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MGSW Disco Partner retires to Rockridge Stud

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Photo courtesy of Clement Stable/Brittlan Wall

(Edited press release)

Multiple graded stakes winner and world record-setter Disco Partner has been retired to Rockridge Stud in Hudson for the upcoming 2020 breeding season.

The speedy New York-bred son of Disco Rico won back-to-back renditions of the Grade2/Grade3 Jaipur Invitational Stakes, as well as tallying repeat victories in the Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational Stakes.

Courtesy Christophe Clement

Arguably one of Disco Partner’s best career performances came in the 2017 Jaipur, where he stopped the clock in a sizzling 1:05.67 and set a world record for six furlongs on the turf with a 109 Beyer speed figure. He also twice earned Grade 1 placings in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

“I believe Disco Partner is a very exciting prospect for New York breeders. He had a tremendous amount of speed, and speed is always dangerous. He also had a fantastic turn of foot, and he’s retiring perfectly sound after consistently racing for many years at the highest level,” said his trainer Christophe Clement.

Bred and campaigned by his owner Patricia Generazio and out of the winning Numerous mare Lulu’s Number, Disco Partner retires with 11 wins from 33 starts and $1,487,560 in career earnings.

“We are honored that Mr. and Mrs. Generazio want to stand such an accomplished racehorse with us. He will offer breeders a very nice outcross for many New York mares,” said Lere Visagie, owner of Rockridge Stud. No stud fee has been set.

Kokedera is Japan’s first winner

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

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Graded stakes-placed freshman sire Japan was represented by his first winner Sept. 30 when the 2-year-old filly Kokedera romped to a six-length score after dueling early in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden claiming event at Finger Lakes.

Kokedera, trained by Michael Ferraro for Barry Schwartz, was ridden by Elias Peltroche and was a head off the lead through an opening :23.07 quarter-mile. The dark bay/brown filly pulled a head in front as three-eighths went in :48.39 and she was ridden out for a final time of 1:08.47 on fast track. She dusted six other fillies as the even-money favorite.

Kokedera picked up $7,800 for winning the $13,000 event and went unclaimed for a $12,500 tag. Monday’s race followed three efforts in maiden special weight company at Finger Lakes. She was third on debut and off the board in her next two outings.

Bred in New York by Cricket Slope Farm, Kokedera is the fourth foal out of the Orientate mare Holy Kuga. She was bought back for $9,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale when consigned by War Horse Place. She’s made $11,378 from her four starts on the track.

Japan, a 7-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro —Maya, by Capote, was also campaigned by Schwartz, who went to $300,000 to purchase him from Gainesway’s 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale consignment. The dark bay/brown horse was bred in Kentucky by Emory Hamilton. He is a full brother to Al Khali, winner of the Bowling Green Handicap (G2T) who was grade 1-placed six times.

Japan began his race career at 3 and broke his maiden third time out by seven lengths going 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs. Trainer Bill Mott then saddled the colt to victory in the WinStar Farm Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont Park and a third-place effort behind Texas Red and Frosted  in the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course.

While training toward a potential start in the 2015 Travers Stakes (G1), Japan suffered a fractured sesamoid in a morning workout at the Spa. He never raced again and retired with a 2-1-1 record in five starts and $189,000 in earnings. Mott trained the colt through his last four starts. It was announced in December 2015 that Japan would stand stud at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y.

Japan stood at Waldorf from 2016-18 before he was sent through the auction ring at last year’s Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale with consignor Stuart Morris. Santa Escolastica, agent for Tupacireta Srlag, purchased the stallion for $50,000.

Dr. Bill McGuire joins Sequel New York as Assistant Manager

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

(Edited Sequel New York press release)

Becky Thomas has announced that Dr. William (Bill) McGuire, Ph.D. will join Sequel New York as the Assistant Manager.

“Dr. Bill McGuire comes to us from Arkansas State University where he was an instructor in Animal Science,” said Becky Thomas. “Not only does he have a PHD in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and a Masters in Reproductive Physiology, he is a very skilled horseman. We are very lucky and happy to have him on the team alongside Farm Manager Teri Brown.”

Dr. McGuire began at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas where he taught Animal Science classes, Anatomy and Physiology, and implemented as well as instructed the college’s equine program. He also started the college’s rodeo team, equestrian team, and coached the horse judging team to victories in national contests. After 15 years in this position, Dr. McGuire accepted a job with New Mexico State University and served as a Northern New Mexico Horse Specialist among many other roles. He established and directed the Thoroughbred breeding program at Arkansas State University where his students acquired hands on experience in foaling, breeding, and management.

“I am very excited to be working with such a great team of individuals at such a first class farm,” said Dr. McGuire, “While I will definitely miss my students, the opportunities for them to complete internships at Sequel will be an unequaled learning experience.”

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Grade 1 Winner Leofric to Stand at Rockridge Stud

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Coglianese Photos/Joe Labozzetta

(Rockridge release)

Grade 1 winner, Leofric (Candy Ride (Arg) – Lady Godiva by Unbridled’s Song), will stand his first season at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY, it was announced today.

Earning close to $1 million, the son of Candy Ride was the victor in 2018’s G1 Clark Handicap, earning a 102 Beyer. Bred by Peter Blum and never off the board in 14 starts, Leofric will stand at Rockridge as the property of a syndicate. Limited shares in the stallion are available.

For more information, please contact Erin Robinson, (859) 421-7531, The stallion is available for inspection at the farm by appointment.

Lady’s Golden Guy strikes on debut to give Golden Ticket first winner

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

Lady’s Golden Guy, bred by Ronald Breed and trained and owned by Debra Breed, delivered an impressive performance on debut to win an open maiden special weight sprint at Finger Lakes on Tuesday and give his New York-based sire Golden Ticket his first winner.

Drawn in post seven in the robust field of 11 and bet down to 7-5 favoritism under jockey Nazario Alvarado, Lady’s Golden Guy was fractious at the gate – needing to be loaded twice – but thoroughly professional once the real running started.

Traveling three-wide early toward the rear of the second flight, Lady’s Golden Guy had a good view of developments up front, where The Dr’s Slippers took over the lead from Must Be Tough after a first quarter in 22.52. The gelding then advanced into contention confidently at the rail in the far turn and, with eight lengths to make up and three horses to pass, angled out for the drive.

Lady’s Golden Guy tackled his first rivals in upper stretch, then overhauled The Dr’s Slippers by the sixteenth marker before drawing off smartly to win by 2 1/4 lengths in a final time of 1:13.12.

Lady’s Golden Guy is one of two winners from two foals to start out of Valuable Lady, a New York-bred winner by Value Plus who was bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds. Purchased by Winning Move Stable at the 2009 OBS select sale of 2-year-olds, the mare was eventually claimed by the Breeds in January 2012. She earned $158,740 from 40 starts before retiring to broodmare duty. Valuable Lady has yearling a full sister to Lady’s Golden Guy named One Ticked Lady and a weanling filly by Bellamy Road. She has been bred back to Bellamy Road.

Golden Ticket stands at Questroyal North in Stillwater, where his 2019 stud fee was $6,000. By Speightstown out of the Deputy Minister mare Business Plan, the stallion won stakes at three, four and five, including his crowning achievement, the historic dead heat with Alpha in Grade 1 Travers in 2012 for trainer Ken McPeek.

In all, Golden Ticket placed in eight more graded staked, competed at 13 different tracks over five seasons and earned $1,362,924. Among his noteworthy performances are runner-up finishes in the 2013 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita and the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Golden Ticket was also second by three-quarters of a length in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby and second by a head to Palace Malice in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap. Golden Ticket has 30 foals of racing age.



Bromans honored by TOBA as top New York breeders of 2018

Monday, September 9th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

Chester and Mary Broman were honored as New York State Breeders of the Year by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association at the 34th annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association National Awards Dinner on Sept. 7 at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Ky. In addition to announcing National Owner of the Year (Seth Klarman of Klaravich Stables) and National Breeder of the Year of the Year (John D. Gunther), TOBA honored State breeders from 22 states and Canada at the annual event.

In the context of a banner year for the New York State breeding program in 2018, the Chester and Mary Broman’s homebreds put together another top season. Honored also by NYTB as the outstanding Breeders of 2018, the Bromans won 69 races with homebreds from their 300-acre Chestertown Farm near Chestertown and compiled earnings of $3,352,927 while winning five stakes races.

Highway Star led the stakes winners, winning a pair of restricted stakes (Iroquois add NYSS Staten Island Division). The Bromans’ roster of 2018 black type winners also included Mr. Buff (Alex M. Robb Stakes), Can You Diggit (Evan Shipman Stakes) and Surge of Pride (Maid of the Mist Stakes).

Chester and Mary Broman, whose names are synonymous with New York breeding and racing success, have been named the state’s top breeders four times in the past five years (2018, 2017, 2016, 2014) and six times overall (2004 and 2011).

Dynaform becomes first winner for Micromanage

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Micromanage conformation photo by Barbara Livingston

By Sarah Mace

Stretching out from 5 1/2 furlongs to one mile on turf around two turns, DARRS Inc.’s Dynaform mounted a furious late rally to mow down the front-runner, break his maiden and give his New York-based sire Micromanage his first progeny winner on Friday at Colonial Downs in New Kent County in Virginia.

Unveiled at Colonial Downs on August 9, Dynaform got strong support at the betting windows – sent off as the 2-1 favorite to go 5 1/2 furlongs over firm turf with Jose Valdivia, Jr. in the irons – but never really got into gear during an inside journey and finished a well-beaten eighth of nine for trainer Michael Stidham. Flash forward to his second start and the story could have not been more different.

Piloted by Horacio Karamanos, and sent off as the 5-2 second choice, Dynaform broke sharply, led until the approach to the clubhouse turn, then took back and settled at the rail in third, two lengths behind Determined Force who led field for three-quarters of a mile in 23.30, 47.86 and 1:13.06.

In the approach to the far turn it looked as if Dynaform’s trip was going to turn sour. Shuffled back to last as his rivals jockeyed for position, he switched out one path in the bend, came under a ride, and regained momentum. Meanwhile Perfect Daydream rallied to the lead after a four-wide move in the turn.

Splitting horses just before the furlong marker, Dynaform advanced into second and, with three lengths still to make up on Perfect Daydream, found another gear. In the final 100 yards the gelding made a determined dash on the outside to make up the deficit, and nailed the leader at the wire to get the victory in a final time of 1:39.48.

Bred by Sugar Maple Farm and H. Lewis Rapaport, Dynaform is out of Miss Blarney Stone, a multiple winner by Dynaformer out of stakes winner Bedside Manner (Dr. Blum), who was bred in New York by the same connections. Miss Blarney Stone has produced stakes performers Irish Sweepstakes and Begginer. James Bredin Bloodstock purchased Dynaform as short yearling at the 2018 Keeneland January sale for $16,000. Miss Blarney Stone has a weanling filly by Connect and was bred in 2019 to Practical Joke.

Micromanage (Medaglia d’Oro), a graded stakes winner for Repole Stable, has 38 foals of racing age and stands at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, where his 2009 fee was $4,000. A juvenile debut winner at Saratoga in 2012, he won at distances from 7 furlongs to 1 3/4 miles over four campaigns and posted five triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures.

His five stakes wins are headed by the Grade 3 Skipaway, which he won at four. Micromanage retired with a record of seven wins, four seconds and six thirds from 30 starts and earnings of $790,551. His dam Catnip (Flying Paster) issues from the female family of Hennessy.

Wharf Cat becomes Majestic City’s first winner

Monday, July 29th, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

Barry Ostrager’s grey/roan homebred filly Wharf Cat became the first progeny winner for Majestic City on Monday afternoon when she won an open 5-furlong maiden special weight at Finger Lakes. A multiple graded stakes winning son of City Zip, Majestic City stands in New York at Ostrager’s Questroyal North in Stillwater for a syndicate; his 2019 stud fee was $3,500.

Favored to win at odds of 1-4 on the strength of a solid runner-up finish in her debut at Finger Lakes on July 15 for trainer Oscar S. Barrera, III, Wharf Cat exited post one cleanly. Fourth in the opening strides, she immediately began an earnest pursuit of third-time starter Beautiful Amaila, who got a jump on the field, crossed over from post seven and opened up daylight early.

Handled vigorously by Jockey Jaime Rodriguez, Wharf Cat made up ground on the inside of horses and, by the approach to the far turn, advanced into second position, 1 1/2 lengths behind the pace-setter who completed an opening quarter in 22.58.

Coming out into the two-path, Wharf Cat chased with determination in upper and mid-stretch and in the final sixteenth, changed leads and found another gear. She erased Beautiful Amaila’s advantage and got up in time to secure the victory by a neck. Following a quarter in 46.83, Wharf Cat stopped the clock after five furlongs at 1:00.51. [VIDEO REPLAY]

Wharf Cat, who has earned $21,200 in two starts, is out of Harbor Cat, a stakes-winning Indiana-bred. Ostrager purchased the mare for $20,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Majestic City was a precocious 2-year-old for Bloom Racing Stable, winning his first three career starts. After breaking his maiden with a wire-to-wire victory in his career debut at Hollywood Park, he scored back-to-back open-length stakes victories at the same venue: the Willard Proctor Memorial and Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship. Majestic City enhanced his juvenile tally with a pair of Grade 1 runner-up efforts in the Del Mar Futurity (where he was subsequent placed third by the stewards) and Keeneland’s Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity.

From four to six, Majestic City continued to pick up stakes wins and stakes placings, winning the Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita at four and Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap at six, and placing in the Grade 3 Berkeley H., Grade 3 Razorback H. and Grade 3 Precisionist. He retired with five wins, four seconds and four thirds from 30 starts with $582,960 in earnings.

A half-brother to stakes-placed Backstreet Hero (by Street Hero), Majestic City is out of the winning Meadowlake mare It’schemistrybaby, whose dam Not So Pleasant (by Pleasant Tap) is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Vashon (Seattle Dancer). He has 32 foals of racing age.

Sequel New York’s The Lieutenant to Shuttle to Peru

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Susie Raisher

(Edited press release)

Becky Thomas and Boris Schwartzman announced that The Lieutenant, a graded stakes-winning half-brother to undefeated Triple Crown Champion and Horse of the Year Justify, will stand the 2019 Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Haras Barlovento, one of Peru’s leading stud farms.

The Lieutenant, who stands at Sequel Stallions New York, will be shuttling for the first time after his first breeding season in the U.S. He will go into quarantine at the end of June 2019. The Lieutenant’s first crop will arrive in 2020.

A bay colt by champion 2-year-old and Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense out of Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Stage Magic (Ghostzapper), The Lieutenant retired with $345,883 in earnings and Equibase Speed Figures of 116, 115, 110.

Trained in California by Mike McCarthy for Mr. and Mrs. William Warren, The Lieutenant won at Del Mar, Los Alamitos and Santa Anita at three and four. At five he captured the Grade 3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. The same year he finished second to multiple Grade 1 winner Diversify in Belmont’s Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban and placed in Santa Anita’s $200,000 Grade 2 Californian Stakes.

“We are so excited for The Lieutenant to have a summer job at a leading stud farm in Peru,” said Becky Thomas. “The team at Haras Barlovento has just been great and they have a superb broodmare band. He will be bred to beautiful mares by leading American sires Smart Strike, Unbridled, Giant’s Causeway, Candy Ride, Freud, Quiet American, Vindication, Stormy Atlantic, Mineshaft, Harlan’s Holiday, Johannesburg, Kitten’s Joy, Exchange Rate, Lookin at Lucky, Forest Wildcat, Dynaformer, Malibu Moon, Forestry, Pure Prize, Broken Vow, Sky Mesa, El Corredor and Grand Slam.

We are grateful to Marette Farrell for giving The Lieutenant another opportunity to prove himself as a sire. Given the success of Street Sense and his incredible family, we are sure The Lieutenant will become a highly sought after sire.”

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First NA foal for A Shin Forward arrives in New York

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Kathy Landman

(Edited press release)

A Shin Forward was represented by his first American-born foal on March 5, when Miney’s Awesome (Awesome Again – Mine Tonight by Upper Nile) produced a filly. Miney’s Awesome is the dam of six winners of seven to race, and is a half-sister to three stakes horses. The filly was bred by Vivien Malloy’s Edition Farm.

A Shin Forward (Forest Wildcat – Wake Up Kiss by Cure the Blues), who raced in Japan, was also bred by Mrs. Malloy. 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. He is the third all-time leading New York-bred earner and the state’s all-time leading earner on the turf.

A Shin Forward, who already has five crops of racing age in Japan, is owned in partnership by Edition Farm and Lady Sheila Stable, LLC.