04/17/2012 11:07AM

Golden Gate Fields: Bold Chieftain and Lady Railrider doing fine at stud

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Lady Railrider is in foal to Lucky Pulpit at Harris Farms.

Bold Chieftain and Lady Railrider, perhaps Northern California’s top older male and female runners over the past few years, were retired this year to begin their breeding careers. Both are doing well, say farm personnel.

Lady Railrider was bred to Lucky Pulpit at Harris Farms, and Dave McGlothlin, who manages the farm, reports that she is healthy and in foal.

Lady Railrider had nine wins in 35 starts, including four stakes victories, and earned $603,041.

Bold Chieftain, who stands at Ellen Jackson’s Victory Rose Thoroughbreds, is “doing well,” she said, and has taken to his new job as readily as he did to his racing career. A graded-stakes-winning millionaire, Bold Chieftain has gotten all but two of the mares that he has been bred to in foal in the first six weeks of his stallion career.

Jackson is also pleased with the early foals from the first crop of Many Rivers, a stakes-placed son of Storm Cat.

“His foals all seem to look like him, which is an important trait,” she said.