First reported foal for Mind Control

Friday, January 5th, 2024

The first foal believed be sired by Mind Control, a filly out of the Freud mare Gentle Annie, was born Thursday at Irish Hill Farm. Photo by Emily O’Neil Hopkins.

The first foal for multiple Grade 1 winner and popular second-year New York-based stallion Mind Control was believed to be born Thursday at Irish Hill Farm in Stillwater.

Bred by Blue Streak Racing LLC, the filly is out of the winning Freud mare Gentle Annie.

“She looks just like her daddy,” Irish Hill’s Rick Burke said. “We all like her a lot. One of her owners was out here and commented that she looks just like her sire. That’s a good thing. If they all come out looking like him we’ll have some runners.”

Mind Control, a 7-year-old son of Stay Thirsty who set New York records for mares bred (190) and number of mares in foal (171) in 2023, will stand for $8,500 LFSN at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions in Stillwater.

Mind Control started his career at Rockridge Stud in Hudson under the management of Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions and Rockridge Stud and the predetermined move came after the unprecedented and cooperative agreement among the state’s breeders that brought stallion to the Empire State.

Bred and raced by Stephen P. Brunetti’s Red Oak Stable, Mind Control won 12 of 29 starts with three seconds and six thirds for $2,185,834 in earnings. He was a graded stakes winner in each of his five seasons on the racetrack, and a Grade 1 winner at 2, 3 and 6.

Mind Control’s Grade 1 victories came in the 2018 Hopeful Stakes and 2019 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and the 2022 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct.

A New York-bred 9-year-old out of the Not For Love mare Taxi Dancer, Gentle Annie went 4-5-9 in 46 starts over six seasons and earned $205,332. The Mind Control filly is her first foal.

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