Mullion has first mares in Foal


Juddmonte homebred Mullion, a son of Into Mischief and full brother to Mandaloun, stands at Sequel Stallions New York. Coady Photography

Press release distributed on behalf of Sequel New York

Mullion, TDN Rising-Star and full-brother to Mandaloun, has first mares confirmed in foal. Mullion is by 4-Time Champion Sire, Into Mischief and out of

the multiple group winning Empire Maker mare, Brooch. Mullion stands at Sequel New York in partnership with Juddmonte Farm. STILLNESS, by Constitution, is a half-sister to G2 Pat O’Brien S. Winner, LAUREL RIVER (Into Mischief), was the first to be reported in-foal for Breeder, Juddmonte Farm. This report was immediately followed by a second confirmed mare in foal. ROCKIN EMMZY, by Tale of the Cat, and half-sister to black-type winner, OCEANIC, was also reported in foal for Richard Kern’s All In The Family Racing.

A full-brother to 2021 G1 Kentucky Derby winner, Mandaloun, Mullion’s speed exceeded even the highest of expectations. In only his second career start, after a 14-month layoff, Mullion showed absolute brilliance when breaking his maiden going a mile at Churchill Downs by 10 lengths. The performance garnered national recognition, a TDN Rising-Star title and an impressive


Mullion blasted a field of maidens off a more than 14-month layoff in early November at Churchill Downs. Coady Photography.

“Mullion is a beast to look at,” trainer Brad Cox said. “He showed freakish brilliance, so much so that we were pointing him to the Grade 1 Malibu after his 10-length romp at Churchill. He was a rare talent.”

The eye-catching performance garnered national recognition, a TDN Rising-Star title and an impressive 4- Ragozin number, faster than Cody’s Wish’s 2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile figure.


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New York Equine Industry grows to $7 Billion Economic Impact

[1]Press release distributed on behalf of Saddle Up NY!

According to the New York State Equine Economic Impact Study (a ‘breakout study’ from the American Horse Council National study), the New York equine industry contributes $7 billion to the state’s economy and has a total employment impact of 52,319 jobs. These figures document growth in both economic and employment impact since the prior study conducted in 2016 ($5.3 billion and 42,400 jobs). The economic impact figures land New York in the top 10 states for equine economic impact and reinforce the importance of the New York equine industry as a significant contributor to the overall economy of the state.

Economic impact comes from spending on the horse itself (including feed, veterinary care, training costs, boarding costs, riding supplies, etc.) as well as spending related to involvement with equines. Those related expenditures include land, buildings, tractors, trucks, fuel oil and taxes. The economic impact goes further and includes horse owner and enthusiast spending on travel, dining and lodging while attending and/or participating in events – to the tune of $2.4 billion. Much of that spending is felt in the communities hosting events and competitions.

Demonstrating the variety of equine engagement in the state, the Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeds remain the top breeds in NY while the Quarter Horse Breed showed the most growth in the state. Trail riding landed at the top of household equine participation with just under 10% of households in New York participating in trail riding. The vast majority (87%) do so on public lands.

In terms of number of equines, the American Horse Council report identifies a decline both Nationally and in New York. Nationally, the figure moved from 7.2 Million to 6.7 Million for a 6.9% decline. In NY, the decline was smaller at 4.7% moving the figure from 154,000 to 146,700. New York ranks 16th nationally in total equine population.

Overall, the findings in the New York State Equine Economic Impact Study provide insights useful in understanding the state’s equine industry and the myriad of ways that equines are important to the overall economy and the lives and livelihood of many households in New York.

The New York State Economic Impact study was commissioned by SaddleUpNY! Industry Partners and made possible through the generous contributions of the following Industry Partners and friends: New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Old Field Farm, Ltd, Blue Chip Farm, John Madden Sales, Cornell University Hospital for Animals, New York Farm Bureau, New York State Horse Council, Karin Bump and Timothy Williams, Sally Lynch, Kent Nutrition, and Triple Crown Nutrition. In addition, a linked GoFundMe campaign was also utilized for essential broader support from individuals across the state.

This is the first of a series of press releases focusing on the results of the study. Additional highlights of the New York State Economic Impact study will be released in the coming weeks. Questions can be directed to Dr. Karin Bump, executive director of SaddleUpNY! at

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First reported foal for Fire At Will


Fire At Will’s first reported foal, a colt out of Marital Joy. Photo courtesy of Sequel Stallions/Kate Stephenson Photography.

The first reported foal by Sequel Stallions’ Fire At Will was born last week at Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds in Fort Edward.

Bred by Horse Haven Racing, the colt is the first foal out of the unraced 4-year-old Practical Joke mare Marital Joy. Marital Joy comes from the family of Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Shared Account, dam of Eclipse Award finalist Sharing, the TDN Rising Star and winner of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Fire At Will, a 6-year-old son of Declaration of War out of the Kitten’s Joy mare Flirt, stands for $5,000 at Sequel New York in Hudson. He bred 42 mares in his first season at Sequel.

“The colt has a lot of scope to him. He has a good hind end, like his sire, and is overall very well balanced. This is exactly what we were hoping to see out of the first crop for Fire At Will,” said Sequel’s Becky Thomas

Campaigned by Three Diamonds Farm and trained by Mike Maker, Fire At Will won three of six starts and earned $675,932. Fire At Will won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2020 at Keeneland Race Course and the off-the-turf With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and Grade 3 Pilgrim on the turf at Belmont Park that same season.

Fire At Will’s dam, Flirt, sold in foal to Lemon Drop Kid for $500,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale. He’s the first foal out of the mare, who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Decorated Invader (by Declaration of War), stakes winner Jubliant Girl and stakes-placed Cabral.

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Keepmeinmind sires first foal at Sequel


Keepmeinmind’s first foal, a filly out of the Carpe Diem mare Wintrily, born Saturday at Sequel New York. Photo courtesy of Sequel New York.

The first foal for Grade 2 winner Keepmeinmind was born Saturday at Sequel New York in Hudson. Bred by Sequel Thoroughbreds LLC and Lakland Farm, the filly is the third foal out of the unraced Carpe Diem mare Wintrily.

“We couldn’t be happier with how this foal is built,” said Sequel’s Becky Thomas. “She has a great size and shape to her, plenty of leg and has all the parts and pedigree to be a great racehorse.”

Keepmeinmind, a 6-year-old son of the late and former leading New York-based freshman sire Laoban, stands for $5,000 at Sequel New York. A major player on the 2021 Triple Crown trail, Keepmeinmind retired with a record of 2-3-3 in 14 starts and $903,237. He won the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at 2, finished fourth in the 2021 Preakness Stakes and placed in two other graded events at 3 and finished third in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at 3.

Wintrily is out of the stakes-winning Any Given Saturday mare Winter Book, who is also the dam of New York-bred stakes winner Tricky Temper. Winner of the Key Cents Stakes last year at Aqueduct, Tricky Temper finished third in the recent Franklin Square Stakes at Aqueduct.

Bred by Sequel and Lakland, Wintrily is the dam of two other New York-bred foals. Her first foal, the 3-year-old Audible colt Burkan, sold for $57,000 at the 2022 Keeneland September yearling sale. Burkan is placed in two starts.

Wintrily third foal, an unnamed 2-year-old New York-bred son of Omaha Beach, sold for $110,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale.


Help us celebrate your newest arrivals

The New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. encourages breeders and owners to submit photos and information on their new foals. Click here[2] to use our form or email[3] or[4]. Please include useful information such as foaling farm, foal’s breeder, sire, dam, foal’s gender, email and a photo.

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2024 NYTB Stallion Season Auction set for Feb. 6 – 8th on


New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction from Tuesday, February 6th to Thursday, February 8th on[2].

The annual 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.

The auction has routinely attracted donated seasons from farms in the Empire State and Kentucky, including McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Sequel New York, Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions, Rockridge Stud, Lane’s End, Darley America, Darby Dan Farm, and additional farms.

“We’re extremely proud of the widespread participation and diverse quality of stallions standing in New York state, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond for breeders to appropriately match their mare,” said New York Thoroughbred Breeders Executive Director Najja Thompson.

New York-bred program stakeholders receive more than $60 million distributed in purse money, breeding incentives, and awards for New York-breds eligible to compete in more than 600 New York-bred races run annually on the New York Racing Association circuit and Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.

Contact NYTB directly at 518.587.0777 or[3] if you are interested in donating a season.

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. Click here to register your account with in advance.

Available Seasons

*Current as of 1/30

Stallion Standing At State
Al Khali Rockridge Stud NY
Aloha West Mill Ridge Farm KY
Americanrevolution Rockridge Stud NY
Bal A Bali (BRZ) Calumet Farm KY
Basin Spendthrift Farm KY
Bee Jersey Darby Dan KY
Big Blue Kitten Calumet Farm KY
Big Brown Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Bucchero McMahon Saratoga Thoroughbreds NY
Bravazo Calumet Farm KY
Busitn Stones Waldorf Farm NY
Catalina Cruiser Lane’s End KY
Capo Kane Bonner Hill Farms PA
Catholic Boy Claiborne KY
Central Banker McMahon Saratoga Thoroughbreds NY
Channel Cat Calumet Farm KY
City of Light Lane’s End KY
Cloud Computing Pin Oak Lane Farm PA
Connect Lane’s End KY
Copper Bullet Darby Dan KY
Core Beliefs Walmac Farm KY
Country House Darby Dan KY
Disco Partner Rockridge Stud NY
Drain the Clock Gainesway Farm KY
DR Large Oriskany Creek Farm NY
Enticed Darley America KY
Epicenter Coolmore America KY
Fire At Will Sequel New York NY
Flat Out Mighty Acres OK
Fulsome Walmac Farm KY
Game Winner Lane’s End KY
Good Samaritan Winstar Farm KY
Gift Box Lane’s End KY
Gift Box Lane’s End KY
Goldencents Spendthrift KY
Honest Mischief Sequel New York NY
Honor A.P. Lane’s End KY
Hightail Calumet Farm KY
Higher Power Darby Dan KY
Idol Taylor Made KY
Jimmy Creed Spendthrift KY
Karakonite Gainesway Farm KY
Keepmeinmind Sequel New York NY
Keen Ice Calumet Farm KY
Killybegs Captain Mill Creek Farm NY
King for a Day Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Leofric Darby Dan KY
Lexitonian Calumet Farm KY
Lookin At Lee Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Maximus Mischief Walmac Farm KY
Mind Control Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Mission Impazible Sequel New York NY
Modernist Darby Dan KY
Mystic Guide Darley America KY
Outwork WinStar Farm KY
Oxbow Calumet Farm KY
Pappacap Walmac Farm KY
Producer (GB) Calumet Farm KY
Raging Bull Gainesway Farm KY
Ransom the Moon Calumet Farm KY
Redesdale McMahon Saratoga Thoroughbreds NY
Real Solution Calumet Farm KY
Sir Winston Crestwood Farm KY
Slumber Rockridge Stud NY
Solomini McMahon Saratoga Thoroughbreds NY
Spun to Run Gainesway Farm KY
Tapiture Darby Dan KY
Tapwrit Gainesway Farm KY
Tale of Ekati Darby Dan KY
Tale of Silence Darby Dan KY
Temple City Spendthrift KY
The Factor Lane’s End KY
Title Ready Darby Dan KY
Tonalist Lane’s End KY
Tourist Rockridge Stud NY
True TImber Calumet Farm KY
Union Rags Lane’s End KY
Venezuelan Hug Mill Creek Farm NY
Warrior’s Charge Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
War Dancer Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Wicked Strong Pin Oak Lane Farm PA
World of Trouble Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm KY


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Mandaloun’s full brother Mullion to stand at Sequel New York


Juddmonte homebred Mullion, a son of Into Mischief and full brother to Mandaloun, will stand the 2024 season at Sequel Stallions New York. Coady Photography

Mullion, a full-brother to 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Mandaloun, will stand the 2024 season at Sequel New York in Hudson in partnership with Juddmonte. Bred and raced by Juddmonte, the 4-year-old Mullion is by four-time leading sire Into Mischief out of the multiple group stakes-winning Empire Maker mare Brooch.

“We are incredibly fortunate and excited to be partnering with Juddmonte on such an incredible stallion prospect,” said Sequel’s Becky Thomas. “There is no denying the strength of the Into Mischief sire line and the brilliance of his progeny on the track and at stud.

“Mullion is exactly what Sequel and the New York breeders were looking for. He is a big, strong son of Into Mischief standing at nearly 16.3. He was astonishingly fast running a 4- Rag in only his second start and was so brilliant as a young horse exceeding the highest of expectations.”

Mullion will be available for inspection at Sequel New York’s Stallion Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 27 at 167 Maple Lane in Hudson.

Mullion comes from one of the great families of the English and American Stud Books with 11 generations of black-type producers. Of the 12 generations of broodmares back to Ballantrae, only one in the female line of Mullion did not earn black type.


Mullion blasted a field of maidens off a more than 14-month layoff in early November at Churchill Downs. Coady Photography.

Mullion’s speed exceeded even the highest of expectations. In only his second start and after a 14-month layoff November 5, Mullion showed absolute brilliance when breaking his maiden going 1 mile at Churchill Downs by 10 lengths.

“Mullion is a beast to look at,” trainer Brad Cox said. “He showed freakish brilliance, so much so that we were pointing him to the Grade 1 Malibu after his 10-length romp at Churchill. He was a rare talent.”

The eye-catching performance garnered national recognition, a TDN Rising-Star title and an impressive 4- Ragozin number, faster than Cody’s Wish’s 2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile figure.

To put the significance of the number into proper context, below are Ragozin numbers posted by the leading 3-year-olds of 2023:

“I believe that this horse has the kind of credentials that can make him a successful stallion which is why Juddmonte is supporting him,” said Garrett O’Rourke, Juddmonte USA general manager.

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First reported foal for Mind Control


The first foal believed be sired by Mind Control, a filly out of the Freud mare Gentle Annie, was born Thursday at Irish Hill Farm. Photo by Emily O’Neil Hopkins.

The first foal for multiple Grade 1 winner and popular second-year New York-based stallion Mind Control was believed to be born Thursday at Irish Hill Farm in Stillwater.

Bred by Blue Streak Racing LLC, the filly is out of the winning Freud mare Gentle Annie.

“She looks just like her daddy,” Irish Hill’s Rick Burke said. “We all like her a lot. One of her owners was out here and commented that she looks just like her sire. That’s a good thing. If they all come out looking like him we’ll have some runners.”

Mind Control, a 7-year-old son of Stay Thirsty who set New York records for mares bred (190) and number of mares in foal (171) in 2023, will stand for $8,500 LFSN at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions in Stillwater.

Mind Control started his career at Rockridge Stud in Hudson under the management of Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions and Rockridge Stud and the predetermined move came after the unprecedented and cooperative agreement among the state’s breeders that brought stallion to the Empire State.

Bred and raced by Stephen P. Brunetti’s Red Oak Stable, Mind Control won 12 of 29 starts with three seconds and six thirds for $2,185,834 in earnings. He was a graded stakes winner in each of his five seasons on the racetrack, and a Grade 1 winner at 2, 3 and 6.

Mind Control’s Grade 1 victories came in the 2018 Hopeful Stakes and 2019 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga Race Course and the 2022 Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct.

A New York-bred 9-year-old out of the Not For Love mare Taxi Dancer, Gentle Annie went 4-5-9 in 46 starts over six seasons and earned $205,332. The Mind Control filly is her first foal.

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Rojan Farm’s Barbara Bongard passes at 87


Barbara Bongard, who owned and operated Rojan Farm with her late sister Ellen, passed away in mid-December. NYRA Photo.

Barbara Bongard, a member of one of the New York Thoroughbred industry’s most prominent families and the owner and operator of Rojan Farms with her late sister Ellen, passed away December 16 at the age of 87.

The older of the sisters, Barbara Bongard was born September 23, 1936 in New York City, the daughter of the late Bertram F. and Rojean Bongard. Bertram F. Bongard played a key role in the formation of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund and New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.

Barbara and Ellen Bongard owned and operated Rojan Farm in Pine Plains, a flagship operation and a staple to the New York breeding industry for many years that eventually moved to 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.

The Bongards stood many successful stallions at Rojan, including Santa Anita Derby winner An Act, Northern Dancer’s son Kick, Rare Earth, Back Bay Barrister and many others.

Barbara Bongard earned an undergraduate degree from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs and a master’s degree at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She later taught physical education at Vassar College and in Bronxville and Scarsdale, along with stints as a field hockey coach. She also enjoyed reading and handicapping.

Barbara co-bred, with Rojan, stakes winner In Te Domine. A daughter of Freud who sold as a weanling for $11,000, In Te Domine won the $100,000 Statue of Liberty division of the New York Stallion Stakes in 2010 at Saratoga Race Course. In Te Domine also finished third in that year’s Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga.

Other recent leading runners bred and/or campaigned by Barbara Bongard in partnership included Fight On Lucy, a daughter of Musket Man who won three races and earned $314,429; and Fancycase, a daughter of Pomeroy who won a maiden race in 2018 at Saratoga and earned $33,556.

Services will be private. Contributions in Barbara Bongard’s name can be made to TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc., PO Box 21028 Floral Park, NY 11002, or two New Vocations, 719 Dolan Lane, Lexington, KY 40511.

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Breeding Award rate increases For New York-breds in 2024


At the December 12, meeting of The New York State Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund Corporation (the Fund) Board of Directors’, a motion was unanimously approved to increase the breeder award rates for all New York-breds who compete in New York starting January 1, 2024.

The increase in breeder awards was approved by the Fund board due to projected revenue increases expected by the Fund in 2024. An increased holdback rate from 10 percent to 15 percent will also be implemented to ensure the Fund can payout awards up to the new advertised rates. We anticipate being able to pay the holdback in its entirety upon completion of the fiscal year.

“These bigger better bonuses reward breeders for creating quality race horses,” said Tracy Egan. “Board Chairman Brian O’Dwyer encouraged the Board to find a way to get award money out the door to award earners as quickly as possible and by hiking breeder awards, we will do that.”

The new breeder’s awards rate schedule for New York-breds in 2024 is as follows:

2024 New York-Bred Program Breeder Awards

New York-Sired* 2024 Award (Percent Purse Money Earned) 2023 Award (Old rate)
First Place 40% 30%
Second Place 20% 15%
Third Place 10% 15%
Cap per Award $40,000 $40,000


Non-New York-Sired* 2024 Award (Percent Purse Money Earned) 2023 Award (Old rate)
First Place 20% 15%
Second Place 10% 7.5%
Third Place 5% 7.5%
Cap per Award $20,000 $20,000

“This historic increase in breeder awards is monumental news for all breeders currently participating in the New York-bred program. It’s another reason why New York remains the top regional state-bred program in the nation and why more breeders should bring their mares to foal in New York,” said New York Thoroughbred Breeders executive Najja Thompson.

*A breeder is the owner of the mare at the time the mare foals in New York State. There are two tiers of Breeder’s Awards for all races run in New York State:

*A New York-sired New York-bred is sired by a registered New York Stallion. A non-New York-sired New York-bred is sired by an out-of-state stallion or a non-registered New York stallion.

The New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corporation administers program awards and incentive programs for thoroughbreds foaled in New York who race on New York tracks. The program, which provides incentive awards to participants and purse enhancements for races restricted to New York-breds, was developed in 1973 to encourage the establishment of thoroughbred farms in New York that would protect and expand green space.



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Solomini stands tall as first-crop sire ahead of rich $500K NYSS events


My Shea D Lady, a $100,000 purchase at this year’s OBS April sale, became Solomini’s first winner and is expected in next week’s NYSS Fifth Avenue. Adam Coglianese/Gulfstream Photo.

Courtesy of NYRA Communications

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds has enjoyed tremendous success with Solomini, who is the leading first-crop sire standing outside of Kentucky. The now 8-year-old chestnut son of Curlin will be well represented next weekend in both the Great White Way and Fifth Avenue divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes Series, slated for December 16 at Aqueduct.

The Great White Way, for eligible New York-sired 2-year-olds, and Fifth Avenue, for eligible state-sired juvenile fillies, each carry a $500,000 purse and are run at 7 furlongs on the main track. Solomini is the sire of five of 18 horses nominated to the Great White Way and seven of 16 fillies nominated to the Fifth Avenue.

“Races like this are a big incentive when you’re selling 2-year-olds and yearlings, but 2-year-olds in particular,” said McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds’ founder Joe McMahon. “It’s a huge incentive when you tell people these horses are available for a half-million dollar race in December – that really gets their attention.”

Big Dom Racing Stable and Big Toe Stables’ Heavyweight Champs, by Solomini and out of the Officer mare Miss Bonnie, was purchased for $290,000 at the OBS April sale and is slated to make his debut in the Great White Way for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.

“We’re certainly very happy with Solomini,” said McMahon. “His 2-year-olds averaged almost $100,000 when they sold in the spring down in Ocala. We thought they might have a chance to come out running as they all worked good in the springtime.”


Wynstock, a colt from the first crop of New York-based stallion Solomini who sold for $700,000 at OBS April, runs next week in the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity. Photo provided by Caliente Thoroughbreds.

Other OBS April graduates by Solomini include Edward Allred and Jack Liebau’s maiden winner Wynstock [$700,000 at OBS April], who is nominated to the Grade 2, $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity – also on December 16 – for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. The chestnut colt, bred in New York by Empire Equines, is out of the Flatter mare Timberlea, who is a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Untrapped.

The Carlos David-trained stakes-placed My Shea D Lady [$100,000 at OBS April], bred by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, is probable for the Fifth Avenue. She is out of the Teuflesberg mare Ladyberg, who is a half-sister to multiple stakes-winner Hoosick Falls and stakes-placed Manor Prospect.

Among the leading chances in the Fifth Avenue is Bregman Family Racing, Jackpot Farm and Swinbank Stables’ Soloshot, who brought $290,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale where she breezed in :10.1.

Soloshot, bred in New York by Rhapsody Farm, is out of the multiple stakes-placed Twirling Candy mare Sweet Queen, who is a half-sister to graded stakes-winner Queen Ofthe Catsle.

The George Weaver trainee won her first two outings by dictating the tempo in 5 1/2-furlong state-bred sprints with a debut off-the-turf score in August at Saratoga Race Course and became her sire’s first stakes winner with a 2-length victory in the Lady Finger Stakes in September at Finger Lakes.


Soloshot, a 2-year-old daughter of New York-based freshman sire Solomini, won the Lady Finger at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

“We were at Finger Lakes when she won that day and we were in Saratoga when she broke her maiden, too. She’s been very impressive,” McMahon said.

McMahon said Solomini, who already has 11 winners on the year, has impressed with his versatility in runners from a variety of family lines.

“There’s no trend with regard to the broodmare sire,” McMahon said. “He’s getting a lot of different pedigrees and achieving success. I think he’ll go well with the A. P. Indy line primarily, but that remains to be seen.”

That Solomini has done well at stud comes as no surprise given a successful racing career that saw him bank $834,993 through a record of 16-2-4-5 led by Grade 1 placings as a 2-year-old in 2017 in the Frontrunnner at Santa Anita Park and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar. He crossed the wire first in front of future multiple Grade 1 winners McKinzie and Instilled Regard to close out his first year of racing in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity, but was demoted to third for interference in deep stretch.

He extended his success as a sophomore, finishing third in the 2018 Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park before splitting the field when 10th in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby won by eventual Triple Crown winner Justify.

Solomini, who stands for $7,500, was bred to 123 mares in 2020. His second dam, the dual graded stakes-winner Fleet Lady, produced multiple Grade 1-winning sire Midshipman.

“Solomini, by the results of his runners at the track and at the sales, has proven to be a formidable stallion not only in New York but across North America as well,” said Najja Thompson, executive director of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. “The strength and value of the New York Stallion Stakes Series is that it enables our program to display the quality of stallions standing in New York with their progeny competing for exceptional purses.”

McMahon said Solomini could make waves if he were to see good results by Wynstock in the Los Alamitos Futurity as well as from his bevy of runners in next weekend’s NYSS races.

“If Wynstock even becomes graded placed next week that will really auger well for Solomini,” McMahon said. “And if he [Solomini] was to win or get a couple placings in the stallion stakes next weekend, he would move up to fourth or fifth in the first-year sire list overall. He’s going in the right direction. He really has a lot of upside.”

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds also stands perennial leading New York sire Central Banker, who stands for $7,500, and Redesdale, who was New York’s leading freshman sire of 2022. Both are by the late Speightstown.


Morning Matcha, a daughter of Central Banker, kept New York’s leading sire rolling in last week’s NYSS Staten Island. Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo

Sunday proved to be a profitable one for Central Banker progeny here as the Pennsylvania-bred Morning Matcha, an $18,000 sale purchase out of the Iam The Iceman mare Home Ice, captured the NYSS Staten Island to boost her purse earnings to $899,740 through a record of 24-6-7-7. One race later, the multiple graded stakes-placed General Banker, out of the Johannesburg mare Elusive Jozi, rallied to finish second in the NYSS Thunder Rumble to improve his record to 16-2-4-3 and earnings of $506,943.

“How great is that,” exclaimed McMahon of Morning Matcha’s largesse. “Central Banker is the king of New York. He gets runners from all kinds of mares.”

Redesdale, who stands for $2,500, has demonstrated success with a smaller foal crop led by dual stakes-winner Ramblin’ Wreck, who captured the NYSS Spectacular Bid and state-bred Rick Violette on the NYRA circuit this year.

“He’s the most undervalued horse in the state,” McMahon said. “His numbers are great.”

But McMahon said he is hopeful that Solomini can propel his numbers further forward in two weeks’ time and make his own case for year-end honors in New York.

“We did good last week in the New York Stallion Stakes with a winner in one half [Morning Matcha] and a second in the other half with a 3-year-old [General Banker] against older horses,” McMahon said. “Those were huge races. We were real happy with that, so let’s hope it can continue. We’re really pleased with Solomini and think he has a really good chance to succeed.”

McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds are hosting a stallion show and open house[5] from 1-4 p.m. Saturday that will include showings of Central Banker, Solomini and Redesdale as well as newcomers Provocateur and Bucchero.

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  5. hosting a stallion show and open house:

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