NEWS: breeding

Albie First Winner for Freshman Sire Alpha

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

NYRA/Coglianese Photo

By Mary LaRue (Courtesy

In his debut effort, Albie took a $62,000 maiden special weight race restricted to New York-bred 2-year-olds at Belmont Park Sept. 23 to become the first winner for freshman sire Alpha.

Off at odds of 12-1, the Michael Dilger trainee settled into second with jockey John Velazquez behind Scotty Brown, and the pair maintained that position through the turn for home. In the straight of the stretch, Albie came on even terms with the leader, who briefly put up a fight.

Able to shake clear, Albie then outran even-money favorite Graded On a Curve and Southern Brigade, who closed late, to win the 1 1/16-mile turf contest by 1 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:44.01.

The Pepi Weis homebred is out of the unraced Thunder Gulch mare Hopephilly, who has produced four other winners, including the stakes-placed Sugar Trade.

Alpha, a son of Bernardini , was campaigned by Godolphin Racing and won the 2012 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) and Travers Stakes (G1) back-to-back as a 3-year-old. In 2013, he returned to take the Woodward Stakes (G1). As a 2-year-old, he placed second in the Champagne Stakes (G1) one race after winning his debut by six lengths. He retired with a record of 6-2-1 in 22 starts, with earnings of $1,815,667.

Standing at Sequel Stallions New York, Alpha’s 2018 fee was $5,000.

Frank Conversation to stand at Rockridge Stud

Monday, September 10th, 2018

(Edited Rockridge Stud press release)

Frank Conversation (2013) by Quality Road out of Rushen Heat (Unusual Heat) will stand at Rockridge Stud in Hudson beginning in 2019. The multiple graded stakes winner and Grade 1 stakes-placed runner raced in the colors of J. Paul Reddam.

The son of Quality Road broke his maiden at two at Santa Anita and won his first graded stakes, the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby, at three. He additionally captured the Grade 2 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita, following up with a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby later that year. He retires with earnings of $520,965 and a record of 19-4-2-4.

Frank Conversation’s dam, Rushen Heat, is a full-sister to Grade 1 stakes winner and millionaire Unusual Suspect and Grade 1 stakes winner Golden Doc A.

“Quality Road is on fire right now, and we think Frank Conversation provides a great opportunity to breed to that sire line in New York,” said Rockridge owner and director, Lere Visagie. “We are syndicating the horse and will also offer lifetime breeding rights as options to breeders.”

Frank Conversation is currently in Lexington, KY and will be available for inspection throughout the Keeneland September Yearlings Sale.

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

Filly Awesome Debate first progeny winner for Honorable Dillon

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

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By Sarah Mace

New York freshman sire Honorable Dillon got his first progeny winner Monday when Awesome Debate scored a professional 2-length victory in a maiden special weight for juvenile fillies at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack.

A grey/roan filly bred, owned and trained by Charlie Baker, Awesome Debate broke cleanly from post four to go five furlongs as the 3-1 second choice in the field of six first-time starters.

Racing between horses in the early going, Awesome Debate kept her mind admirably on business and, by the turn, managed to outduel a tenacious Maizelovesbrownies.

Cutting the corner neatly, Awesome Debate drove for the wire with good energy, drew off, and secured the victory by two lengths under jockey Luis Perez.

No Stone Unturned, the post-time favorite, tried to close after a poor break, but was unable pose a serious threat and had to settle for the place. Honorable Rose, a second filly in the field by Honorable Dillon, closed from last to complete the trifecta. The final time for the five panels over the fast track was 1:00.30 [VIDEO REPLAY]

Awesome Debate is out of Healthy Debate, a New York-bred winner by Freud who has produced three winners from three foals to start. She also has a yearling full-brother to Awesome Debate and a colt by War Dancer foaled on May 8.

Honorable Dillon, by Tapit, stands at Lere Visagie’s Rockridge Stud in Hudson for a 2018 stud fee of $5,000. Bred by Robert B. Trussell Jr. and campaigned by Joe Bucci, Honorable Dillon broke his maiden at Saratoga as a juvenile and raced for three seasons, winning the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes in 2013. He retired with a 3-2-1 record out of 15 starts and earned $233,649.

Honorable Dillon has sired 80 foals of racing age.

Fund invites industry comment on possible modification of residency rules for non-resident mares

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Statement from Tracy Egan, Executive Director, New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corporation:


“The New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund (Fund) is considering a rule change regarding pregnant non-resident mares that enter New York State to foal with the intent of registering the in-utero foal with the Fund as a New York-bred. The current rule is as follows:

Non-Resident Mares: Must FOAL in New York State, remain in the state for a continuous period of 90 days after foaling AND be BRED BACK to a registered New York stallion before leaving the state.

The rule change would allow the 90-day residency to begin before the mare foals:

Non-Resident Mares: Must FOAL in New York State, remain for a minimum of 90 days on a farm in New York State, the count of which may begin as much as 30 days before the mare delivers, and after foaling be BRED BACK to a registered New York stallion before leaving the state.

If breeders wish to make any comments on this potential rule change, please submit written comments to or to the NYS Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, One Broadway Center, Suite 601, Schenectady, NY 12305. Comments must be received no later than Monday, July 23.”

Foal Patrol: Memento d’Oro delivers a filly by Bodemeister at Old Tavern Farm

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Photo courtesy Old Tavern Farm

(Edited National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame press release)

Memento d’Oro, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Old Tavern Farm in Saratoga Springs, delivered the fifth foal of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol project at 12:35 a.m. on March 27, 2018.

The foal, a filly by Bodemeister, was an early arrival, as the farm had a projected foaling date of March 30. Both Memento d’Oro and the foal are in perfect health. The live feed of Memento d’Oro and her foal can be viewed on the mare’s page at

“It’s great to see the new foal at Old Tavern Farm,” said Cathy Marino, director of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. “We want to thank Walt Borisenok and his talented staff, including Greg Daley and Trina Paskvale, for all their help and participation in Foal Patrol. We’re looking forward to seeing Memento d’Oro’s foal develop and hopefully enjoy a fantastic career as a racehorse.”

Fans of Foal Patrol can also keep up on all the news and live videos of the mares that have already given birth and follow their interactions with their foals via the Foal Patrol website: Sabbatical (Claiborne Farm), Stopchargingmaria (Three Chimneys), Centre Court (Shawnee Farm) and New York-bred La Verdad (Edition Farm).

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame launched Foal Patrol on Dec. 19 at The project is a one-of-a-kind collection of live web cameras where people can view real-time streams of several in-foal mares during their pregnancy through the actual foaling.


Status Asthmaticus first winner for Heavy Breathing

Monday, March 26th, 2018

NYRA/Coglianese Photo

By Sarah Mace

New York sire Heavy Breathing was represented by his first winner Sunday when sophomore filly Status Asthmaticus rallied from off the pace to win the fourth race at Aqueduct. From her sire’s first crop of 22 named foals, Status Asthmaticus is owned by her trainer Collin Maragh in partnership with the filly’s co-breeders Sunrise Stables and Golden Goose Enterprises.

One of nine lined up to go 6 1/2-furlongs in the $40,000 state-bred maiden claiming race, Status Asthmaticus (fifth choice at 11-1 odds) broke well and chased favorite Scripted and second choice Sunblock who dueled in the early stages through opening splits of 23.57 and 47.51.

Status Asthmaticus made steady progress toward the frontrunners along the backstretch run and came under more vigorous urging from jockey Abel Lezcano in far turn, advancing into third and angling out widest of all at the quarter pole.

The bay filly engaged the duelers in upper stretch, took over the lead in advance of the furlong marker and drew off steadily to secure a 1 3/4-length victory in a final time of 1:19.77. Scripted preserved second, while first time starter Bug Tales checked in third. [VIDEO]

Status Asthmaticus is the first foal out of Pylortes, a placed Kentucky-bred runner by Silver Train who was purchased as a yearling by Steven Howell for the bargain price of $2,200. She has produce two more full siblings to Status Asthmaticus: an unnamed juvenile filly and a yearling colt named Poco. She was bred last year to First Cornerstone (IRE).

Heavy Breathing, by Giant’s Causeway out of Takesmybreathaway, is a full-brother to successful New York sire Frost Giant, who currently heads the 2018 New York sire rankings. A graded stakes-placed runner, Heavy Breathing stands for a partnership that includes Andrew Cohen’s Sunset Stables LLC, Gary Tolchin’s Golden Goose Enterprises LLC and Well Found Management LLC and is located at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC where he stands for a private fee.


First mares reported in foal to Union Jackson

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

(Press Release)

First mares are reported in foal to multiple stakes winner Union Jackson at Sequel Stallions, Hudson, New York.

Hoboken Honey, a young winner by Rockport Harbor was covered for Mr. Amore Stables. One Gun, a young Malibu Moon mare out of graded stakes winner Necessary Evil was covered for Sequel Thoroughbreds. Gift Of Giving, a Regal Classic mare with 3 winners and progeny earnings of $177,113 was covered for Hidden Lake & Rapid Run Farm. Reiana, a maiden by Majestic Warrior from immediate family of Canadian Champion 2YO Filly, FANTASY LAKE, was covered for Saratoga Glen Farm.  All four mares are in foal.

“We’ve had an incredible amount of interest and support from top New York breeders for Union Jackson and we believe he is going to reward them for it,” reports Becky Thomas. “The Sequel/Stonestreet venture is putting nearly $500,000 in nice mares under him ourselves, so we are thrilled that he is proficient in his new role!”

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 nine 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, the fastest son of two-time Horse of the Year, Curlin, is standing as a joint venture between Stonestreet Stables and Sequel New York for $5,000 LFSN.

Bill Allen to manage Questroyal North

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

By Sarah Mace

Barry Ostrager’s Questroyal North announced this week that Bill Allen has taken up the post of Farm Manager at the 280-acre Stillwater farm. A third-generation horseman, Allen comes to Questroyal North with 17 years of experience in the horse industry and a strong prior connection to the farm.

During his teens, Allen worked full time at his family’s Ocala, Florida farm while being home-schooled, doing everything from foaling, breeding, reproductive work, and breaking yearlings.  During college breaks he worked at Farnsworth Farms in Florida and was Foaling Manager during the 2000 and 2003 breeding seasons. From 2003 through 2009 Allen managed Liberty Stud in Columbia County and, most recently, was Assistant Manager at Joanne Nielsen’s Sunnyfield Farm in Westchester County in 2017.

Allen is returning to a farm he knows very well. From 2005 through 2009, Allen’s father, also William (Bill), managed Questroyal in its previous incarnation as Richard Simon’s Sez Who Thoroughbreds, which operated from 2001-2009 and was the leading breeder in the state from 2005-2007. Allen visited Sez Who often, and by way of a double connection, stood Ostrager’s stallions, including Strategic Mission and Patriot Act, when managing Liberty Stud.

“I am very excited and honored to be working with the team at Questroyal North,” said Allen. “I’ve had the privilege of standing Questroyal stallions in the past and I can say definitively that our current roster is as strong as any I’ve seen in New York – no holes, from top to bottom.”

A Shin Forward to relocate from Japan to Rockridge Stud

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

JRA Photo

By Sarah Mace

In 2012 A Shin Forward, a star turf runner in Japan and the second all-time leading New York-bred earner, began his stallion career at Lex Stud in Hokkaido in Japan. In February 2018 he will take up stud duties in his home state after relocating to Rockridge Stud in Hudson where he will stand for a private fee as the property Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm.

Bred by Mrs, Malloy, A Shin Forward is by Forest Wildcat out of Wake Up Kiss (Cure the Blues). He sold as a Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling in 2006 for $125,000 before being purchased by Hirotsugo Hirai the following March at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale for $290,000. He raced for five seasons in Japan for Eishindo Co. Ltd., which prefixes many horse names with “A Shin” or “Eishin.”

The defining victory of A Shin Forward’s racing career came in the 2010 Group 1 Japan Autumn International Mile Championship . The same year he also won the Group 3 Hankyu Hai. Over five campaigns, A Shin Forward won three stakes and placed in five more, and retired with $3,416,216 in earnings.

“We are so pleased to have A Shin Forward back,” said Mrs. Malloy. “He is the best horse Edition has bred and competed at the highest international levels. He gives New York breeders access to the Storm Cat line and he hails from Fappiano’s family. We will send several nice mares to him.”

Breeding inquiries should be directed to Erin Robinson, 859 421 7531,


For NYTB’s past coverage of A Shin Forward, click on the links below.

A Shin Forward Wins G3 Hankyu Hai (read more)
A Shin Forward Gives Breeder Malloy Uplifting Stakes-Record G1 Victory (read more)
International star A Shin Forward retires to stud as second-highest all-time New York Earner (read more)
See also A Shin Forward page on Japan Bloodstock Information System (JBIS)

First foal for Laoban is a colt

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

(Edited press release)

Becky Thomas is pleased to announce that the winning Freud mare Looksgoodfromhere foaled a healthy bay colt by Laoban on January 17 at 9:17 p.m. at Saratoga Glen Farm.

“He’s gorgeous!” said happy owner, Kathy Barraclough. He is from the family of Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic-winning millionaire Concern and Grade 1 Test Stakes winner Fara’s Team.

Winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes, Laoban (Uncle Mo) stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson for a syndicate by a joint venture between Southern Equine Stables, Sequel Thoroughbreds, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds as well as Woodford Thoroughbreds.

“Laoban is an outstanding physical, son of a freaky sire, speed to burn and a great ownership group,” said Matt Lyons, Vice President and General Manager of Woodford Thoroughbreds, “a no-brainer! We are very excited for this first crop!”