Rockridge Stud

Freshman Sire Combatant Dies from Colic in Chile

First year stallion and 2020 G1 Santa Anita H. winner Combatant (Scat Daddy-Border Dispute, by Boundary) has died suddenly from colic in Chile. He had just begun Southern Hemisphere stud duties at Haras Porta Pia. Combatant stood his first year at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY. Earner of over a million in his racing career, one which saw him annex the Big Cap and pick up minor honors in six other graded contests, Combatant was a $320,000 yearling purchase by Winchell Thoroughbreds at KEESEP in 2016. He placed in the...

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Fireworks For Hard Spun Colt As Momentum Continues Into Fasig-Tipton NY-Bred Sale

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - The momentum from last week's record-setting Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings Sale carried into the first of two sessions of the company's New York-bred Yearlings Sale in Saratoga Sunday night, with a colt by Hard Spun bringing a record-tying final bid of $600,000 from owner Al Gold. "It was an outstanding session tonight," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. "It was a great start to the New York-bred sale. The place was full of people and full of energy again, just like it was for the selected sale....

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Combatant to Shuttle to Chile in 2022

Freshman New York stallion COMBATANT (Scat Daddy-Border Dispute, by Boundary) will shuttle to Haras Porta Pia in Chile for Southern Hemisphere duties, announced officials at Rockridge Stud July 22. Combatant stood his first year at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY and was well-received by breeders. The half to GSW Long Lashes (Rock Hard Ten), SP Bordini (Bernardini), and GSP Mythical Border (Johannesburg) retired with a record of 30-4-5-6, and earnings of $1,062,915. The 2020 GI Santa Anita H. winner is a syndicated stallion.

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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 Combatant to Rockridge Stud

Last year's GI Santa Anita H. victor Combatant (Scat Daddy--Border Dispute, by Boundary) has been retired and will stand at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, New York, beginning with the 2022 season. Campaigned by Hronis Racing, the 6-year-old was sold to Brian Levings of Levings Racing in a deal brokered by Matt Bowling of Bowling Bloodstock, Colt Pike and David Ingordo. "I've had fun on the racing side and decided to dip a toe in the stallion market," said Levings. "New York has a strong program and has shown that stallions...

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Disco Partner Sires First Foal

Two-time graded winner and track-record setter Disco Partner (Disco Rico--Lulu's Number, by Numerous) was represented by his first foal when Plenty of Chrome (Big Drama) produced a filly at Rockridge Stud in New York, stallion home of Disco Partner. The filly was bred by John Graziano, Sr. and Patricia Generazio. The latter bred Disco Partner and raced the popular gray with Christophe Clement. The New York-bred was victorious in 11 of his 33 career trips to the post, including the Jaipur S. in 2017 and 2018 when it was conducted...

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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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Slumber to Stand at Rockridge Stud
Slumber to Stand at Rockridge Stud

Slumber (GB) (Cacique {Ire}--Sound Asleep, by Woodman), the sire of the stakes-winning Fluffy Socks from his first crop, will join the roster at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, NY, for the 2021 breeding season. "We are honored to have Slumber join us at Rockridge," said owner and operator Lere Visagie. "This horse already has a stakes winner with a very modest first crop, and that kind of stallion can really be useful in New York." By a full-brother to the likes of Dansili (GB) and Champs Elysees (GB), Slumber was a...

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Frank Conversation to Shuttle to Chile

Multiple graded stakes winner Frank Conversation (Quality Road--Rushen Heat, by Unusual Heat) will shuttle to Haras Santa Sara in Santiago, Chile for the 2020 Southern Hemisphere breeding season. The 7-year-old stallion just completed his second year at stud at Rockridge Stud in Hudson, New York. "We're thrilled with the quality of his first crop of foals and would love to see international success for the horse," said Rockridge Stud's Lere Visagie. "An opportunity to shuttle just seemed like a no-brainer." The deal was brokered by Bowling Bloodstock and Sullivan Bloodstock....

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Honorable Dillon Sold to Uruguay

A syndicate of breeders from Uruguay has purchased stallion Honorable Dillon (Tapit--Shy Greeting {Arg} by Shy Tom) for the 2020 Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Previously standing at Rockridge Stud in New York, Honorable Dillon was a Grade II winner with earnings of $233,649 in his racing career. As a stallion, he has 27 winners from 64 runners in two crops to race thus far.

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Frank Conversation Sires First Foal

Frank Conversation (Quality Road) was represented by his first foal Jan. 17, when Looksgoodfromhere (Freud) foaled a chestnut filly at Saratoga Glen Farm, who owns and bred the filly. Frank Conversation stands in New York at Rockridge Farm.

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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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