Alistair Roden Bloodstock, LLC
Alistair Roden Bloodstock, LLC
Born in County Antrim, Northern Ireland Alistair started working with horses from an early age. Growing up he did just about everything you could do on horseback; showing, showjumping, hunting, point to point racing and working on stud farms. 
 
Having worked on stud farms all over the world including Australia and New Zealand, Alistair settled in Kentucky in 1985. Employed by Gainesway Farm for 6 years, he worked with greats such as Blushing Groom, Vaguely Noble, Lyphard, Riverman and many more world class stallions.
 
Alistair worked as Stallion Manager with Vinery Kentucky, developing stallions such as Red Ransom, Black Tie Affair, Langfuhr.etc.
 
 

 
ARMOUR PLATE finishes 3rd in the Zuma Beach Stake at Santa Anita
October 2017
 
The Into Mischief two-year old, ARMOUR PLATE finished 3rd in the Listed Zuma Beach Stake at Santa Anita on Monday. Purchased at the OBS March Sale by Roden Bloodstock, the chestnut colt ran a tough race missing the win by just over one length.
HEART TO HEART finishes second in the G1 Shadwell Mile.
 October 2017.
 
The hard knocking and consistent six year old HEART TO HEART finished a heart breaking 2nd in the G1 Shadwell Mile on Saturday at Keeneland. The Roden Bloodstock $25,000 yearling purchase from the 2012 Ontario Yearling Sale has now earned over $1.55 million with eight graded stakes wins to his name.
 
THE TABULATOR wins the G3 Iroquois Stake.
 September 2017
 
The unbeated Dialed In two year old THE TABULATOR wins the G3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs during their fall meet.  Roden Bloodstock purchase his dam FLY TO THE STARS at the Keeneland January Sale this year in foal to Street Boss for $21,000.
Heart to Heart closes Spa meet on a high note in Bernard Baruch
 
Trainer Brian Lynch would be the first to admit things didn’t quite go his way this summer at Saratoga. But the 40 day session ended on a high note for the Australian born Lynch after Heart to Heart registered a popular wire-to-wire, 1 1/4-length victory over the 13-1 outsider Forge in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap on closing day of the 2017 Saratoga meeting.                                                                    
Barbara D. Livingston
Heart to Heart wired the field for a 1 1/4-length victory in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch on closing day at Saratoga.

Lynch entered the final day of the meet with only a single victory, although that win also came in a stakes, the 1 5/8-mile Johns Call with Infinite Wisdom. He also sent Oscar Performance to Arlington Park earlier this summer to capture the Grade 1 Secretariat.

With Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard, Heart to Heart assumed command from the rail shortly after the start in the Bernard Baruch and controlled the pace while attended through modest fractions by Glorious Empire. Heart to Heart readily extended his advantage upon settling into the stretch then withstood a belated rally by Forge who saved ground much of the way to easily best the others. Delta Prince raced within striking distance but lacked a closing bid, finishing another 1 1/4 lengths back in third.

Heart to Heart carried  highweight of 120 pounds in the 1 1/16-mile Bernard Baruch. The outing was the first for the 6-year-old son of English Channel since his third-place finish in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita on June 3.

Heart to Heart, who is owned by Terry Hamilton,  completed the distance over a yielding course in 1:42.45 and paid $6.60.

“He got to dictate the terms,” said Lynch. “I envisioned the seven [Glorious Empire] putting more pressure on him than he did.  I give full credit to the guys at Belmont, they did a great job getting him ready. He’s an unbelievable little guy. Last year [after the Shoemaker Mile], I didn’t run him until the Knickerbocker and he won going a mile and one eighth off the bench.”


 

 
American Patriot denies Heart to Heart in Maker's 46 Mile
 
WinStar Farm had the top male turf miler of 2016 after Tourist won the Breeders’ Cup Mile last fall, but even with his retirement, the powerhouse stable hasn’t skipped a beat in that regard.
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American Patriot and jockey Javier Castellano win the Grade 1 Maker's 46 Mile by a neck Friday.

American Patriot, skillfully ridden by Javier Castellano under the white WinStar silks, was along in the desperate final yards Friday at Keeneland to nail Heart to Heart in a hotly contested 29th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile.

“He finished tremendous,” Castellano said after American Patriot completed the two-turn mile in 1:34.70 over a firm course. “It was a good setup, a lot of speed in the race.”

American Patriot returned $23 when coming off a Feb. 17 allowance victory over the Gulfstream Park turf. The 4-year-old WinStar homebred prevailed in what surely was the best lineup of turf milers assembled in North America since the BC Mile last November.

Before a sun-baked crowd of 24,114, Heart to Heart and jockey Julien Leparoux tracked closely in splits of 23.25 and 47.18 seconds, then put away the front-running What a View approaching the quarter pole to quickly open up on his 10 rivals. Even with 100 yards to go, Heart to Heart, an eight-time graded-stakes winner, appeared destined for his first Grade 1 score, but American Patriot gobbled up ground late to win by a neck.

“He ran a great race,” said Leparoux. “I wish he’d won a Grade 1 because he deserves it.”

“You can’t ask for any more than he gave us today,” said Brian Lynch, who trains the 6-year-old Heart to Heart for Terry Hamilton.