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Plans remain on schedule for the late-December grand opening of Saratoga Stud LLC, a new stallion complex which will complete the full-service Thoroughbred breeding facility located just east of Saratoga Springs. Saratoga Stud, will be headed by C. Lynwood O'Cain, DVM , his wife, Suzie, and Rick Burke. Dr. O'Cain, as Resident Veterinarian, oversaw the entire breeding operation of Highcliff Farm for twenty three years, while his wife was in charge of stallion promotion and development.

Located on part of the 300-acre Irish Hill Century Farm, owned by Rick Burke, the farm is listed on the National Historical Registry. Irish Hill has been in operation since 1883, and currently provides sales preparation, boarding and transportation of Thoroughbreds, specializing in broodmare care and foaling. The O'Cains ran Highcliff Farm for Carl Lizza and partner Joe Bartone for over twenty years. Highcliff was home to several of Carl Lizza's 2014 Freshman sire Cosmonaut, standing at Saratoga Stud LLC. The O'Cains are committed financially and passionately to the success of Saratoga Stud and have five other former Highcliff stallions on the Saratoga Stud roster: Bob and John, Congaree, Maybry's Boy, Smart Bid and Stonesider.

Like the O'Cains, Burke is looking forward to beginning the new partnership and attracting some new stallions to add to the current stallion roster for the 2014 breeding season. "We provide care for horses of all ages, primarily from the day they are born until they leave the farm for sales or training," said Rick Burke, partner in Saratoga Stud and owner/manager of Irish Hill Century Farm. "We are now going to become a one-stop shop. Whatever the horse needs, we supply it."