McMahon of Saratoga Stallions Join

The stallions at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, New York, have joined TrueNicks for 2011. Unlimited, complimentary nicking reports are now available to breeders. Catienus, Coal Play, and Utopia join the New York-based Adena Springs stallions who also stand at the farm.

Catienus (TrueNicks,SRO) is a son of Storm Cat and the graded stakes-placed Mr. Prospector mare Diamond City. A talented runner on the track, Catienus knocked heads with top handicap stars Victory Gallop and Behrens when placing in the Whitney (gr. I) and Suburban (gr. II) handicaps. His third dam is top three-year-old filly Cathy Honey (won the Acorn and placed in the CCA Oaks and Mother Goose), and the family includes Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Aloma's Ruler. At stud, Catienus has sired 22 stakes winners for over $20 million in progeny earnings. His best runners include triple grade I winner Precious Kitten, Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) winner Dawn of War, La Brea (gr. I) runner-up Unspoken Word, Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I)-placed Talent Search, and Belmont Stakes (gr. I)-placed Nolan's Cat. Catienus stands for a $5,000 fee.

New for 2011 is grade III winner Coal Play (TrueNicks,SRO). Sired by 2003 Horse of the Year and successful sire Mineshaft and out of a Kris S. half sister to grade I winner Serra Lake, Coal Play was a $280,000 yearling purchase at Keeneland September. He won the Salvator Mile (gr. III), was second—a length behind Big Brown—in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I). He recorded 100+ Beyers on five occasions. From the family of champion mare Queena and 2010 grade II winner Al Khali, Coal Play's second dam is a grade II winner, and his third and fourth dams are grade I winners. Coal Play will stand for a fee of $4,000.

Grade I miler Utopia (JPN) (TrueNicks,SRO), like champion sire Distorted Humor, is a son of Forty Niner who excelled on the racetrack. Utopia won four grade I events and nearly $5 million during a 34-race, international career. While he excelled primarily at one mile, Utopia was able to win the Derby Grand Prix (gr. I) at 10 furlongs in Japan. His other prestigious victories include the Godolphin Mile (gr. II) in Dubai and Westchester Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park. Remaining in the U.S. for stud duty, Utopia offers breeders a similar pedigree pattern to Distorted Humor, as both stallions are similar Forty Niner/Northern Dancer crosses. Utopia has 84 first crop two-year-olds of 2011 and stands for a $7,500 fee.

McMahon of Saratoga also stands the following Adena Springs stallions:

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