Golden Lad Colt Sets Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale Record Price

The 2019 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed and Horses of Racing Age sale held in Timonium, Md. was marked by across-the-board increases and an all-time sale record high price. With 367 horses of all ages cataloged, the sale was bolstered by the dispersal of Joseph Besecker.

Maryland-bred stakes winner Laddie Liam (Hip 302) set a new sale record when sold to DJ Stable for $450,000. The 2-year-old colt by Golden Lad was offered by Northview Stallion Station (David Wade), agent for Dispersal of Joseph Besecker.

Laddie Liam was a gate-to-wire winner last time out, capturing the Maryland Juvenile Futurity on Dec. 7 at Laurel Park by 4 1/2 lengths. To date, Laddie Liam has won three of five starts this year at two and earned $128,556 for Besecker, who purchased the colt at last year's Midlantic December Mixed sale for $14,500. READ MORE

Hoppertunity to enter stud at Northview PA

Multiple Grade 1 winner and multimillionaire Hoppertunity will enter stud in 2019 at Northview PA in Peach Bottom, Pa. With career earnings of $4,712,625, the 7-year-old becomes the richest horse ever to stand his first season in the Mid-Atlantic region. His stud fee is $5,000 live foal, with shares and lifetime breeding rights being offered.

In a career that spanned five seasons and 34 starts, Hoppertunity had 22 top-three finishes while consistently racing at the highest level from coast-to-coast. His nine stakes wins were all graded, with Grade 1 scores in the historic Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park and Churchill Downs’ Clark Handicap. He made two trips to Dubai and hit the board in the 2016 Dubai World Cup-G1 when third behind California Chrome. He won the San Antonio Stakes-G2 twice at Santa Anita and the Brooklyn Invitational Stakes-G2 at Belmont.



Classic-placed Irish War Cry, one of the most dynamic runners of his generation, has been retired and will enter stud at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2019 season.

“Irish War Cry is by leading sire Curlin, won the Holy Bull, Wood Memorial and Pimlico Special and was second in the Belmont, earning more than $1 million,” said John Sikura of Hill ’n’ Dale Farm, home to two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. “It was always the intent of our partners to stand Irish War Cry in Kentucky. With the addition of champion Good Magic (also by Curlin) and the strong track record of making stallions at Northview, we decided this was the ideal situation for Irish War Cry. They pursued the horse aggressively and made a great pitch for the horse. His credentials as a top class racehorse and great physical specimen make him a standout in the vibrant Maryland market.”


Northview PA loses El Padrino at 8

ea09254cbdf5b31812ee7dc63f7b40f74f723699Current Mid-Atlantic leading freshman and 2-year-old sire El Padrino, 8, was euthanized on Wednesday, Nov. 22 following a series of bouts with colic and subsequent surgeries at New Bolton Center. One of the region’s most popular stallions, the syndicated son of Pulpit stood at Northview PA in Peach Bottom, Pa., since entering stud in 2014.

El Padrino retired as a graded winner with six on the board finishes in eight starts, and earnings of $326,770. The flashy chestnut out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Enchanted Rock was a $210,000 Keeneland September sales yearling and trained by Todd Pletcher for Let’s Go Stable. A maiden winner at 2 by more than a dozen lengths, he finished the year with a third in the Grade 2 Remsen. At 3 he captured the Risen Star Stakes (G2) in near record time of 1:42.96 for 1 1⁄16 miles.

From a deep family that includes champion Queena, Grade 1-winning second and third dams Chic Shirine and Too Chic, and Grade 1-winning millionaire half-brother, Verrazano, El Padrino was a hit when he entered stud, covering 89 mares his first season and 109 the second. With 53 2-year-olds in his first crop, he has eight winners from 13 runners, led by Enchanted Star and Whereshetoldmetogo, both stakes on the Owners’ Day card at Delaware Park in September. His most recent winner was first-time starter Eagle Terrace at Laurel Park on Nov. 17.

Millionaire Madefromlucky Retired To Northview

MadefromluckyMadefromlucky, a multiple graded stakes winner of $1,351,500 by emerging sire Lookin At Lucky (champion colt at 2 and 3) out of a full sister to three-time leading sire Tapit, has been retired to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2018 season. Northview is syndicating the stallion, with details to be announced.

“Madefromlucky has a combination of racing ability and pedigree that we just could not pass up,” said Northview president Richard Golden.

The 5-year-old classically-bred chestnut, a winner of six of his 24 career starts, heads into stud having won his final two starts – the 1 1/2-mile Greenwood Cup Stakes-G3 at Parx in September by more than a dozen lengths, and the Temperence Hill Invitational at 1 5⁄8 miles at Belmont on Oct. 1. He was a graded stakes winner twice at 3, taking the West Virginia Derby-G2 and Peter Pan Stakes-G2, both at 1 1⁄8 miles, the latter which earned him a spot in the Belmont Stakes field.

Madefromlucky was a winner at 2 by nearly 5 lengths at Gulfstream Park, and after taking his 3-year-old debut, also at Gulfstream, he competed exclusively in stakes competition. In addition to his wins, he counted eight stakes-placings, three graded, including a second to American Pharoah in the Grade 2 Rebel at Oaklawn Park in his stakes debut.

From the first crop of classic winner Lookin At Lucky, Madefromlucky is out of Home From Oz (by Pulpit) and is a half-brother to A Shin Gold, a stakes-placed earner of $805,785 in Japan. His second dam, stakes winner Tap Your Heels, is a half-sister to champion sprinter and leading sire Rubiano. The family also includes Belmont Stakes winner, champion and Grade 1 sire Summer Bird and successful sire Glitterman.

Madefromlucky has arrived at Northview and is available for inspection. “We’re very excited to have Madefromlucky at the farm. He has the looks to back up his high-profile pedigree and race record,” said David Wade, general manager of Northview. “I’d encourage breeders to make an appointment to come to the farm and see for themselves.”

Uncle Mo son Uncle Lino to stand at Northview PA

F7098EA3 44EE 4F72 8478 EA24F92488DATrack record-setting, Grade 1-placed Uncle Lino, the first son of red-hot young sire Uncle Mo to stand in the Mid-Atlantic region, is set to enter stud at Northview PA in Peach Bottom, Pa. His stud fee is $4,000 live foal.

“Northview has been looking extremely hard for a son of Uncle Mo,” said Northview president and CEO Richard Golden. “Uncle Lino has checked all of our boxes. We are very excited to be able to offer Uncle Lino to our breeders for 2017.”

Uncle Lino retires with six wins or placings in eight starts for earnings of $316,160. He ran six times from January through May 2016, and set a track record in winning the California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos in April. Leading at every call, he completed the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:40.82, breaking the previous mark set by Dortmund. He finished second earlier in the year to Mor Spirit in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes-G3 and was third in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby to Exaggerator and Mor Spirit. 

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