02/14/2013 8:30PM

McMahon of Saratoga adding Highcliff stallions


McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds is set to become the largest stallion facility in New York state, as it will welcome six Highcliff Farm stallions for the 2013 breeding season.

Highcliff stallions Bob and John, Congaree, Cosmonaut, Maybry's Boy, Smart Bid, and Stonesider will relocate to Joe and Anne McMahon’s farm, located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., about 10 minutes from Saratoga Race Course.

The six newcomers join the eight stallions who were already slated to stand at McMahon this season. Teuflesberg, sire of Breeders' Cup Sprint winner and champion Trinniberg, is new to the farm for 2013 and highlights the existing roster, along with Alphabet Soup, Catienus, Here Comes Ben, Justenuffhumor, Mr. Sekiguchi, Touch Gold, and Utopia.

Following the death of Highcliff Farm owner Carl Lizza, Jr., in 2011, the farm's operations moved to Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater, N.Y., under the care of longtime Highcliff managers Suzie and C. Lynwood "Doc" O'Cain. The horses moved included Highcliff's stallions, broodmares, foals, yearlings, and lay-ups.

Joe McMahon, who founded McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds with his wife, Anne, and Suzie O'Cain have previously worked together on the boards of several state organizations, including the New York Thoroughbred Breeders.

"Doc and I spent 26 years 45 minutes away from Saratoga, and with the closing of Highcliff Farm after Carl Lizza's passing, we wanted our friends and clients to know we would always be close and involved with their bloodstock investments," Suzie O'Cain said. "Anne and Joe are not only two of our good friends, their farm is just five minutes down the road, and Doc and I will be there on a regular basis. We all feel this will be the best Thoroughbred stallion station in the Northeast.”

C. Lynwood O'Cain will bring his background in reproductive therapy to the partnership, while Anne McMahon will continue in an active role in hands-on horsemanship and farm management.

"We could not be more thrilled," the O'Cains stated in a release. "We have always dreamed of bringing Saratoga Thoroughbred breeders to the forefront in the state, and with 14 stallions, including the sire of a 2012 Eclipse winner and the sire of a 2012 Grade I stakes winner, we felt now was the time to make the dreams of both families a reality."