Leofric's Canigetaloan Becomes Sire's First Stakes Winner in Aspirant

Canigetaloan (Leofric) had to lay it all down, but gamely managed to fight off a familiar foe in a wild finish to break his maiden, score his first black-type victory in the Aspirant S., and tally the first stakes winner for his freshman sire (by Candy Ride {Arg}) all at once. Debuting in the same Aug. 11 state-bred maiden at Saratoga as Trust Fund (Practical Joke), who would go on to win by 2 1/4 lengths, Canigetaloan came out on the better end of the photo for second and would...

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Who is Most Likely to be Leading Freshman Sire of 2023?

With the 2-year-old sales season having kicked off and the first 'baby' races of the year ready to get going in a few weeks, laser focus will be placed on the up-and-coming first-crop stallions. Rightfully so, as we all hunt in earnest for the next breakout young sire. Could there possibly be another Gun Runner in the freshman class of 2023? A total of 16 young guns in North America have 50 or more current 2-year-olds resulting from their first covers in 2020. A great many more have fewer than...

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Mating Plans: Harper Ridge Thoroughbreds

With the 2022 breeding season right around the corner, we will feature a series of breeders' mating plans over the coming weeks. Today we have Erin Fisher of Harper Ridge Thoroughbreds. "All my horses are crossed with stallions that I feel will throw appealing and sound horses that can provide second and third careers off the track and provide longevity to the breed," said Fisher. "I look for soundness and attitude with the idea that my foals can have long futures in any discipline after racing." APPEALING WAY (m, 8,...

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Leofric Relocates to Darby Dan

Grade I winner Leofric (Candy Ride {Arg}--Lady Godiva, by Unbridled's Song), who had been standing at Rockridge Stud in New York, will relocate to Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky for the 2022 breeding season. The 8-year-old stallion will stand for $7,500 S&N. "There's a lot to like about Leofric. He has a stallion's pedigree, and his first foals are outstanding," said Ryan Norton, stallion director at Darby Dan Farm. "Being a Grade I winner by Candy Ride, it makes a lot of sense to bring him to Kentucky now to...

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GISW Leofric Represented by First Foals

Rockridge Stud's Grade I-winning Leofric (Candy Ride {Arg}--Lady Godiva, by Unbridled's Song) was represented by his first two foals, both fillies, this week. The New York-based stallion had his finest year in 2018 when he captured the GI Clark H., the GII Hagyard Fayette S., and the GIII West Virginia Governor's S., as well as placed in the GI Woodward S. The first of his foals to be born was a filly delivered Jan. 11 out of Jurere (Take Charge Indy) at Daydream Farm in Hamburg, Pa. She was bred...

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With Two New Recruits, Rockridge Looks To Better the NY Stallion Market

A native of a small farming community in South Africa, Lere Visagie grew up a long way from the U.S. Thoroughbred industry. Today, he sits at the helm of one of New York State's leading stud farms, as the owner/operator of Rockridge Stud in Hudson, New York, which was established just seven years ago. While his is still a relatively new farm, Visagie said his goal is to improve the stallion market in New York through the growth of Rockridge's stallion division. This year, Rockridge welcomes two new Grade I...

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Rockridge Stud Sets Fees for 2020

Rockridge Stud, a full service Thoroughbred farm in Hudson, New York, has set stud fees for the 2020 season. Leofric (Candy Ride {Arg}) ($7,500 LFSN), winner of the 2018 GI Clark H., and millionaire Disco Partner (Disco Rico) ($5,000 LFSN) are new for 2020. Rockridge Stud 2020 Stud Fees: A Shin Forward (Forest Wildcat) $3,500 LFSN Disco Partner (Disco Rico) $5,000 LFSN *new for 2020* Frank Conversation (Quality Road) $5,000 LFSN Giant Surprise (Giant's Causeway) $4,000 LFSN Leofric (Candy Ride {Arg}) $7,500 LFSN *new for 2020* Micromanage (Medaglia d'Oro) $4,000...

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