Redesdale, kin to Danehill, to Hidden Lake Farm at Questroyal North

Breeders will have the rare opportunity to tap into the stallion-making family of Danehill with the addition of Redesdale[1] to Hidden Lake Farm at Questroyal North in New York.

Redesdale, a son of Speightstown, will stand for a fee of $5,000 stands and nurses, and a limited number of lifetime breeding rights are available. The horse retires to stud as the property of Hidden Lake Farm, Schumer Bloodstock, and 3C Stable.

Campaigned by Chad Schumer and Brendan Walsh, Redesdale was the dominating winner of his first three starts over six furlongs. He was the sharp winner of a Churchill Downs maiden special weight on debut and later captured a pair of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots allowance races—on the second occasion, he scored by four lengths for a 95 Beyer. He met defeat just once when he was injured during the Commonwealth Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.

Making Redesdale an exciting addition to the New York breeding program is the fact he is a member of one of the most powerful stallion families in the world and from arguably the greatest sire line in the world.

Redesdale is out of grade 3 winner Harpia, a Danzig full sister to the breed-shaping stallion Danehill. Danehill sired 347 stakes winners during his illustrious stud career and is widely regarded as one of the greatest influences in the stud book—this year alone, his sire line has accounted for the winners of 75 grade 1 races worldwide.

Not only that, Harpia is a great-granddaughter of Natalma, dam of the ultimate breed shaper Northern Dancer.

This is the same family of the great sire Halo and Machiavellian, as well as Proud Citizen—a multiple graded stakes sire of two Kentucky Oaks (G1) winners.

“Redesdale offers every element for what I look for in a stallion,” said Chris Bernhard of Hidden Lake Farm. “Speed, looks, and pedigree. His family is second to none. How often can you get Danehill under the second dam? Danehill is arguably the most important sire/sire of sires in Europe and Australia, and Northern Dancer is, in my opinion, the most important sire line period.”

“Our partnership group is very excited about developing Redesdale into the next big horse, and we will support him heavily,” Chad Schumer said. “I don’t think you can find a more powerful stallion family worldwide than that belonging to Razyana and Natalma, and for a competitive fee, Redesdale offers the breeders the chance to tap into just that.

“His race record offers a snapshot of the abundant talent that we know this horse possessed. We are in no doubt that he would have had the speed to be competitive with the best around had injury not intervened, and we are looking forward to supporting him strongly at stud.”



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GSW The Lieutenant, half-brother to Justify, joins Sequel stallion roster


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Sequel New York announced Monday, December 3, 2018 that The Lieutenant[2], a half-brother to undefeated Triple Crown hero Justify and a graded stakes winner in his own right is joining the Sequel New York[3] stallion roster

Sired by champion 2-year-old and Grade 1 Kentucky Derby-winning Darley Stallion Street Sense, The Lieutenant is out of the stakes placed Ghostzapper mare, Stage Magic, dam of presumptive horse of the year Justify.

Trained in California by Mike McCarthy for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren, Jr., The Lieutenant won races at Del Mar, Los Alamitos, Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, where he captured the Grade 3 All American Stakes defeating six graded performers.

In New York, The Lieutenant finished second to multiple Grade 1 winner Diversify in Belmont’s $700,000 Grade 2 Suburban Stakes besting Hoppertunity, Tapwrit, Discreet Lover, War Story and others. He also placed in Santa Anita’s $200,000 Grade 2 Californian Stakes. The bay colt retires with $345,882 in earnings from four wins, two seconds a third.

“Before Justify became a Triple Crown Champion, I thought his older brother, The Lieutenant, could have been any kind,” said trainer Mike McCarthy. “His looks, mechanics and desire to train reminded me of some of the most talented horses I had ever been around, before an unfortunate injury after the Suburban Handicap ultimately curtailed his career.

“I’ll miss watching him train in lock step with City of Light and was sure he was geared up to make some noise in the fall schedule’s biggest races. I have no doubt that his looks, heart and strong female family will be a bonus to the New York Breeders for years to come. Get your mare on the books now… I know mine is!”

Sequel owner Becky Thomas said, “Justify is a very special horse. When the opportunity presented itself to stand his brother in New York, I just couldn’t pass it up. Standing brothers of famous horses has served me very well. Giant’s Causeway’s brother Freud has become the very cornerstone of the breeding program in New York.”

Continued Thomas, “Not only is The Lieutenant a half-brother to the future Horse Of The Year, he beat a bunch of nice Grade 1 winning horses on his own. He is by a horse I love, Street Sense, who is having a phenomenal year and I believe has a very bright future.  I am very happy to be able to offer this quality of bloodlines to our breeders.”

The Lieutenant will stand for $6500 LFSN.

Contact: Molly Lightner[4]

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Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions announce 2019 Stud Fees; open house set for Jan. 19

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions[1] have announced 2019 stud fees for the New York stallions they will manage in 2019 and set the date for the farm’s annual open house / stallion show.

The roster includes five stallions that previously stood with Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions (Bellamy Road, Big Brown, Frost Giant, Market Rally, and Zivo). War Dancer has relocated to the roster for next year. The 8-year-old son of War Front entered stud in 2017 at Rockridge Stud near Hudson and joins Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions at $7,500.

Grade 1-placed Weekend Hideaway will begin his stud career alongside this roster that currently stands four of the top five leading New York stallions by winners. Racing for Michael Hoffman’s Red and Black Stable and trained by Phil Serpe, the son of Speightstown won black-type stakes in seven years in a row, primarily on dirt but also on turf. He interleaved among his New York stakes victories, a command performance in the Florida Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes in 2015.

All the stallions are physically located at Irish Hill Century farm located at 281 Burke Road near Stillwater.

The stallions will be available for inspection on request and during the Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC Open House / Stallion Show scheduled for Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views 2019 Stud Fees
Stallions 2019 2018
War Dancer $7,500 $7,500
Bellamy Road $5,000 $6,000
Big Brown $5,000 $6,000
Frost Giant $2,500 $5,000
Weekend Hideaway – NEW $2,500
Zivo $2,500 $2,500
Market Rally $2,500 $3,000

For further information, contact Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC:
Michael Lischin and Anya Sheckley:[2] (518)398-5666
Or Rick Burke and Bill Leak:[3] (518)584-1515

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Green Gratto to stand stud next year at Total Bloodstock Farm

By Eric Mitchell (courtesy

Grade 1 winner Green Gratto has been retired from racing and will stand stud at Robert Wright’s Total Bloodstock Farm near Fort Edward, N.Y., north of Saratoga Springs. The 8-year-old son of Here’s Zealous will stand for $2,000.

“We are extremely excited to add a horse with the quality of Green Gratto to the New York stallion program,” Wright said. “He is an absolute stunner at 17 hands with elite balance and athleticism for his size, and as a racehorse he was a true warrior. He had speed to burn, and we love that he was a sound horse, able to start 65 times against the best competition, which in this day and age of racing is unheard of. He will provide a great option to New York breeders and add toughness and quality to the breeding program.”

The stud deal was brokered by agent Peter-John Parsard.

Raced by owner/trainer Gaston Grant and Anthony Grant—along with Basil Greene for the first half of his career—Green Gratto came into his own as an older horse and won or placed in six graded stakes. He delivered his best in 2017, when he won the Carter Handicap (G1). He compiled a 9-9-9 record out of 65 starts and earned $1,149,202.

Bred in New Jersey by Kaz Hill Farm, Green Gratto is out of the winning Smokester mare Starship Smokester, who is a half-sister to grade 2-placed stakes winner Adminniestrator (by Incinderator) and the producer of three other winners.

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Millionaire Weekend Hideaway to stand at Irish Hill/Dutchess Views Stallions LLC


Second John Morrissey win 7/27/2018 (Coglianes photos)

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Weekend Hideaway (2010), a winner of stakes races in seven consecutive years in New York was retired from racing and will stand his first season at stud in 2019 under the management of Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC [2]in Saratoga. Weekend Hideaway is a son of champion sprinter and emerging sire of sires, Speightstown. His dam is Apocalyptical.

Weekend Hideaway began his career as a precocious 2-year old in July 2012. Racing for Michael Hoffman’s Red and Black Stable and trained by Phil Serpe and Lisa Bartkowski, he ran three times during the Saratoga meet that year, finishing second on debut before going on to win a maiden special weight in his next start. He followed his maiden victory with a score in the David Stakes before moving on to Belmont, where he won the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes that same year.

Weekend Hideaway continued to demonstrate his speed and soundness by going on to win stakes at 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Weekend Hideaway was a powerful sprinter, winning a total of 9 stakes races including recording a dominating 107 Beyer Speed Figure while drawing off to win the Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park. He also showed versatility by stretching out to a mile while capturing the Commentator Stakes at Belmont Park two times, including a nose decision over multiple grade 1 winner, Diversify, in 2017. Weekend Hideaway finished his career with a record 13-7-10 from 49 starts and career earnings of $1,144,922.

Michael Lischin from Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC said “The recent great news that the New York Stallion Stakes Series purse values have doubled for New York based sire’s progeny, makes a precocious sire like Weekend Hideaway especially attractive. His 2-year-olds will be eligible for purses of up to $500,000 per race and millions of dollars of enriched restricted purses thereafter.” As part of the Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC roster, Weekend Hideaway will stand at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater, NY alongside a group that currently consists of eight stallions including four of the five leading stallions by winners in New York.

For more information on Weekend Hideaway, including special incentives for breeders or to book your mare please contact: Rick Burke or Michael Lischin email:[3].

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Destin to stand at Sequel Stallions for potent partnership

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Gainesway Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Farm and Sequel Stallions[2] will stand graded stakes winner Destin at Sequel’s New York farm in Hudson next year.

A full brother to Grade 1 stakes-winning sire Creative Cause, Destin set a new track record in the Grade 2, Tampa Bay Derby, a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. He won by one length and completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 4/5, while defeating Outwork and Brody’s Cause. Three months later he was defeated a nose by Creator in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Destin retires with five wins, two seconds and two thirds from 15 starts with earnings of $947,800.

A 5-year-old son of champion sire Giant’s Causeway, Destin is out of grade 1-winning millionaire Dream of Summer, who beat Ashado in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom. She is a multiple graded-stakes winning, graded-stakes producing mare with over $2.3 million in progeny earnings. Destin is also full brother to graded stakes winning filly Vexatious, as well as half-brother to black type-placed producer Taboo.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said, “Unlucky not to be an American Classic winner, Destin showed off plenty of talent and class. He is a deserving stallion prospect. New York should feel lucky to get him.”

Every member of the partnership is excited about the arrangement. Antony Beck of Gainesway Farm said, “Twin Creeks has had a huge amount of success with perennial leading New York stallion Mission Impazible. After considering many opportunities, we felt like we wanted to follow the leader in New York in Twin Creeks, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Sequel New York.”

Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners added, “We are committed to quality mare support for this stallion. We are very excited about our first real venture not only in New York but a mare venture of any kind. It is a no-brainer to follow Randy Gullatt due to the success of Mission Impazible.”

Gullatt of Twin Creeks Farm, who has already had a positive experience in New York, hopes for continued success.

“Having participated in the New York Program for a while now, and having learned what works, I believe Destin is the perfect fit,” Gullatt said. “I am very excited about this horse. Destin’s beautiful body, great bone and ability to go a distance of ground will be an easy match for much of the mare population.

“Destin’s turn of foot was very impressive when setting a track record in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby defeating two future Kentucky stallions. I think New York is a perfect fit based on the influence Giant’s Causeway has had on both turf and dirt. We are very excited about the team and support that Destin will have getting started as a stallion.”

“I look forward to working with Gainesway Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners as well as Twin Creeks Farm in standing Destin at Sequel Stallions New York,” said Sequel’s Becky Thomas. “Creative Cause was a special horse for me having bought him as a yearling in addition to having stood Freud, the King of New York, at stud for so many years, I am truly Giant Causeway’s number one fan. Destin’s good looks and pedigree are certain to get the breeder’s attention.”

Destin will stand for $6,500 LFSN and will be available for inspection at Sequel New York beginning December 1.

For more information, contact:

Molly Lightner[3]

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War Dancer relocates to Irish Hill/Dutchess Views for 2019


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War Dancer[2], a multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire by War Front, will stand in Saratoga, New York, for the 2019 season as part of the Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions[3] roster at Irish Hill Century Farm.  War Dancer, who earned $1,068,927, won or placed in nine graded stakes, including the $500,000 Virginia Derby. In 2019 War Dancer will stand for $7,500 LFSN.

Irish Hill Century Farm [4]is a thoroughbred breeding facility conveniently located just ten minutes from Saratoga Race Course. “We’re pleased to have the opportunity to stand War Dancer. He checks all the boxes for breeders looking to get their mare to a top son of War Front” said Michael Lischin, managing member of Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC. The facility currently stands seven stallions, including four of the leading stallions in New York.

War Dancer, LLC President, Robin Malatino added, “We are excited about having War Dancer stand closer to home, not only for the convenience of breeding our own mares, but to accommodate mare owners looking to breed to him.”

War Dancer covered 200 mares in his first two years at stud, of which 100 were stakes performers / stakes producers. He will be available for inspection at the farm.

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Albie First Winner for Freshman Sire Alpha


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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.

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Frank Conversation to stand at Rockridge Stud

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Frank Conversation (2013) by Quality Road out of Rushen Heat (Unusual Heat) will stand at Rockridge Stud[2] 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.

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Filly Awesome Debate first progeny winner for Honorable Dillon


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By Sarah Mace

New York freshman sire Honorable Dillon[2] 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[3]]

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[4] 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.

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