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McMahon of Saratoga adds Solomini to stallion roster

Friday, December 6th, 2019


McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds (edited) Press Release

Saratoga Springs, NY–Joseph McMahon of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds announced the addition of recently syndicated Solomini, a multiple Grade 1 (three times at two) son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin.

“He’s a winner of $834,993 and the only Grade 1 son of Curlin in NY, pronounced McMahon, adding, “Solomini raced with the best of his class, beating many Grade I winners including McKinzie (placed 1st via DQ to 3rd of Solomini), Bolt d’Oro, Magnum Moon, Mendlessohn, Firenze Fire, Higher Power and others.” He was one of the three finalists for 2017 Eclipse Award Two Year Old Colt (along with Bolt d’Oro – $25,000 stud fee and Good Magic –also by Curlin -$35,000 stud fee).

Raymond J. DeStefano (who was involved with Lou Salerno in the purchase, syndication, and success of Belong To Me) and Hidden Lake Farm’s Chris Bernhard join McMahon in the stallion acquisition. DeStefano commented “the way this Curlin colt grinded his way to the front in deep stretch of the ‘Los Al’ impressed me,” adding “that G1 win would have meant the world to his future at stud. Even Bob Baffert mentioned that he was surprised with the controversial split DQ decision and that Solomini was the better horse that day. To me, Zayat Stables, Bob Baffert, and many racing fans, he is a Grade 1 winner.”

His runner-up performance in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and FrontRunner, both Grade 1, along with finishing first in the Los Alamitos Futurity-G1 made an Eclipse Award Finalist for champion two-year-old colt of 2017 along with Good Magic and Bolt d’Oro. Solomini was the only one of his class with two triple digit BRIS Speed Figures at 2. He continued his Grade 1 form at 3, finishing 3rd in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby after running 2nd in the Rebel S.-G2.

Alan Porter stated that Solomini was “One of the best juveniles of his crop, Solomini demonstrated grade one winning talent at two. By Curlin, two-time  Horse of the Year, outstanding sire, and now a sire of sires, Solomini is out of a Storm Cat mare who is half-sister to Champion Two-Year-Old and grade one sire Midshipman, and to the dam of hot young stallion Frosted.”

Solomini will stand for $6,500 and he joins McMahon’s other stallions for 2020: North America’s fourth leading second crop sire by cumulative dirt earnings, Central Banker at $7,500; Redesdale, another son of Speightstown, out of a full sister to Danehill standing his second year at stud after covering 81 mares in 2019, standing for $5,000 and Eclipse sire Teuflesberg standing for $3,000. All fees are live foal.

Solomini will be available for inspection in Kentucky, December 8 through 13, 2019, before leaving for New York. For more information please contact McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, LLC (518) 587-3426 or Mike McMahon at (859) 983-7617.

Majestic City relocates to Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions for 2020

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Courtesy IHDV

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions (edited) Press Release

Majestic City (2009, by City Zip, out of It’schemistrybaby) will change locations for the 2020 breeding season and stand as part of the Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions roster.

Majestic City was a precocious racehorse, winning his first three starts and placing in two Grade 1 events at two. He would complete his racing career with four black type wins and placings in five others. Majestic City won at distances from 4 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. He was successful on multiple surfaces. Majestic City’s first foals are two year-olds of 2019. He is New York’s leading freshman sire with 25% winners from runners and he is the only freshman New York sire with repeat winners.

Majestic City will be available for inspection during the Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions stallion show coming up on December 7, 2019 from 1:00pm to 4:00 p.m. All Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions are always available for inspection to interested breeders by appointment.

Majestic City will stand alongside a roster with perennial New York leading sires Bellamy Road, Big Brown and Frost Giant as well as young sires War Dancer, Weekend Hideaway and Market Rally. As part of this roster, Majestic City is eligible for multiple mare incentives. Majestic City stands for $3,500 LFSN.

For more information and to inquire about breeding to Majestic City please contact:
Michael Lischin or
Anya Sheckley at 518-398-5666 or
Rick Burke / Bill Leak at 518-584-1515

For pedigree review and nicking information please contact Moe Scavullo at


Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC: Stallion show Dec. 7 & 2020 stud fees

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions Press Release

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions will hold their annual Stallion Show on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us prior to the NY Thoroughbred Breeders Holiday Party to see the stallions, enjoy some refreshments and to take advantage of special one-day pricing on all stallions. There will also be a raffle for a free season to each of the stallions.

Stallions are located at: 221 Burke Rd, Stillwater, NY


Michael Lischin and Anya Sheckley 518-398-5666 or
Rick Burke and Bill Leak 518-584-1515 or
For pedigree research contact Moe Scavullo at 518-398-5666 or

To maintain affordable breeding options for NY Breeders, all stud fees will remain unchanged from last year, and we will continue to offer great incentives for breeders booking multiple mares with the roster.

The 2020 fees are:

War Dancer $7,500 LFSN
Bellamy Road $5,000 LFSN
Big Brown $5,000 LFSN
Frost Giant $2,500 LFSN
Weekend Hideaway $2,500 LFSN
Market Rally $2,000 LFSN
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Sequel Stallions New York announces 2020 Stud Fees & Stallion Showcase

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Sequel Stallions New York has announced the 2020 stud fees for its stallion roster. The stallions will be available for inspection at Sequel’s annual Stallion Showcase on January 19, 2020 at the farm in in Hudson from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sequel press release:

FREUD, New York’s Leading Sire by earnings, turf, and AEI is the versatile full brother to GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. He is NY’s leading sire of NY Breds by winners and earnings from 2012 through 2019, with lifetime progeny earnings over $63 Million dollars.

“It is a very tough climate in the sales market anywhere now, but especially in the regional markets. We want to give our breeders a chance to make some money. Therefore, we have reduced the fees for 5 of our top young stallions to $5,000 for 2020, giving our breeders the very best value for their breeding dollar,” said owner Becky Thomas.

UNBRIDLED’S SONG’s G1 performing millionaire, MISSION IMPAZIBLE is New York’s Leading 2YO Sire with progeny earnings over $7 Million dollars with just 4 crops of racing age and 40% winners.

The most popular New York sire of 2017 and 2018 by number of mares bred, LAOBAN is a G2 winner of the Jim Dandy Stakes and is New York’s only UNCLE MO. He is the sales topping NY Sire for yearlings in 2019 with his first crop 2-year-olds hitting the track in 2020.

Multiple stakes winner, UNION JACKSON is the only son of two-time Horse of the Year CURLIN standing in New York. He’s out of HOT DIXIE CHICK, a G1 winning 1/2 sister to G1 Kentucky Derby winner ALWAYS DREAMING. He was New York’s most popular 1st year sire of 2018 by number of mares bred. Standing in New York for a partnership between Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings and Sequel New York, his gorgeous first crop are yearlings of 2020.

Track record setting, multiple graded stakes winner, DESTIN, a full brother to Grade 1 sire CREATIVE CAUSE who was nosed in the G1 Belmont Stakes. DESTIN is New York’s most popular 1st year sire by number of mares bred in 2019, #2 overall. He is owned by a syndicate and is supported by Gainesway Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Farm as well as Sequel New York.

Multiple stakes winner, THE LIEUTENANT, a half-brother to undefeated, Triple Crown Champion JUSTIFY is by G1 KY Derby winner STREET SENSE. He was 2nd only to Diversify in the G2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park, defeating Discreet Lover, Hopportunity, Tapwrit, War Story, etc. His first foals arrive in 2020.

Also standing privately for Mr. Leonard Riggio’s My Meadowview LLC is a half-brother to multiple G1, classic-winning SHACKLEFORD, STEPHANOATSEE by A.P. Indy out of Broodmare of the Year, OATSEE by Unbridled.

The 2020 Sequel New York Roster is:

DESTIN  $5,000  Giant’s Causeway – Dream Of Summer, by Siberian Summer
FREUD  $6,500 Storm Cat – Mariah’s Storm, by Rahy
LAOBAN  $5,000 Uncle Mo – Chattertown, by Speightstown
MISSION IMPAZIBLE  $5,000 Unbridled’s Song – La Paz, by Hold Your Peace
STEPHANOATSEE  PRIVATE AP Indy – Oatsee, by Unbridled
THE LIEUTENANT  $5,000  Street Sense – Stage Magic, by Ghostzapper
UNION JACKSON  $5,000  Curlin – Hot Dixie Chick, by Dixie Union

All fees are Live Foal/Stands & Nurses. Multiple mare discounts are available as well as incentives for repeat breeders.

The stallions will be available for inspection at the annual Stallion Showcase on January 19, 2020 at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson from 12PM to 4PM. There will be excellent food and a stallion season raffle.

For more information please call (800) 925-2913 or visit us at


Multiple stakes winner Dr Disco to stand at Keane Stud in 2020

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Vodka Stakes (Coglianese Photos)

(Edited press release)

Joseph DiRico will stand Dr Disco, a multiple stakes-winning son of DiRico’s late stallion Disco Rico, at Keane Stud for the 2020 breeding season. Philippe Lasseur, who owns and manages the farm, commented, “We are thrilled to have such a consistent son of Disco Rico at Keane Stud, the farm that stood his sire for seven seasons from 2008 to 2014.”

Dr Disco, who raced in New York every year from two to six, is a multiple stakes winner and multiple stakes-placed runner. Dr Disco was a consistent performer for Repole Stable retiring with eight wins, seven seconds and six thirds from 34 starts and earning $359,507.

Second in his juvenile debut, Dr Disco won next out in an Aqueduct maiden special weight, finishing just one-fifth of a second off the current track record. Following a pair of allowance wins at three, he finished third in the Packett’s Landing Stakes and second in the Hudson Handicap at Belmont Park before winning the Vodka Stakes at Aqueduct. At four Dr Disco won the Leon Reed Memorial H. at Finger Lakes.

Dr Disco is out of the speedy Dr. Blum mare Dr Margaret, a five time stakes-winning dam of three other stakes horses: Dance Gal Dance ($273,070), Dr Rico, and Judge Margaret. Judge Margaret is the dam of Saint Alfred ($336,315), Dr Ruthless ($227,168) and Dr. Capote, who went on to produce stakes winner Dr Blarney ($628,640) and 5 other winners.

DiRico commented, “This is an extremely fast family, Dr Disco’s full sister Dance Gal Dance broke the stakes record winning the Fleet Indian S. at Saratoga in 1:21 3/5.”

Dr Disco is the sire of The Dr’s Slippers, on the board in 3 or 4 starts at 2 this year. His 2020 fee is private. For more information contact Philippe Lasseur at (845) 373-9601.


Godolphin honors Buttonwood Farm’s Jenny Carpenter with Leadership in Breeding Award

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Courtesy Godolphin

By Sarah Mace

At Godolphin’s fourth annual Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards (TIEA) ceremony last month Buttonwood Farm’s farm manager Jenny Carpenter was honored with the Leadership in Breeding Award.

Godolphin annually presents seven categories of Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards worth $128,000 in prize money to recognize and reward the talent, diligence and commitment of farm and racing stable staff for their contributions to Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries. The TIEA ceremony was held at Keeneland’s sales pavilion and Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott presented the awards. Jill Byrne, vice president of racing operations at Colonial Downs, served as master of ceremonies.

Jenny Carpenter, involved with horses since she was a teenager, manages Albert Fried, Jr.’s 185-acre Buttonwood Farm, which is located east of Rhinebeck. The farm houses both broodmare and training facilities. Carpenter’s road to her Leadership in Breeding Award began with Mary Ann Puentes, Office Manager at Buttonwood, who nominated Carpenter.

“I’ve been working at Buttonwood Farm for three years and Jenny is my farm manager,” Puentes explained. “The first year, when I saw that Godolphin was having these awards, I said, ‘Oh my God! I don’t know anyone who deserves it more than this woman. Jenny is very very dedicated and hardworking. Her life is horses and it has been since she was 13 years old. That’s what impressed me the most.”

At the ceremony Jimmy Bell, president of Godolphin in America, reserved a special thank you for the nominators, saying, “If not for you, we wouldn’t be able to shine the spotlight on all of these deserving people that dedicate their lives to taking care of these magnificent animals.”

Carpenter talked about her work at the Rhinebeck farm. “There are multiple things I love about my job. Mostly obviously, the horses. You never stop learning. Every time you have something new coming in, you’re always learning something from every horse.

“My first stop is always the broodmare barn depending on the time of year. It depends on whether we’re bringing mares and foals in or checking mares that are going out that are getting close to foaling. We are dealing with the weanlings. It’s just going over everybody and making sure everybody’s doing fine.”

Carpenter relishes a trip upstate to the racetrack to see how her charges fare. “When I come up [to Saratoga] to see the horses run, it’s like sending your kids off to college, and getting to see how they deal with their first race, especially in a situation like Saratoga . . .  You are racing against the best horses in the country.”

Reflecting on Godolphin’s commitment to honoring to Thoroughbred workers, Carpenter said, “I think [these awards are] great for the industry. Normally you see the trainer, the jockey and the owner on a race day, on TV, and I think it lets people know that there are a lot of other people involved and they’re the driving force to get that horse to the race.”

Bell concluded, “Congratulations to all the nominees, finalists, and winners. We hope that by being recognized for your hard work that you know that you are truly appreciated and placed in the highest regard and we are forever in your debt.”

The 2019 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards was managed and administered by The Jockey Club, the Horsemen’s Protective and Benevolent Association, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Media partners are Thoroughbred Daily News, BloodHorse, Daily Racing Form, The Paulick Report, and TVG.


Old Tavern Farm’s Alpine Sky to be featured in NMRHF’s Foal Patrol Season 3

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Alpine Sky courtesy Old Tavern Farm

(Edited Press Release)

Alpine Sky, a 7-year-old dark bay daughter of Indian Charlie owned by Old Tavern Farm in Saratoga Springs, will be on the roster of featured horses for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 3, which will debut online Friday, Dec. 27 at

The first two seasons of Foal Patrol, a one-of-a-kind collection of live cameras following the daily activities of in-foal mares, had more than three million total views from December 2017 through September 2019. More participating horses will be announced weekly leading up to the debut of Season 3.

Alpine Sky is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Alpine Garden. Consigned by Gainesway, Alpine Sky was purchased for $600,000 at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale. Racing from 2015 through 2018, Alpine Sky won or placed in 10 of her 22 career starts with earnings of $179,472. She broke her maiden on Oct. 1, 2016 at Laurel Park and also won at Delaware, Gulfstream, and Aqueduct.

Alpine Sky is in foal to More Than Ready with an expected foaling date of April 21, 2020.

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

SV Photography


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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