The folks at Gallagher’s Stud in Ghent, N.Y., couldn’t be prouder of Icabad Crane. And well they should be. They bred him, his dam Adorahy, and her dam Adorable Micol.
Farm manager Mallory Mort has been part of the team since 1979, just a year after owners Jerry and Marlene Brody established the operation. Jerry Brody, who passed away in 2001, was a renowned entrepreneur who purchased and revived New York City landmarks Oyster Bar and Gallagher’s Steakhouse. His widow retained ownership of the Gallagher’s Stud and remains involved.
“Everybody on the farm follows Icabad Crane on Facebook, and I send photos and articles to Mrs. Brody so she knows everything he’s doing as well,” Mort said.
He remembers the 9-year-old as an agreeable sort with his dam’s great temperament and personality – something she passes along to all of her foals. Now 17, Adorahy is still part of the broodmare band. She delivered a stillborn Tapit filly late in the season last year.
“That was extremely unfortunate and really very disappointing for us,” Mort said. Left open for this year, she’ll be bred to Bernardini this spring. “You know, she’s not a particularly attractive mare, as a lot of the Rahys aren’t. And she’s small. But she produces some really nice babies for some reason. Some of them aren’t the biggest in the world, but they’re always very good looking and that’s probably the reason we’ve always sold well out of her. It’s really been a very nice family for us.”
Gallagher’s Stud sold Icabad Crane at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga preferred New York-bred yearling sale in 2006.
“Unfortunately for us he was Hip Number 2. I thought he was a good enough individual to bring somewhere around $100,000; he ended up bringing $65,000. But it’s been really gratifying to watch all of this, even though we didn’t own him as a racehorse. It’s pretty neat that someone of Phillip Dutton’s stature is so impressed with him. And it really seems like people are excited to follow Icabad.”