Naughty New Yorker back to Empire State for retirement

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

Naughty New Yorker, New York-bred Horse of the Year and champion 4-year-old and up male in 2007, returned to the Empire State after being pensioned in Canada. NYRA Photo.

By Tom Law

Graded stakes winner and champion New York-bred Naughty New Yorker recently returned to his home state after being pensioned from stud duty in Canada.

The 19-year-old son of Quiet American arrived at Old Friends at Cabin Creek in Greenfield Center just outside Saratoga Springs this week after standing at Chris Blake’s Ascot Stud in Port Colborne, Ontario. Naughty New Yorker entered stud at Ascot in 2012 after a 67-start career that saw him win 11 stakes and earn $1,089,884.

“We have great news,” Old Friends posted on its Facebook page. “Naughty New Yorker has arrived. He has retired from stud duty at Ascot Stud in Ontario and we wanted him to come back to New York!! He’s beautiful. We look forward to opening back up for tours soon. Stay tuned for details!!”

Naughty New Yorker finished 83rd on Canada’s general sire list in 2020 and had his best showing on that table in 2017 when he ranked 66th. He sired Dirty Dozen, a Pennsylvania-bred who compiled a record of 6-8-5 from 45 starts and earned $121,245; New York Mint, an Ontario-bred two-time winner and earner of $29,855; and Almost Dancer, another Ontario-bred winner who earned $14,293.

Bred by Dr. William Wilmot and Dr. Joan Taylor of Stepwise Farm, Naughty New Yorker was purchased by Fox Ridge Farm for $145,000 at the 2004 OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training. Campaigned by Fox Ridge and trained throughout his career by Pat Kelly, Naughty New Yorker compiled a record of 12-10-10 over eight seasons.

Naughty New Yorker won three of 11 with one second and two thirds, earning $271,799, in 2007 en route to being named New York-bred Horse of the Year and champion 4-year-old and up male. He also helped his dam, the Known Fact mare Naughty Natisha, earned New York Broodmare of the Year honors in 2007.

Stepwise purchased Naughty Natisha, in foal to champion and Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled, for $150,000 at the 1998 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. She produced eventual stakes winner Pupil on that mating and later produced stakes-placed winner Deceived and Unavenged, a five-time winner and earner of $861,747 in Japan.

Naughty Natisha also produced winners Thin Disguise, Carthon, Elusive New Yorker, Fast and Furious, Jacob’s Arch, all bred or co-bred in New York by Wilmot and Taylor. Thin Disguise is the dam of multiple stakes winner and 2018 champion New York-bred 3-year-old filly Midnight Disguise and Grade 3 winner, $662,774-earner and 2018 champion New York-bred older dirt female and female sprinter Holiday Disguise.

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