2019 O.T.B.O. STALLION SEASON AUCTION*
Blazing Meadows Farm – National Flag
Duncan Farms – Animo De Valeroso; Corfu
Fair Winds Farm – Kettle Corn
JHL Horses – Segovia
Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm – Cowtown Cat (3); Mobil (3)
Poplar Creek Horse Center – Aenas; Biondetti; Birdrun; Da Big Hoss; David Copperfield; Indy Wind; King Of The Roxy; Kiss The Ghost; Kiss The Kid; Kiss The Kid; Louie Villain; Mixmaster; Parent’s Reward; Rivers Run Deep; Tidal Volume; Twinspired; Vertiformer
R.C.Cline Thoroughbred Farm – Western Pride (2)
Win Row Farm – Big Atlantic; Music City; Same As
Buck Pond Farm – Conveyance; Niagara Causeway; V.E.Day; Wildcat Red
Calumet Farm – Aikenite; Behesht (FR); Grey Swallow; Mr. Z; Musketier (GER); Optimizer; Producer (GB); Raison d’Etat; Slumber (GB); Snaly Halo (ARG); War Correspondent
Crestwood Farm – The Player
Darby Dan Farm – Bee Jersey; Poseidon’s Warrior; Run Away And Hide; Sky Kingdom; Tale of Ekati
Darley Stallions – Midshipman
Mill Ridge Farm – Keep Up
Lane’s End Farm – Connect; Honor Code; Lemon Drop Kid; Liam’s Map; Mineshaft; Mr Speaker; Noble Mission; The Factor; Tonalist; Twirling Candy; Unified
Sandringham Farm – Cigar Street
Spendthrift Farm – Wicked Strong
Three Chimney’s Farm – Fast Anna; Funtastic; Strong Mandate
WinStar – Commissioner; Paynter
Rockridge Stud – A Shin Forward; Frank Conversation; Giant Surprise; Honorable Dillon; Micromanage
Equistar – Smarty Jones; Crown
Northview – Peace and Justice
Crowns Way South – Council Member; Python
Pleasant Acre Stallions – Bucchero
Get Away Farm – Drill
Royal Vista Ranches – Doctor Chit; Sebastian County
Roland Farm – Street Magician
* Stallions being added until day before auction. You can register to bid at any time at Starquine.com
The O.T.B.O. have secured the dates January 11 9:00 p.m. to January 13 at 6:00 p.m. Let us help you with your mare traffic! Farms can submit their stallion (s) by downloading the form posted on our website under the Sales & Auction section on the masthead. You can mail or email your submissions.
Remember – we do not ever publish or reveal final bids, but we do send the sellers a contact list of the underbidders. You set your own reserve bid fee. We do pay the sales tax on stallions entered from Kentucky. The bidding will take place online through Starquine.com You can make a “reserve bid” if you cannot bid during the final hours. If you are the winning bidder, you only pay the price one level over anyone else making a final bid that is not above your “reserve.”
A very impressive group of stallions have already been entered and more are coming in on a daily basis. The growing list will be added prior to the Holidays on the website.
It appears the experiment has been a success and it is time to patent the product. Several years ago, WinStar Farm in Kentucky and Tim Hamm’s Blazing Meadows Farm in Ohio entered into a partnership with selected stallions being bred to Hamm’s mares to return to Ohio to foal. WinStar began to add their own mares to the formula and since the foals hit the track with Hamm as trainer, there have been several stakes winners and they have already produced two state champions.
With those experiences in place, WinStar has decided to expand their hoofprint in the Buckeye State by standing National Flag, a graded stakes winning colt they raced with China Horse Club International. WinBlaze LLC is the name of the recently formed alliance.
“WinBlaze LLC is something I would hope Ohio would embrace. These are things you see in a good state program. We just purchased 10 mares to move to Ohio and will have a total of 16 there,” stated Elliot Walden President/CEO & Racing Manager of WinStar.
“It’s a business venture based on two main points,” Walden emphasized. “The first is the health of the Ohio Program and it looks to be strong. The second is the opportunity to get National Flag off to a solid start as a stallion. He’s a graded quality horse and a well-made individual who was a $600,000 yearling purchase. As he developed as a 3-year-old he captured the Grade 3 Bay Shore in a quick time over a nice horse in Engage and we felt he may be our Preakness horse. Sadly, he contracted EPM at the racetrack.”
“This partnership provides a great opportunity, not only for us but it should be exciting for guys up there who breed to race. National Flag will be a part of our “Dream Big” program. We are offering 20 shares where if a breeder brings two mares and have foals by him, they will inherit lifetime breeding rights. We stand his sire Speighstown, who throws horses that run on all levels – dirt, turf, long or short. Now we are seeing that he is proving to be a sire of sires.”
Shaun Tugel, Director of Bloodstock for WinStar concurs, “Speightstown has four sons that have produced Grade 1 winners. As a $600,000 yearling, National Flag is a high-quality horse. We went to the Keeneland November Sale to seek mares that specifically fit with him. John Prather, our in-house pedigree analyst pinpointed the ones we should look at. At the sale they had to be the proper physical and pass every test. I believe those 10 mares will compliment him very well.”
Date to Remember, a daughter of Bernardini, is the dam of National Flag and two other foals, all winners. Bernina Star (Harlan’s Holiday) is a multiple graded stakes winner of $243,291 and December Seven (Street Sense) set a new track record at Churchill Downs for 1 3/16 miles in 1:56.60. Date to Remember is a half-sister to seven winners, including multiple graded stakes winner and track -record setter Eddington (Unbridled) earner of $1,216,760. National Flag will stand at Blazing Meadows in North Jackson, Ohio for an introductory fee of $2,500.
You can probably count on one hand how many modern era Thoroughbreds have won three stakes races in 29 days. Well you can add the name of Accredited Ohio-bred Leona’s Reward to one of those digits. In winning Mahoning Valley’s $75,000 Bobbie Bricker Memorial Handicap for the third straight year she accomplished that feat.
“Michael Friedman and I are partners and we talk as a team,” said co-owner, breeder and trainer Tim Hamm. “After looking at the stakes schedule our plan was to be ready at the end of the season. We pointed to the Best of Ohio races and the late Accredited races at the end of the season. If it worked out, we figured we would have a great season with a fresh horse.” Right they were. After the win in the Bricker, Leona’s Reward closed out the season with four stakes wins, five stakes placed finishes for earnings of $252,750. At the year’s end it added to her career record of 38-14-7-5 for a lifetime bankroll of $677,106.
The start of the stakes winning skein was the $75,000 Ohio Debutante on November 3 at Mahoning Valley, a race she won by 4 ½ lengths last year at odds of 4 to 5. Facing only four rivals she was dispatched at 1 to 9 in this edition and she ran to her backing, drawing off in hand to win by eight lengths under new rider Luis Colon. She travelled the 1 1/16 miles over a sloppy sealed track in 1:46.12. Grizabella rallied from last to finish second 5 ¼ lengths in front of Birdacious.
The middle of Leona’s Reward’s trifecta of stakes took place in the $75,000 Ruff/Kirchberg Memorial Handicap at Mahoning stretching out to 1 1/8 miles versus the boys, a race she passed on last year. “We skipped a race or two in mid-season because of our late season plan and she came out of the Debutante like it was a workout, so it just made sense to enter her in there,” said Hamm.
With the added distance, Luis Colon elected to take her off the pace and from fifth place early he harnessed her speed and waited for the stretch where they made their move. They brushed briefly with Mobil Solution at the 1/16th pole and edged clear of him by 2 ¼ lengths with Mobil At Last rallying for the third spot. She travelled the 9 furlongs on another sloppy sealed track in 1:54.48.
Not many Accredited Ohio-bred fillies were eager to match strides with Leona’s Reward in the Bobby Bricker and only four showed up to challenge her. Stablemate Linda N Michelle set the early pace and Luis Colon was content to track the leader until the top of the stretch until Leona’s Reward quickened her stride and quickly pulled away by four lengths and eventually hit the wire seven lengths in front. This event was contested at 1 1/16 th miles over a muddy sealed surface in 1:47.59. Grizabella, finished second behind her again and was clear of Linda N Michelle in third.
That impressive late season run should not only seal Leona’s Reward another Accredited Ohio-bred championship, but it throws her hat in the ring for Horse of the Year honors. She is a daughter of Ohio stallion Parent’s Reward, one of the last four sons of Mr. Prospector still at stud, out of Prime Time Dancer by Montbrook.
The $75,000 Joshua Radosevich Memorial Stakes for Accredited Ohio-bred 2-year-olds going six furlongs, is named in honor of the promising jockey whose life was tragically cut short at age 16 from a race-riding accident at Beulah Park Nov. 16, 2005. It is fitting that a race has been named after a shining star from a family that runs long and deep in Ohio racing.
Going back decades, you will see the name Radosevich connected to Ohio farm owners, exercise riders, jockeys and trainers. Meet any, at every aspect of the sport, and you realize you are dealing with experienced, hard working and talented people. On December 1 at Mahoning Valley a family member would take home the trophy in a race named after Joshua.
Pat’s Karma is owned by Michael Annechino and trained by Jeff Radosevich. Prior to the Best of Ohio Juvenile, his career improved with every start, breaking his maiden impressively in his third outing. You have to put a line through his Juvenile as it was the first time he raced on a sloppy track and tried going two turns. Throw in a bumpy and rough trip and it was a recipe for disaster that saw him finish next to last.
The gelding’s next two starts were back to sprints at Mahoning Valley where he finished fourth and second respectively. In the Radosevich Memorial, jockey Luis Colon got a leg up for the first time and breaking from the rail he elected to race in fifth position getting Pat’s Karma to relax while saving ground. When the time came to run, they continued their inside trip and burst past the pacesetters into the stretch to draw away to win by five in 1:11.78. Sammy Da Bull held on to take the second spot by a nose over Pat’s Karma’s stablemate Verissimo on a muddy/sealed track.
Pat’s Karma is a son of Cowtown Cat out of Jump Raise by I’ll Raise You One, he was bred by Raimonde Farm LTD. Trainer Jeff Radosevich is a man of few words, but his smile in the winner’s circle spoke volumes of what this win meant to him and his family.
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