McMahons in NY to Stand Adena Stallions

Touch Gold, Alphabet Soup, and three others to the McMahons farm in New York.

Joe and Anne McMahon will stand five Adena Springs’ stallions in 2011 at their McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

“It is a tremendous honor to welcome Adena Springs, a five-time Eclipse Award-winning breeder, and their stallions Touch Gold, Alphabet Soup, Tiago, Harlem Rocker, and Silent Name  to our Saratoga Springs farm,” Joe McMahon said.

Adena Springs’ owner, Frank Stronach, stood Touch Gold and Tiago at Adena Springs near Paris, Ky., in 2010. Alphabet Soup and Japanese-bred Silent Name stood the past breeding season at Adena Springs/Gardiner Farms near Caledon, Ontario, Canada.

“Naturally, the slots initiative in the state of New York is very compelling,” said Dermot Carty, director of sales for Adena Springs. “The prospect of improved purses as well as stallion and breeder's awards was a strong motivation for Adena Springs to support the New York state program with our stallions. They will be reasonably priced to attract the strong support of New York breeders and to attract mares that will be bred back in state in order to fulfill New York-bred requirements. We will also support our New York stallions with Adena Springs’ mares.”

Touch Gold, a 16-year-old son of Deputy Minister out of the Buckpasser mare Passing Mood, is represented as a stallion by 29 stakes winners and the earners of $35.9 million. His big win came in the 1997 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). His 2010 fee was $10,000.

Nineteen-year-old Alphabet Soup (Cozzene—Illiterate, by Arts and Letters) has sired 39 stakes winners and the earners of $32.2 million. He won the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), with Cigar finishing third.  His 2010 fee was $6,000 (Canadian funds).

Silent Name, an 8-year-old son of Sunday Silence out of the Danehill mare Danzigaway, won a pair of grade II stakes and was a stakes winner in France. His first foals are yearlings. His 2010 fee was $5,000 (Canadian funds).

Tiago, the 2007 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner and a half-brother to 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo, stood his first season in 2010 at Adena Springs for a $5,000 fee. He is by Pleasant Tap out of Set Them Free, by Stop the Music.

Five-year-old Harlem Rocker, who last raced in May, has been retired and will enter stud next year. A prominent 3-year-old in 2008, he captured the Canadian classic Prince of Wales Stakes and finished second in the Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) but was disqualified and placed second. That year, he also won the Withers Stakes (gr. III) and ran third in the Jerome Handicap (gr. II).

Harlem Rocker (Macho Uno —Freedom Come, by Lit de Justice) won or placed in seven of a dozen races and earned $597,649.

“In all of my 45 years in the New York industry, there has never been a group of grade I horses assembled the likes of these,” McMahon said. “This is a grand opportunity for breeders to qualify their foals for what will arguably be the best purses and awards available anywhere in the United States. We are very excited to have North America’s eight-time leading breeder entrust us with their accomplished stallions. Stud fees will be announced very shortly, and we invite you to visit us to inspect the stallions here in Saratoga Springs.”
A fall open house and stallion show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30-31.