ABOUT BLUEGRASS BLOODSTOCK
There is no doubt that Leonard Russo is an exceptional judge of a thoroughbred - in an industry where results mean everything, Leonard consistently delivers for his clients and achieves phenomenal return on investment each season on and off the race track.
A widely travelled bloodstock agent with extensive experience overseas, Leonard has worked for some of the best thoroughbred operations in the world; New Zealand's Cambridge Stud, Coolmore Stud in Ireland, Ashwell Stud, Roger James Racing, John Hawkes Racing, and Tattersalls UK.
From stallion handling, farm and broodmare management, to foaling down, stable work, and yearling preparation, Leonard has touched every part of the thoroughbred industry, and it is this experience that makes him one of the most successful bloodstock agents in Australia pound for pound.
Leonard's methodology is a simple one; plan for success, work honestly and diligently, and deliver the best result possible result for your client - an ethical and upfront approach is always best.
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My Tribute to Hot n Moss who has gone to greener pastures.
October 10, 2019
There are times in life where something or someone teaches you some valuable life lessons, Hot n moss the race mare and then emerging broodmare did just that.
Starting Bluegrass Bloodstock back in 2010 coincided with Hot n Moss’s first race win at Canberra races, July 11, 2010, it was just a little 1280m mdn on the Acton track.
Back tracking a little, I purchased Hot n moss as a yearling off my very good friend Wayne Larsen of Te Runga Farm. Wayne sent me some pics and a pedigree, she was by his stallion Strategic Image whom I inspected for Wayne prior to his purchase from Victoria, he went to stand at his farm in NZ, he was a bread and butter stallion but did leave a group 1 winner in Altered Image.
There was some familiarity with the pedigree, and then Wayne’s belief in the female family, a great tough NZ family, group 1 winners Moss Downs and Spenophyta featured prominently.
She looked a nice filly in the photos, I had great faith in where she was raised so I put together a group of owners consisting of family and friends and we purchased her for $20,000 NZ.
This was the beginning and in this bloodstock game some valuable lessons have been learned and to have continued success, you must establish key industry relationships, trust, and an ability to follow a process which works for you and never waiver from it even when horses fail.
These relationships, trust and process cannot be more prominent than my business dealings with Wayne Larsen of Te Runga Farm and it all came to fruition through the achievements of Hot n Moss, our favourite mare who passed away on Tuesday 8/10/2019, leaving behind a gorgeous 5 week old filly foal by the Cambridge stud stallion Almanzor.
From humble beginnings, Hot n moss went onto win a Canberra mdn for the very good Canberra trainer in Matt Dale, this win allowed me to start up my business Bluegrass Bloodstock. With a nice wager on maxidiv $32 Uni with corporate bookmaker Sportingbet I was able to get Bluegrass off the ground.
Hot n moss’s career was short lived due to a few ailments but she had showed enough ability with a very good turn of foot that maybe she could pass this onto her progeny, her race record may not suggest so, but I had worked with her closely and had watched her ability in trackwork and glimpses in races to envisage a possible stud career.
Putting together a plan with one of her fellow owners Steve Salib we approached Wayne Larsen to see if we could breed back to Castledale, Wayne’s new stallion, a dual group 1 winner by Peintre Celebre. Wayne offered us a great deal where we could have an opportunity to breed two foals to Castledale with him.
Sticking to the processes, and trusting the relationship, Hot n moss bred a WFA group winner in Moss n dale her first foal who has won over 1 million dollars in prizemoney. Her 2nd foal Moss n bolt has won a further 3 races and been metro placed in Melbourne, between her first two foals they have won 17 races between them, who would of thought!!
Hot n moss has produced another 2 colts by Castledale, one of them in training now with Peter Gelagotis of Moe, the other a yearling who is still growing out at Te Runga Farm in NZ. Wayne comments on the latest yearling ‘he is the closest resemblance to Castledale he has bred’.
Her final act is a beautiful 5-week-old filly foal in the picture above with Hot n moss herself, by the highly credentialed Cambridge Stud stallion in Almanzor.
Hot n moss sadly lost a battle with colic during the week, I loved her, I’ll miss her quirkiness from when I worked with her, I now see it now through her sons Moss n dale and Moss n bolt.
She is the first mare I have personally bred; the fundamentals are so important in this game for me as I have highlighted above, and she taught me plenty.
Wayne has taken her back to Te Runga Farm to be buried, thanks for the memories Katie, rest in peace and I will be back to visit next time I’m in NZ.
AllStarMile for Moss n dale
Story of the 'bulldog' Moss n dale!
The story of Moss n dale started back in September 2003.
Wayne Larsen of Te Runga Farm in Patumahoe New Zealand is a personal friend, and I worked for him as a stud hand in the early 2000’s.
He called me late in 2003 to inspect a stallion in Victoria called Strategic Image who had recently retired. Wayne bought Strategic Image and he went back to NZ to stand at his farm in NZ called Te Runga Farm.
A few years earlier Wayne had purchased a mare off the track which the trainer has recently told him was the slowest horse he had ever trained, her name was Moss Arising which is the grandam of Moss n dale.
Wayne liked the breeding of Moss Arising as she was very closely related to some very good NZ group 1 winners in Moss Downs and Sphenophyta.
Wayne sent Moss Arising to his new stallion Strategic Image and produced the mare Hot n moss. Bluegrass purchased Hot n moss off Wayne as a yearling, she was an athletic filly and i liked her and flew her back to Melbourne where I was working for a trainer at Mornington Neil Walsh. I put a group together led by John Scire and Steve Salib and we raced Hot n moss.
Hot n moss always showed nice ability and jockey Daniel Moor would always say to you would swear she was an open class sprinter not a maiden that’s how well she galloped in track work.
Hot n moss had a host of issues and she never realised her best form until Canberra trainer Matt Dale took her over and she won 2 races in very impressive fashion, albeit a Canberra Mdn and Wagga bm55. After this Matt Dale and then jockey Talia Rodder who is a family friend both advised the group to retire Hot n moss.
After discussion with the ownership group and Wayne Larsen it was decided that we would send her by ship back to NZ and breed her to Wayne’s new stallion Castledale, a dual group 1 winner in the USA by Peintre Celebre.
We struck up a deal where the ownership group got to breed the first two foals by Castledale and we would share the ownership with Wayne Larsen.
The 1st foal was a colt and we named him Moss n dale.
He was the first horse the group and myself has raced with Peter Gelagotis and what a fantastic trainer and person Peter is, it has just been the perfect ride for all of us.
Moss n dales 1st race at Traralgon he ran 8 of 10, it probably wasn’t the best of rides by the jockeys own admission but I have never seen a trainer so upset, not because of a punt, because Peter doesn’t bet, he was just so upset because he knew the horse was so much better than that.
From that day at Traralgon Moss n dale has gone onto win 14 races so far from 32 starts and 933k, he is a WFA winner and multiple stakes winner and has given myself, Wayne Larsen and all the ownership group the biggest ride of a lifetime.
He has been the best ambassador so far for the Bluegrass Bloodstock colours, purple, white B and hot pink, and will give us the greatest thrill when he lines up in the inaugural All Star Mile on Saturday March 16
Mossy Takes The Craven
October 13th 2018
The Craven Plate is a time honoured event which has been run at Randwick since 1867 and has boasted champion winners such as the immortal Phar Lap x3 , Tulloch, Mummify and now the 2018 winner is our little champ Moss n dale.
Superbly handled by apprentice Jack Martin who has developed a real affinity with the Bulldog making it his 7th win on him, this was both horse and jockeys biggest career triumph with the Group 3 win, and we’re all hopeful that the best is yet to come.
The week leading into the race trainer Peter Gelagotis was supremely confident that Moss n dale would get the job done and he had the horse trained to the minute. It was a vintage Craven Plate field with no less than 4 individual Group 1 winners taking part.
As always Moss n dale raced as though he was the only group 1 winner in the field (even if he hasn’t won one yet), putting himself right in the race in 4th position in the run before showing the field a clean set of heels in the straight and powering away to win by 2 lengths with dual group 1 winner Egg Tart running into 2nd position.
It was an exciting day for all the ownership group, Gelagotis Racing and jockey as Moss n dale brought up his 3rd win in a row.
From humble beginnings Hot n moss as a yearling filly was purchased off good friend and part owner/breeder of Moss n dale Wayne Larsen of Te Runga stud who stood her sire Strategic Image and owned her dam Moss Arising. He bred Hot n moss and contacted me about purchasing her as a yearling, I liked the pedigree and photos which Wayne sent me and the deal was made.
An ownership group was put together consisting of family, close family friends etc to race Hot n moss or Katie as she was known in the stable. I knew Katie from the beginning of her racing career, strapping her and watching all her track gallops. Jockey Daniel Moor remarked on a few occasions that ‘If you didn’t know she was a maiden you would swear she was an open class sprinter’, that was the feel she gave you in her fast track gallops.
Katie whilst she was at Mornington for a few reasons most probably immaturity never reached any level of success on the racetrack and with one owner selling out his share we had a new owner farrier Ben Shinsky buy in and she was transported to Matt Dale in Canberra. This move worked great as Hot n moss won her maiden at Canberra showing a blistering turn of foot to come from last to first. She then continued on to win another race on a wet track at Wagga before Matt called me to call it a day with her as she had a bad front fetlock joint and was a grade 4 roarer. Upon reflection there were two great attributes which Katie displayed during her racing career which she has passed onto her son Moss n dale, his love for a wet track and his turn of foot!
After some discussion with the owners especially Steve Salib who was keen to explore the prospect of breeding Hot n moss I contacted Wayne and a deal was struck to send hot n moss via ship back to NZ where she was bred to Waynes new stallion, dual group 1 winner Castledale.
The 1st foal was Moss n dale and we haven’t looked back, his full brother Moss n bolt looks a stayer of the future and the other two full siblings are absolute cracking sorts.
Looking forward to the future!
Moss n Dale Wins the Listed Sale Cup
October 29th 2017
Moss n dale continued his rich vein of form by winning the strongest edition of the Sale Cup on record by 1.25lengths defeating the OTI import Fastnet Tempest. Moss n dale put the writing on the wall with his very game 3rd in the listed Seymour Cup his previous run.
Ridden a treat by Regular jockey Anthony Darmanin and trained to the minute by great horseman Peter Gelagotis, Moss n dale put the issue beyond doubt when he travelled up very strongly on the bridle at the top of the long Sale straight, and then sprinted away from the Sale cup field leaving Fastnet Tempest in his wake.
A big congratulations goes out to all the ownership group in Moss n dale, and big thank you to Te Runga Stud master and owner of Castledale Wayne Larsen. Wayne bred Hot n Moss with his resident stallion Strategics Image, Bluegrass purchased Hot n Moss as a yearling off Wayne and then when she finished racing in Aus we sent her back to Wayne who mated her with his dual group 1 winning stallion Castledale and the 1st foal was Moss n dale.
Kiwi Import Parliament wins the Cootamundra Cup, making it 5 wins from 9 Aussie starts
October 10, 2019
The Bluegrass Bloodstock New Zealand tried horse purchases continued their great run with the Andrew Dale trained Parliament winning the Cootamundra Cup on the weekend.
Sent out favourite, Parliament travelled handy in the run before toughing it out in a driving finish to win in a photo.
Parliament has certainly taken all before him since crossing over from NZ winning 5 of his 9 starts in Australia. He was a 4 start mdn when identified by Bluegrass Bloodstock and purchased for the Andrew Dale stable.
In recent weeks two Bluegrass Bloodstock New Zealand tried horse purchases are set to make their Australian racetrack debuts for the Scott Brunton and Anthony Freedman stables. Both look very exciting prospects, the Dream Thoroughbreds prospect trained by Anthony Freedman still has a small share available and I highly recommend contacting Dream.
Watch this space for the upcoming debuts…….
Other winners so far for the month of October for Bluegrass Bloodstock have been the yearling purchases Absolute Artie a son of Artie Schiller winning his 4th race and making it 4 in a row, Bluegrass purchased him from the Melbourne Premier sale.
And on Sunday The Egyptian broke his maiden over 1000m for the Shea Eden stable, The Egyptian was purchased in conjunction with the Eden stable from the Magic Millions yearling sale, in fact both yearlings were purchased with Shea.
Creative Lad on debut for the Gelagotis stable ran a 0.1 length 2nd, he was a Magic Millions yearling purchase also, hoping he can break his maiden at his 2nd start.
Bluegrass In Japan
Just a way Yearling Filly August 2019
An amazing 7 days was spent in Japans beautiful Hokkaido region with Bluegrass attending the Hokkaido Summer Yearling sale and then visiting some beautiful farms to inspect foals for prospective purchase out of the paddock.
Whilst in the Hokkaido we managed to go out to Tomita farm to see our beautiful Just a way yearling filly who is the most amazing filly. She has just been broken in and has started pre-training and from all reports broke in very well. This filly is owned by JR Thoroughbreds and partners and there is still some small shares to get involved in this filly, I highly recommend her, and she has a positive breaking report now also.
This filly will pre-train on the amazing JRA facilities in Japan building her lung capacity before leaving Japan in August 2020 to start her racing career with Phillip Stokes at Pakenham.
The opportunities in Japan are endless for these staying types of horses and Bluegrass has now developed a very good network to purchase these foals out of the paddock and utilize Japans premier training facilities, the best I have seen to develop these young thoroughbreds into staying machines.
Exciting times ahead and we can’t wait at Bluegrass for our next trip to Japan June 2020 to purchase the next foals to develop in Japan to be elite stayers in Australia.
There is always opportunities to get involved and Bluegrass is always happy to discuss the possibilities with you.
Akamon salutes at the Bool carnival and Parliament makes it 3wins from 4starts in Australia
14th of May 2019
It was back on at Warrnambool again and Te Runga Stud stallion Castledale struck again with his son Akamon winning in tough fashion over the 2000m 2nd day of the famous Warrnambool carnival. Superbly handled by Cranbourne trainer Shea Eden, Akamon has always shown great ability since purchase from NZ as a tried horse by Bluegrass, but he has suffered numerous niggles which Shea has had to manage. It was great to see him stick his big neck out and get the win for Shea and Akamons owners.
The kiwi horses have continued the winning feeling in May with Moss n bolt making it 2 wins in a row for the Gelagotis stable winning at Cranbourne over the 2000m. He surprized jockey Jason Maskiell by hitting the front a little quickly in the straight and then floated a little before Jason had to give him a few little reminders to keep his mind on the task at hand and Moss n Bolt toughed it out, for a good win. The full brother to Moss n dale now takes his record to 12:3-4-1, starting to build a consistent record.
Parliament continues his winning way by making it two wins in the first 13 days of May for the Andrew Dale stable, Andrew is doing a great job with the son of Crowded House just taking him through his grades building a nice little record in Australia of 3 wins from 4 starts and his only other start he was a good thing beaten for 3rd.
Over the next week Bluegrass will have some really good chances with Moss n Bolt going to bm70 grade on Sunday, Pembroke Isle at Moe on Tuesday and Moss n dale will go to Brisbane next Saturday.
Raining winners for Bluegrass in April
13th May of 2019
What a great thrill it was to watch Pembroke Isle steamroll her rivals in the picture above by 4.25 lengths at Cranbourne over the staying trip of 2580m. Pembroke Isle was one of 9 winners for Bluegrass Bloodstock during the month of April.
Pembroke Isle is a daughter of All American purchased by Bluegrass for $26,000 from the 2016 National Yearling Sale. She was a filly we loved on type and her dam Trina being a half-sister to Adelaide Cup winner Demerger we knew she had the blood to stay but we would just have to be patient.
The stable system of Peter Gelagotis has worked perfectly for her, she is a filly who has needed lots of patience and care, Peter has developed her slowly and this prep the transformation has been something to behold. She now parades like she belongs in the mounting yard instead of being a timid nervy filly and she is showing some nice ability on the race track, especially her liking for wet tracks.
Well done to the owners who have shown some great patience, its only early days but hoping the filly continues to develop.
April has also been a great month for Dream Thoroughbreds with Splitter winning a 75k race at Toowoomba, she has been a great selection for Bluegrass from the MM sales also for 41k where she has built a record of 22:5-6-4 and 175k in prize money. Wealthy Wolf an Inglis selection won his mdn for Dream in impressive style at Cranbourne at only his 3rd start, he is a nice progressive son of Foxwedge, Splitter also being by Foxwedge.
There was metro success with Call it a day winning at Caulfield over the 1440m, a big congratulations to part-owner Ian Ricciardi and trainer Wez Hunter who has done a great job nursing Call it a day through some serious injuries, Call it a day was a 46k purchase for Bluegrass Bloodstock from the Magic Millions Sale. And then Handsome Return for gun Adelaide trainer Will Clarken won a 100k feature at Morphetville, Bluegrass Bloodstock purchased Handsome Return as a tried horse for Will from NZ, and he looks a very promising horse in the making, a country cups style of horse, maybe a Swan Hill Cup beckons!!
The swagger of winners in April continued with the kiwis, Moss n dales full brother in Moss n Bolt dually saluted winning in tough style at Moe on Anzac day and kiwi private purchase for the Andrew Dale stable in Parliament keeping the great record of kiwi tried horse purchases for Bluegrass by winning their first start in Australia.
Bluegrass also had some luck with yearling purchases breaking their maidens at the end of the month with Rocket Empire a 65k purchase from Inglis vobis sale for Regal Bloodstock scoring a decisive victory at Geelong at only his 2nd start after running 2nd at his first start.
Rocket Empire was a nice well balanced yearling who has always showed nice ability so was great to see him break his mdn for Mark Burchhardt and his owners from Regal Bloodstock.
Ta da goose, (never found out the background on that name from Wez but I’m sure its good) she was an emphatic winner over the staying trip of 2200m at Sale, she has had her share of issues but Wez has done a great job managing her also.
Great start to March For Bluegrass Selections
March 9th 2019
March started off with a bang with Bluegrass private yearling purchase from Te Runga Farm NZ Francarlo breaking his mdn, for the inform and master trainer of stayers Pat Carey.
Francarlo a son of Reliable Man has been a slow learner, but Pat Carey and his staff have always been positive and at his 9th start Francarlo was an impressive winner over 2550m at Pakenham.
Perfectly rated by Jack Martin, it was a strong on pace win. Racing in the colours of loyal owner Frank Carratelli, we were so happy to see the horse salute for Frank, Nancy, Carlo and Wayne.
Its always a learning experience watching these stayers develop and there is none better to watch than Pat Carey plying his craft, looking forward to the future with Francarlo.
The weekend of Frank Carratelli got better when the Shea Eden trained Duke of Magnus broke his mdn at Cranbourne in a very tough win, Frank is an owner in this horse also.
Duke of Magnus was a yearling purchase by Bluegrass in conjunction with Shea Eden Racing from the Melbourne Premier Sales.
Shea has done a fantastic job with the Duke, he would of won his mdn sooner if he had some luck with the barriers but after perfect placement at Cranbourne Friday night Duke of Magnus saluted.
Dream Duo for Feb
Feb 20 2019
The dream thoroughbred duo of Russian Romeo and Splitter both had nice wins, both horses are Bluegrass Bloodstock yearling selections from the Magic Millions yearling sales.
Splitter a daughter of Foxwedge and a $41,000 from MM yearling sale made it her 4th win in a class 4 at Gold Coast first up Feb 20 2019, she has been a highly consistent mare being in the top 3 finishers 13 times from only 19 starts and taking her earnings to over $123k.
Meanwhile in NSW for the Ciaron Maher stable Russian Romeo has taken his time to break his mdn but he did it in impressive fashion at Goulburn, he has showed lots of promise at home, now hopefully he will start to produce on raceday.
Kiwi tried horses hot in December
December 31st 2018
The kiwi horses continue to fire for Bluegrass Bloodstock with Count da Vinci leading the charge and winning the 100k Tasmanian Stakes.
Settling very handy in the run Count da Vinci was very dominant in his victory over the 1600m at Hobart and he looks well on track for the Hobart Cup. He’s been an old marvel Count and is racing as good as ever as a rising 9 year old.
Kiwi import Handsome Return is racing in great heart for the Will Clarken stable having a massive December, in his first racing prep for Will he won his first 2 starts in impressive fashion before starting even money in the Alcopop final at Morphetville Boxing day over 1600m worth 100k and only being narrowly beaten into 2nd place.
He looks a stayer of promise and looks an exciting find out of New Zealand for Bluegrass Bloodstock, big thanks to Danny Roulston from NZB for his assistance with the purchase of this horse.
Lovin th’castle was an exciting winner for team Gelagotis, Wayne Larsen and the band of Bluegrass Bloodstock owners when she won her Moe Mdn over 1600m on the 14th of December.
After recovering from some cosmetic surgery to remove a small chip, Lovin th’castle has been nursed back to full health by PG, and she won her mdn with some authority.
She is still a mare who is quite immature and with another spell or two under her belt she will be a lovely staying prospect for the stable.
Mr So and So winning in Hong Kong, Bluegrass Yearling purchases having a great December!
December 20th 2018
What an exciting month for Bluegrass Bloodstock yearling selections and purchases.
Mr So and So a yearling selection for Dream Thoroughbreds from the Melbourne Premier sale has been doing a great job in Hong Kong for the John Size stable bringing up 2 wins at Sha Tin for the month of December which is a great effort.
Dream Thoroughbreds have continued on with their successes with Columbia a Bluegrass Bloodstock yearling selection from the Gold Coast Magic Millions sale bringing up his 3rd Saturday metro win at Morphetville in very convincing fashion, this son of Denman is racing in great heart and trainer Will Clarken has him going great guns.
Savvy Shields another Dream Thoroughbred owned and managed was a Bluegrass selection from Inglis Classic has a great little strike rate notching up her 4th win from only 13 starts at Stony Creek, this daughter of All American now deserves her chance in some better races. On the same day for Dream, Soul Star ran a game 2nd 1st up at Moonee Valley in a 100k race, she looks in for a great prep, this daughter of Hinchinbrook is very well bred being very closely related to Sunlight and was a Inglis Classic yearling sale selection for Bluegrass.
Over in the west Bluegrass had some luck with yearling purchase The Cornish for Peter Fernie winning her first two race starts in the month of December. She was $50,000 buy by Bluegrass on behalf of a Perth businessman out of the Windsor Park draft at Melb Premier, this daughter of Pins will keep improving with age. Peter Fernie had a fantastic year in Kalgoorlie training a record number of winners.
Savatag and Columbia Make it a metro double in Adelaide
3rd of November 2018
Morphetville Racecourse has become a happy hunting ground for Bluegrass Bloodstock purchases winning metro Saturday races and in Columbia’s case the feature race on the card.
Both horses trained by Will Clarken, who is a master with conditioning tried horses off previous trainers, through Bluegrass this has been Savatag, Mio Dio, Columbia and of recent times Handsome Return.
Columbia who is managed and owned by Dream Thoroughbreds and their band of owners was thoughtfully placed in Adelaide by Dream director David Azzopardi, this was a masterstroke as Columbia has transformed his career, in 3 starts he has run 2nd and won 2 sat grade races at Morphetville including his barnstorming finish to take out Saturdays 100k Riziz sprint final.
And 2 races before, kiwi staying prospect Savatag effortlessly took out the Bm86 Chickens Hcp over 1600m, this kiwi galloper a private purchase from NZ for Bluegrass made Saturdays race his 3 sat grade race in Aus from only 5 starts since purchase in Aus. Future looks bright for these two.
Lucky For All Wins Again At Caulfield
Kiwi purchase Lucky for All is showing some high class qualities for the Brad Spicer team since his purchase from kiwi Farm Te Runga by Bluegrass.
Lining up at Caulfield on Blue Sapphire Stakes day Lucky looked a really good chance on paper and was sent out favourite.
Showing his customary turn of foot, Lucky For All made a quick mover before the bend to win impressively in the 120k hcp at Caulfield from the Japanese galloper Danon Roman.
Still a work in progress LFA is still learning his trade but he possesses all the tools to make it to the top in racing. His ability to quicken for a stayer is rare and gets him out of trouble when most horses are finding excuses.
Still 12 months away from being the finished article, Lucky For All next tackles the 350k Ballarat Cup November 24th where if he gets a little bit of juice in the track he will take some holding out.
Bluegrass Bloodstock is enjoying great success with their kiwi tried purchases and we currently have our eye on some new prospects who could be the next Count da Vinci’s or Lucky for Alls.
Moss n dale takes the Craven!
October 13th 2018
Everest day Sydney October 13 2018!
Moss n dale before a huge crowd at Randwick took out the 2000m Craven Plate in boggy conditions, this Group 3 event has been around forever and won by champions.
With 4 Group 1 winners in the race this was a very competitive and deep Craven Plate but Moss n dale treated the field with contempt running away to win by 1.8 lengths. It was a great day for Gelagotis racing, Jockey Jack Martin and the Moss n dale ownership group.
The Bulldog has now entered Group company, and somehow I don’t think he is leaving!
Tokyo City Cup For Mossy, Making It Win Number 13
Moss n dale you star!
After an emphatic win at Moonee Valley, trainer Peter Gelagotis identified the Tokyo City Cup at Morphetville as a really nice step for Moss n dale, rising in distance to the 1800m in Listed grade.
Like a seasoned professional Moss n dale travelled over to Adelaide and Bluegrass Bloodstock principal Lenny Russo followed. ‘You can just see he was in a zone, parading at Morphetville Mossy just had his game face on and I knew the race was over from there’, Lenny said.
Apprentice Jack Martin was given the reins in a non-claiming race and had the horse in a beautiful position in the run, knowing the horse well when he came off the bridle Jack didn’t panic and just stoked up the horse before coming home with a big finish to run away from the field by 1.9 lengths on the line.
The win took Moss n dales career tally to 13 wins from 30 starts and his 2nd Listed race win. He has been an amazing horse and seems to be racing into his prime.
Moss n dale is like any good footballer and has his fair share of niggles but he has a master hands on trainer in Peter Gelagotis to manage him at the superb Moe racing training facility and Mossy thrives.
Next stop is the Group 3 Craven Plate at Randwick on Everest Day where Moss n dale has saluted previously.
Saturday September 22nd was a busy day for Bluegrass Bloodstock with three other runners running at metro level and all horses running fantastic.
Darren Weir and Spicer Thoroughbred managed Lucky For All ran a frustrating 2nd in the 1800m hcp at Caulfield, like the caller accurately described Lucky for All was all over the track like a shopping trolley, if he goes straight he wins, simple as that. This son of Tavistock bred by Tim Harrison and TeRunga Farm NZ who was a Bluegrass Bloodstock NZ tried horse selection is being set for the Ballarat Cup but looks a very promising stayer, next year might be his year to start shining.
Mr Sneaky for Dream Thoroughbreds ran later in the day in the Group 1 Rupert Clarke for a fast finishing 6th of 15 runners beaten only 2 lengths on the line, Mr Sneaky ran the quickest sectionals of the race but had no favours with the moderate tempo up front, he is going great and a win is only around the corner, Mr Sneaky was a Bluegrass Bloodstock yearling selection from the Melbourne Premier Sales for Dream.
And lastly Columbia for Dream who was a Magic Millions yearling selection made his Morphetville debut for the very astute Adelaide trainer in Will Clarken. Will does an amazing job especially with tried horses and he conditioned Columbia beautifully with 2 trials to run a very unlucky 2nd in the 1100m bm64 hcp of 11 runners, he got held up at a vital time and would of made the race interesting if he got out, onwards and upwards for him.
Moss N Dale does it again at Moonee Valley
September 8th 2018
Moss n dale continued his fantastic prep with a very dominant win at Moonee Valley on Saturday. Running a quicker time than the Dato Tan Chin Nam earlier in the day, Moss n dale took advantage of his good barrier and was rated perfectly by jockey Jack Martin who has a great winning affiliation with the kiwi bred galloper.
Bringing up his 12th win, Moss n Dale sat off leader Zahspeed before entering the short Moonee Valley straight where he was asked for the supreme effort by Martin and he never let him down going away to win by 2.25lengths.
Moss n dale was very strong at the end of the mile and is racing like a horse who might get more distance which is exciting.
He has been a great horse for connections winning in 3 states and at metro tracks Morphetville, Moonee Valley, Sandown, Flemington and Randwick.
He now boasts a career high 106 rtg which is testament to the placement and training ability of his trainer Peter Gelagotis. Peter has a great set-up at Moe for the kiwi horses but caters for all styles of gallopers with his Caulfield and Coronet Bay facility.
Spring is gearing up for Bluegrass and we have enjoyed a great couple of months with winners in July such as Splitter, who has since won again at Ipswich and has been twice metro placed at Doomben, and Bluegrass little 15k National MM purchase Bedrock Dreams who brought up her 3rd career win and almost 80k in prizemoney.
On the same day at Moonee Valley NZ selection Lucky For All for Brad Spicer was very impressive running 3rd, he is still very green but has enormous potential and could be running on the big stage in 12 months. And Mr Sneaky a yearling selection for Dream Thoroughbreds ran a close up 4th in a listed event and now looks very much on track for Saturdays group 1 Rupert Clarke stakes.
JRHA Select Sale And The Hokkaido Farms, Amazing Place Japan.
July 30th 2018
Bluegrass Bloodstock spent an amazing 10 days in Japan attending the Select Foal and Yearling sale and also visiting the world class stallions at Shadai including Deep Impact. The structure of the sale is first class and the quality of the bloodstock is second to none.
Bluegrass was also very fortunate to travel round the farms in the Hokkaido on the rich volcanic soil, with pasture only matched by the Waikato of New Zealand.
There is endless opportunities here in Japan to source the best staying bred bloodstock in the world and to grow them out on the rich pasture and train on the incredible facilities which are available.
Bluegrass is very excited by the prospect of bringing these regally bred youngsters back to Australia to win our spring staying features.
Magic Millions Weanling Sales
30th of May 2018
The Magic Millions Weanling sale is the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere and working for JR Thoroughbreds, Bluegrass Bloodstock purchased 5 beautiful weanlings by 5 very commercial stallions including this ripper Dundeel filly in the picture.
These weanlings will be grown out and prepared under the management of JR Thoroughbreds before going back to the sales as yearlings to be sold again for profit in 2019. That is the plan and looking forward to seeing these guys grow out over the coming months.
Kiwi Blitz For Bluegrass
May 18th 2018
The kiwi tried horse onslaught on Australian shores continues for Bluegrass Bloodstock with our outstanding strike rate kept in tact with recent winners Lucky For All and Equilibrium.
Lucky For All a son of Tavistock looks an outstanding prospect winning his first 3 starts in Australia and now on the 2nd line of betting for the Qld Derby.
Managed by Brad Spicer and trained by Darren Weir, Lucky For All was identified off the trials and 1 race start by Bluegrass and with the assistance of astute form judge Mick Sharkie he was snapped up by Brad Spicer.
His latest win on the 12th of May at Caulfield in a 3yo 2000m hcp was emphatic winning by 3 lengths and coming from well back in the field to show a very good turn of foot. His earlier wins at the Warrnambool racing carnival and Terang were also impressive. He looks a potential group 1 horse n the making.
Bluegrass Bloodstocks other purchase Equilibrium has been great for trainer Shea Eden who has placed him to perfection by winning a bm58 at Sale and then going on to win bm64 at Cranbourne over 1500m. The son of Shamoline Warrior has showed a gritty determination to find the line and was an astute purchase from NZ having had 19starts for only 1 win, the same credentials as now group winner Count Da Vinci prior to purchase from NZ.
And of recent times Mr So and SO, the 100k yearling selection by Bluegrass has been sold for huge money to Hong Kong trainer John Size, looking forward to watching Mr So and SO race in Hong Kong now.
Savatag wins on Adelaide Cup Day for WIll Clarken
12th of March 2018
Savatag has continued Bluegrass Bloodstocks outstanding strikerate of selecting topclass New Zealand tried horses by winning on Adelaide Cup day at Morphetville in dominant fashion, leading all the way over 1600m for gun SA trainer Will Clarken.
Savatag has been in outstanding form since heading over the ditch winning his first two starts for W Clarken at Saturday metro level. The future looks bright for this son of Alamosa.
Bluegrass Bloodstock yearling selection Mr So and SO for Dream Thoroughbreds has had an outstanding Autumn being twice group 2 placed in the Autumn Classic and Autumn Stakes both at Caulfield and is now commanding strong interest from Asia, he was only a 100k purchase for the Melbourne Premier Sale, a son of So You Think, Bluegrass is very keen to secure more stock of this up and coming stallion.
Count Da Vinci Wins Moe Cup And Paseeto Wins Again
October 24 2017
Count Da Vinci won his 2nd Cup race taking out the 150k Listed Moe Cup over 2050mtrs on thursday 19th of October. This was a huge thrill for Bluegrass Bloodstock as Count Da Vinci has won 7 races since purchase and around 320k, not a bad investment for 60k.
Great training performance by Scott Brunton and superb ride by David Pires.
The weekend got better when Bluegrass purchase Paseeto won his 2nd successive metro race at Morphetville, he will now contest the Carbine Club on Derby Day at Flemington.
And on the Sunday Bluegrass favourite Moss n Dale ran a close 3rd in the 150k Seymour Cup, such a competitor he will be winning a cup race soon.
A huge weekend treble!
October 7, 2017
Hot on the heels of our Morphettville double on September 23 came ANOTHER winning double at that track with Bluegrass buys Paseeto and Moss 'N Dale both dominant winners of their respective races.
To top off a great weekend, Moss 'N Bolt romped home at Bairnsdale on Sunday making it a weekend treble for Bluegrass.
"I try and buy horses like this for my clients - we don't spend a lot but we aim to buy horses that can earn a lot on the track," said Lenny.
"The hard work and home work is paying off and there's more to come!"
A big thanks to trainers Tony McEvoy and Peter Gelagotis and their teams for helping realise our latest winning day.
Adelaide double for Bluegrass
September 24, 2017
The talent of agent Lenny Russo was on show at Morphettville on Saturday along with the training nous of Peter Gelagotis as the pair combined for a winning double.
The Willybe and Moss 'N Dale were both successful for the duo, earning their connections a cool $27,500 each for their wins, and confirming Russo's excellent eye for talent.
The Willybe was purchased privately early in 2017 and since arriving in Australia has finished no further back than 5th in eight starts, with two wins and four second placed runs netting near $70,000.
Moss 'N Dale was bought unraced from a NZ paddock and has won 8 of 18 starts and over $240,000 for connections.
"It was a fantastic result for Bluegrass Bloodstock and a great training performance from Pete." said Lenny.
"It's days like this that I work so hard to achieve."
Bluegrass buys on song
September 16, 2017
Lenny was on track at Flemington to watch two of his recent purchases run big races in the Listed Sofitel Stakes.
In fact, Lenny had three past purchases in the same race - Mr Sneaky, Count Da Vinci, and Mio Dio - with Mr Sneaky (2nd) and Count Da Vinci (3rd) finishing in the placings.
"Mr Sneaky has really come on this prep' but unfortunately couldn't run down the winner, while Count Da Vinci is in for a huge campaign once he gets over more ground, he was brilliant," said Lenny.
Don't miss your chance to get amongst the action this spring, contact Lenny today to find you your next horse!
Sneaking up on group success
September 2, 2017
A horse Lenny described as "The best colt I'd seen all season" could be on the cusp of G1 glory this spring carnival.
Mr Sneaky (4yo g, High Chaparral x Danesty) stormed into contention for the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes with an explosive victory in the 1200m Hocking Stuart Plate at Caulfield on Saturday, earning rave reviews from trainer Anthony Freedman.
"We've targeted the Rupert Clarke and this was a step in the right direction, he's a lovely horse," Freedman said.
Purchased by Lenny on behalf of Dream Thoroughbreds at the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $120,000, Mr Sneaky has won 5 of his 12 starts and amassed over $176,000 in stakes with far greater earnings on the horizon.
"He was the best colt I'd seen all season, I told Dave (Azzopardi) that you've just got to buy him," Lenny said.
"It's a big call but I've seen it before with Malaguerra, this is the sort of horse that wins group races and I think he will win plenty of them. He's proof again that the Bluegrass model works."
To watch the replay of the win click here.
OUR SUCCESS STORIES
The Bluegrass Bloodstock team put in the hard work and research to give our clients the best possible chance of realising their racing dreams. Here are a sample of some of our success stories.
Dual G1 winning powerhouse
Selected by Bluegrass Bloodstock and bought for just $32,000 at the 2013 Inglis Vobis Gold Yearling Sale, Malaguerra has won the G1 BTC Cup and G1 Darley Classic with earnings over $1.6million to date (4900% ROI)
Future Group winner
Selected by Bluegrass Bloodstock for Dream Thoroughbreds at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale for $120,000, Mr Sneaky has won over $176,000 in just 12 starts and is a future Group performer.
From obscurity to Cup success
COUNT DA VINCI
Plucked from NZ as a Class 1 performer to fulfil a client's dream to win a cup race, Count Da Vinci has made his $60,000 purchase price seem cheap, winning the G3 Hobart Cup and over $200,000 for his new owner.
The unlikely class act
Leonard identified an unraced God's Own gelding in the care of Wez Hunter as having big potential and secured a majority share for a client for just $20,000. 11 wins and over $300,000 in stakes says his judgement was spot on.
Hong Kong trade success
Selected by Bluegrass inconjuntion with Mark Riley and bought for $140,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale, Stralia won his first two runs and ran 2nd in the G2 Danehill Stakes before Asian buyers came calling. The colt was sold for a seven-figure sum.
Making dreams come true
When Vice Chairman of Perth Racing Peter Gangemi asked Leonard to find a horse to win the Kalgoorlie Cup, Bluegrass searched high and low before buying Lopov privately for $90,000. 11-months later the horse claimed the Cup and over $140,000.
Yearling Selection & Purchase
Leonard has an outstanding eye for value backed up by a phenomenal return on investment rate, regularly between 50% to 70% within the first 24 months.
Leonard also provides a full inspection and short list service for all major yearling sales.
Bank on Bluegrass this sales season
Tried Horse & Private Purchases
Leonard consistently buys the right horse for the job - whether you want to win the Melbourne Cup, Darwin Cup, Hanging Rock Cup, or just a race at your local track, Leonard can find and buy the perfect horse for you.
Bluegrass Bloodstock negotiate ethically on all private purchases under an extremely competitive commission rate.
Pinhooking is the art of identifying a young untapped weanling at a budget price and turning them into a profitable yearling sale commodity.
Leonard's experience at some of the world's best thoroughbred studs has armed him with the knowledge and foresight to predict and purchase future yearling sales stars.
International Thoroughbred Trade
With extensive contacts in Asia, Europe, and New Zealand, Leonard is perfectly placed to identify profitable trade opportunities for his clients.
Whether you are buying a Kiwi stayer for the Melbourne Cup, securing the perfect broodmare prospect from Europe, or selling a racing prospect to Hong Kong, Leonard can cater to your needs.
Selecting the right mating for your broodmare can be the difference between sales ring and race track success and a significant financial headache.
Take the risk out of broodmare management with Bluegrass Bloodstock, and let Leonard assist you with mating plans, sales strategy, and ongoing management of your broodmare assets.
Ever wonder just how much your racehorse is worth?
Bluegrass Bloodstock can tell you!
Leonard provides certified valuations on all thoroughbreds from active racehorses to breeding stock, so that you know exactly what your thoroughbred asset is worth.