NEWS: breeding

G1 winner Tourist relocates to Rockridge Stud

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Tourist, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita, moves to Rockridge Stud in Hudson for the 2023 season. Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire Photo.

Multiple Grade 1 and Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Tourist, currently ranked 14th on the North American third-crop sire list, will relocate to Rockridge Stud in Hudson for the 2023 season. The 11-year-old son of Tiznow, who previously stood at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., will stand the 2023 season for $3,500.

“He was getting overlooked in Kentucky, and some of the partners felt the move to NY would maximize his income potential with New York stallion awards,” said Rockridge Stud’s Lere Visagie. “The partners who are staying in on the stallion are planning to buy mares to give him a strong start in New York.”

Tourist is the sire of six stakes horses in 2022, including stakes winners Carpenters Call and I Can Run. The winner of four of nine starts and $137,400 this year, Carpenters Call won the Peach Street Stakes at Presque Isle Downs and finished third in the Grade 3 Kitten’s Joy Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park. I Can Run, first or second in five of eight starts this year with $171,590 in earnings, won the Eleven North Handicap in late August at Monmouth Park.

Tourist is also the sire of stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Tango Tango Tango, $189,495-earner Poca Mucha, $158,703-earner Wicked Fast, stakes-placed $138,280-earner Day Tripper and $193,755-earner Hombre. Mo Tourist, an Ontario-bred 2-year-old son of Tourist, broke his maiden Oct. 30 at Woodbine before finishing third there in Saturday’s Grade 3 Grey Stakes.

Campaigned by WinStar, Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber, Tourist won six of 18 starts and earned $2,170,340 over three seasons. A stakes winner at 3, 4 and 5, Tourist ran in three consecutive editions of the Breeders’ Cup Mile and won the $2 million event in his final start in 2016 at Santa Anita Park.

Tourist also won the Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap in 2016 at Saratoga Race Course, More Than Ready Mile Stakes in 2015 at Kentucky Downs and Sir Cat Stakes in 2014 at Saratoga.

Tourist is out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Unbridled Melody, the dam of New York-bred stakes winner Mountain Music Man (by Bluegrass Cat) and New York-bred winner Tether to Reality (by Harlan’s Holiday), along with stakes winner Harlan’s Harmony (by Spring At Last) and Grade 3-placed $198,118-earner Michael With Us.

Tourist has 2022 progeny earnings of $2,691,052 and lifetime progeny earnings of $5,476,203 through Sunday.


Former New York stallion Destin sires first winner

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022

Maggie T (inside) fends off Maggie to become first winner for former NY-based stallion Destin. NYRA Photo.

Multiple Grade 2 winner and former New York-based stallion Destin sired his first winner Saturday when Maggie T won her fourth start at Aqueduct.

Destin, a 9-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway out of the Grade 1-winning Siberian Summer mare Dream of Summer, previously stood at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson. He bred 84 mares in 2019 and 53 in 2020 before relocating to Saudi Arabia for stud duty.

A full brother to Grade 1 stakes-winning sire Creative Cause, Destin set a new track record in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby winning by a length going 1:42 4/5 in the 1 1/16-mile contest. Three months later he was defeated a nose by Creator in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Destin retired with five wins, two seconds and two thirds in 15 starts with earnings of $947,800.

Bred by Mr. and Mrs. Grant L. Whitmer and foaled at Brayton Hill Farm in Fort Ann, Maggie T is out of the unraced Victory Gallop mare We Kept Her. An $8,000 RNA at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale, Maggie T finished second in two prior starts at Saratoga and Belmont at the Big A before her victory Saturday for owners J Trezza and P Fellows LLC and trainer Eddie Barker.

“We are so happy for Sequel breeder Grant Whitmer on getting Destin’s first winner,” said Sequel’s Becky Thomas. “He supported the graded stakes-winning son of Giant’s Causeway every year that he was standing at stud in New York.”


Irish Hill & Dutchess Views sets 2023 stud fees, stallion show date

Monday, November 14th, 2022

Multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire Warrior’s Charge will stand his first season in 2023 at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC. Barbara Livingston Photo.

Edited press release

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC have announced stud fees for the 2023 season.

An addition to this season’s roster is multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Warrior’s Charge. He will give New York breeders access to the speedy Munnings sire line in the form of a proven two-turn horse. From a physical perspective, Brad Cox calls Warrior’s Charge “a very well-built horse, with great bone and very sound throughout his entire career.”

On the track, Cox reported “Warrior’s Charge was a very good horse from Day 1. He had speed, he could carry around two turns, and was competitive at the top level.”

As of this release, two stallions on the roster are ranked among the top three stallions in New York. With just three crops to race, War Dancer is currently ranked second and sired 2022 graded stakes winner Dancing Buck to boost his already impressive resume. Perennial top New York sire Big Brown is currently ranked third on the state’s general sire list. He is represented by Somelikeithotbrown, who notched another graded stakes win in 2022 and is the leading money earner amongst New York-sired runners.

King for a Day, who sired the top-selling $130,000 New York-sired weanling at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga October fall mixed sale, will stand his third season after covering 147 mares in his first two seasons.

Multiple Grade 1-placed millionaire and Kentucky Derby runner-up Lookin At Lee will return for his third year at stud representing the Lookin At Lucky sire line. Waiting, the only son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah standing in the Eastern part of the U.S., returns for his second year. Waiting comes from a powerful female family, including his second dam, Eclipse Award winner Wait a While.

The 2023 Irish Hill & Dutchess Views stud fees:

• War Dancer $7,500 LFSN

• Big Brown $5,000 LFSN

• King for a Day $5,000 LFSN

• Warrior’s Charge (NEW) $5,000 $5,000 LFSN (Please inquire about Lifetime Breeding Rights)

• Lookin At Lee $2,500 LFSN

• Waiting $2,500 LFSN

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC will continue to work closely with breeders by offering incentives for qualifying mares and multiple mare discounts across the entire roster.

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC will hold its stallion show Saturday, December 10 to coincide with the NYTB Holiday Party later that evening. Please follow us on Facebook (@IrishHillandDutchessViewsStallionsLLC) and Twitter (@IHDVStallions) for further details.

The farm will be holding the annual stallion show raffle for a free season to each stallion as well as offering special stallion show pricing. The stallions are available for inspection by potential breeders on request.

For further information, contact:

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC

Moe Scavullo and Anya Sheckley, info@IHDVStallions.com. Phone (518)398-5666

Rick Burke and Bill Leak, info@IrishHillCenturyFarm.com. Phone (518)584-1515


Laminitis claims multiple graded stakes winner Majestic City

Friday, November 11th, 2022

Majestic City, who stood at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions, succumbed to laminitis Nov. 8. Photo courtesy of IHDV.

Edited press release

Bloom Racing Stable and Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC are sad to report that multiple graded stakes winner and successful New York Stallion Majestic City was humanely euthanized November 8 due to worsening complications of laminitis.

Majestic City, a 13-year-old by City Zip out of the Meadowlake mare It’schemistrybaby, was a precocious winner of his first three races including the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes. He would go on to win or be placed in seven other stakes, including placings in two Grade 1s. He competed at the graded stakes level through his 6-year-old campaign.

Majestic City began his stud career in New York in 2016 and is the sire of four crops to race with progeny earnings of more than $2 million. He was a leading sire of his class in New York for the past four years. Majestic City has three more crops to race.

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC Stallion Manager, Bill Leak noted that “Majestic City will be sorely missed by myself and the entire IHDV team. He was a horse you could measure others against and only hope they can come close to his quality.”

Jeff Bloom, who campaigned Majestic City and bred many mares to him throughout the years, reflected back on Majestic City’s life and added “Majestic City was my first purchase and the foundation of Bloom Racing Stable. He had a larger-than-life personality and will be forever missed. He provided us with so many wonderful experiences throughout his career and I am thrilled that we still get to see his progeny on the racetrack carry so many of his fabulous characteristics.”


Irish Hill & Dutchess Views adds Warrior’s Charge

Monday, October 31st, 2022

Multiple graded stakes winner Warrior’s Charge, winning in late January at Oaklawn Park, will enter stud next year at Irish Hill Century Farm. Coady Photography.

Multiple graded stakes winner and millionaire Warrior’s Charge will enter stud in 2023 at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC in Stillwater. The 6-year-old son of Munnings will stand his first season for $5,000.

Campaigned for five seasons by Ten Strike Racing and Madaket Stables, Warrior’s Charge won six of 22 starts with three seconds and four thirds and earnings of $1,016,690.

Trained by Brad Cox, Warrior’s Charge finished fourth in the 2019 Preakness Stakes before victories as a 4-year-old in the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park and Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park. He placed in two other stakes and finished fourth in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap in 2020 at Belmont Park.

Bred by Al Shaquab Racing and out of the stakes-placed Broken Vow mare Battling Brook, Warrior’s Charge is a half-brother to the stakes-placed Warrior’s Battle and a full-brother to the unraced 2-year-old Warrior’s Vow who sold for $200,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale.

“Warriors Charge really was an exceptional talent,” Liz Crow, manager for Ten Strike Racing, told BloodHorse. “He showed brilliance in the mornings and ran big races in the Grade 1 Met Mile and Grade 1 Preakness as well as being a multiple graded stakes winner. He was sound and consistent and is a phenomenal horse physically. He provides the only opportunity to breed to a son of the great Munnings in New York and based on his physical, I am excited to see his progeny at future sales and races.”

Crow added that Ten Strike would support Warrior’s Charge, who is available for inspection.


NY contingent heads to RRP Thoroughbred Makeover

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022

Evaluator, winner of the 2017 Sleepy Hollow Stakes at Belmont Park, is among the 33 New York-breds competing in the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover this week in Kentucky. NYRA Photo.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Kentucky faces a New York invasion this week with 33 New York-bred off-track Thoroughbreds heading to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington for the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America.

Horses at the Makeover will compete in 10 disciplines with entrants allowed to compete in up to two. To be eligible for the Makeover, a horse had to have worked or raced no earlier than July 1, 2020.

The Makeover concludes Saturday when the top five in each discipline advance to the Finale to compete for the title of Thoroughbred Makeover Champion and $10,000 prize.

The Makeover begins Wednesday. Fans can also watch a livestream of the Finale on the RRP’s website at 8 a.m. ET Saturday.

  • 54 New York-breds were entered in the Makeover in August with 33 scheduled to ship to Kentucky this week. Those 54 horses made up 12.6 percent of the field pre-scratches – up from 12.2 percent of the entries at last year’s ‘Mega Makeover’ that combined the 2020 and 2021 classes. That is the third best of all states and sits just one horse behind taking the second spot.
  • The 33 New York-breds showing this week averaged 13 starts, one win and three placings in their career with average earnings of $46,274. Two of the New York-breds never made a start – but did register at least one work to qualify for the event – and one other only made one start.
  • Four of the horses made at least 40 starts with the 8-year-old mare Patrona leading the charge with 47 starts. The mare started at eight tracks, including races at Fingers Lakes, Belmont Park and Aqueduct. Dearie made the second most starts with 43, including starts at all four New York tracks.
  • Evaluator is the only stakes winner in the group with a win in the 2017 Sleepy Hollow Stakes. The 7-year-old gelding also placed in the Damon Runyon and Albany Stakes during his career that featured earnings of $375,148. He is the highest earner of the group and leads four horses who earned six figures during their careers.
  • The Show Hunters discipline features the most New York-breds after scratches with 13 entered, followed closely by Dressage with nine entries. Every discipline has at least one New York-bred entered as of Sunday, with multiple horses entered in every discipline except for Freestyle (that horse being the aforementioned Evaluator, who is also entered in Dressage).
  • Wondering which sire has the most New York-bred entries? That honor goes to Central Banker (Easy Banker and Our Lady of Winloc) and Teuflesberg (Ariesberg and Diggin For Dough), with two apiece. Overall, 31 stallions have a New York-bred entry in this year’s Makeover. McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds has the most entries as a breeder with five. Irish Hill Century Farm follows with two and Hidden Lake bred one horse on its own and co-bred Empire Station with Daniel Hoogstra.

NYTB is joined by the New York Racing Association and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in sponsoring the $2,500 Empire State Success Story prize for the competition’s leading New York-bred. Find out more about the Thoroughbred Makeover and the horses entered at www.tbmakeover.org.


The Lieutenant sires first winner at Saratoga

Wednesday, September 7th, 2022

Vacation Dance wins Sunday at Saratoga to give the late New York sire The Lieutenant his first winner. NYRA Photo.

By Tom Law

Vacation Dance, a $90,000 purchase at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-year-olds in training sale, won his debut Sunday at Saratoga Race Course to become the first winner for the late New York-based sire The Lieutenant.

The 2-year-old New York-bred colt out of the Zensational mare Matinee Express won Sunday’s first race, a 5 ½-furlong state-bred turf maiden, for owners Sleeping Giant Stables, America’s Pastime Stables and KimDon Racing. Bred by Harry Landry and James Hogan and sold as a yearling by Harry L. Landry Bloodstock for $45,000 at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale, the colt was later purchased as a 2-year-old by David Doyle/Sleeping Giant Stable in Timonium.

A half brother to Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Justify, The Lieutenant stood the 2019 season at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson before heading to Peru for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

The Lieutenant was one of four stallions killed by marauders at a raid on Haras Barlovento in December 2019.

“The Lieutenant will always hold a special place in our hearts,” said Carlos Manresa, Sequel’s director of operations. “Unfortunately, he only had the opportunity to sire one crop but our expectations are high. He was a very talented horse and his half-brother, Justify, is off to an amazing start as a sire.”

The Lieutenant sired 24 foals in his lone Northern Hemisphere crop, including a filly out of the Street Boss mare Sugar Boss that sold for $255,000 at this year’s OBS April sale and a colt out of the Storm Cat mare Janetstickettocats that sold for $135,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale.

Vacation Dance, who earned $48,400 for his victory Sunday, was The Lieutenant’s sixth starter.

“We had the opportunity to break, train and sell some exceptional ‘Lieutenants’ in Florida who have yet to make their starts but by all reports, should have exciting careers on the track,” Manresa said. “Vacation Dance ran a terrific race first time out to break his maiden at Saratoga and we couldn’t be happier for the connections. There simply is no better place to win.”

The Lieutenant, a son of Street Sense out of the Ghostzapper mare Stage Magic, won four of 15 starts and $345,882 during his career. He won the Grade 3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields and placed in two other graded stakes including the Grade 2 Suburban in 2018 at Belmont Park.


Rockridge stallion Combatant dies in Chile

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

Grade 1 winner Combatant, who bred 85 mares in his first season in 2022 at Rockridge Stud, died of colic in Chile. Benoit Photo.

Combatant, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and a popular stallion in his first season at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, died suddenly from colic in Chile according to reports Monday.

The 7-year-old son of Scat Daddy had just started Southern Hemisphere duties at Haras Porta Pia. Combatant stood his first season for $7,500 LFSN and bred 85 mares in his initial book.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss, for both the syndicate and for New York,” said Erin Robinson, stallion director at Rockridge Stud.

The former Hronis Racing-owned Combatant was sold to Brian Levings of Levings Racing to stand at Rockridge in a deal brokered by Matt Bowling of Bowling Bloodstock, Colt Pike and David Ingordo.

Bred by Paget Bloodstock and originally sold as a yearling for $320,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September sale, Combatant broke his maiden in his second start and finished second in the Remington Springboard Mile Stakes to end his 2-year-old season. He placed in back-to-back stakes at Oaklawn Park and finished fourth in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby to earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby field. Combatant later placed in two stakes as a 3-year-old and then sold as a racing and stallion prospect at the 2019 Keeneland November sale.

Combatant competed exclusively in stakes company for trainer John Sadler after being purchased by Hronis Racing, winning the 2020 Big Cap over a field that included Midcourt, Endorsed and Hofburg, after a third in the Grade 2 San Pasqual to open his 4-year-old campaign. He also placed in two other graded stakes that season before retiring with a record of 4-5-6 in 30 starts and earnings of $1,062,915.


McMahon’s Redesdale sires first winner

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

N Y Riesling cruises to front-running victory to give freshman sire Redesdale his first winner Tuesday at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

By Tom Law

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds’ freshman sire Redesdale was represented by his first winner when N Y Riesling captured his second start in the second race Tuesday at Finger Lakes.

Bred by Hidden Lake Farm LLC, N Y Riesling took the lead from the start against six others in an open-company $32,100 maiden special weight going 5 furlongs. He and jockey Nazario Alvarado stayed in front the entire trip on the way to a 1 1/2-length victory over fellow New York-bred Bobby Ride. N Y Riesling won in 1:00.43 over the fast track. The milestone winner is owned by Linda Dixon and Hector Alejandro and trained by Dixon.

Redesdale stands for $2,500 at McMahon of Saratoga. The 9-year-old multiple winning son of Speightstown out of the Danzig mare Harpia is represented by 29 foals in his first crop and N Y Riesling is one of his five starters through Tuesday. Redesdale is also the sire of Ten Cent Town, runner-up in a $75,000 New York-bred maiden special weight June 24 at Belmont Park.

Redesdale won three of four starts and earned $90,300 in 2016 and 2017. He’s one of 11 foals out of Grade 3 winner Harpia, a full sister to leading European sire Danehill and group/graded stakes winners Eagle Eyed and Shibboleth and a half sister to stakes winner Euphonic. Redesdale stands alongside another son of Speightstown, New York’s leading sire of 2021 in Central Banker, at McMahon of Saratoga.

“He was offered to us early on and I didn’t take him because of Speightstown,” Joe McMahon said late last year. “I didn’t want another Speightstown. I was trying to make Central Banker. Then I got convinced this horse was a really good horse. … He was a talented horse. He’s extremely well bred, extremely.

“What I like about him is he gets a good-looking horse and he had a lot of talent. And look at the success of the Speightstowns. Look at Munnings. … The Speightstowns have really come along.”


First foal for Mr. Monomoy is a colt

Friday, February 11th, 2022

Mr. Monomoy’s first foal, a colt out of the winning Freud mare Looksgoodfromhere, at Saratoga Glen Farm in Schuylerville. Skip Dickstein Photo.

Graded stakes winner Mr. Monomoy, a half-brother to two-time champion Monomoy Girl, was represented by his first foal when the Freud mare Looksgoodfromhere was born Feb. 8 at Saratoga Glen Farm in Schuylerville.

Mr. Monomoy, a 5-year-old son of Palace Malice out of the Henny Hughes mare Drumette, stands for Climax Stllions, Michael Dubb and Madaket Stables for $3,000 LFSN at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham.

“We are extremely pleased with Mr. Monomoy’s first foal,” said Sean Feld of Climax Stallions. “He’s well put together with good size and great bone.”

Bred by Saratoga Glen Farm, the newborn colt is the fifth foal out of Looksgoodfromhere. She is the dam of an unnamed 2-year-old New York-bred filly by Frank Conversation and a New York-bred yearling filly by Laoban, both bred by Saratoga Glen Farm. Looksgoodfromhere is also the dam of the four-time winning Mission Impazible gelding Missionatthespa.

Mr. Monomoy won the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes in 2020, beating the likes of Enforceable, Silver State and Farmington Road. From the family of champion Heavenly Cause, Mr. Monomoy won two of five starts with a second and a third for $327,162 in earnings.