple Grade 1-placed 3-year-old on the racetrack. He earned his biggest career win in the $500,000 Lane’s End S. (G2) while on the Kentucky Derby trail in 2009. The grand-looking son of Giant’s Causeway was also runner-up in the Blue Grass S. (G1) and Travers S. (G1), and he went on to win the Dominion Day S. (G3) as a 4-year-old.

Hold Me Back earned $872,610 before retiring to stud at WinStar, where he’s stood since 2011. The 10-year-old is out of the multiple stakes-producing Unbridled’s Song mare Restraint, and his second dam is two-time Canadian champion Avowal.

The Top 10 Second-Crop Sire of 2015 was led by Jet Black Magic, Hold Me Back’s graded stakes-winning 2-year-old filly from a year ago. Jet Black Magic was a dominant winner of the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess S. (G3) last November, and heads into 2016 on the Kentucky Oaks (G1) Trail.

For more information, please contact Irish Hill Century Farm at (518) 584-1515, or visit

Central Banker’s first foal is a filly

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

By Sarah Mace

Central Banker’s first foal, a filly, was born Monday, January 11, 2016 at Chester and Mary Broman’s Chestertown Farm in Chestertown. The filly, bred by Jeffrey Raine & Elisabeth T. Raine, is the first foal out of Marketable Miss, a winning daughter of Noonmark also bred by the Raines.

Central Banker, a Grade 2 winner of $598,786 by leading sire Speightstown, joined the roster of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds after being purchased for a session-topping $400,000 at last year’s Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale.

A $200,000 Keeneland yearling purchase, Central Banker was bred by WinStar Farm, LLC and campaigned by Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence. Trained by Albert M. Stall, Jr., he 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 on Kentucky Derby day 2014. Out of multiple stakes winner Rhum, by Go For Gin, the young stallion is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Gantry ($822,531) and multiple stakes-placed Song of Pirates.

Irish Hill Century Farm announces Jan. 23 stallion show showcasing Zivo

Monday, January 11th, 2016
2014 Suburban

2014 Suburban

Irish Hill Century Farm, located at 281 Burke Road near Stillwater, has announced that its 2016 stallion show to showcase Thomas Coleman’s Grade 2-winning New York-bred Zivo will take place on  January 23 from noon until 3:00 p.m. A hot buffet lunch will be served and there will be an opportunity to obtain free seasons.

Trained by New York native and leading trainer Chad Brown, Zivo retired to stud as a nine-time winning millionaire, whose career-defining win came in the Grade 2 Suburban where he defeated Graded Stakes winners Moreno, Micromanage, Last Gunfighter and Vyjack. Zivo then went on to run second in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes behind Classic winner Tonalist while beating Moreno and Micromanage again.

Important New York stakes wins include the Whodam, Kings Point and the Commentator Handicap. In Zivo’s career of 19 starts, 18 took place in the state of New York with the lone start out of New York taking place in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Zivo’s marketing is being handled by Sean Feld of Feld Family Stallions, who can be contacted at (859) 519-9665. For more information, please contact Rick Burke of Irish Hill Century Farm at (518) 527-2701.

Annual Keane Stud Stallion Show Set for January 16

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

The annual Keane Stud stallion show will take place on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Welcoming four new stallions to their roster, Keane Stud will have seven stallions available for inspection.

New for 2016 are Spendthrift Farm’s Normandy Invasion (Tapit) and Adam Wachtel’s Al Khali (Medaglia d’Oro). Relocated Stallions Cosmonaut (Lemon Drop Kid) And Stonesider (Giant’s Causeway) have joined the Keane Stud roster for 2016 along with returning stallions Dublin (Afleet Alex), Frost Giant (Giant’s Causeway) and NY-Bred Horse of the Year The Lumber Guy (Grand Slam).

Food will be served and one free season to each stallion will be drawn through a lottery. For further details contact Keane Stud at (845) 373-9601; location address is 217 Depot Hill Road, Amenia, NY 12501.

Honorable Dillon’s first foal arrives early morning New Year’s Day

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Happy Bird (Showing Up – Search the Church by by Holy Bull) had the honor of having Honorable Dillon’s first foal in the early morning hours of January 1. The bay colt, bred by Lansdowne Thoroughbreds,  is the second foal out of Happy Bird, a winning mare out of G3SP Search the Church. The mare and foal reside at Jerry Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm.

Honorable Dillon is a G2SW son of Tapit who stands at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY.

Rockridge Stud announces Stallion Show

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Rockridge-logoRockridge Stud in Hudson, NY will have its annual stallion show and open house on Saturday, Jan.30th from 11 am – 2 pm. Buffet lunch will be served and drawings for free seasons to each of the farm’s eight stallions will be made at the show.

Bellamy Road to stand at New York’s Dutchess Views Farm in 2016

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Grade 1 winner and Grade 1 sire Bellamy Road has moved to Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains, NY, where he will stand the 2016 breeding season for a fee of $7,500 S&N. Bellamy Road had previously stood at WinStar Farm in Kentucky.

“I’m excited to see Bellamy Road continue his career in New York where he’s done special things, both as a racehorse and as a sire,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar President & CEO. “He has a lot of great opportunities in the pipeline, including a couple Grade 1 two-year-old fillies in 2015. WinStar is keeping an interest in Bellamy Road, and we think he is well positioned for the New York market.”

Bellamy Road has sired eight stakes winners so far in 2015, including Grade 2 winner Bellamy Hope and Grade 3 winner Iczotitla. His 2-year-olds this year are led by the stakes-winning filly, Constellation, an $800,000 OBS March purchase who recently won the Furlough S. at Aqueduct and placed in the Spinaway S. (G1) at Saratoga. Among Bellamy Road’s other promising 2-year-olds is Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) performer Land Over Sea, runner-up in the Chandelier S. (G1) at Santa Anita and third in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) – both behind Songbird.

Bellamy Road entered stud in 2007 at Hurricane Hall in Kentucky after an illustrious racing career that saw him set a records in the Wood Memorial S. (G1) as a 3-year-old. He dominated the Wood by a record 17 ½ lengths in stakes-record time of 1:47.16 – also equaling the 1 1/8-mile track record at Aqueduct. Bellamy Road earned a 120 Beyer speed figure for the performance, marking the highest Beyer ever recorded by a horse prior to the Kentucky Derby (G1) – a race he would go on to be the favorite in.

In 2011, Bellamy Road enjoyed early success at stud with his first crop of 3-year-olds, siring a Wood Memorial (G1) winner with his colt Toby’s Corner. WinStar acquired Bellamy Road in the summer of 2011, and the 13-year-old son of Concerto has stood at WinStar for the last four seasons.

The deal was brokered by Matt Bowling of Bowling Bloodstock. Chris Bernhard will be the syndicate manager for Bellamy Road. For more information, please contact Chris Bernhard at (914) 850-9769, or by email at