Spring has delivered an outstanding group of foals to Runnymede, where there has been even more cause for celebration as breeding season is concluding with excellent results.
Twenty-eight foals were born in this year’s crop, including the offspring of our mares boarded in Europe and Japan, with 15 colts and 13 fillies making up the total.
Some of the most exciting new arrivals include:
· A colt by European champion Sea The Stars out of our Unbridled’s Song mare Adventure, thus a half brother to Irish Group 2 winner and Group 1 and classic-placed Laughing Lashes;
· A filly from the first crop by Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) and Epsom Derby (G1) winner Workforce who was born in Japan to our mare, Hunter’s Mark, and thus from the immediate family of top Japanese sire King Kamehameha, and
· A pair of fillies from the first American crop by leading Australian sire Lonhro and two colts and two fillies from the first crop by champion Cape Blanco.
“This has been a bountiful year—we have been blessed with a fabulous crop of foals,” said Runnymede General Manager Martin O’Dowd. “I could not be more pleased with how they look: beautifully conformed, one of the most correct crops we have had.
“We have plenty of sire power represented, too, so we have much to look forward to next year when we take them to market,” he added.
There also is much to anticipate for the 2014 foal crop as the breeding season has yielded 30 mares in foal to date. This group of mares features two who are very dear to us and who are carrying their first foals—Grade 1-placed stakes winner Pinch Pie, who was bred to Mineshaft, and multiple graded stakes winner Bizzy Caroline, who is in foal to Ghostzapper.
Both Pinch Pie and Bizzy Caroline were born and raised at Runnymede and the latter carried the silks of farm Chairman Catesby W. Clay during her racing career.
Some of our other matings include Bizzy Caroline’s dam, Sacre Coeur, also is in foal to Ghostzapper; Hunter’s Mark, in foal to Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Victoire Pisa in Japan; Lady of Akita, by Fantastic Light, in foal to international champion So You Think; graded stakes winner Meribel, in foal to hot young sire Midnight Lute, and a pair of mares, Miss Forest City and Tres Tres Joli, in foal to first-season stallion and multiple Grade 1 winner Shackleford.