NEWS: breeding

First foals for Grade 1 winner Leofric

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Leofric’s second foal, a filly out of Escape to Malibu, born Jan. 14 at Rockridge Stud in Hudson. Photo provided.

The first two reported foals for Leofric, an 8-year-old Grade 1-winning son of Candy Ride who stands at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, were born in the Northeast in a matter of days this month.

The first foal was born Jan. 11, when the Take Charge Lady mare Jurere delivered a filly at Daydream Farm in Hamburg, Pa. Bred by Amber Cobb, the filly is the second foal out of Jurere from the family of Weekend Surprise, A.P. Indy and Summer Squall.

Leofric’s second foal – and first in the Empire State – came three days later when the Malibu Moon mare Escape to Malibu produced a filly at Rockrdge Stud. Bred by Chad Carter, the filly is the third foal out of Escape to Malibu from the family of Affirmed Success.

Leofric, who is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Lady Godiva, won eight of 14 starts and earned $951,040. He won three graded stakes in his final four starts to close his career in 2018 – the Grade 3 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes at Mountaineer Park, Grade 2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland Race Course and Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Leofric will stand his second season in 2021 for $7,500.

Classic winner Tiz the Law retired to Coolmore

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

Tiz the Law, breezing before his victory in the Belmont Stakes, retires to Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo.

Edited Press Release

Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law, New York-bred Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old in 2019 who continued his ascent in 2020 with three Grade 1 wins highlighted by the Belmont Stakes, has been retired to stand at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., for 2021.

Coolmore said in a statement Wednesday that the 3-year-old son of Constitution was “retired from racing on veterinary advice.”

“From day one when he broke his maiden at Saratoga we have been watching Tiz the Law closely and he has everything you look for in a stallion prospect,” said Coolmore America manager Dermot Ryan. “He has an outstanding race record, he’s a very good-looking individual and he boasts a strong pedigree. Barclay Tagg, Robin Smullen and their team have done a fantastic job with him and we are also grateful to Jack Knowlton and his partners in Sackatoga Stable for letting us be a part of him.”

Tiz the Law returned to serious training in late November into December at Tagg’s winter base at Palm Meadows Training Center. He breezed five times, including a half-mile in :51.60 on Christmas Eve, in preparation for what would have been a start in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Jan. 23 at Gulfstream Park.

“The entire Tiz The Law team is deeply disappointed that Tiz the Law will be unable to race as a 4-year-old as planned,” said Sackatoga Stable’s Jack Knowlton. “He has provided the 35 owners a unique opportunity to compete and succeed at the highest level of Thoroughbred racing.

“His impressive victory in the Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga Race Course was particularly rewarding for the Saratoga-based stable. Sackatoga Stable is looking forward to the next chapter of his career as a stallion.”

Tiz the Law heads to stud with six wins in nine starts and $2,735,300. He won four Grade 1s during his career – the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park in 2019 and Florida Derby at Gulfstream, Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes at Saratoga in 2020. He also finished second in this year’s Kentucky Derby and sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland in his final career start.

“While it is unfortunate that Tiz’s racing career has been cut short, we have been extremely fortunate and blessed to have had him in our lives,” Tagg said. “Robin and I were able to pick him out and train him to win the Grade 1 Champagne as a 2-year-old and three Grade 1 races (Florida Derby, Belmont Stakes and Travers) as well as run second in the Kentucky Derby this year.

“He has taken his owners and Barclay Tagg Racing Stable to places that most owners and trainers only dream about. We look forward to his career as a stallion with Ashford Stud.”

Tiz the Law’s stud fee will be announced shortly and he will be available for inspection starting Jan. 4. Tiz the Law, who figures to be a finalist for champion 3-year-old honors in 2020 along with another expected haul of New York-bred champion awards, is out of the graded stakes-winning Tiznow mare Tizfiz. Knowlton purchased Tiz the Law for $110,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale.

Name Changer retires to stand at Kaz Hill Farm

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

Grade 3 winner Name Changer, winner here of the 2018 Queens County at Aqueduct, will stand the 2021 season at Kaz Hill Farm in Middletown. NYRA Photo.

Graded stakes winner Name Changer became the latest son of emerging sire of sires Uncle Mo to join the stallion ranks in New York this week when he retired to Peter Kazamias’ Kaz Hill Farm in Middletown, N.Y. for the 2021 season.

The 7-year-old out of the stakes-winning Northern Afleet mare Cash’s Girl will stand for $2,500 live foal, stands and nurses, as property of Kaz Hill Farm. A limited number of lifetime breeding rights are available.

“Anyone paying attention to the leading sire lists knows something big is happening when it comes to Uncle Mo,” Kazamias said. “Not only does Uncle Mo himself have 14 graded stakes winners in 2020, more than any other stallion in the United States, but his sons Nyquist, Laoban and Outwork rank first, second and fourth on the North American leading first-crop sire list. With a powerful build reminiscent of his sire, and his undeniable racing class, it’s easy to imagine Name Changer carrying on that tradition.”

Laoban previously stood in New York before relocating to WinStar Farm in Kentucky for 2021. King for a Day, another stakes-winning son of Uncle Mo, will enter stud in New York next year.

Name Changer won eight of 24 starts with two seconds and eight thirds for $567,080 in earnings. Bred and raced by Richard Santulli’s Colts Neck Stables and trained during his career by Alan Goldberg and his successor with Colts Neck’s runners, Jorge Duarte, Jr., Name Changer won the Grade 3 Monmouth Cup Stakes in 2018 at Monmouth Park and finished third in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby in 2016 at Mountaineer Park.

Name Changer won two other stakes during his career, the 2016 Richard W. Small at Laurel Park and the 2018 Queens County at Aqueduct, and placed in five other stakes including the Richard W. Small in his career finale Nov. 28.

“He always showed up – the way the best offspring of Uncle Mo do,” Goldberg said. “Colts Neck Stables retained some breeding rights, and we’re planning to send our New York-based mares to him.”

Bloodstock agent Michael Slezak, Kaz Hill’s manager of bloodstock, brokered the deal to purchase Name Changer. He said the parallels between Uncle Mo and Name Changer make him a strong stallion prospect.

“Uncle Mo’s maiden win going 6 furlongs at Saratoga as a 2-year-old, that has to rank as one of the greatest debuts in the history of the sport,” he said. “Similarly, Name Changer showed the ability to win first time out as a 2-year-old at the same 6-furlong distance – which really caught our attention. At the same time, Name Changer was still hitting the board in stakes company in November of his 7-year-old season – and that’s a big selling point for smaller operations who rely on New York State breeders’ awards and are trying to get runners who stay sound and competitive over multiple racing seasons.”

Slezak said he’d be scouting mares for Name Changer’s initial book at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale and the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February mixed sale.

“Kaz Hill already has a very deep broodmare band, but we want to make sure Name Changer gets the best possible start at stud,” Slezak said.

Rojan Farms’ Ellen Bongard passes away

Friday, December 11th, 2020

Ellen Bongard, owner of Rojan Farms with her sister Barbara, passed away Monday at age 77.

Ellen Bongard, a pioneer in the New York Thoroughbred industry whose family owned one of the oldest active breeding farms in the state, passed away suddenly Monday at the age of 77.

Born June 2, 1943 in New York City, Ellen Bongard was the daughter of the late attorney Bertram F. Bongard, who played a key role in the formation of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund and New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. Ellen and her sister Barbara Bongard owned Rojan Farm in the Town of Northumberland near Saratoga Springs. Rojan Farm traces its roots to 1960, when the Bongard family bought the farm in Gallatin in Columbia County, about 90 miles south of Saratoga.

Rojan eventually moved north and became involved in several segments of the industry – breeding, raising, training, racing, selling and boarding. The Bongards also played a role in promoting and pressing for legislation that passed to help created the Breeding and Development Fund in the early 1970s.

“We realized we weren’t going anywhere until we got that going,” Ellen Bongard said in an article that appeared in The Saratogian in 2017. “Those people were the reason I stayed in the business. …

“I began my involvement in 1968, when I took my first yearlings to Kentucky. If you asked me about the view of New York breeding at that time I would call it miniscule. I mean, who bred horses in New York?”

Rojan stood stallions – including Santa Anita Derby winner An Act, Northern Dancer’s son Kick, Rare Earth, Back Bay Barrister and others – in the 1970s and 80s, and sold horses on the commercial market. The Bongards were also early supporters of offseason training at the Oklahoma Training Track in Saratoga, along with the Saratoga Trials conducted in June and July in the early 1980s at the Oklahoma.

A graduate of Scarsdale High School and Russell Sage College in Troy, Ellen Bongard is also credited with creation of The Bongard Room at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The room is used for conferences and honors other pioneers and legends of the state’s breeding industry.

Among the top runners bred by the Bongard family in recent years include In Te Domine, bred by Rojan and Barbara Bongard and winner of the $100,000 Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Stakes in 2010 at Saratoga. Rojan sold the daughter of Freud as a weanling for $11,000 at the New York Breeders’ Sales Co.’s October mixed sale. In Te Domine also finished third in that year’s Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga.

Fight On Lucy, a homebred daughter of Musket Man who appeared in the Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour with the Little Guys in the Sept. 2, 2018 edition of The Saratoga Special, would be Ellen Bongard’s final starter and winner.

The now 4-year-old filly finished sixth in the $100,000 Staten Island division of the New York Stallion Series Nov. 22 at Aqueduct. Fight On Lucy won a $55,000 allowance at 26-1 for trainer Pat Kelly and Ellen and Barbara Bongard and their partners Carla Skodinski, Ellen Petrino and Kathleen Condon.

Kelly also saddled Fancycase to a win at Saratoga Aug. 11, 2018 for the same partnership.

“She’s a homebred, probably one of the last ones,” Bongard said in the Aug. 12, 2018 edition of The Saratoga Special. “I happen to still own the oldest Thoroughbred farm in the state of New York. It’s been a great ride, interesting one, too. I liked every part of it and I’ve always said, take good care of the horse, keep horse breeding alive and open space. That’s what we’re losing the most. There’s a time for everything. After 65 years, don’t you think it’s time?”

Some of the same partners were also involved with Bongard when Rojan Farms homebred Saratiago won a 9-furlong turf maiden for state-breds at Saratoga in 2015.

“The nice people keep you going,” Ellen Bongard said in the 2017 article in The Saratogian. “Being a woman, it has never been easy. There are still a few who do breeding correctly. I fear they are dwindling. You must always keep in mind the horse, the land, and farming.”



Obituary from William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home:

Born on June 2, 1943 in New York City, she was predeceased by a brother, Bertram Jr., her father, Bertram F. Bongard Sr. and her mother, Rojean R. Bongard.  She was a graduate of Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, NY and Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.

Her father was a founding member of the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corporation and with his family he raised and raced thoroughbreds.  In his honor the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes for New York-breds has been run annually since 1983.

Ellen operated Rojan Farms from 1968 to 2020.  Horses and golf were her favorite activities and she was a longtime member of the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club.

Ellen is survived by her sister, Barbara Bongard.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in Ellen’s name may be made to: TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc., P.O. Box 21028 Floral Park, NY11002 or to New Vocations, 719 Dolan lane, Lexington, KY 40511.

NYTB Annual Stallion Season Auction

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction starting on Tuesday, January 12 and ending on Thursday, January 14. The auction raises funds that allow the NYTB to carry on its two-fold mission of promoting New York breeding and racing and protecting the welfare of industry stakeholders.

To donate seasons, please contact NYTB directly at 518.587.0777 or

The auction will be held online using the Starquine bidding platform.  Participants must register with prior to bidding.  All bids will be subject to the rules and conditions of the auction and each season’s conditions will be posted. Register and bid at


Available seasons*


Stallion State
Accelerate KY
Always Dreaming KY
Army Mule KY
Astern KY
Bee Jersey KY
Big Brown NY
Bustin Stones NY
Candy Ride KY
Catalina Cruiser KY
Cloud Computing KY
Connect KY
Country House KY
Courageous Cat NY
Cross Traffic KY
Dolphus KY
Enticed KY
Frank Conversation NY
Freud NY
Gift Box KY
Honest Mischief NY
Honor A.P. KY
Honor Code KY
Karakontie KY
King for a Day NY
Klimt KY
Liam’s Map KY
Lookin at Lee NY
Lost Treasure KY
Majestic City NY
Midshipman KY
Mineshaft KY
Mission Impazible NY
Mr. Monomoy NY
Mr Speaker KY
Redesdale NY
Sharp Azteca KY
Sky Kingdom KY
Spun To Run KY
Tale of Ekati KY
Tale of Verve KY
Tapwrit KY
The Factor KY
Tonalist KY
Unified KY
Union Jackson NY
Union Rags KY
War Dancer NY
Weekend Hideaway NY
West Coast KY
World of Trouble KY

*Current as of 1/11/21

King for a Day retires to Irish Hill & Dutchess Views

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Stakes winner King for a Day joins roster for 2021 at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions. NYRA Photo.

Stakes winner King for a Day, the only horse to beat champion 3-year-old male Maximum Security to the wire in 2019, has been retired and will enter stud in 2021 at Irish Hill & Dutcess Views Stallions LLC in Saratoga.

The 4-year-old son of Uncle Mo will stand for $6,000 live foal stands and nurses.

Bred and raced by Stephen P. Brunetti’s Red Oak Stable and trained by Todd Pletcher, King for a Day won three of seven starts with a second and a third for $260,550 in earnings.

Brunetti plans to remain actively involved in King for a Day’s stallion career and will send several quality mares to him.

King for a Day finished third in his debut as a 2-year-old at Saratoga – behind eventual Grade 1 winner Complexity and Grade 2 winner Harvey Wallbanger – before breaking his maiden in his second start a month later at Belmont Park over a field that included eventual Grade 2 winner and Triple Crown standout Tacitus.

King for a Day raced exclusively in stakes-company from there and he started his 3-year-old season with back-to-back victories at that level. He won the Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness Day undercard at Pimlico Race Course in his sophomore debut before a victory in the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park. He pressed Maximum Security through the opening half-mile of the Pegasus before backing off briefly then putting in a brilliant, sustained effort to defeat the eventual Eclipse Award winner by a length in 1:42.59 for the 1 1/16 miles.

King for a Day outruns eventual champion Maximum Security to win last year’s Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park. Bill Denver/EquiPhoto.

“King for a Day displayed big talent from day one,” said Pletcher, who also trained Uncle Mo. “He not only strongly resembles his sire Uncle Mo but, he had a great mind to go with the talent. King had a high cruising speed just like his sire.

“He was precocious to win at 2 a tough maiden special weight race at Belmont Park over Tacitus and others. His win over Maximum Security at 3 in the Pegasus elevated him to another level and there is no doubt in my mind that this horse had the ability to win Grade 1 races.”

King for a Day joins eight others on the Irish Hill & Dutchess Views roster for 2021 and becomes the latest – and now only – son of Uncle Mo to stand in the Empire State. Uncle Mo is emerging as a true sire of sires, with three of the top four leading North American freshman sires of 2020 including former the New York-based Laoban (second) and leader Nyquist.

King for a Day is out of the unraced French Deputy mare Ubetwereven, who is also the dam of stakes winner and $147,280-earner Feel That Fire and stakes winner and $258,454-earner Ima Jersey Girl. Feel That Fire is the dam of two-time Grade 1 winner and millionaire Mind Control.

For more information on King for a Day – including special incentives for breeders, multiple mare incentives, or to book your mare – please contact Rick Burke at or Moe Scavullo at

Mr. Monomoy to stand at Waldorf Farm

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Mr. Monomoy, a winner at 2 and Grade 2 winner at 3, enters stud in 2021 at Waldorf Farm. Coady Photography.

Mr. Monomoy, a Grade 2 winner and half brother to probable two-time champion Monomoy Girl, will join the stallion roster at Dr. Jerry Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm in North Chatham for the 2021 season. Climax Stallions LLC purchased a majority interest in the 3-year-old son of Palace Malice, who will stand his first season for $5,000 stands and nurses.

Mr. Monomoy, who also hails from the family of champion Heavenly Cause, won two of five starts with a second and a third for $327,162 in earnings. He won the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes and finished third in the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes in 2020 for trainer Brad Cox and owners Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb and Doheny Racing Stable.

“We bought Mr. Monomoy specifically for the New York breeding program,” said Sean Feld, managing partner of Climax Stallions. “It is hard to find one champion in the immediate family of a stallion let alone two and look at where the family did their winning.

“Heavenly Cause won the Acorn and Frizette plus his half-sister Monomoy Girl also won the Acorn before taking the Coaching Club American Oaks. Then you factor in his sire, Palace Malice’s accomplishments; (he) won the Belmont, Jim Dandy and the Met Mile. It’s a very deep and classy pedigree and we are very excited.”

Bred by FPF LLC and Highfield Ranch and out of the Henny Hughest mare Drumette, Mr. Monomoy sold as a weanling for $60,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Monomoy Girl was a 2-year-old at that point, with three wins in as many starts. She later went on to win six of her next eight starts at the end of 2017 and into 2018, including the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff to lock up the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly. Monomoy Girl didn’t race in 2019 but returned in 2020, when she went 4-for-4 with a season-ending victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland. She then sold for $9.5 million at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale.

Mr. Monomoy went through the sales ring again in 2019, at the Arqana May 2-year-old breeze up sale, and brought $202,230. He won his second start about seven months later, taking a 6 1/2-furlong maiden at Churchill Downs by 5 1/2 lengths. After a second in allowance company late in his 2-year-old season, Mr. Monomoy placed in the Lecomte and won the Risen Star to stamp his credentials as potential classics contender.

“He was able to win going short and then win a major Kentucky Derby prep by carrying his speed around two turns at 1 1/8 miles,” Cox said. “Those are two major check marks that make a top sire in my opinion.”

Drumette, a half sister to graded stakes winner Drum Major out of the stakes-winning Williamstown mare Endless Parade, produced six winners from her six foals of racing age. In addition to Mr. Monomoy and Monomoy Girl, Drumette is the dam of $550,000 2-year-old purchase and 2020 winner Superman Shaq (by Shackleford).

“Mr. Monomoy, with his athleticism, brings speed, precocity and a New York pedigree to New York,” Dr. Bilinski said. “I have no doubt once breeders feast their eyes on this stallion, they will want to breed their mares to Mr. Monomoy.”

Sequel Stallions rolls out 2021 stud fees

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Honest Mischief (outside) will stand his first season for $6,500 at Sequel Stallions New York. Coady Photography.

Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson announced its 2021 stud fees Monday and set the first-year fee for the Empire State’s first son of 2020 leading sire Into Mischief, Honest Mischief.

Sequel reduced fees for four stallions – Freud, Mission Impazible, Union Jackson and Destin. Honest Mischief, backed up a syndicate led by Sequel with global powerhouse Juddmonte Farm in support, will stand his first season for $6,500 Live Foal/Stands and Nurses.

Freud, perennially New York’s leading sire and a full brother to Giant’s Causeway, will see his fee reduced from $6,500 in 2020 to $5,000 in 2021. Freud, the sire of a state-best five black-type winners and eight black-type horses in 2020, has sired the earners of more than $1.84 million this year and nearly $61 million in his career.

“It is a very tough climate in the sales market anywhere now, but especially in the regional markets,” said Sequel Stallions New York owner Becky Thomas. “We want to give our breeders a chance to be profitable. The recent sales in Kentucky have clearly demonstrated breeding in Kentucky does not guarantee a profit. The lower stallion fees, no transportation or boarding costs coupled with the lucrative purse structure NYRA offers and resulting awards will give our breeders the opportunity to recover from the dismal 2020 season.”

Sequel also announced that due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is unlikely there will be a stallion showcase this year. Virtual inspections for all the stallions will be available in the near future. Sequel also announced that multiple mare discounts are available as well as incentives for repeat breeders.

The 2021 fees for Mission Impazible, Destin and Union Jackson will be reduced in half, from $5,000 this year to $2,500 next season.

Mission Impazible, a 13-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song, currently ranks fourth on New York’s sire list with earners of nearly $1.6 million.

Union Jackson, an 8-year-old son of Curlin and the first son of the Hall of Famer and two-time Horse of the Year to stand in New York, will be represented by his first 2-year-olds in 2021.

Destin, a 7-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, entered stud in 2019 and will see his first yearlings in 2021.

Slumber relocates to Rockridge Stud for 2021

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Slumber, winner of the Grade 1 Manhattan in 2015, will stand the 2021 season at Rockridge Stud in Hudson. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo.

Grade 1 winner Slumber, already the sire of a stakes winner in his first crop, will relocate from Kentucky to stand the 2021 season at Rockridge Stud in Hudson.

Slumber, a 12-year-old son of Cacique out of the Woodman mare Sound Asleep, will stand for a fee listed as private and is available for inspection at any time.

Bred by Millsec Ltd. and initially campaigned by Juddmonte Farms, Slumber started his career in his native England before coming to the U.S. for the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby in 2011. Slumber eventually became one of North America’s top older turf horses, competing almost exclusively in graded stakes from fall of 2013 to the spring of 2016. Slumber won or placed in 13 stakes in the U.S. and England – 11 of which were group/graded events – and won the Grade 1 Knob Creek Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park in 2015.

“We are honored to have Slumber join us at Rockridge,” said Lere Visagie, Rockridge owner and operator. “This horse already has a stakes winner with a very modest first crop, and that kind of stallion can really be useful in New York.”

Slumber started his stud career at Calumet Farm and sired 16 foals in his first crop. He’s already the sire of a winner from six starts – Heads of Plains Partners’ homebred Fluffy Socks.

A winner going 1 mile on the grass at Kentucky Downs in his second start, Fluffy Socks followed up that victory with a victory in the $150,000 Selima Stakes on the Preakness Day undercard at Pimlico Race Course and a narrow second last time out in the $100,000 Chelsea Flower Stakes at Belmont Park.

Slumber ranked 25th on the North American freshman sire list with $187,850 in progeny earnings through Tuesday.

Honest Mischief retired to Sequel Stallions New York

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Stakes winner Honest Mischief (outside) heads to Sequel Stallions New York to start stud career in 2021. Coady Photography.

Stakes winner Honest Mischief, a son of record-setting sire Into Mischief from one of the most significant families in the Stud Book, has been retired to stand his first season in 2021 at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson. The 4-year-old out of the Grade 1-winning Seattle Slew mare Honest Lady will stand for $6,500 LFSN.

Bred and campaigned by Juddmonte Farms, Honest Mischief won four of nine starts with three seconds and a third for $287,464.

“Into Mischief is the most dominant sire of our times, rocketing to stardom from the very ordinary mares originating from his first books,” said Sequel’s Becky Thomas. “To stand at stud the son of such an incredible sire as well as the magnificent female family Honest Mischief exhibits is beyond exciting. I am a super fan of Into Mischief and am honored to bring Honest Mischief to New York with the support and participation of Juddmonte Farm.”

Honest Mischief broke his maiden in his second start by 8 lengths to become a TDN Rising Star and earn a 2 Ragozin speed figure. That victory also earned him a spots in graded stakes for his next two starts, where he finished third in the Grade 3 Amsterdam at Saratoga Race Course.

Honest Mischief returned from more than two months to win a Keeneland allowance before a victory in the Force the Pass City of Laurel Stakes at Laurel Park to close his 3-year-old campaign. He placed in his first wo starts at 4, including a runner-up effort in the Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs, before a victory in his final start in early September at Churchill.

“Honest Mischief identified himself very early as one of the best dirt prospects of his crop in our barn,” said trainer Chad Brown. “He proved to be very fast, durable and consistent in both the mornings and afternoons. He has all the qualities my really good Into Mischief’s have. I have never had a horse run a Rag #2 so early in his 3-year-old year. He was very, very fast.”

Honest Mischief’s dam, Honest Lady, is a half-sister to Belmont Stakes and multiple Grade 1 winner and top sire Empire Maker, along with influential sires Chester House and Decharchy.

Honest Lady established herself as one of the most important racehorses of her generation winning the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap and running second against colts in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Honest Mischief is also the grandson of Broodmares of the Year Leslie’s Lady and Toussaud.

“Honest Mischief’s pedigree epitomizes the simplistic Juddmonte approach of matching the world’s best dirt stallion with Prince Khalid’s best dirt family,” said Juddmonte Farms’ Garrett O’Rourke. “Honest Lady was a nose away from being a Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion in the fastest ever Breeder’s Cup Sprint. She also placed in a Met Mile against colts, and was the most beautiful little mare with a regal personality. Then to be by Seattle Slew out of broodmare of the year Toussaud and dam of Grade 1 winner First Defence, illustrates the peerless quality of this pedigree.

“Honest Mischief was pegged as a real talent by our exercise riders from the very beginning. He had raw speed, he was sound and he had desire. He placed behind stars like Shancelot and Volatile at the top of their games and when he won, he won like a Grade 1 horse. Honest Mischief has such a genetic concentration of classic talent, on top and bottom of his pedigree, that expectation of his success at stud is just a given.”