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Stall Street Journal Entry 9

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

                                McMahon’s Stall Street Journal – Entry #9

                                              February News and Notes

                                                         Farm notes

 -         The breeding shed is officially open --- and what a breeding shed it is! McMahons of Saratoga has welcomed the Highcliff Farm stallions for 2013. The farm is now arguably the biggest, strongest, most diverse stallion station outside of Kentucky! The fourteen stallions now standing at the farm offer something for everybody. While it will undoubtedly be the busiest breeding season in our forty year history, please know that we will ALWAYS be a home grown, hands-on, family owned and operated farm that is honored to have your business. Please call with any questions you have about this new arrangement or any of our stallions/services. We will be glad to help in any way we can.

-         The 2012 Sprint Champion, Trinniberg (Teuflesberg), has resumed training at Gulfstream Park.  He will be gearing up for another championship season with the Breeder’s Cup Sprint as a major goal.

-         Here Comes Ben sired his first foal, a filly out of Double Dinghy Day (Forestry), a multiple winner of over $180,000. The dam is out of multiple graded stakes placed Windsong by Unbridled. The filly looks fleet!

-         Bourbon Stable’s Bourbon Courage finished second in the February 9th Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park Handicap. Michael McMahon is managing partner of the ownership and he and his partners should have a good deal of fun during this very talented horse’s 2013 campaign.

                                                                Racing news

The winter months of January and February are traditionally “slow” months for racing in New York. But several McMahon-bred horses have been heating things up around these parts. Just think what the Spring should bring!

-2/7/13 : Utopia’s Papa Tom cruised to a 10 ¾ length victory in a $55K MSW race at Aqueduct. This four year old colt is out of Cat in Deed, and trained by Rodrigo Ubillo.

-2/16/13 : Toque, a seven year old Alphabet Soup gray gelding,  demonstrated that this old warrior still has some zip, raising his earnings to almost $165K in a game sprint win.

-2/16/13 : On the same day, another son of Alphabet Soup drew away to win by four emphatic lengths in the $75K Moro Stakes at 1 1/8 miles. He has now earned $203K in winning his sixth race. This six year old looks like he is just getting warmed up for his best season yet. He is just one more example that Alphabet Soup can sire a sound, classy, game, versatile racehorse.

-2/17/13 : Saturday Appeal (a Valentine’s Day baby of 2010) sped home a prompt winner in a $50K MSW. He bested nine other colts/geldings. This winner was bred (and raised) by McMahons and Robert Forlano.

-2/17/13 : Teuflesberg’s four year old filly Hundred Acre Wood, owned/bred by Paul Giacopelli, MD and raised at McMahon Farm rallied for a sharp second place finish in a MSW race at six furlongs, and has raised her career earnings to over $40K…next time!

-2/17/13 :Thnxtomyuncle by Desert Warrior fell a mere length shy of winning a $50K MSW at Aqueduct. He finished with a good kick after having to alter course, to procure second place. He has been knocking at the door in each of his three starts, and should get it done in the very near future. He is owned/bred by Stefano Filippazzo.

-2/17/13 : Ah Gaga (Utopia) lost a heartbreaker in finishing second by a neck in a $50K MSW affair. She looked sharp and is on the improve. She is owned by Sisters in Racing Stable, Jeff Siskin and Rosella Saville. Watch for her next out!

-2/17/13 : McGillycuddy’s Gal finished with interest in a solid second place finish in another $55K MSW race. She is now owned and trained by Jimmy Ferraro and bred by Ken, Anne, Carl, and Joan Cornell. This Desert Warrior filly is a late (5/4) foal, and could just now be “arriving.”

-2/18/13 : The seven year old Saginaw (Peruvian) continues to amaze. The chart of the $75K Hollie Hughes Handicap reads, “…turned for home and got asked for his best, began to close in on the leader after almost all the way through the furlong grounds, continued relentlessly, collared the runner up a couple of jumps prior to the wire.” This Ted Taylor/McMahon Farm raised valiant NY Champion recorded his 17th win in increasing his overall bankroll to $792K. May we all breed or race one like this at some point in our careers.

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