Clancy Bloodstock has grown to include the purchases of champions in steeplechasing and graded stakeswinners on the flat. In 2015, graduates won the Grade 1 Colonial Cup, Grade 1 Grand National, Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, Temple Gwathmey, Raymond G. Woolfe, Peapack, Harry E. Harris, Mason Houghland, National Sporting Library Cup while earning over $600,000 collectively. In a sport that offered $5.8 million, Clancy Bloodstock graduates earned over 10 percent of the purses.
Our success has been going on for years – ever since Sean retired from riding races. Good Night Shirt won two championships, Bubble Economy won two timber champions, Thor Thors won a timber championship. At the 2013 Iroquois Steeplechase, the best meet of the spring, we produced 12 runners and swept four of the eight races, including three stakes. At Far Hills 2012, steeplechasing’s best meet in 2012, we were responsible for 20 percent of the runners, including Gladstone winner Top Man Michael and Grand National-third Royal Bonsai.
It runs in the family – Joe Clancy (Sean's dad) purchased Maryland Hunt Cup winner Buck Jakes, Federico Tesio winner Fourmatt and two-time Iroquois winner Owhata Chief. Joe Clancy Jr. (Sean's brother) is good at it too, purchasing multiple stakes winner Decoy Daddy for leading owner Irv Naylor.
We look for horses in America and overseas and buy horses privately as well as at public auctions including Keeneland, Goffs, Tattersalls and Fasig-Tipton.
Purchased privately in England for leading steeplechase owner Irv Naylor in May, 2015, the French-bred half-brother to Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Daylami won the Grade 1 Grand National at Far Hills in October, 2015 and returend to win the Grade 1 Colonial Cup, clinching the Lonesome Glory trophy as the sport's leading earner. Only an Eclipse Award is left to collect.
One Lucky Lady
Purchased at Doncaster in May, 2015, she won her American debut at Far Hills, sweeping the Peapack Stakes for Irv Naylor, Cyril Murphy and Ross Geraghty.
Guts For Garters
Purchased in 2011 with one goal in mind – the greatest timber race in the world, the Maryland Hunt Cup. Mission Accomplished. Owned by Stewart Strawbridge, trained by Sanna Neilson and ridden by Jody Petty, Guts For Garters won the 2014 Maryland Hunt Cup by a nose over Imperial Way. Matt Coleman and Clancy Bloodstock selected the son of Presenting from the Doncaster Bloodstock August Sale in 2011.
Good Night Shirt
The chestnut champion earned two Eclipse Awards, won 11 stakes, smashed the single-season earnings mark he set in 2007 when winning five Grade I stakes from five starts in 2008. The Maryland-bred boasted eight Grade I victories, including the American Grand National, Iroquois (twice), Georgia Cup, Lonesome Glory (twice) and Colonial Cup (twice). The son of Concern won 13 career steeplechase races and led all NSA earners in 2008 with a record $485,520. His career bankroll of $1,006,493 placed him second on the all-time NSA money list. Owned by Sonny Via and trained by Jack Fisher, Good Night Shirt retired in 2010 as just one of two steeplechase horses to win over $1 million. Originally owned and campaigned on the flat by Riverdee Stable, he was sold to owner Sonny Via and trainer Jack Fisher before embarking on his record steeplechase career.
Purchased from breeder Juddmonte Farm in 2010, son of Empire Maker campaigned for Riverdee Stable and Graham Motion, taking the Grade III Valedictory at Woodbine in 2011 and finishing second, beaten a nose, in the Grade II San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita. In 2013, Eagle Poise finished second in three stakes – the Laurel Turf Cup, the Sycamore and the Valedictory and finished third in the Idle Rich Stakes at Saratoga. He was retired to Riverdee's farm in Middleburg, Va., in 2014.
Purchased at Tattersalls in 2010, son of Dynaformer won twice over hurdles and found his niche over timber in 2014, dominating the Middleburg Hunt Cup and Mason Houghland timber stakes for Armata Stable and trainer Alicia Murphy. In spring, 2015, he won three of four starts, including another Houghland romp.
Mr. Hot Stuff
Arguably, the prettiest horse we've ever sold, Mr. Hot Stuff danced on the Triple Crown Trail for WinStar Farm before being purchased for Gill Johnston and Jack Fisher for a new career over fences. The full-brother to Travers winner Colonel John won two of his first four starts on the infield and won the Marcellus Frost Novice Stakes at Nashville and the A.P. Smithwick at Saratoga in 2013. The regal gelding won the Temple Gwathmey and finished second in the Grade 1 Iroquois Steeplechase in 2015.
Purchased from Klaravich Stable and trainer Rick Violette, the son of Rakeen became a major force on the timber scene, earning championships and over $400,000 during his lengthy jump career. He won two stakes in seven days in 2010, cracking the top 20 of all time leading earners. He led the timber division in 2004, again in 2008 and again in 2010. After posting three wins over hurdles (by a combined 62 3/4 lengths), he won 10 timber races including victories in the Virginia Gold Cup (twice), International Gold Cup, Grand National, Ski Roundtop and Mason Houghland (twice) stakes.
Purchased from Bobby Frankel, son of Dynaformer transferred his ability to hurdle racing, becoming champion novice in 2009 for The Fields Stable and trainer Tom Voss. He captured stakes at Saratoga and Far Hills.
By one our favorite sires, Johar, this 5-year-old won his NSA debut with an impressive performance at the Iroquois Steeplechase, the spring's premier meet. Trained by Jack Fisher for Woodslane Stable, the Maryland-bred was purchased in the fall of 2012.Sharp Numbers returned to win a tough allowance race in 2015.
Purchased for West Point Thoroughbreds at the Goffs Orby Sale in 2011, the Irish-bred won a maiden special weight on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs in March, 2013 before scoring at Saratoga and Gulfstream Park. He's won five races, including an allowance at Fair Grounds and Gulfstream Park on the dirt. He's made over $120,000.
Top Man Michael
Irish-bred was purchased from Noel Meade in 2012, he immediately paid dividends winning the Gladstone Stakes at the sport's premier meet, Far Hills, for owner Irv Naylor. Top Man Michael returned to win the Foxfield feature in 2014.
• Other purchases include top class runners Valdez, Address Unknown, Rudyard K, Share Out, Apse, Well Fashioned, Dictina’s Boy, Rare Bush, Corruption, Dancewel, Worried Man, Hope For Us All, Mark The Shark, Witor, Thor Thors, Rescigno, Dynability, Bunt, Organisateur, Vain Vixen, Quiet Approval, Almarmooq, Extra Check, Dax, Super Saturday, Hooded, Hockey Pop, Prime Prospector, Brave Prospect, Gimme Five, Yellow Mountain, Hooping, Aheadofthecurve, Certain Swagger, Catch The Blues, The Grange, Jack Frost, Boogie Feva...