Tiago Might Miss Breeding Season

New York stallion is recuperating from surgery and might miss the breeding season

Tiago, who stands at Adena Springs Standing at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y., might miss the 2012 breeding season. The 8-year-old stallion, whose first foals are yearlings, is recuperating from colic surgery performed Jan. 6 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.

A two-time grade I winner and a half brother to 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo, Tiago (Pleasant Tap—Set Them Free, by Stop the Music) is recuperating at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs near Paris, Ky. “I brought him home (to Adena Springs) a couple of days after Christmas because he had some minor colic issues that he had been dealing with for quite some time,” said general manager Eric Hamelback. “We felt that the likelihood of the diagnosis involved surgery so instead of having him rehabilitate at McMahon, the Mosses (owners Jerry and Ann Moss) thought it would be better for him to be in Kentucky. He is doing well, but will not stand in 2012, most likely.”

Tiago is the second stallion standing at Adena Springs Standing at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds that might miss this year’s breeding season. Harlem Rocker, whose first foals will arrive this year, recently underwent surgery because of spinal issues. He is recuperating at Adena Springs.

Both Tiago and Harlem Rocker (Macho Uno --Freedom Come, by Lit de Justice) stood at Adena Springs Standing at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in 2011.

Because of the early departure of Tiago and Harlem Rocker from New York, there is a question of whether their foals will be eligible for New York breeders’ awards.

Tracy Egan, executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, said the organization’s board of directors will decide Feb. 16. “We’re going to consider that issue for Harlem Rocker and Tiago,” she said. “There was one instance in the past when someone had a two-year lease and took the stallion out of state before the lease was up, and the board of directors decided that the mare owners should not be punished in any way, shape, or form. They were allowed to be eligible for the full New York breeders’ awards.

“Because of the veterinary issues, it is something beyond the leaseholder’s control. The board will look at the veterinary issues, ask some questions, and will decide what the (status) of the foals that were conceived here are.”