Lincoln Square ridden by Jye McNeil wins the Thomas North Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse on May 07, 2022 in Caulfield, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Businessman Lionel Krongold has lost count of the number of horses he’s bred over the years but estimates it would be in the hundreds.
And he hopes the one that Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell produced for him at Caulfield on Saturday will be the best of them.
The two-year-old Lincoln Square, which nearly died after complications when gelded, couldn’t have been more impressive when scoring a two-length win on debut over 1200m.
Krongold knows what it’s like to own a good horse. He bought Soho Square as a yearling and the son of Jugah went on to win six Group races, highlighted by the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) in 1992 when then apprentice Patrick Payne rode the gelding at 47.5kg.
The following year Soho Square went from being the bottom weight to the top weight in the Doncaster with 56kg and finished a narrow second.
Trained by Ian “Skinny’’ Saunders at Epsom, Soho Square was retired in 1995 after nine wins and $1.4 million in the bank.
Krongold established his thoroughbred stud Talwood Park at Whittlesea.
And while the property was sold by Krongold more than 20 years ago, he continues to breed a few to mainly race.
Lincoln Square is by Swettenham Stud stallion Rubick and out of the mare Redasun (Haradasun x Redouteski) which Krongold also bred and was trained by Eurell.
Krongold said it’s exciting to see the horse win after nearly losing him twice last year.
“I don’t breed many these days but I used to when I had Talwood Park for years,” he said.
“I started it up in 1978 and I was breeding horses in Victoria for years and years and I think age got the better of me. At the end of the era, I had Peter Morgan as my stud manager and trainer.
“It was good times and it was a good time when Soho Square won the Doncaster with Skinny Saunders.”
Krongold said they planned the mating between Rubick with Redasun which won three city races.
“She was the daughter of a mare we had called Redouteski and she was a Redoute’s Choice filly that we never raced because every time she got up to fitness she got azoturia.”
Redouteski was a good producing mare for Krongold. As well as Redasan, the mare produced Rednav (Henrythenavigator) which won the Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) and another six races. Redcore (Choisir) won five races; Redsong (Dundeel) has won one race and is still racing. Unraced three-year-old La Perushka (Pierro) was sold to Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for $260,000 at the 2020 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Redasan’s first foal to race, three-year-old Teser (Reset) was also retained by Krongold and has had three starts and won on debut at Sale last November for Eurell.
“She has had two races and both have won,” Krongold said.
“The first foal (Redadoo) she had by Toronado hurt herself in the padlock but she had the ability and it was a shame to see her get hurt and we had to retire her.
“After Teser, there was Lincoln Square and there is a Stratum Star colt and an Adelaide colt.
“I decided not to put her to foal last year because they were getting later and later. You don’t want to be putting them to stud in December as I don’t agree with that.
“You always have to give a mare a break somewhere.”
There have been plenty of approaches from studs putting the cases of their stallions to Krongold but at this stage, he is still studying the breeding line of perspective sires for Redasun.
A return to Rubick is among his options and consideration.
“Every stud will be happy to have her now,” Krongold said.
“The phone hasn’t stopped since Saturday.”
The unraced Redadoo will go to stud this year.
Krongold, who was an Essendon Football Club director for eight years, has former Western Bulldogs president David Smorgon in the ownership of the horses he races, along with Leon Serry.
While Soho Square is the best horse he has raced, Krongold is hoping that Lincoln Square will develop into the best one he’s bred.
“Not too many two-year-olds come out and do what he did on Saturday,” Krongold said.
“Especially what he went through four months ago.’’
Krongold said he resisted for as long as he could, not to geld Lincoln Square because he was so well-bred and showed good ability.
He said he had been sensible to choose between having a racehorse or a stallion that does nothing.
“We cut him and nearly lost him,” Krongold said.
“It was very close.”
And for Greg Eurell, the performance of Lincoln Square didn’t surprise him.
“He did a great job on Saturday,” he said.
“It’s quite extraordinary with what happened to him to bounce back and run as well as he did and pull it off and win first up in town.
“It was an enormous effort.”
Eurell said that all the way through Lincoln Square has had very good ability and is a big strong horse.
“He has a great personality but just needed gelding and was losing a bit of focus in his track work,” he said.
“It was a very routine gelding and everything went right. The next day he cleaned up good, ate up that night and then for some reason on about the fourth day he just started bleeding and it wouldn’t stop – it was bad.”
Eurell couldn’t believe the amount of blood coming from Lincoln Square when he dashed to the property where the newly gelded horse was agisting.
Fearing the horse would go down on the truck on the way to the equine hospital, it was a slow and careful drive to get veterinary assistance.
“Once we get there they were quite shocked when I got him off the truck,” he said.
With the aid of an old pacing mare as the blood donor, Lincoln Park was given a blood transfusion and received other veterinary help in a desperate bid to halt the bleeding and save his life, but he was only rated a fifty/fifty chance.
And Eurell wondered whether horses, like humans, need different blood types for a transfusion.
“The vet explained that horses have the unique ability to adapt,” he said.
“I think she said you can do it (transfusion) twice and then their system reacts to it.
“She pointed to the donor horse in one of the stalls and said it’s been getting a lot of work and has been used three or four times in the past fortnight.
“When she said it was an older pacer, I said couldn’t you give me one with fast blood. She had a bit of a laugh and it would have been good if there was Group 1 horse in the corner so we could have pulled a bit of blood out of it.”
Eurell said it was explained to him that once the horse regenerates its normal blood supply, it expels the foreign blood from its system.
“It’s incredible,” he said.
But there was more drama to come after Eurell collected the horse after about a week and decided to take him back to the stables to keep an eye on him.
But as the horse walked down the alleyway of the stables, he started bleeding again.
“So we just did a U-turn and put him on the truck and went back again,” he said.
“At that point, he looked dreadful. The poor horse had lost that much weight and he was unwell.
“But to his credit, he just bounced back and week after week you could see the improvement in him.
“He didn’t need another transfusion.”
While Lincoln Square’s blood profiles have not detected any irregularities, there was a fear the horse had a coagulation problem but the vets still don’t have a definitive answer to what caused the life-threatening bleeding.
With the horse back to full health and showing the enormous ability he possesses, Eurell said the main objective with Lincoln Square was to get a win to enable him a smooth passage into a few of the better races.
“Fortunately it couldn’t have worked out any better,” he said.
“He is out now and will probably have a month off.
“He’ll target some of those early three-year-old races and just see how he goes. If he is good enough we’ll try and track our way through to the Guineas.”
Eurell said if there is any suggestion that Lincoln Square can’t stretch out any further, he’ll have a crack at the good sprint races for three-year-olds during the carnival.
His dam Redasun won twice over 1600m and once at 1300m.