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Eric Fein goes to $450k for NY-bred Majesticperfection colt to conclude OBS April

Sat, 2016-04-23 08:51

By Sarah Mace

The top-priced New York-bred to change hands at the four-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 April sale of two-year-olds in training was among the last, but well worth the wait. In Friday’s concluding session, a chestnut colt by Majesticperfection (Hip 1090) sold from the consignment of RiceHorse Stables to Eric Fein for $450,000. He became the eighth best-seller overall.

A speedy individual, who breezed a co-bullet furlong under tack in :9 4/5, the colt was bred by Burleson Farms and purchased as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale by Emerald Sales for $92,000.

Agent Ian Brennan, who signed the ticket for the colt, told the TDN, “We loved his work and pretty much everything about him. He’s a New York-bred. He came back from the work really sound and he was clean on X-rays and he is a colt that we liked from the breeze show and he’s just been showing himself really well. He acts like he has a ton of class.”

As to the price tag, Brennan added, “Good colts are bringing this kind of money here, but looking at the pedigree you’d like to be getting him in the $300-350,000 range. But we had to give that little extra for him.”

The colt is out of Magic Belle, a multiple winner and six-figure earner by Gold Case, who was purchased by Lyn Burleson at the 2010 Keeneland January sale for $26,000. The mare herself brought $425,000 as an OBS 2-year-old in 2004 and has since produced three winners from three foals to start. The colt’s second dam is stakes placed Magical Thinking and there is abundant black type under the fourth dam Roar N’ Honey.

In all 73 New York-bred juveniles were offered at OBS, of whom 51 sold (including four private sales) for a 30.1% buyback rate, above the 22.6% RNA percentage for the sale.

The New York-bred average was a strong $68,627, in the context of a record-breaking sale with a seven-figure seller and record average price of $79,211. The New York-bred median of $50,000 outperformed the record sale median of $47,000.

Harlan’s Holiday colt tops New Yorkers Thursday at OBS

Fri, 2016-04-22 08:17

By Sarah Mace

The penultimate session of the four-day Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 April sale of two-year-olds in training continued to yield solid results for New York-bred juveniles, featuring an increase in median, somewhat improved RNA percentage and a new top Empire State-bred colt, an individual by Harlan’s Holiday who went to Sterling Racing LLC for $165,000.

Of the 56 New York-bred 2-year-olds offered through the first three sessions, 38 have sold (including three private sales), yielding a 32.1 RNA percentage, which is more or less in line with the 28 percent cumulative RNAs for the sale. The New York-bred average to date is $64,763, still under the sale average of $78,036 (up 1.7%) which benefitted from a seven-figure sale and a handful of other standouts yesterday. The New York-bred median of $47,500 is now outperforming the sale median of $45,000.

The top-selling New York-bred of Thursday’s session was Hip 619, a dark bay/brown colt by Harlan’s Holiday bred by Len Riggio’s My Meadowview LLC. A graduate of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale in Saratoga last summer, where he was purchased by De Meric Stables for $90,000, and consigned by de Meric Sales at OBS, the colt turned in a :10 2/5 breeze in the under tack show. He is the first foal out of Charlotte’s Rose, a placed Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Cry.

The OBS April sale concludes on Friday, with the final session beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Silver Mission first starter, first winner for Mission Impazible

Thu, 2016-04-21 16:23

By Sarah Mace

As the 2-year-old racing season begins to take hold in New York, Silver Mission, the first starter for New York-based sire Mission Impazible, got a stern test in his debut, an open 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race that kicked off the card at Aqueduct on Thursday.

The Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Sequel Racing homebred was forced to battle well-regarded Fuhrlong (Langfuhr) right to wire and then survive a post-race inquiry into the somewhat bumpy stretch run, but in the event, emerged with a gutsy three-quarter length victory.

The grey/roan Todd Pletcher trainee, bet down to 1-5 favoritism by post time, made his way to the lead after a first quarter in 22.18, but was destined to be attended to the wire by Fuhrlong (Langfuhr).

The pair were inseparable through a half in 46.52 and battled to finish line, but Silver Mission put on a final burst of speed under jockey John Velazquez to capture the victory in a final time of 53.25 which withstood the scrutiny of the stewards.

The colt’s sire, Mission Impazible (Unbridled’s Song), stands at Sequel Stallions New York for a 2016 stud fee of $7,500. After being tabbed as a TDN Rising Star at two after breaking his maiden first out during the 2009 Keeneland spring race meet, he went to to win the 2010 Grade 2 Louisiana Derby and 2011 Grade 2 New Orleans H. He ran second in three Grade 1 races, the 2012 Donn H., 2011 Clark H. and 2011 Stephen Foster H. and retired at the end of the 2012 season with earnings of nearly $1.3 million.

Silver Mission’s dam is Grade 3 winner and $438,843-earner Nashinda, who is a half-sister to Canadian champion Archers Bay (Silver Deputy).

Silver Mission, as a New York-sired New York-bred, earned, in addition to the $60,000 winner’s share of the purse, a 30% breeder’s award for his victory ($18,000), a 20% open company owner’s award ($12,000) and 10% stallion owner’s award ($6,000) from the Fund. Moreover,  with added Fund and NYRA incentives this spring for the New York 2-year-old racing program, Twin Creeks Racing/Sequel Racing earned a $9,000 owner’s bonus and Todd Pletcher earned a $4,000 trainer’s bonus.



New York-breds keep pace with median through first half of OBS April

Thu, 2016-04-21 10:10

By Sarah Mace

After two of the four days of trading at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 April sale of two-year-olds in training, the New York-bred market is holding steady, keeping pace with the median of the general population of the sale, while producing a trio of six-figure horses.

Of 36 Empire State-breds offered in Tuesday and Wednesday’s sessions, 23 have sold (36.1% RNA percentage) for an average price of $63,652 and median of $45,000. The median matches the sale median thus far, which is unchanged from last year. The average has not quite kept pace with the general sale average which is $74,092 through session two. Total RNAs so far have come it at 28.9%.

Three individuals have sold for six figures, the top filly of Tuesday’s opening session by Shackleford, who brought $310,000, and a pair of fillies by New York sire Frost Giant, one on Tuesday and one yesterday.

Tuesday’s Frost Giant filly (Hip 96), a dark bay or brown individual foaled on Valentine’s Day 2014 and bred by Anthony Bruno, was purchased by Sallusto & Albina, Agent for $150,000. She is the second foal out of Reata’s Vixen (Sligo Bay), a six-figure earner who is a half sister to multiple stakes winner Royal Currier, who earned nearly $870,000. Graded winner Swing and Miss appears under the fourth dam.

The filly, who breezed an under tack quarter in :20 4/5, sold last summer to Web Carroll Training Center for $57,000 at the Fasig-Tipton preferred New York-bred yearling sale. Her OBS consignor was Southern Chase Farm, Inc. (Greg & Karen Dodd), Agent.

Wednesday’s Frost Giant filly (Hip 400), a chestnut foaled on March 29, 2014, was hammered down to George and Stephanie Autry for $100,000 on the nose after posting a sharp furlong in :10 1/5 for consignor Scanlon Training & Sales.

Bred by Gabriel Duignan, the filly is the third foal out of Watch Smartly, a multiple winner by Smart Strike and out of multiple stakes winner and graded stakes performer Watch Rachel. Watch Rachel’s dam Watch Wendy is also a stakes winner.

The April sale continues Thursday and Friday, with sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m.


New York-bred juvenile by Shackleford top filly at OBS April opener

Wed, 2016-04-20 09:11

By Sarah Mace

A dark bay/brown New York-bred filly by Shackleford fetched $310,000 from Narvick International to emerge as the top-selling female and co-second top seller overall in the opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 April sale of two-year-olds in training. Additionally, the eleven New York-breds who sold in Wednesday’s first session posted a strong performance, outperforming the general population of the sale in both average and median.

The filly topper, Hip 128, is an April 30 foal, who was bred by Peter Kazamias’ Kaz Hill Farm near Middletown. A graduate of Fasig-Tipton’s preferred New York-bred yearling sale last summer, she went to IBA for $125,000. At OBS she breezed a quarter in :20 4/5 in the under tack show.

The Shackleford filly is the second foal out of Royal Affection, a three-time winner by Vindication, whom Kazamias bought in foal for $30,000 from the 2014 Keeneland January sale. Out of Royal Tigress, a stakes winner in Ireland, Royal Affection is a half sister to graded winner Tiger Ride (Candy Ride) and stakes winner Ol Donyo by Curlin. Graded and stakes winner abound under the sale filly’s third and fourth dam.

The filly is headed to Japan. Steve Venosa of SGV Thoroughbreds, who consigned the 2-year-old on behalf of a pinhooking partnership, told the TDN, “Anytime you lead a horse up there and are able to sell it, you are very pleased, so we were very happy with the price. She is going to a great home. Given she is a New York-bred, you always want to see them perform at Saratoga, but I’m sure going over [to Japan], she will definitely show up and do well over there.”

Venosa continued, “She had a good overall frame and a very athletic walk [as a yearling]. She looked like she had a very good disposition on her and just the way she conducted herself for the sale–she showed the same in the afternoon as she did in the morning, so we liked that about her. She just had a really elegant walk, the way it flowed.”

As to her development over the winter, Venosa said, “She was one that was always a late bloomer, but she was always just doing everything right. So, we had felt being that she was an April foal, we would target her for this sale. She was peaking at the right time and it was evident by her performance here.”

Of the 16 New York-bred juveniles offered during the sale opener, 11 sold for an average of $84,000 and median $75,000, indicators which outperformed the sale stats, which were strong. The average overall for the session was $72,601 (up 27% from $57,189 in 2015) and the sale median price was $47,000 (up 17.5% from $40,000 a year ago to $47,000).

The OBS April sale continues daily through Friday, each of the remaining three sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.

Effinex back in the winner’s circle after G2 Oaklawn Handicap

Sat, 2016-04-16 22:43

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By Sarah Mace

Third to Melatonin as a beaten favorite in his March seasonal debut in the Santa Anita Handicap, New York-bred champion and 2015 Horse of the Year Effinex turned the tables impressively on that rival in Saturday’s Grade 2, $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap after a protracted duel.

Top-weighted at 121 pounds in the eight-horse field and ridden for the fourth straight time by jockey Mike Smith in the 1/18-mile contest, the 5-year-old son of Mineshaft was bet down to 8-5 favoritism. Melatonin was 2-1 second choice.

Backers expected to Effinex to return to the form he enjoyed last year, when he won the Grade 1 Clark, Grade 2 Suburban and Grade 3 Clark, and ran second to American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It was not unreasonable that he would move forward at Oaklawn for trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

In Santa Anita, Effinex’ first start after a 3 1/2-month lay-off, he suffered from the combined liabilities of time off, a long ship to California and a dramatic case of hives on race day. This time around the horse had been settling in at Oaklawn since the beginning of the week under the care of trainer Jerkens’ assistant Kent Sweezey and all systems seemed to be go

Breaking from the outside post, Effinex moved up quickly after the bell to join early leader Melatonin from post three and Blofeld from post one, who were also both aggressive out of the gate.

Entering the first turn as a close second to Melatonin, Effinex latched on to his rival for the length of the backstretch, applying increasing pressure rounding the far turn and heading into the stretch. The clock registered 23.18 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 47.85 for the half-mile and 1:12.05 for six furlongs.

Effinex gained a slight advantage over Melatonin with three furlongs to go and held tenaciously to the lead. Mike Smith, who rode Effinex confidently from the start, asked for a little extra in the final furlong. Effinex responded and drew clear to win by a length. Point Piper finished third another 2 3/4 lengths back, followed across the line by Blofeld, Upstart, Domain’s Rap, Carve and Financial Modeling. The final time for nine furlongs over the fast track was 1:49.

“He was a different horse today,” said Smith. “He just wasn’t happy in California because of the hives. He battled with Melatonin down the backside and just kicked it into another gear.”

Jerkens, who watched the race on TV from New York, commented, “That was really nice. I am very pleased with what he did today. He stayed closer to the pace than he’s used to doing. He really likes that track, and he likes it fast like that.”

Continued Jerkens, “He grabbed it right away, which I was happy to see because I thought he was going to end up losing too much ground coming out of the gate [from post 8]. Mike let him run a little more to cross over and that was a good job on his part.”

When asked what lies down the road for Effinex, Jerkens said, “We don’t know what’s next. We want to get him home and get him back to the barn. We want to savor this one a little bit before think about that. It’s a long year and there are a lot of races for him.”

Effinex, a four-time grades stakes winner, has record of eight wins, two seconds and four thirds in 22 starts and earnings of $2,682,950, which elevates him to third place on the all-time New York-bred earnings list, behind 2003 Kentucky Derby hero Funny Cide ($3,529,412) and A Shin Forward, who raced exclusively in Japan ($3,421,360).

Bred by Dr. Russell S. Cohen and campaigned by his 84-year-old mother Bernice’s Tri-Bone Stables, Effinex is the only foal out of multiple stakes-winning Tri-Bone homebred What a Pear by E Dubai. What a Pear’s dam Perfect Pair was purchased by Tri-Bone as a juvenile at OBS in 1999 for $28,000. The stable is named after Cohen’s three sons, who called one another “bonehead” when they were growing up.

“Straight from the Horse’s Mouth”: Money-saving tips for breeders

Fri, 2016-04-15 08:59

By Tom Gallo

This week I thought I would quiz some of our local professionals on the subject of trying to save money on a farm or breeding operation. Here’s what we came up with…

Mike Lischin, owner of Dutchess Views Farm and NYTB Board member. Growing up near Belmont Racetrack and working on the backstretch there, Michael developed a strong interest and love of horses and horseracing.  After finishing NYU Law School and becoming an attorney, Michael began working for the world’s leading horse auction company, Fasig-Tipton, in 1978.  He lived in Midway, Kentucky for 15 years and eventually he moved back to New York to fulfill his desire to live and work on his own farm and take advantage of the exceptional NY-bred Program

Lere Visagie, Manager of Rock Ridge Stud, has had many years of experience in the thoroughbred industry, starting in Kentucky at Taylor Made and Lanes End, and then in New York managing several large commercial breeding operations. Among these were Questroyal, Sequel and Vinery North. Rockridge is proud to have ending its first breeding season with an average in-foal rating of 93 percent.

Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, Partner and Vet for Rood & Riddle Equine Clinic in Saratoga Springs, NY, graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and began his veterinary career in Lexington, KY as an intern at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in 1996. He practiced in the Lexington area for 15 years as an ambulatory veterinarian specializing in reproduction, primary and preventative care, and sales evaluation. In 2012 Dr Ahlschwede moved to upstate New York to develop Rood & Riddle’s first practice outside of Lexington, KY.

Suzie O’Cain, Head of Stallion Management and Promotion for Saratoga Stud and NYTB Board member.

Allison Wilshere, Territory Manager & Nutrition Consultant for Cargill Animal Nutrition.

Thanks to our many contributors this week and the time they took to give us this valuable information.

Let’s get started: No matter what anybody says, it takes a bunch of money to raise a good horse. There are ways to save on certain items, but there are certain places you shouldn’t skimp.

  1. Try to consolidate your vet visits. Vet calls can be very expensive, so it’s best to line up a list of various treatments and routine work in one visit rather than have your vet make multiple visits. It’s more cost efficient for you and with the wide open spaces in NY (farms spread hither and yon) your Vet will also appreciate it. You can also purchase worming medication and worm your own mares on a regular basis, rotating according to the season and taking fecals to monitor worm infestation or the lack thereof.
  1. Feed is one of the biggest costs on a farm. Investing in a successful feeding program can offer financial benefits by improving breeding efficiency, maximizing return at the sale and performance. Did you know that mineral and amino acid deficiencies dramatically impact conception rates, breeding efficiency of mares and stallions and foal health? Getting and keeping mares bred and producing healthy, mature foals through proper nutrition will save you money on your investment in each horse. A mature, well-muscled and sleek-coated animal stands out at the sale and is physically prepared to begin training. Remember, forage is 80% of the horse’s diet and has a huge impact on your horse’s’ condition. An investment in the best forage within your budget is a smart choice. Having your forage and soil tested will help prevent any deficiencies that can lead to health issues and decreased performance. Once this information is known, a concentrate (grain or ration balancer) should be chosen to balance the vitamin, mineral, amino acids and calorie needs for each group of horses on your farm. A nutrition consultant can work with you, your veterinarian and the rest of your team to develop a feeding program that helps reach your goals, within your budget.
  1. Purchasing feed and hay in bulk and having large loads delivered all at once will also save you money. Not to say that the quality of the grain or forage should be compromised but buying in bulk always helps. Speaking of feed, if you see feed all over the floor of the stall after your horse is done eating then it may be time to get those teeth floated. It’s another expense but it will save you money in the long run with more efficient intake of nutrition for the horse and less money spent on your feed bill.
  1. Finding tack, such as halters and lead shanks, as well as traps like buckets, stall webbings and tack boxes at auctions, online or on craigslist will save you money. Always purchasing new can be very costly. If these items were lightly used, a good scrub can bring them back to a like-new condition.
  1. A mating for your mare in the form of purchasing a Stallion season is probably one of your biggest yearly investments. In communicating with fellow breeders, stallion farms or bloodstock agents, it helps to bundle multiple mares to get a discount on the price of a stallion season. Some farms offer co-breeder options where you will not owe a stud fee; instead, the stallion owner is due 50% of the breeders’ awards from the foal during its racing career.
  • Pay attention to the number of charity season auctions that start in November of each year to perhaps find a bargain on a stallion that fits your budget and your mare. Also if you have a young mare with a consistent produce record who is foaling early, a no guarantee season may be a way to save money. These seasons are paid up front with no guarantee of a live foal but are discounted sometimes as much as 25 – 50%. Note that many charity auction seasons are sold on a no-guarantee basis, but some auctions offer a free return if you do not get a live foal. A traditional no-guarantee season means buyer beware; if your mare does not conceive you will not get the money back. That’s why it is essential to have a mare that is a good produce risk. You can also purchase insurance to cover your investment but the premiums can be expensive depending on the age and produce record of the mare and the age and fertility of the stallion. Consult your local horse insurance broker for quotes.
  • Another way to save by not putting any money up is a foal share or a mare share. In a foal share the mare owner breeds the mare to the stallion for free with a contractual agreement that when the foal sells the proceeds of sale are split between the mare owner and the stallion owner. This can be 50/50 or can be a different percentage based on the value of the use of the mare for one year and the value of the stallion season. Also the agreement can be to sell as a weanling or a yearling or may give the mare owner the right to choose. The agreement can also contain a right for the mare owner to buy the resulting foal at some set price prior to an auction sale.
  • A variation on the foal share in New York is a co-breeder arrangement where instead of sharing the sales proceeds the mare owner and stallion owner share the breeder and/or stallion awards.
  • In a mare share, the mare owner pays nothing up front but agrees to sell the mare in the fall or winter breeding stock auctions. The stallion owner lets the mare owner breed for free but gets a percentage of the sales price when the mare sells. What percentage each gets is negotiable depending on the relative values of the mare to the season price. This is a good way to get a mare sold in foal to a more commercial horse than the mare owner might afford. The stallion owner is interested because he gets another mare booked and if things go well he can get more than the stud fee.
  1. Over all, the best way to save money is to give your horse the best care possible! It is preventative medicine to offer your livestock (in this case bloodstock) the best hay and feed you can afford. Add to this a regularly scheduled worming and vaccination program and you can eliminate many unnecessary (or emergency) vet calls.
  1. Read, communicate and investigate. Things are always evolving, upgrading and changing in the world of horse care, nutrition and veterinary science. Consult your vet, feed rep and bloodstock or sales agent and get the latest on what’s going on in the world of horse husbandry, care and prep. No question is dumb and no insight or observation is unwelcome. After all, you’ve got a lot invested and at the end of the day we all want to breed and raise a champion! Good Luck because you need that too. Lots of it!

Thank you to all of our contributors  for your time and I am sure the information you have provided will be helpful to many breeders and owners out there and to those who are looking to get into the business.

Watch for more helpful interviews and save the date for our next LIVE Educational Seminar on April 30 at the Fasig-Tipton pavilion! If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions for future dialogue, feel free to email them to



Macagone wires Danger’s Hour

Sun, 2016-04-10 22:56

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By Sarah Mace

Speedy Trinity Farm homebred Macagone, a gelded son of Artie Schiller, picked up his first stakes win at Aqueduct on Sunday when he led the field gate-to-wire to win the open $100,000 Danger’s Hour run at one mile, the first New York turf stakes of 2016.

Macagone had been freshened since his final start of 2015 which was also his first stakes effort for conditioner Michelle Nihei: Gulfstream’s El Prado Stakes on December 12.

Only fourth choice of six to take the Danger’s Hour over the yielding turf at 6-1 odds, the gelding was partnered with the hot-handed Jose Ortiz, who had been in the irons for the 5-year-old’s maiden breaker at Belmont Park in June 2014.

Out of the gate cleanly and alertly, Macagone assumed his customary place on the lead and bowled along with a two-, then three-length advantage through solid splits of 24.44, 48.41 and 1:12.21.

Still unchallenged at the top of the lane, Macagone drew away through midstretch. With a furlong left to go, favorite Takeover Target closed the gap, but Macagone had plenty still left in the tank to make the outcome anything but a certainty, winning by a clear 3 1/2 lengths in a final time of 1:36.96.

Takeover Target finished second 1 1/4 length in front of Fredericksburg and completing the order of finish were: Legendary, New York-bred turf champion Lubash who was making the first start of his 9-year-old campaign, and Late Night. [VIDEO]

Jose Ortiz said, “[Macagone] wanted the speed of the race and I went to the lead early. It’s good to have speed in a race on the turf because the turns here at Aqueduct are tight and the horses come from behind sometimes and they don’t want to go to the wire. This is a nice horse, he looked great today, and Michelle Nihei brought him back really well.”

A consistent runner throughout his restricted and open conditions, Macagone has five wins, three seconds and four thirds from 18 starts and has earned $295,742. His dam Isabel Away, a winning daughter of Skip Away, has produced another successful turf runner, Birchwood Road by Pure Prize, a three-time grass winner of nearly $200,000.

Isabel Away currently has a 2-year-old full brother to Birchwood Road, a yearling colt by Colonel John, and was bred last year to Freud.