NEWS: breeding

Pensioned stallion Frost Giant passes at 19

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022

Frost Giant, New York’s leading freshman sire in 2012 and a pensioner at ReRun since last winter, died this week. Photo courtesy of ReRun Inc.

By Tom Law

Frost Giant never missed a beat from his spot at the end of the barn.

“If I was in the barn and shouted at him, he would always call back,” Lisa Molloy, executive director of ReRun Inc., said of the 19-year-old former stallion who lived at the Thoroughbred retraining and adoption organization in East Greenbush since early 2021.

“He would give you a run for his money, always want to jack with everybody,” Molloy said. “But not a mean bone in him though. He just liked to kind of spice life up a bit.”

Frost Giant arrived at ReRun last February with those and other traits that Molloy was already familiar with, having taken in several of the Giant’s Causeway stallion’s retired offspring over the years. Frost Giant eventually settled into his role as the unofficial ambassador at ReRun, attracting attention and visitors who came to see the winner of the Grade 1 Suburban Handicap in 2008

Molloy noticed some changes in Frost Giant in recent weeks and suspected issues related to bouts with Equine Cushing’s disease and related lamanitic episodes might be the reason. He underwent X-rays to check on the rotation of his feet, including his always troublesome right front. A podiatry veterinarian paid a visit to ReRun and Frost Giant underwent a phenogram exam to further explore his foot issues.

Frost Giant stood at Irish Hill and Dutchess Views Stallions, Vinery New York and in Australia and Chile before retiring to ReRun in East Greenbush. EquiSport Photo.

“He had quite significant damage to his feet. Because the right one was giving him so much trouble, he wasn’t really bearing weight on it, which was putting pressure on his left, which was also compromised,” Molloy said. “What did it for me though, like I said, through all of it he would still give you a run for your money. He hated, absolutely despised, you giving anything to him in his mouth. If he didn’t like the taste of it, it would make him angry. He’d try to get away from me. He’d run around in the stall trying to avoid me. The last week or so he stopped trying to do anything like that. He would just stand there.

“I felt as long as he’s acting like him, that would be completely fine. But as soon as it gets to the point where he’s not feeling himself anymore, I think it’s time to let him go. We explored every avenue, we tried various different medications, brought in specialists and everything. There really wasn’t anything left to be done for him.”

Frost Giant was euthanized from those complications of laminitis Monday and buried at the farm, not far from his paddock and barn.

“He was a rock star,” Molloy said. “I’m pleased he came into our lives. I really, really enjoyed having him. It just sucks. You always hope that you’ll find them in the field one day, that they just lay down. I was hoping we’d have a little longer with Frosty, but once the spark had gone out you know that it was it.”

A $600,000 purchase at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale by Coolmore, Frost Giant started his career in Europe with Aidan O’Brien. He won the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown at 2 to earn a spot in English classic Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket, where he finished 13th. Frost Giant didn’t race again until early September of his sophomore season and won the Group 3 Kilterman Stakes at Leopardstown. O’Brien sent him back to the U.S. from there and he finished fifth and 5 3/4 lengths behind English Channel in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park.

Andrew Cohen leads Frost Giant and Rudy Rodriguez to the winner’s circle after Suburban upset. NYRA Photo.

Frost Giant raced for various partnerships that included IEAH Stables, Andrew Cohen, Sanford Robbins, Pegasus Holdings Group and others from there. He won two of 10 starts in the U.S. after being transferred to trainer Rick Dutrow, including the Suburban at 40-1 under jockey Rudy Rodriguez.

Frost Giant entered stud for the Sunrise Stallions group led by Cohen at Vinery New York at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag in 2009. He led New York’s freshman sire list and finished sixth on North America’s first-crop sire list in 2012, siring the likes of stakes winner West Hills Giant and Zekes Surprise. He moved to Keane Stud in Amenia for the 2013 season, shuttled to Chile and Australia during his career and eventually stood at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions in Stillwater from 2018 to 2020.

With 12 crops that include 7 current 2-year-olds and 6 yearlings, Frost Giant sired 244 winners, 19 stakes winners and the earners of $22,537,016 through Tuesday. He finished 11th on the New York general sire list in 2021 with progeny earnings of $924,884, after finishing eighth in 2020 and seventh in 2019.

Frost Giant consistently ranked among New York’s top five leading stallions from 2015 to 2018, including his third place showing in 2018 thanks to a $725,900 season from Giant Expectations and stakes victories from Frostie Anne, Frost Wise, Baby Boss and Frosty Margarita. Those five runners posted earnings in the six figures in 2018.

Multiple graded stakes winner Giant Expectations, who stands at Pryor Ranch in Nebraska, is Frost Giant’s leading earner with a bankroll of $1,351,600. West Hills Giant, a Grade 3-placed multiple stakes winner and second leading earner at $675,285, is another of Frost Giant’s leading stakes winners and a resident at ReRun. Frost Giant also sired Australian Group 2 winner and millionaire Valour Road and New York-bred stakes winners Comandante, Frosty Bay, Kid Is Frosty, Loki’s Vengeance and Lover’s Key.


Sequel’s Honest Mischief represented by first foal

Saturday, January 8th, 2022

Honest Mischief’s first foal, a filly out of the Exchange Rate mare Tradeable, was born Jan. 4 at Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains. Photo courtesy of Cedar Ridge Farm.

Sequel New York’s Honest Mischief, the Empire State’s most popular stallion in 2021 with 127 mares bred, was represented by his first reported foal Jan. 4 at Cedar Ridge Farm in Pine Plains.

The filly, bred in New York by William “Buck” Butler, is the first foal out of the winning Exchange Rate mare Tradeable. Also a New York-bred, Tradeable broke her maiden in her second start in August 2018 at Saratoga Race Course. She is a half-sister to multiple stakes placed Sanctuary City.

“We are thrilled for this filly to be Honest Mischief’s first foal,” said Butler, who supported Honest Mischief with multiple mares. “It is so exciting to be on board from the beginning of his career.”

Honest Mischief, a 6-year-old son of Into Mischief out of the multiple graded-stakes winning Seattle Slew mare Honest Lady, was bred to 16 stakes horses and 20 stakes producers in his first season at Sequel New York in Hudson. Honest Mischief will stand his second season in 2022 for $6,500.


NY stallions led by Central Banker ready for 2022 season

Friday, January 7th, 2022

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds’ Central Banker topped the New York sire list for the first time in 2021. Courtesy of Barbara Livingston.

By Tom Law

Whenever he asks, Joe McMahon will hear a familiar response.

“Trainers will tell me when I ask them if they have a Central Banker, they’ll say, ‘love ‘em, they like to train and they’re sound. You take them to the races, whatever their level is, they’ll give it to you.’ ”

Offspring of Central Banker, who stands at Joe and Anne McMahon’s McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, gave plenty in 2021 and helped propel the young son of Speightstown to the top of New York’s general sire list for the first time. Third in 2019 and second in 2020, Central Banker topped the 2021 list with progeny earnings of $4,155,215 according to BloodHorse statistics.

Central Banker, who will stand 2022 for $7,500, landed his first New York sire title with four crops and 229 foals. He sired 54 winners in 2021, second most in the state behind Big Brown’s 58, and a state-best eight black-type horses. Bank Sting, who kicked off 2022 with a victory in the La Verdad Stakes Jan. 2 at Aqueduct, led that group with $321,300 in earnings on the way to likely nominations as champion New York-bred older dirt female and female sprinter.

“If you look at North American-based sires, dirt sires, you’ll find that he’s No. 10 on the national sire list of average earnings per runner and there’s an awful lot of very good horses underneath him,” McMahon said of Central Banker’s $40,576 average earnings per runner stat. “They aren’t turf horses. Several people have tried to make them turf horses and I tell them, ‘no, they’re not.’ He’s had turf winners but they aren’t as good as they are on the dirt.

“His strong suit is definitely dirt. … And he gives toughness to his horses. Bank Sting showed the other day. John (Terranova) and I talked right after the race and I told him, ‘John, we were on the wrong part of the racetrack and still won.’ I was watching races all day long and she was laboring out there in the four- or five-path. The Central Bankers, when they hook up with another horse, most of the time they can prevail. If they get in a duel, they can duke it out and prevail.”

Bank Sting landed her first of two stakes wins in 2021 on Big Apple Showcase Day in late May at Belmont Park when she won the Critical Eye to cap a four-race win streak to start her 4-year-old campaign. Bankit, who helped Central Banker to a fourth-place finish on North America’s freshman sire list in 2018, gave the sire two stakes wins on the Big Apple card with a victory in the Commentator.

Bankit, Central Banker’s leading runner with a bankroll of $1,057,875 and a stakes winner in each of his four seasons, remains in training for a 6-year-old campaign in 2022.

Central Banker is among a strong group of established and successful stallions in New York heading into the 2022 breeding season. He’s joined by Irish Hill and Dutchess Views Stallions’ champion and dual classic winner Big Brown, the state’s leading sire in 2015 and 2020 and runner-up in 2019, Sequel Stallions New York’s four-time leader Freud and Waldorf Farm’s Bustin Stones. That group finished 2-3-4 on the state’s sire list in 2021.

Not far off that trio are Irish Hill and Dutchess Views’ War Dancer, sixth with just two crops of runners in 2021; and Sequel Stallions’ Mission Impazible, the state’s leading freshman sire in 2016 and fourth overall in 2020.

Sequel Stallions’ Union Jackson topped New York’s freshman sire list in 2021. © Barbara Livingston

Sequel Stallions New York is also home to the state’s leading freshman sire of 2021 in Union Jackson. A stakes-winning 10-year-old son of Curlin, Union Jackson sired five winners and the earners of $254,295 in 2021, including the stakes-placed $98,500-earner Unique Unions. He could become his sire’s first stakes winner in Sunday’s $100,000 Rego Park Stakes at Aqueduct.

War Dancer, a 12-year-old graded stakes-winning son of War Front, topped New York’s second-crop sire list with progeny earnings of $1,869,228. The late Effinex finished second on that list with Slumber, a 14-year-old son of Cacique who stands for $7,500 at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, third. Fluffy Socks, winner of the Grade 2 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont and third in two Grade 1s in Southern California, led the way for Slumber in 2021.

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions is also home to New York’s leading third-crop sire for 2021 in Majestic City, a 15-year-old son of City Zip who stands for $2,500. Majestic City sired the earners of $828,408 last year, including $220,675-earner and Iroquois Stakes winner The Important One.

Ready for the ‘firsts’

New York’s established group is complimented by almost two dozen other stallions who will stand for the first time in 2022 or see their first foals, first yearlings or first runners this year.

2020 Santa Anita Handicap winner Combatant is among New York’s first-year stallions in 2022. The Grade 1 winner will stand at Rockridge Stud. Benoit Photo.

The six newcomers are spread out on six farms, based on information last month in BloodHorse’s Stallion Register, including Combatant at Rockridge Stud and Galilean at Hidden Lake Farm in Stillwater. Combatant, a 7-year-old son of Scat Daddy who won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in 2020, will stand his first season for $7,500 LFSN.

“A Grade 1-winning son of Scat Daddy is a great complement to the New York stallion market and a perfect fit for our program,” said Rockridge’s Lere Visagie.

Galilean, a multiple stakes-winning and graded stakes-placed son of leading sire Uncle Mo from the female family of the influential Smart Strike, will command $7,000 LFSN in his first season.

“We are proud of what Galilean accomplished on the racetrack,” said Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds, which campaigned Galilean with Denise Barker and William Sandbrook. “We’re excited for him to write his next chapter as a stallion. He was precocious, fast and he proved his class repeatedly in top company. We believe he has the looks, the pedigree and the type of dangerous miler-speed to make his mark as a stallion. We are committed to supporting Galilean with some of our top mares, and we’re excited to offer him to New York breeders.”

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views added Waiting, a 4-year-old son of American Pharoah out of the $1,575,000 Saratoga sale-topping Medaglia d’Oro mare Wait No More, to its roster for 2022. He will stand for $4,000 LFSN.

New York’s other three newcomers – Mill Creek Stud’s Venezuelan Hug, Oriskany Creek’s Dr Large and Waldorf Farm’s Son of Thunder – will stand their first seasons for $2,500.

Son of Thunder, a full brother to the late former New York leading freshman sire Laoban, joins fellow Climax Stallions-managed Mr. Monomoy at Waldorf. Sean Feld manages the Climax roster, which includes stallions in other states, and is hopeful for a strong 2022 season.

“The regional markets got crushed last year. Big time crushed,” Feld said. “Maybe it was a little delayed reaction to the Covid stuff. … I’m hoping it kind of boomerangs back.”

Three stallions who stood their first seasons in 2019 will see their first runners this year – McMahon of Saratoga’s Redesdale, Irish Hill & Dutchess View’s Weekend Hideaway and Rockridge’s Frank Conversation. According to The Jockey Club’s Live Foal Report for 2019, Redesdale has 47 foals and Frank Conversation has 41 foals.

A larger cast of eight stallions stood their first seasons last year and will soon see first foals. That group includes Irish Hill & Dutchess View’s King for a Day and Lookin At Lee, who bred 73 and 22 mares, respectively, according to The Jockey Club’s Report of Mares Bred.

Honest Mischief, who stands at Sequel Stallions New York, was the Empire State’s most popular stallion in 2021. Coady Photography.

Sequel Stallions New York’s Honest Mischief, who will see his first foals born in 2022, proved the Empire State’s most popular stallion of all last year with 127 mares bred. A 5-year-old son of Into Mischief out of the Grade 1-winning Seattle Slew mare Honest Lady, Honest Mischief stands for $6,500 LFSN.

Hidden Lake Farm’s Fog of War, a 7-year-old Grade 1-winning son of War Front, also proved popular in his first season last year and bred 92 mares. He will stand for $7,000 LFSN.

The other four stallions with their first foals this year (with 2022 stud fee) are Waldorf’s Mr. Monomoy ($3,000), Kaz Hill Farm’s Name Changer ($2,500), Mill Creek Farm’s Killybegs Captain ($2,500) and McMahon of Saratoga’s Joevia ($1,000).

The quartet of Solomini, Disco Partner, Dr Disco and Sakonnet will be represented by their first yearlings in 2022.

Solomini, a 7-year-old son of Curlin who stands for $6,500 LFSN at McMahon of Saratoga, saw nine members of his first crop sell as weanlings last year for an average of $25,556. Disco Partner, a 10-year-olld son of Disco Rico who stands for $4,000 LFSN at Rockridge Stud, was represented by a $42,000 weanling colt at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale. Dr Disco, a multiple stakes-winning 14-year-old son of Disco Rico, will stand privately at Keane Stud in Amenia; and Sakonnet, an 8-year-old winning stakes-placed son of Scat Daddy, will stand for $1,500 at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater.


Edition Farm welcomes first New York foal of 2022

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

Edition Farm’s ‘New Year’s Day filly,’ a daughter of Central Banker and Tanmawwy, born at 5 a.m. Saturday. Kathy Landman Photo.

By Tom Law

Vivien Malloy and members of her team at Edition Farm in Hyde Park, along with friends and family in town for the holidays, weren’t far removed from ringing in the New Year early Saturday morning when they received a surprise start to 2022.

“Here’s how much of a surprise it was, we didn’t even have our foal-watch person yet. He was going to start this week,” Malloy said Monday morning, announcing what she believes to be the first foal born in New York this year.

The foal, a filly by Central Banker out of the Candy Ride mare Tanmawwy, came before 5 a.m. Saturday and by complete shock to Malloy and farm manager Teri Brown.

“She had no signs at all, just a slight, slight swelling of her udder, but no waxing, nothing, nothing, nothing,” Malloy said. “We were very surprised.

“My farm manager’s family was leaving; her sister and brother-in-law were going back to Michigan. They had been visiting for the holidays and were getting on road early. She got up to goodbye and said, ‘I’m up, might as well feed while I’m here and up.’ She went up to the barn to feed and the baby was coming.”

NYTB Executive Director Najja Thompson (left) and Edition Farm owner Vivien Malloy celebrate the New Year with Tanmawwy and her Central Banker filly born at 5 a.m. Jan. 1. Kathy Landman Photo.

The New Year’s filly is the second for the unraced Tanmawwy, who is owned by the group Tanmawwy Partners that includes Mike McMahon’s Spruce Lane, Edition Farm and others. She produced a daughter of Mohaymen last year and that filly, foaled Jan. 26 and bred by Spruce Lane, Edition, Schuster, Copper Beach, PBG, America’s Pastime & Nizlek, sold for $17,500 to Empire Equines at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale in October.

Malloy said the newborn filly weighed 100 pounds and came into the world “full of spunk.”

“When the vet comes they check everything,” Malloy said. “When they tried take that baby’s temperature, she started bucking. She was like a bronco, squealing like a little pick. I’ve never heard of that in my life from a horse. I said, ‘oh, we’re going to have to teach her about getting her temperature taken.’ She was full of it, full of spunk.

“And thankfully with good bone, too. To come one week, two weeks early is huge, very different than human babies. It can make a huge difference in their weight.”


NYTB Stallion Season Auction Returns Jan. 11 – 13

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction starting on Tuesday, January 11 and ending on Thursday, January 13 on Wanamakers.com. 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.

Please note a percentage of proceeds from Kentucky Stallion seasons sold in the sale will go to the Foundation of Appalachian Kentucky to assist in humanitarian relief and recovery efforts for those impacted by the devastating tornadoes in the region.

To donate seasons, please contact NYTB directly at 518.587.0777 or info@nytbreeders.org.

The auction will be held online using the Wanamakers online bidding platform.  Participants must register with Wanamakers.com prior to bidding.  All bids will be subject to the rules and conditions of the auction and each season’s conditions will be posted. Click here to Register your account in advance.

Available seasons*

Stallion Standing At State
Accelerate Lane’s End KY
Alternation Darby Dan KY
Al Khali Rockridge Stud NY
Astern Darley KY
A Shin Forward Rockridge Stud NY
Basin Spendthrift KY
Bee Jersey Darby Dan KY
Big Brown Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Capo Kane Bonner Hill Farms PA
Candy Ride Lane’s End KY
Catalina Cruiser Lane’s End KY
Code of Honor Lane’s End KY
Combatant Rockridge Stud NY
Country House Darby Dan KY
Courageous Cat Questroyal North NY
Cross Traffic Spendthrift Farm KY
Disco Partner Rockridge Stud NY
Dr Large Oriskany Creek Farm NY
Enticed Darley KY
Flameaway Darby Dan KY
Frank Conversation Rockridge Stud NY
Game Winner Lane’s End KY
Gift Box Lane’s End KY
Honest Mischief Sequel Stallions NY
Honor A.P. Lane’s End KY
Honor Code Lane’s End KY
Killybegs Captain Mill Creek Farm NY
King for a Day Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Leofric Darby Dan KY
Lexitonian Lane’s End KY
Lookin At Lee Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Majestic City Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Mission Impazible Sequel Stallions NY
Mr Monomooy Waldorf Farm NY
Sakonnet Mill Creek Farm NY
Slumber Rockridge Stud NY
Son of Thunder Waldorf Farm NY
Tale of Ekati Darby Dan KY
The Factor Lane’s End KY
Tom’s d’Etat Winstar KY
Tonalist Lane’s End KY
Unified Lane’s End KY
Union Jackson Sequel Stallions NY
Union Rags Lane’s End KY
Venezuelan Hug Mill Creek Farm NY
Waiting Irish Hill & Dutchess Views NY
War Dancer Irish Hill & Dutchess Views NY
West Coast Lane’s End KY
Weekend Hideaway Irish Hill & Dutchess Views NY

*Current as of 1/4


Waldorf-Climax Stallions schedule open house

Friday, December 10th, 2021

Mr. Monomoy, one of two Climax Stallions standing at Waldorf Farm in 2022, will be part of the farm’s open house Jan. 8. Coady Photography.

Waldorf Farm and Climax Stallions LLC will host an open house and stallion show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 8 at the farm in North Chatham.

Waldorf will stand three stallions in 2022 – Climax Stallions’ Mr. Monomoy ($3,000 LFSN) and the newest addition to the Empire State in Son of Thunder ($2,500 LFSN), who is the full brother to former leading New York freshman sire Laoban, and Bustin Stones ($2,500 LFSN).

Refreshments will be served and the event will feature various types of raffles, including complimentary seasons and gift certificates to restaurants in New York’s Capital District.

Any breeders in attendance that book a mare to Son of Thunder will receive the season complimentary.

For more information, contact Kenny Toye (518) 766-9400 or Sean Feld (859) 519-9665.


Rockridge Stud announces 2022 roster and fees

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

Grade 1 winner and second-crop sire Slumber will stand the 2022 season for $7,500 LFSN at Rockridge Stud in Hudson. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo.

Rockridge Stud in Hudson has announced its 2022 roster and stud fees, along with the date of its stallion show and open house.

The 2022 Rockridge roster includes proven second-crop sire Slumber and Grade 1-winning newcomer Combatant.

Slumber, a 13-year-old son of Cacique who ranks third in the current New York second-crop sire list, will stand for $7,500. Slumber is already the sire of Fluffy Socks, winner of the Grade 2 Sands Point Stakes and third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in 2021; and recent Central Park Stakes winner Sy Dog. Slumber will stand for $7,500 LFSN.

Combatant, a 6-year-old son of Scat Daddy who won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in 2020, will stand his first season for $7,500 LFSN.

The 2022 Rockridge Stud roster and fees:
Al Khali (Medaglia d’Oro) $2,500 LFSN
A Shin Forward (Forest Wildcat) $2,500 LFSN
Combatant (NEW in 2022) (Scat Daddy) $7,500 LFSN
Disco Partner (Disco Rico) $4,000 LFSN
Frank Conversation (Quality Road) $3,500 LFSN
Slumber (Cacique) $7,500 LFSN

Rockridge will host its a stallion show and open house, including a lunch buffet, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 29.


Venezuelan Hug to stand at Mill Creek Farm

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

Venezuelan Hug wins the Sunshine Turf Stakes in midst of three-race win streak to cap his career. Gulfstream Park Photo.

Graded stakes winner Venezuelan Hug, who ended his career with three straight victories in stakes company, will stand his first season in 2022 at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater. The 4-year-old son of Constitution out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Downtown Diva will stand for $2,500 LFSN.

Bred by Orlyana Farm, Venezuelan Hug started his career in his native Florida with victories in two of his first four starts including a 5 1/2-length score in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight on the grass April 25, 2020 at Gulfstream Park.

Venezuelan Hug won a 9-furlong allowance on the grass that summer at Saratoga Race Course, defeating eventual multiple stakes winner City Man. He started exclusively in stakes company from there and closed his career with victories in the Millions Turf Preview Stakes in November 2020 at Gulfstream Park West, Sunshine Turf Stakes in mid-January at Gulfstream and the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes in late February at Gulfstream.

Venezuelan Hug ended career with victory in Grade 3 Canadian Turf for co-owner Randy Hill. Gulfstream Park Photo.

Venezuelan Hug retired with six wins in 10 starts and $252,830 in earnings for owners Spedale Family Racing and R. A. Hill Stable.

Bred on the same Constitution-Giant’s Causeway cross as Group 1 classic winner Alaskan Queen, winner of the Polla de Potrancas, Venezuelan Hug hails from the family of Rare Perfume, Jaipur and What a Treat.

Venezuelan Hug is the first foal out of Downtown Diva, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and $193,455-earner Winter, six-time winner and $158,153-earner Gray Phantom and four-time winner and $145,446-earner Downy Boy.


Irish Hill & Dutchess Views sets 2022 fees, in-person stallion show

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Waiting, a son of American Pharoah from the family of champion Wait a While, enters stud in 2022 at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC. Serita Hult Photo.

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC announced 2022 stud fees for its New York stallions, along with the addition of American Pharoah’s son Waiting to the roster for the upcoming season.

Waiting, a 3-year-old out of the winning Medaglia d’Oro mare Wait No More, will stand his first season for $4,000 LFSN. Wait No More, a $1,575,000 topper at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings, is out of the 2006 champion 3-year-old filly Wait a While.

Two stallions on the Irish Hill & Dutchess Views roster are ranked among the top five active stallions in New York in 2021 – Big Brown and War Dancer.

Champion and dual classic winner Big Brown ranks second among all sires in the state based on earnings and is the leading sire by number of winners. War Dancer ranks fifth among all active sires and is the leading second-crop sire. King for a Day, a multiple stakes winning and graded stakes-placed son of sire of sires Uncle Mo, covered 73 mares in 2021 and will stand his second season at the Saratoga area farm in 2022. Lookin at Lee, a multiple Grade 1-placed millionaire and 2017 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands runner-up and son of Lookin At Lucky, will return for his second year at stud. Rounding out the roster are leading New York third-crop sire Majestic City, and multiple stakes winner Weekend Hideaway, who will have his first runners hit the track in 2022.

The 2022 stud fees:
War Dancer $7,500 LFSN
King for a Day $5,000 LFSN
Big Brown $5,000 LFSN
Lookin at Lee $4,000 LFSN
Waiting $4,000 LFSN
Majestic City $2,500 LFSN
Weekend Hideaway $2,500 LFSN

Waiting will be part of Irish Hill & Dutchess Views’ in-person stallion show Saturday, Dec. 4. Serita Hult Photo.

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 once hold an in-person stallion show this year Saturday, December 4. 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 more information, contact:

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC

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

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


Son of Thunder to stand at Waldorf Farm

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

Son of Thunder, a full brother to former leading New York-based freshman sire Laoban, will enter stud for Climax Stallions in 2022 at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham. The 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo out of the stakes-placed Speightstown mare Chattertown will stand his first season for $2,500 LFSN.

“We are honored to have been able to purchase a full brother to such an incredible stallion whose life was cut much too short,” said Sean Feld, president of Climax Stallions. “We will honor Laoban’s legacy by offering a complementary breeding to anyone who bred, bought or is racing any progeny of Laoban.”

Son of Thunder, a $475,000 yearling purchased out of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings, raced for Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stables.

“He easily passes the eye test,” said Waldorf Farm Manager, Kenny Toye. “If he duplicates what his brother did with his foals, you can breed any type of mare to him.”

Waldorf Farm owner Dr. Jerry Bilinski was also complimentary of Son of Thunder, describing him as having great size and conformation.

“He’s by Uncle Mo, who is becoming a legendary sire of sires and we are flattered to add Son of Thunder to our stallion barn here at Waldorf Farm,” Bilinski said.