I’m Engaged is now up to 5 winners from 5 foals of racing age, and for 2024 she’ll stay local and get an intriguing matchup with our favorite Mid-Atlantic sire, Blofeld.
Blofeld has just one runner so far out of an Afleet Alex mare, but with that foal being a six-figure earner, it makes sense to send Afleet Alex’s black-type placed daughter Cascabella to him in 2024.
Maclean’s Music is poised for a big couple of seasons, and Queen Mum matches up intriguingly with him for some reasons that we believe should trump a subpar nick rating.
After producing pretty foals by a couple of young, unproven stallions, Coffee Pond gets a shot with a thoroughly-proven, veteran turf stallion in 2024
gray/roan colt 2/17/24
By Liam’s Map out of Gun Slingin, by Gun Runner
With a successful turf sibling and several close relatives that excelled on the track by Giant’s Causeway, Aquatic Approach made all the sense to send to Up to the Mark in 2024.
We believed that Aloha West would make an excellent match for Hurryupandcomeback in 2023, and all that logic still applies so she’ll head for a repeat mating at Mill Ridge in ’24.
bay filly 2/8/24
By Midshipman out of Giving Spirit, by Ghostzapper
With a black-type half-brother by Maclean’s Music at the track, and our belief that MM is destined for a big couple of years, Wand Work heads his way for her first mating in 2024.
bay colt 2/5/24
By Rock Your World out of Yesshewill, by Giant’s Causeway
gray/roan colt 2/3/24
By Blofeld out of Modernism, by Frosted
With a female family that’s already had success with Medaglia d’Oro and his sons, Desert Rendezvous will be a solid match for the gorgeous first-year stallion Dr. Schivel in ’24
chestnut colt 1/30/24
By Dialed In out of Ebb Tide, by Medaglia d’Oro
With her half-brother by Speightstown looking to be stakes quality, Giving Spirit makes perfect sense to send to Speightstown’s wickedly fast son Nashville in 2024.
Versatility is the byword of the match between Oscar Performance and Mad Grace, who have both had success on multiple surfaces over a range of distances — in addition to pedigrees that blend well.
bay colt 1/27/24
By Highly Motivated out of Frame of Mind, by Hard Spun
bay colt 1/23/24
By Practical Joke out of Itgetsgreaterlater, by Justify
chestnut filly 1/22/24
By Midshipman out of Paw Prints, by Kitten’s Joy
War Front with Kitten’s Joy has been a successful cross, and Annapolis’s broodmare sire Unbridled’s Song has also worked well with Paw Prints’s female family, making her an ideal mare for his first book
Army Mule is a rapidly ascending son of the MD-based Friesan Fire, and will be a perfect match for No More Excuses, a half-sister to a MD Million Classic winner by that regional stallion.
Midshipman is one of our favorite proven Kentucky value stallions — his stats make him a great choice with which to start off a young mare like the well-bred Giving Spirit.
We believe that Gunite has a chance to be one of the most commercially successful stallions retiring for 2024, and he makes a great fit for the young Justify mare Itgetsgreaterlater.
bay filly 1/8/24
By Nashville out of Why Not Tonight, by Tapiture
By Hard Spun
Stands for $8,500 at Mill Ridge Farm, KY.
One of the strongest crosses for Maclean’s Music has been with A.P. Indy-line mares, and he’ll give the young Tapiture SW Why Not Tonight a big shot with a proven mate in 2024.
We recently helped Lee & Connie Erickson of Oregon acquire the grade 3-winning millionaire Rise Up as a stallion prospect after he had last raced at Remington Park in Oklahoma. Below is the text of the press release relating to Rise Up’s acquisition and retirement: Grade 3-winning 2-year-old and millionaire Rise Up has been retired… [Read More]
A great blend of physicals and some inbreeding with strong results highlight our logic behind sending the Hard Spun mare Frame of Mind to Nashville in 2024.
By War Front
Stands for $12,500 LFSN at Claiborne Farm, KY.
Juddmonte-bred Prosperity, a half to MGSW/millionaire Fulsome (by Into Mischief) will be a member of the first group of mares to visit MG1W and Storm Cat-line stallion Up to the Mark in 2024.
From a family that has clicked repeatedly with A.P. Indy, Raggedy’s first mating will be to that scion’s brilliant and upwardly-mobile grandson Army Mule in ’24.
Maclean’s Music is poised to break out commercially in the next couple of years, and should be a perfect complement to the Michael Tabor-bred American Thriller.
In case you’re considering breeding to Blofeld in ’24, we’ve prepared this Breeding Analysis highlighting the types of mares he’s worked with thus far to achieve his excellent stats (1.44 AEI vs. 1.13 CI, 18.5% BTH/runners, $78,606 avg earnings/starter, etc)
We believe that Instagrand has every chance to be among the leading freshmen sires in ’24, and in Modernism he gets a mate that doubles up on his precocity while taking advantage of an active nick.
We recently acquired the young mare One That Got Away with the express intent of breeding her back to Blofeld, who we think is an absolutely perfect fit for her.
We bought One That Got Away with the specific intent of breeding her to Blofeld, but first we’ll get to see her first foal from the first crop of the tough and durable turf sprinter/miler True Valour.
Blofeld continues to put up excellent statistics in Maryland, and he makes an ideal first match for Star of Shanghai, from Larry Johnson’s foundation Ran’s Chick family.
Authentic looks as close to a “sure thing” as stallions get, and he’ll be a great fit for the young Speightstown mare Boogie Baby in 2024 on a highly proven cross.
After several matings similar to that which produced Wild For Love’s stakes-winning son Local Motive (by a son of Tapit), in ’24 she returns to another sire-line with which she’s also succeeded.
By Speightstown x Social Queen, by Dynaformer.
Maclean’s Music is poised for a career year in 2024, and he gives the well-bred young mare Floral Hall a big commercial shot early in her breeding career.
Rasmussen Factor inbreeding is not a particularly prevalent pattern these days, so when we can achieve it in a mating that has additional factors pointing to the match, it’s something we love to try.
A full- or half-sibling to six black-type winners and/or producers, Godolphin-bred Desert Rendezvous was acquired in foal to one of our favorite KY value sires in Darley’s Midshipman
From a typically deep and classy Juddmonte family, Prosperity was acquired carrying a foal from the first crop of G1W Olympiad.
A multi-surface winner during her own career & 1/2 to a G2W by a grandson of Giant’s Causeway, Calling All Angels makes perfect sense to send to Up to the Mark in 2024 during his first season at stud.
As a half-sister to the G1 Preakness winner Exaggerator, Sweet Saturday was a slam-dunk choice for a son of Curlin, and Vino Rosso looks like excellent value for 2024.
Successful racemare Unrequited Love – half to a multiple SW by a son of Tapit – goes to the proven Tapiture in 2024
The match of Seville’s Princess to the leading young Maryland sire Blofeld demonstrates the short-coming of nick ratings and why it is important only to use such a tool as one factor in planning one’s matings.
From an outrageously commercial female family, Itgetsgreaterlater is also carrying a foal bred on an exceptionally successful cross.
Yesshewill — a sister to 4 BTWs and 2 additional black-type producers — will visit the horse that we believe to be the most promising freshman sire among the 2023 leaders: Vino Rosso.
Faze the Nation’s first foal is a black-type runner by a grandson of Danzig & she’ll visit another Danzig-line horse in 2024 when she is part of the first book of mares covered by Two Phil’s.