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Todd Yaeger, 50, passes unexpectedly

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Todd Yaeger (2nd from left) celebrates NY Champion Midnight Disguise with Stepwise Farm et al in 2018. Photo: Skip Dickstein.

(Obituary, courtesy Flynn Brothers Inc. Funeral Home)

Todd L. Yaeger, 50, a resident of Duncan Rd., [Gansevoort,] passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 24, 2020 at home.

Born June 9, 1969 in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of Lawrence and Charlene Cramer Yaeger of Saratoga Springs. Todd was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School and Hudson Valley Community College where he found his passion for manufacturing. He began working at Sandy Hill Manufacturing and was currently employed at AngioDynamics in Queensbury.

He discovered his love of horses working with his father and grandfather at the harness track and then at Stepwise Farm in Saratoga Springs. He continued his love of horses and racing by becoming an owner, assisting with training, and sharing his passion for horses with his family.

Todd was predeceased by his grandparents, Charles and Jeanne Cramer, Lucy Belle and Anton Yaeger; and his father-in-law, Edward Blonkowski.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy Yaeger of Gansevoort; 2 daughters, Stephanie and Morgan Yaeger of Gansevoort; his sister, Kelley (James) Weed II and their children, Collin and Madeline of Middle Grove; cousins, Sharon, Roy, and Ryan Cornelius of MA, Linda, Dan, Steven, and Greg Mohan of TX, and Gary and Wendy Craig of PA; sister-in-law, Joanne (Peter) Romano of Latham and their daughter Brittany (Jesse) Siminitz and great niece Eliose of VA;brother-in-law, Paul Blonkowski of FL; and his mother-in-law, Dolores Blonkowski of Ballston Spa.

A private service for the family will be held at Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Ave., Schuylerville. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Schuylerville.

Memorials can be made in his memory to the Backstretch Employee Service Team of NY (B.E.S.T.), 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Gate 6, Cottage 28B, Elmont, NY 11003 or at

There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by planting a tree in memory of Todd Yaeger.


Champion Sprinter La Verdad succumbs to colic

Monday, May 11th, 2020

Grade 2 Distaff (Coglianese Photos)

(via NYRA Communications)

ELMONT, N.Y. – Lady Sheila Stable, nom de course of Sheila Rosenblum, reported that Eclipse Award-winner La Verdad was humanely euthanized on Sunday due to complications of colic at the age of 10.

A statement from Lady Sheila Stable said, “The Eclipse Award winning champion gave birth to a healthy colt by Into Mischief on Monday, May 4th. After a few days of medical attention, she was humanely relieved of her distress this afternoon.”

The bay daughter of Yes It’s True was bred in the Empire State by Eklektikos Stable, who also campaigned her for her first four starts. La Verdad was named Champion Female Sprinter in 2015 after winning five-of-eight starts, including graded scores in the Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack and the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom and Grade 3 Vagrancy at Belmont Park. She completed the memorable campaign with a runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Keeneland.

She also earned New York-bred honors in 2015 as Champion Older Female & Champion Female Sprinter.

“She was more than my Champion mare, who was full of class. She was more than a horse to me. I loved her,” said Rosenblum. “I am broken hearted.”

Trained throughout her career by Linda Rice, La Verdad raced almost exclusively in New York, venturing outside of the Empire State just twice in a 25-race career that saw the talented bay post a record of 16 wins and three seconds with purse earnings of $1,563,200. She was piloted through 23 of those starts by Jose Ortiz, while his brother, Irad Ortiz, Jr., guided the mare on two occasions.

A winner at second asking on April 7, 2013 at the Big A, La Verdad won nine of her first 11 starts. Her four career graded wins also included a victory in the 2014 Grade 2 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct.

La Verdad with 2020 Into Mischief colt foaled 5/4 (Kathy Landman)

She recorded seven non-graded stakes victories in her four-year racing career starting in 2014 when she captured the Broadway at Aqueduct, along with the Critical Eye, Dancin Renee and Iroquois at Belmont Park. In 2015, La Verdad defended her title in the Dancin Renee and Iroquois at Belmont Park and she completed her career on January 9, 2016 with a victory in the Interborough at Aqueduct Racetrack.

“La Verdad was not only a racehorse. She was a symbol,” said the statement. “She represented women in racing. As a mare. As a horse trained by Linda Rice and owned by Sheila Rosenblum. And she represented our state and our tracks, as a NY bred never hesitating in the face of competition.”

The New York Racing Association, Inc., (NYRA) named a stakes race in La Verdad’s honor in 2018 offered at a distance of seven furlongs on the Aqueduct main track where the mare won on eight occasions.

La Verdad has produced four foals including three fillies along with the recent Into Mischief colt. Her first foal, La Kara Mia, a 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, is in training with Rice at Belmont Park.

McMahon of Saratoga announces stallion open house to celebrate fiftieth anniversary

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

(Edited McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds press release)

Saratoga Springs, NY—McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds is celebrating 50 years of Equine Excellence in 2020. To kick off the golden anniversary the farm announced it will host a Stallion Open House on Sunday, March 8 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Breeders will be able to inspect McMahon’s 2020 leading NY Stallion Central Banker and the latest stallion addition, Solomini, a multiple Grade 1 two-year-old by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin.

Joining them for his first season at McMahon is Redesdale, who stood at Hidden Lake Farm in 2019, his first year at stud. “Redesdale bred 81 mares in 2019,” said Joe McMahon. “With his breeding, being by Speightstown and out of a graded stakes-winning full sister to Danehill, there is just loads of upside to him.”

Attendees are encouraged to arrive with broodmare pedigrees as the farm will be offering Open House-Day Deals, including foal shares, mare share, and co-breeder contracts for approved mares. Bonus seasons with signed contracts, and loyalty discounts will be offered.

Central Banker, the second leading North American third crop sire by cumulative dirt earnings leads the roster in stud fee at $7,500, Solomini stands for $6,500, Redesdale at $5,000 and champion sire Teuflesberg is $3,000. All fees are live foal.

Light refreshments will be served.

For details contact McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds (518) 587-3426.

Sequel announces Arindel Farm’s support for Union Jackson

Friday, February 7th, 2020

© Barbara Livingston

(Edited Sequel press release)

Arindel Farm, a leading Florida based owner/breeder,  has joined Sequel Stallions New York in support of Union Jackson. Twelve mares from the farm in Florida will go to New York to be bred to the Stonestreet son of Curlin.

“The exceptionally speedy Union Jackson is not only by two-time Horse of the Year and exceptional sire, Curlin, he is out of Hot Dixie Chick, who was not only the fastest two-year-old filly of her crop but is also half-sister to Grade 1 Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming. He presents the perfect opportunity for us to really double down on the New York program,” explains Arindel Farm’s Brian Cohen. “I can’t imagine a better team than Sequel New York and Stonestreet who have already been supporting the stallion with very nice mares.”

“We couldn’t be more excited about the Arindel mares coming to Union Jackson this year. Many of them are by their stallion Brethren which is a perfect cross. Not only are they physically a good match for him, but they are also from some very nice families,” said Becky Thomas. “There are stakes winners and stakes producers including the full-sister to Grade 1 stakes winner Bustin Stones and current multiple stakes winner Cookie Dough, a half to multiple Grade 1 stakes winner and millionaire Lava Man and a half to Grade 1 stakes winner Dialed In.”

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 $273,874.

Union Jackson was New York’s most popular first crop sire in 2018 by number of mares bred (78) and his first crop are yearlings of 2020. He stands at Sequel Stallions New York for a 2020 fee of $5,000.

The Lieutenant’s first foal is a filly

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Photo courtesy Sequel Stallions

By Sarah Mace

The first foal by late stallion The Lieutenant is a filly born Saturday, February 1 at Keane Stud for breeder Meadow Hill Lane Farm.

She is out of Keysong, a Kentucky-bred winner by Songandaprayer who has already produced a winner. Keysong’s second foal, Kentucky-bred Song of the Nile by Pioneerof the Nile, brought $575,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale. Keysong is a half-sister to Pebble Stakes winner Miss Catalyst and from the family of 1978 Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly Tempest Queen.

“We will cherish every foal we get by The Lieutenant and are very happy that the first one came to one of our favorite New York breeders, Meadow Hill Lane Farm,” said Sequel owner Becky Thomas.

A talented, graded stakes-winning miler, The Lieutenant by Street Sense was a half-brother to Triple Crown winner Justify. Tragically, he was among four stallions killed at Haras Barlovento in Cañete, Peru after farm invasion on Dec. 21.

Stephanoatsee sires first winner at Aqueduct

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

NYRA/Coglianese Photos

(By Eric Mitchell, courtesy

Sequel Stallions New York’s second-crop sire Stephanoatsee sired his first winner Friday, January 31 when his daughter My My Michelle won a one-mile maiden special weight at Aqueduct Racetrack.

My My Michelle is a 3-year-old homebred for Len Riggio’s My Meadowview Farm, which also bred and raced multiple graded-placed stakes winner Stephanoatsee. Trained by Michelle Nevin, the filly placed in both her two starts at 2 and went off the favorite Jan. 31. She stalked pacesetter Beautiful Karen, wearing her down in the stretch and drawing away to win by 2 1/2 lengths. The final time was 1:44.17 on a fast track.

Bred in New York, My My Michelle is the first winner out of the stakes-placed Noble Causeway daughter Canal Six. The mare’s family includes grade 3 winner Pataky Kid , grade 3-placed stakes winner Prominent Feather, and black-type winners Gambler’s Justice and Wild Remarks. Canal Six has a 2-year-old colt by Shackleford named Acasha’s Intuition and is expecting a foal by Big Brown this year.

Stephanoatsee, an A.P. Indy half brother to Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Shackleford (Forestry), won the listed Barbaro Stakes at 3 and placed in the Strub Stakes (G2) and Discovery Handicap (G3) before being retired with a 3-4-1 record out of 21 starts. As a sire, he has been represented by three starters and stands for a private fee at Sequel Stallions.

Redesdale produces first foal

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

By Sarah Mace

New York-based sire Redesdale, a son of Speightstown, has produced his first foal — a filly born on Chris Bernhard’s Hidden Lake Farm in Stillwater New York. The news was announced on January 23.

The filly is out of Rgirldoesn’tbluff, a stakes-winning and graded stakes-placed Virginia-bred daughter of Pine Bluff. The earner of more than $240,000 in 25 career starts, she has already produced a pair of winners.

Redesdale is out of Grade 3 winner Harpia, by Danzig, who is a full sister to breed-shaping sire Danehill and granddaughter of Natalma, the dam of Northern Dancer.

Redesdale dominated the competition in his first three starts before his career was cut short by injury in his fourth start, the Grade 3 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland.

Redesdale stands at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds for a 2020 stud fee of $5,000.

Frank Conversation sires first foal at Saratoga Glen Farm

Friday, January 17th, 2020

By Sarah Mace

Frank Conversation was represented by his first foal on January 17, 2020 when Looksgoodfromhere foaled a chestnut filly at Saratoga Glen Farm, who bred and owns the youngster.

Looksgoodfromhere is a winning New York-bred daughter of Freud, whose first foal, Missionatthespa by Mission Impazible, is a winner. Looksgoodfromhere is also a half-sister to the dam of stakes winner Giant Cruiser. The filly’s second dam is Broad Expectations, a stakes performer and full-sister sister both to Breeder’s Cup Classic winner Concern and graded stakes winner Tennis Lady.

Frank Conversation by Quality Road is out of Rushen Heat (Unusual Heat), a full-sister to Grade 1 stakes winner and millionaire Unusual Suspect and Grade 1 stakes winner Golden Doc A. A multiple graded stakes winner, Frank Conversation retired with earnings of $520,965 and stands at Rockridge Stud for a 2020 fee of $5,000.

Click here for a link to foal video from the Saratoga Glen Farm Facebook page as the filly finds her feet for the first time.


Destin’s first foal is colt

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Photo courtesy Sequel

(Edited Sequel press release)

The first foal sired by Destin was born at Saratoga Glen Farm for breeder Amber Cobb on January 11. The dark bay colt is the first foal out of the placed Take Charge Indy mare Jurere, who is from the immediate family of Grade 1 millionaires Summer Squall, Court Vision and champion A.P. Indy. Jurere was bred in New York by SF Racing Group, Inc.

A full brother to Grade 1 stakes-winning sire Creative Cause, Destin set a new track record in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby winning by a length going 1:42 4/5 in the 1 1/16 mile contest. 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.

Destin is a 5-year-old son of champion sire Giant’s Causeway out of Grade 1 millionaire and graded-stakes producing Dream Of Summer who defeated Ashado in the G1 Apple Blossom. 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 Stallions New York for Gainesway Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Farm and Sequel. Destin, who bred 84 mares in 2019, will be available for inspection at the Sequel Open House on January 19.


Sequel New York refocuses stallion show on TAA contributions and breeder interaction

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

(Edited Sequel press release)

The 2020 Sequel New York stallion show on January 19 has been changed to an Open House focusing on “giving back” and breeder interaction. For every contract signed on site and for every winner of the stallion season raffle, Sequel will donate $100 to the to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) on behalf of the breeder and match the total at the end of the day. In lieu of a fancy sit-down dinner with lots of giveaways, hats and swag, this year the focus will be on the breeder.

Said owner Becky Thomas, “We have received so much feedback from our breeders regarding the tragedy in Peru and our beloved stallion, The Lieutenant. While we are heartbroken, there is nothing that we can do about it. What we can do is to help raise money for an excellent program that helps horses here in the United States.”

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit TAA accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Since 2012, the TAA has awarded more than $17.2 million to accredited aftercare organizations. For more information on donating to the TAA, visit

“We have been putting these shows on for many years and have spent so much money to do so. We feel the money will be better spent this way and it will give us the opportunity to spend time with our breeders and to talk to them about their horses,” added Thomas. “The new open house format also gives our breeders an opportunity to meet Dr. Bill McQuire, our new assistant manager, as well as welcoming our new 2020 interns from Arkansas to South Africa.”

Stallions will be shown throughout the day and the raffle will be held the following Friday giving breeders more time to sign up. Standing at Sequel in 2020 are Freud, Destin, Laoban, Mission Impazible, Stephanoatsee and Union Jackson.

The Open House will take place Sunday, January 19 from 12-4 at the farm in Hudson, NY. A light lunch will be served. For more details, please visit the Sequel website at or call the office: (800) 925-2913.

Contact: Molly Lightner at (800) 925-2913.