McMahon & Hill Bloodstock Purchaser of over

19 NEW Stakes producers

in just 8 years!

Funny Cide (2000 g by Distorted Humor) Winner of the KY Derby, Preakness and Eclipse Award for outstanding three year old.

Sensibly Chic (2000 f by Distorted Humor) Winner of the G2 Vagrancy and multiple Graded Stakes Placed.

Go Rockin' Robin (2000 c by Distorted Humor) Winner of the Grade 2 Peter Pan. 

Harlem Rocker (2005 c by Macho Uno) winner of the Grade 3 Withers only four months after the purchase of his dam!

A Shin Forward (2005 c by Forest Wildcat) purchased in utero and sold at Fasig Saratoga Select runs 2nd in the G2 New Zealand Trophy in Japan. 

Then She Laughes (2005 f by Distorted Humor) purchased in utero for Edition Farm.  Stakes winner and Graded Stakes Placed.

Cherokee Bliss (2005 c by Cherokee Run out of Brief Bliss) bred by RiverMist Farm on the advice of McMahon & Hill Bloodstock.  One of the least expensive mares to have a yearling represented in the Saratoga Select Yearling Sale.  A Stakes Winner at two and a contender in the inaugural 2007 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf.

Great Point (2003 c Point Given out of Crafty Queen) Purchased in utero for Thorobeam Farm. G3 placed in the Holy Bull and one of Point Given's best selling foals - EVER. 

Light for Regal Purchased barren.  Mated to Regal Classic, produced Executive Search.  Multiple stakes placed earner of $250,000.

Sweet N Sultry (2005 f Kafwain out of A Lady With Appeal) An earner of $120,000 and stakes Delaware Certified Distaff

Blue Burner (1999 c. by French Deputy) Purchased his dam "Haiati" just months prior to Blue Burners's placings in the G1 Florida Derby and G1 Fountain of Youth.  

Tinsel Time (2004 f. by More Than Ready) Purchased in utero for Mast Thoroughbreds.  Stakes Winner at 3.

Ouchy Night (2004 f. by Cactus Ridge) Purchased dam Minetonightsfirst and consulted on mating of Saratoga stakes placed two year old.

Thunder Louie (2005 c by Skip to the Stone).  Home Bred colt racing for Thorobeam Farm winner of the Lord Juban at Calder as a three year old. 

Miss Norman  (2003 f. by Artax out of Cajun Cat) Purchased in utero for Thorobeam Farm.  G1 placed, and the leading daughter of Eclipse winner Artax. 

French Riviera (1999) Purchased her dam Actinella prior to French Riviera winning Keeneland's G3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes.

Baroness Thatcher (2004 f by Johannesburg) purchased in utero by RiverMist Farm on the advice of McMahon & Hill Bloodstock LLC.  A Gr 3 winner and G1 placed three year old.  The best earning daughter of Johannesburg to date.

Victory USA (2001) Purchased her dam Fordyce in 2002 prior to Victory USA's development into a leading filly of her generation.  A G2 winner and multi G1 pl, including the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies, earner of $615,829.

Love Co (2005) Purchased her dam Cozzekiki in December 2005 prior to Love Co's winning the Glory in the Morning stake at Aqueduct.

Jocasee (2004) Purchased in Utero by McMahon & Hill Bloodstock.  Stakes placed in the Irish Actress at Belmont Park.



2012 NEWS

4/28/12 - OUR 21st STAKES PRODUCER!
Churchill Downs: Hierro takes Derby Trial; Preakness a possibility

Courtesy of the Blood-Horse

After Hierro scored his second lifetime victory under Julien Leparoux in the Derby Trial, trainer Steve Asmusen said he would consider pointing the 3-year-old to the Preakness.

This time, no such tough luck. Hierro, with Leparoux riding for Stonestreet and Asmussen, outran favored Paynter in the final furlong Saturday night to win the 88th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Derby Trial on an eventful evening when a fierce hailstorm interrupted the opening card of the 39-day spring meet for about 50 minutes.

Hierro returned $12 with his second victory from six lifetime starts and was pronounced a “maybe” for the May 19 Preakness at Pimlico by Asmussen.

“Obviously a couple of the others in here were considering that avenue coming in,” said Asmussen. “We’ll see how he comes out of it. Right now, we’re just really excited about what he did tonight. He validated the high hopes we’ve always had for him.”

Paynter, the 6-5 favorite under Martin Garcia, forced the pace set down the backstretch by The Black and Saint of Saints before moving boldly to take over leaving the quarter pole. Hierro, behind that front pack from the start, then angled out for the drive before edging away in the final 70 yards, prevailing by 1 1/2 lengths when finishing the one-turn mile in 1:35.27 over a sloppy track. The only prior victory for Hierro, a son of Hard Spun, was a maiden romp last fall at Churchill.

Stealcase finished third, another neck back, and was followed by Bourbon Courage, The Black, Motor City, Quick Wit, and Saint of Saints.

Tarpy’s Goal and Seve were early scratches, while a shoeing snafu in the paddock involving Nonios lasted about 15 minutes and could never be resolved, leading him to be a late scratch.

The 11-race card started at 6 p.m. Eastern amid humid and overcast conditions. About five minutes before the fifth race was supposed to begin, a monstrous hailstorm pounded Churchill and the surrounding area, turning the track from fast to sloppy while forcing cancellation of the lone turf race of the night. Finally, after the track was floated and the horses had waited out the storm in the paddock, action resumed.

“I’ve never seen anything like it here,” said Donnie Richardson, the senior vice president for racing. “And I’ve been here a long time.”

This was the second year Churchill opened its spring meet with a night card. Last year, 38,142 turned out, a record for nights since the track first began using lights in 2009. Attendance on this night was 26,527. Churchill will have three more night cards this spring, on June 2, 16, and 30, all of them Saturdays, too.



Courtesy of the Blood-Horse

Bourbon Lane Stable’s Johannesbourbon is seldom far from trainer Kellyn Gorder’s range of vision, occupying the first stall from Gorder’s office in Barn 74.

“He’s been in that first stall since he came here,” Gorder said of the Johannesburg colt, who will make his second career start here on Saturday in the Coolmore Lexington (G3) at 1 1/16 miles.

Johannesbourbon made his debut on March 25 at Turfway Park, romping by 9 3/4 lengths while going 6 1/2 furlongs. Off that effort, it is into graded stakes company.

“He ran a big Sheets number in his first race,” Gorder said. “I know it was Turfway and we really didn’t know what he beat.”

Gorder got an idea of what Johannesbourbon beat on Wednesday when Potomac River, the runner-up in the Turfway race, was an impressive three-length winner of a 1 1/16-mile turf race at Keeneland in which he passed the majority of the field on the backstretch and then drew off in the lane.

“That validated the race a little bit,” Gorder said of the victory by Potomac River. “Mike McMahon and Jamie Hill (of Bourbon Lane) had an idea of what they had. They thought they would have a shot at going into the Lexington if he ran as well as they thought he would.”

Johannesbourbon has had two works since his victory with the most recent being a five-eighths move in :58.40.

“My assistant, Johnny Ortiz, was on him for that work and he galloped out six furlongs in 1:11,” Gorder said. “I don’t give my horses fast works, but he works fast. I hold my breath every time he’s out there.”

Garrett Gomez, who won the Coolmore Lexington in 2009 with Advice and 1994 with SouthernRhythm, will have the mount Saturday on Johannesbourbon.

“We decided to take a shot,” Gorder said. “It is his hometown track and he gets over the Polytrack really well. His first race was only 6 1/2 furlongs, but it looks like he will like two turns.”

Gorder has another promising 3-year-old in the barn for Bourbon Lane in Bourbon Courage, who is undefeated in two starts. Bourbon Courage won his debut by 4 1/4 lengths and his second race by 6 3/4 lengths at odds of 3-10.

“Three or four horses came back out of his maiden race and won, so that was a pretty productive race,” Gorder said of Bourbon Courage, who is also owned in partnership by Wayne Lynn. “He is being pointed to the (Cliff’s Edge) Derby Trial (G3) to be run April 28 at Churchill Downs).

“In his second start, he showed a different dimension. He broke kind of flat-footed, and three horses put about six lengths on him. What was impressive was the way he passed them and then drew off. He is by Lion Heart out of a Carson City mare. Lion Heart was runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and I think he can get a one-turn mile.”

Courtesy of the TDN

BOURBON COURAGE,( c, 3, by Lion Heart 1st Dam: Shine Forth, by Carson City) remains undefeated with a strong allowance win going six furlongs in 1:09 2/5 at the Fair Grounds.

A $15,000 FTKJUL yearling, Bourbon Courage blithely belied that modest sale price with a driving 4 1/4-length score on debut over course and distance Feb. 3. He earned a gaudy 103 Beyer Speed Figure for his exertions, and proved that head-turning unveiling was no fluke with another huge performance at 1-5.

Farther back this time and not appearing to travel overly well behind an opening half in :45.48, the bay gained rapidly on his foes when tipped out at the head of the lane. He grabbed the lead in mid-stretch and lugged in briefly, but quickly leveled off once clear to cruise home a 6 3/4-length winner. Macho Macho (Macho Uno) also made a big move from the back of the pack to be second.

Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $47,064.
O- Bourbon Lane Stable & Wayne Lynn.
B-Oscar & Eloise Penn (KY)
T- Kellyn Gorder.

At Turfway Park. JOHANNESBOURBON (c, 3, Johannesburg--Mary Ellise, by In Excess {Ire}), sent off the 2-1 second choice, was a close-up second through an opening quarter in :22.82 before moving up to take command after a half in :45.88. Easily moving clear from there, the bay rolled home a much-the-best 9 3/4-length winner.
Sales history: $60,000 2yo '11 FTMMAY.
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $11,760
O-Bourbon Lane Stable
B-Gerald Frankel (KY)
T-Kellyn Gorder


3/1/12 - Mike McMahon chosen TOBA MEMBER OF THE MONTH!

Mike and Natanya McMahon

Mike McMahon got his start in Thoroughbreds the way many owners only dream of—growing up under the tutelage of parents Joe and Anne McMahon, founders of McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Although he was originally on track to pursue a veterinary degree at Cornell University, McMahon said that attending his first Keeneland January sale with his father shifted his focus.

“It changed my perspective on horses from working on a farm to working in bloodstock. I decided that would be my professional career,” he said. “We bought five or six mares, and I remember he sold one a few hours later for a nice profit, and I was just blown away by that.”

McMahon continued his study of Thoroughbred sales by participating in the Irish National Stud Course upon graduation from college, followed by time with Hall of Famer "Scotty" Schulhofer, and then five years as vice president of Kentucky consulting firm EQUIX Biomechanics.

He went on to form what is now McMahon & Hill Bloodstock in 2001, launching the company soon after Sept. 11. As McMahon described it, it was a positive start in uncertain times.

“It was a pretty ominous feeling.  It was a horrible time for the United States and the industry was so down.” he said. “But I had good clients…we worked the sales together, and I was very fortunate that my clients had faith in me.”

Today the business has grown to include pinhooking and racing partnerships (McMahon and his partner Jamie Hill manage  Bourbon Lane Stable), as well as purchasing and consulting. In its 11-year history the company has purchased 55 horses who have earned black type - including 18 Graded Stakes horses.  The average earnings per starter, $59,380.00, are greater than the average purchase price $58,511.00 per horse, a statistic very few bloodstock agents can match.

In addition, mares purchased by McMahon have produced 50 stakes horses - including 19 Graded Stakes horses.   Perhaps the most notable name among those statistics is Belle’s Good Cide, a mare he helped his parents acquire, who would ultimately foal Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide.

“It was very fulfilling for them, and for me to have helped them to do that. You never expect your horse to win the Derby. Certainly the press and everybody else didn’t think a NY Bred, Distorted Humor gelding would win the Derby that year…when he came down the stretch, it was pretty awesome,” he chuckled.

This year, McMahon has high hopes for Bourbon Lane’s 3-year-old Bourbon Courage, who recently broke his maiden at the Fair Grounds with the years second highest Beyer by a three year old to this point. Although it’s too early to say, he hopes this might be the horse to take them to the Derby again.

Despite his star-studded experience in the business, McMahon says he still has moments when he is reminded why he does what he does after 20 years in the business.

“Someone asked me what would I do if I could walk away from the business and I said I’m doing what I want to do right now. I really do enjoy racing and breeding horses. The thrill of your horse kicking away from a group of horses you didn’t think you could beat is really something that once you have it, you want to have it every day, every chance you can. That gives me the most joy,” he said.

He said he and his wife Natanya, the resident vet at Winstar Farm, are anticipating a crop of eight foals this year, which will ultimately be offered for sale.  “I like working with our horses on our own Spruce Lane Farm in Versailles, KY. Natanya and I take great pride in the farm.  She has an incredible knowledge of, and talent with horses.”

“When I’d load the babies up [for the sale], my kids used to be very sad. Now they’re resigned to saying, ‘You can sell the yearlings daddy, but not the mares,’” he laughed.

McMahon was recently elected to the TOBA board and hopes to contribute to its mission of educating new owners and providing them with advice from professionals like himself as they decide how they want to be involved in the industry.

“There are so many different facets of the industry, it’s hard to give a blanket statement of advice,” he pointed out. “A lot of times I tell people that breeding horses is a game better left to the farm owners who can handle the overhead…I would [also debunk the myth] that racing is a bad business. I would argue that the cost…in a well-run stable is manageable, and worth it for the thrill you get when you have a good racing stable.”

Congratulations to Mike McMahon, TOBA’s Member of the Month!


2/20/21 - CBA Elects New Board Members for 2012:

The Consignors and Breeders Association announced results for its 2012 roster of Board of Directors. Neil Howard of Gainesway Farm, Joe Seitz of Brookdale Sales, Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency, Martha Jane Mulholland of Mulholland Springs, Marc McLean of Crestwood Farm and Frank Mitchell have been re-elected to the Board, while Jamie Hill has been elected for his first term.

The newly-elected board members will join Craig Bandoroff of Denali Stud; Case Clay of Three Chimneys; Pat Costello of Paramount Sales, Matt Lyons of Woodford Thoroughbreds, Callan Strouss of Caldara Farm and Mark Toothaker of Toothaker Sales. The association holds elections each February for an alternating six and seven vacant seats on the 13-member Board of Directors

2/15/12 - Fair Grounds: Allowance race next for Bourbon Courage
Courtesy of the DRF
By Marcus Hersh

Bourbon Courage, who earned the second-highest 2012 Beyer Speed Figure for a 3-year-old, a 102, in his debut victory Feb. 3, is likely to make his next start in a first-level allowance race, trainer Kellyn Gorder said.

“We’re not quite sure what we’ll do yet, but we’re thinking about just taking the next logical step and running him in a one-other-than allowance race, and then go from there,” Gorder said.

Bourbon Courage cost a mere $15,000 at auction as a yearling in 2010, but could be valued at 20 or even 40 times that amount after running six furlongs in 1:09.28 while winning his debut by more than four lengths. Gorder said the partners that own Bourbon Courage have received “plenty of interest” from potential purchasers, but that a sale of the colt wasn’t imminent.

Bourbon Courage, a medium-sized bay, is by Lion Heart and out of a Carson City mare, and Gorder believes there’s a chance Bourbon Courage can at least stretch out to middle distances.

“I think there’s a chance he’ll go longer, but how far he can go remains to be seen,” said Gorder, who is spending his first winter at Fair Grounds as a head trainer. “He’s got a great mind and he relaxes nice in his gallops and in his breezes, just seems to do everything easy.

2/3/12 - BOURBON COURAGE (c, 3, Lion Heart--Shine Forth, by Carson City), a $15,000 FTKJUL yearling purchase, won at the Fair Grounds first time out of the gate. Hurried quickly from his inside post, he was in contention for the lead in an opening quarter in :21.85, and took off in the stretch while racing a bit greenly to score by 4 1/4 lengths. They went the 6 furlongs in 1 :09 and change. He was purchased by McMahon and Hill for Bourbon Lane Stable & Wayne Lynn. He was bred by Oscar & Eloise Penn (KY). Watch for this one!
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $22,512.

KALEIDOSCOPE shows her quality

A McMahon and Hill yearling purchase KALEIDOSCOPE (f, 3, Elusive Quality - Instant Coverage, by Storm Cat) was second over a sloppy Aqueduct track in her debut at six furlongs in early December. This out she tracked the favorite through fractions of :22.85 and :45.98 and then moved on the leader following three-quarters in 1:11.69 and zipped past to win by a length. Kaleidoscope was a $260,000 FTSAUG yearling. She is owned by -William Parsons Jr & David Howe, was bred by WinStar Farm LLC (KY) and is trained by -Mark A Hennig.

Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $34,300. 

1/14/12 - Panthro gets it done in style for McMahon and Hill client Empire Equines
Courtesy of the TDN

PANTHRO (g, 3, Discreet Cat--All At Once, by Touch Gold), a well-beaten fourth in his Saratoga unveiling against Empire-breds Aug. 8, earned a solid 86 Beyer while a good third against open company at Gulfstream Dec. 24. Back with state-breds here, the 3-5 chalk was right there in second early, challenged for command on the far turn and drew off nicely in the stretch to graduate by 2 1/4 lengths
Lifetime 3-1-0-1, $36,450.
O - Donald H Piser & Stanley M Hough. B-Empire Equines
LLC (NY). T-Stanley M Hough.

1/12/12 - Well Defended...Results from the Keeneland January Sale
Courtesy of the TDN

Sharing top honors for a mare yesterday was La Defense (Wild Again--Captivant, by Deputy Minister), who was knocked down to McMahon & Hill LLC for $90,000. Offered by Jody and Michelle Huckabay's Elm Tree Farm was hip 1198, the 14-year-old sold in foal to Coolmore's young sire Munnings (Speightstown). La Defense was a winner on the track and is a half sibling to five stakes horses, including GSW Noisette (Broad Brush) and MSW & GSP Roi Maudit (Elusive Quality).

La Defense has been good to nearly everyone who's had a connection to her. Her first foal, Quelle Surprise (Slew Gin Gizz), was a homebred stakes winner of over $140,000 for Haras Santa Maria de Araras SA, who had also bred La Defense. Another two of her foals proved good yearling to juvenile pinhooks for Eisaman Equine ($35,000 to $80,000) and the McKathan Bros. ($45,000 to $110,000), respectively, before she provided one of the most eye-catching pinhooking successes of 2011. Her 2009 foal, the colt Macho Rocket, was acquired for $22,000 as a yearling by Tristan de Meric, who then
resold the gray to Frank Fletcher Racing for $825,000 at OBS April last year. Macho Rocket made a favorable impression on debut at Hollywood Nov. 27, leading every step and winning by a half-length for trainer Bob Baffert.

La Defense herself was sent through the 2010 OBS Winter Sale, where the Huckabays acquired her for $32,000 while in foal to Master Command. They sold that resulting foal for $20,000, then hit paydirt at the Keeneland November sale two months ago when they sold her 2011 Colonel John (Tiznow) weanling for $150,000.  Michelle and I actually bought her to breed to Colonel John, said Huckabay of WinStar's Grade I winner. We had bought a share in Colonel John, and we didn't have a mare at the time to breed to him, and were kind of up against it. That's the reason she was purchased. On paper, she matched up well. Physically, she's a Quarter Horse type, while he's a long, lengthy horse--a real Tiznow. We thought they would complement each other, and the resulting foal certainly did great in November. She was getting a little bit of age on her, so we decided to enter her here, and obviously with the updates, it was a nice score. She certainly outsold her reserve. But I think there's still juice in the lemon and, hopefully, everybody will come out smelling good.

The people that bought her are bloodstock agents Mike McMahon and Jamie Hill, whose bloodstock agency is located in Versailles. The former said La Defense was purchased on behalf of Sally Anderson's
River Mist Farm in Ocala. "We like the mare a lot, liked the covering, and it looks like that Macho Uno colt [Macho Rocket] can really run," said McMahon. "But we also loved that Colonel John colt. I'd have to check my notes, but we might have been the underbidder on him at November. I've seen all the mare's foals--she gets great-looking babies. She's got a lot of positives. I don't know who we'll go back to--I bought her for a client and we haven't had a chance to talk about it--but possibly Macho Uno."


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