Jonesy Boy surged from last to first to win the $100,000 Queens County Stakes at snowy Aqueduct on December 14, becoming the latest in a string of prominent stakes horses we bred from our late broodmare Romp and Stomp.
The four-year-old chestnut son of Smarty Jones has been developed patiently by trainer Kelly Breen and owners George and Lori Hall, who bought the colt from us for $70,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale. With his determined neck victory over Don Dulce in the Queens County, Jonesy Boy added $60,000 to his bankroll, which now stands at $151,330 with four wins in six career starts.
“We went in with the intention of sitting back and letting him fall into his stride. I was hoping that the speed would develop, and it sure did,” said jockey Rajiv Maragh. “Midway on the turn, I saw I had a great shot to win—I only had a couple lengths to make up and it seemed like my horse was just getting into his best stride. At the top of the lane, he switched leads and really put in a good run.”
Romp and Stomp proved herself a superior producer, and her death in 2012 was a real blow. Three of her offspring have earned more than $220,000, led by her Grade 1-placed, stakes-winning daughter Pinch Pie, who we sold as a yearling and then reacquired at the conclusion of her racing career for our broodmare band. Pinch Pie is carrying her first foal to the cover of Mineshaft.
Another of Romp and Stomp’s daughters, stakes-placed One in a Romp, also is a member of our broodmare band. An earner of $220,497, she produced a colt by Sky Mesa this year and is back in foal to Elusive Quality.
Romp and Stomp also produced Rogue Victory, a full brother to Pinch Pie by Victory Gallop who earned $254,668 and was stakes-placed while compiling six wins. Her daughter Jonata, a winning three-year-old by Proud Citizen, races for Calvin Klein Inc. co-founder and chairman Barry Schwartz, who purchased her from us as a yearling for $100,000.
By Olympio, Romp and Stomp was a half sister to Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner and sire Volponi. Her international female family includes French champion juvenile and Poule d’Essai des Poulains—French One Thousand Guineas (G1) winner Recitation.