SARATOGA STUD LLC SET FOR DECEMBER OPENING
Plans remain on schedule for the late-December grand opening of Saratoga Stud LLC, a new stallion complex which will complete the full-service Thoroughbred breeding facility located just east of Saratoga Springs. Saratoga Stud, will be headed by C. Lynwood O'Cain, DVM , his wife, Suzie, and Rick Burke. Dr. O'Cain, as Resident Veterinarian, oversaw the entire breeding operation of Highcliff Farm for twenty three years, while his wife was in charge of stallion promotion and development.
Located on part of the 300-acre Irish Hill Century Farm, owned by Rick Burke, the farm is listed on the National Historical Registry. Irish Hill has been in operation since 1883, and currently provides sales preparation, boarding and transportation of Thoroughbreds, specializing in broodmare care and foaling. The O'Cains ran Highcliff Farm for Carl Lizza and partner Joe Bartone for over twenty years. Highcliff was home to several of Carl Lizza's 2014 Freshman sire Cosmonaut, standing at Saratoga Stud LLC. The O'Cains are committed financially and passionately to the success of Saratoga Stud and have five other former Highcliff stallions on the Saratoga Stud roster: Bob and John, Congaree, Maybry's Boy, Smart Bid and Stonesider.
Like the O'Cains, Burke is looking forward to beginning the new partnership and attracting some new stallions to add to the current stallion roster for the 2014 breeding season. "We provide care for horses of all ages, primarily from the day they are born until they leave the farm for sales or training," said Rick Burke, partner in Saratoga Stud and owner/manager of Irish Hill Century Farm. "We are now going to become a one-stop shop. Whatever the horse needs, we supply it."
Rafael Bejarano won the 67-year-old San Gabriel for an amazing sixth
straight time with the 6-5 favorite. Jeranimo, who charged from last in
the field of seven at the top of the lane to win in a sharp time of 1:46
flat for 1 1/8 miles on firm turf.
6th-AQU, $60,000, Msw, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:13 1/5, gd. HEY KIDDO (f, 3, Stonesider--Kid Silver, by Silver Ghost) had finished second in her four previous starts, including the New York Stallion Series Fifth Avenue S. here Nov. 23 and last time over this track and trip Dec. 21.
Don't Tell Sophia, never out of the money in any of her seven starts last term, captured Churchill Downs-GII Chilukki S. Nov. 2 and finished the year with a runner-up effort in the GII Falls City H. there Nov. 28. Supported as the heavy favorite for this title defense, the bay bobbled at the start and trailed the field in the early going. Settling into stride, she began to inch up the outside after an opening quarter in :23.16. Don't Tell Sophia was even with the leader exiting the bend and drew clear late under a hand ride to score.
Plans remain on
schedule for the mid-December grand opening of Saratoga Stud LLC, a new
stallion complex which will complete the full-service Thoroughbred
breeding facility located just east of Saratoga Springs.
Stud, will be headed by C. Lynwood O'Cain, DVM , his wife, Suzie, and
Rick Burke. Dr. O'Cain, as Resident Veterinarian, oversaw the entire
breeding operation of Highcliff Farm for twenty three years, while his
wife was in charge of stallion promotion and development.
Marvin's Miracle, game at the Spa, gives NY freshman sire Cosmonaut first progeny winner 08/08/2013--by Sarah Mace, for New York Thoroughbred Breeders New York freshman sire Cosmonaut, a multiple graded stakes
winner on dirt and turf from coast-to-coast for the late Carl Lizza's
Flying Zee Stable, got his first progeny winner Thursday at Saratoga when Bacon
Barn's Marvin's Miracle, bred by Flying Zee, came again in the
stretch to win the fifth race, a 1 1/16-mile turf contest for New York-bred
Jeranimo, by Congaree, winner of the Grade 1 Eddie Read
Stakes on turf last Saturday, will attempt to win his second Grade 1 race of
the meeting in the Pacific Classic, trainer Mike Pender said Wednesday.
There had been discussions about sending Jeranimo to
Arlington Park for the Arlington Million on Aug. 17, but Pender said the
Pacific Classic has more appeal.
"I don't want to ship," Pender said.
"He likes to run out of his own stall."
Owned by B.J. Wright and Robert LaPenta, Jeranimo won his
second turf stakes of 2013 in the Eddie Read over 1 1/8 miles. A winner of 10
of 35 starts and $1,400,864, Jeranimo finished eighth in the 2011 Pacific
Classic, his most recent start on a synthetic track.
The Pacific Classic is run over 1 1/4 miles, and Pender
thinks Jeranimo can get the distance.
"He can run all day," Pender said. "I
think it fits."
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