NEWS: breeding

Wharf Cat becomes Majestic City’s first winner

Monday, July 29th, 2019

SV Photography

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.

First mares confirmed in foal for Destin

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Tibor Szlavik

(Edited press release)

Sequel Stallions New York announced Wednesday that the first four mares bred to Destin (Giant’s Causeway) are confirmed in foal.

“We are so excited about the popularity of Destin in his first year and couldn’t be happier that he is proficient in his new job. He has great libido and is getting the job done on some very nice mares,” said Sequel’s Becky Thomas.

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

Five-year-old Destin is out of millionaire Dream Of Summer who won the 2005 Grade 1 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park. She is a multiple graded-stakes winning, graded-stakes producer with over $2.3 million in progeny earnings. Destin is also full brother to graded stakes winning filly Vexatious, as well as half-brother to black type placed producer, Taboo.

Destin stands at Sequel New York for Gainesway Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Farm and Sequel New York for a fee of $6,500 LFSN.

Questroyal North moves Stallion Open House to February 9

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

By Sarah Mace

Weather conditions have once again compelled Questroyal North to reschedule its annual Stallion Open House, the farm announced Thursday in a press release. Originally planned for Saturday, January 19,  but moved to January 27 due to last weekend’s major winter storm, the farm is taking an extra step to ensure the safety of its horses and guests. The release reads as follows:

Due to the week’s inclement weather and ground conditions on the farm, Questroyal North will be postponing our Stallion Open House, originally scheduled for Sunday, January 27th. We are tentatively rescheduling to Saturday, February 9th from 10am-3pm, and will confirm that date as soon as possible.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, but the welfare and safety of our horses and guests is our primary concern. As always, our stallions are available for viewing 7 days a week by appointment.

For further information or to schedule an appointment, please call Kelly McCombs at (518) 541-3280 or Bill Allen at (518) 965-9346.

Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions stallion show rescheduled to Jan. 27

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Due to the snow forecast, Irish Hill and Dutchess Views Stallion will reschedule its stallion show originally set for January 19.

The Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions stallion show will now be held on Sunday, January, 27th from 11am to 3pm. All other details remain the same (full lunch, season raffle, etc).

Questroyal reschedules stallion show to January 27 due to impending winter storm

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Questroyal North in Stillwater, NY has rescheduled its Stallion Open House that was previously scheduled for this coming Saturday, January 19th, due to the impending winter storm.

The show has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 27th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The stallions will be still available for viewing by appointment only on Saturday, January 19th. Please call Bill Allen to schedule a time at 518-965-9346.

Rockridge Stud reschedules stallion show due to impending storm

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

(Press Release)

Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY has decided to reschedule its annual stallion show and open house that was previously scheduled for this coming Sunday, January 20 due to the impending winter storm.

The show has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Full lunch buffet will be served and drawings for free seasons to each of the stallions will be made at the show.

The stallions will be still available for inspection by appointment only on Sunday, January 20. Call 518 851 6616 to schedule an appointment.

Erin Robinson
Stallion Director
Cell (859) 421-7531
Fax (859) 225-3303

Camelot Kitten, millionaire son of Kitten’s Joy, retires to stand at Questroyal North

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Coglianese Photos

(Edited press release)

Barry Ostrager has announced that multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Camelot Kitten will join the 2019 stallion roster at his Questroyal North in Stillwater, where he will become the first son of perennial leading sire Kitten’s Joy to stand in the Empire State.

The 6-year-old Camelot Kitten is owned by his breeders Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey and will stand as their property for $5,000, live foal. The Ramseys have been in the top 10 on the North American leading owners’ list every year since 2009, and topped the list three times.

Camelot Kitten won six races, five of them stakes, and finished second three times, including two graded stakes, while earning $1,068,977. He broke his maiden at Belmont Park in his 2-year-old debut, and his first stakes victory came at age three in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs. Four weeks later, he captured the Grade 3 Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont, followed by a score in the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga. He then won the Grade 3  Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont, capping a sophomore season in which his exceptional stretch prowess accounted for four graded stakes.

Camelot Kitten has four full brothers, all winners, out of the Forestry mare Celestial Woods, including multiple graded stakes-winner Bobby’s Kitten. Now eight, he won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, earning $1,389,417. He stands in England for 12,500 euros and his first foals are yearlings of 2019. He is a shuttle stallion and is the first son of Kitten’s Joy to stand in Australia.

Three other sons of Kitten’s Joy will be standing for the first time in 2019. Roaring Lion has joined the stallion ranks for Qatar Racing at Tweenhills Stud. He’s a four-time Group I winner with earnings of $3.57 million. Oscar Performance, a 7-time graded stakes-winner who earned $2.34 million, will stand at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington for $20,000, and Hawkbill, Champion 3-year-old in England and 6-time Group winner, will stand at Dalham Stud in Newmarket for 7,500 euros.

Kitten’s Joy was the leading sire in North America in 2018, the second time he has reached the top spot in the last six years. He was in the top five in the other four seasons, finishing third in 2014 and 2015, fifth in 2016, and third in 2017.

In the season that just concluded, Kitten’s Joy set a personal record of more than $18.6 million in progeny earnings. He has reached nearly $97 million in career earnings, has been the No. 1 turf sire for the last six years, and is the No. 1 sire by average number of stakes-winners per year (19) for five. His runners have won nearly 2,100 races and averaged more than $100,000 per starter. He wound up 2018 in second place on the general sire list with 177 winners, just three behind the leader, and was No. 1 with 80 repeat winners. He’s just nine away from 100 black-type winners and has 174 registered 2-year-olds. Kitten’s Joy stands in Kentucky for $75,000 live foal.

For more information and booking to Camelot Kitten, please contact: Kelly McCombs, Office Manager (518) 541-3280, or, Bill Allen, Farm Manager (518) 965-9346,


First foal for Union Jackson is a colt

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Photo courtesy Sequel

(Edited press release)

Sequel Stallions has announced that first foal for multiple stakes winner and graded stakes-placed runner Union Jackson is a colt. Bred by the Mr. Amore Stables of Ron Lombardi, Union Jackson’s first foal, a flashy bay out of the Rockport Harbor mare Hoboken Honey, was born at Sequel New York on January 13.

Mr. Amore Stables, a multiple graded stakes-winning earner of more than $10 million, has enjoyed much success lately having campaigned, among others, Grade 1 Champagne winner Firenze Fire as well as Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint runner-up Tightend Touchdown.

Hoboken Honey is out of a half-sister to Daiwa Bandit, a multiple stakes winner in Japan of over $1.4 million. She is from the immediate family of Grade 3 stakes winners Advancing Star ($794,470, stakes producer) and Darby Fair ($337,374, sire).

A son of two-time Horse Of The Year and champion sire Curlin, out of Grade 1 stakes winner Hot Dixie Chick, half-sister to Grade 1 Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming, Union Jackson was bred in Kentucky by Barbara Banke’s Grace Thoroughbred Holdings, campaigned by her Stonestreet Stables, and trained by Steve Asmussen.

Union Jackson broke his maiden by 7 3/4 lengths going six furlongs at Keeneland becoming a “TDN Rising Star.” He went on to win an 8 1/4-length score in the Sam Houston Sprint Cup Stakes and a victory in the Iowa Sprint Handicap, which he took while running six furlongs in 1:08.75. On the board in 9 of 11 starts, he won 6 races by over a combined 27 lengths with earnings of $273,000.

Union Jackson represents the first participation in the New York breeding program for Stonestreet Stables. Stonestreet owner Barbara Banke stated the she was “very excited to be standing Union Jackson in New York,” adding that “Stonestreet very much believes in Union Jackson, and we will be strongly supporting him at stud.”

“We are so excited about this first crop of Union Jackson and couldn’t be happier that the first one belongs to our friends at Mr. Amore Stable!” Sequel Stallion’s principal Becky Thomas said. “Ron Lombardi visited us yesterday at our annual Stallion Show, but the mare must not have wanted an audience as she waited until we had gone to have her foal. Ron is a big supporter of the New York breeding program so we are particularly thrilled that he has such a nice Union Jackson colt.”

The mare, Hoboken Honey, is breeding back to Union Jackson in 2019.