01/26/2016 6:38AM

Stephanoatsee to stand at Sequel Stallions in New York


Stephanoatsee, a Grade 2-placed stakes winner and son of Broodmare of the Year Oatsee, will enter stud privately for owner My Meadowview Farm, standing at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y.

The 7-year-old A.P. Indy ridgling finished his on-track career with three wins in 21 career starts for earnings of $357,173, highlighted by a win in the listed Barbaro Stakes at Delaware Park in 2012. He also placed in the Grade 2 Strub Stakes, the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap, and the listed Count Fleet Stakes.

Stephanoatsee raced as a homebred for Barnes & Noble Inc. chairman Leonard Riggio’s My Meadowview Farm, and was trained by Graham Motion and Nick Zito over his five seasons of racing.

“He’s a very good-looking horse out of a Broodmare of the Year,” said Lincoln Collins of Kern Thoroughbreds, which assists the Riggio family in bloodstock matters. “We thought we’d give him a shot with some of My Meadowview’s own mares. Others are welcome to breed to the horse, but he’s not being put out there as an overwhelmingly commercial proposition.

“We had good luck with Mr. Riggio’s horse Noble Causeway that got Samraat, who was a multiple stakes winner and ran in the [Kentucky] Derby, so he thought he’d like to breed a few mares to this horse as well,” Collins continued.

Collins said that My Meadowview would send 10 to 15 mares to Stephanoatsee during his debut season, and that others had shown interest in breeding to the stallion.

Stephanoatsee is out of the stakes-placed Unbridled mare Oatsee, who was named Broodmare of the Year in 2011. Her seven winners from 10 foals to race also include Preakness Stakes winner and young stallion Shackleford, Grade 1 winner Lady Joanne, Grade 2 winner Afleeting Lady, and Grade 3 winner Baghdaria. He is also a half-brother to Grand Portege, the dam of multiple Grade 3 winner Florida Won.

“We just want to give the horse a chance,” Collins said. “He is particularly good-looking and he’s a son of A.P. Indy, so together with the pedigree, he’s quite appealing.”