Day At The Track
Lot 369

NZB the market leader in Standardbred Sales

New Zealand Bloodstock hosted its first-ever National Standardbred Yearling Sale this week and the anticipation leading into the Sale has been met with phenomenal results across all key figures at the close of trading. The aggregate soared to $12,360,000 for 299 lots sold over three days. The average and median both climbed to great heights reaching $41,338 and $30,000 respectively.  “We are thrilled with our first foray into selling standardbreds and the statistics sum up the success of the Sale,” commented NZB’s Managing Director Andrew Seabrook. “I’d like to congratulate the vendors on how well they have prepared their horses. To see the turnover up nearly $1 million dollars [$962,500] on last year with 85 less horses catalogued is a great outcome. “The top end of the Sale was strong with 24 horses selling in excess of $100,000 over the past three days, where last year there were just seven. “The average has improved significantly on 2018 with the all-important median suggesting a buoyant middle market, and the overall feedback from everyone has been fantastic. “While the clearance rate in Auckland was 73%, it was heartening to see that figure increase to 85% during today’s session, resulting in an overall clearance rate of 80% for the catalogue. “We won’t rest on our laurels and will continue to work with vendors and buyers for ways of improving the Sales as we move forward.” Day 2 of the Christchurch Sale saw 158 pacing yearlings sold for an aggregate of $6,471,500, with leading buyer John Street of Lincoln Farms Bloodstock accounting for 8 of those purchases and $593,000 in receipts. “We bought five in Auckland and seven here in Christchurch,” commented Street. “We got every horse we wanted so we’re very, very lucky. They’ll go into some of our partnerships but we won’t do that until they are two-year-olds.” Emilio Rosati and Mary Stride were in the action again today securing the equal highest-priced yearling in The Shard (Lot 267) from the draft of Shard Farm. The son of Bettor’s Delight and Group Two winner Pemberton Shard was knocked down to the duo’s $170,000 bid. Beaudiene Breeding’s Lot 369, Beaudiene Bigtime, was also knocked down for $170,000 with active Australian buyer Jean Feiss securing the son of Bettor’s Delight. Beaudiene Breeding ended the day of trading as the leading vendor by average having sold 4 lots at an average price of $65,500. “The Southern Bred Southern Reared have had a fantastic day with quite a few $100,000 dollar horses,” commented David Kennedy who sells under the Beaudiene Breeding banner. “I’m absolutely delighted, NZB have done a tremendous job on promoting the Sale. “The vendors have presented and the buyers have fronted up and given us the rewards. “It’s been a fantastic day for everyone and we’ve done unbelievably well ourselves.” Broadfield Lodge traded 17 lots for $845,000, including Lot 274 who fetched $130,000, landing them the leading vendor by aggregate title. The leading sire by average was Captaintreacherous with 8 of his progeny selling for a total of $59,437. All horses purchased at the 2019 National Yearling Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199. Auckland Sale – view Passed Lots here Christchurch Sale – view Passed Lots here 2019 National Yearling Sale - Day 3 Sale of Pacers at Christchurch   2019 Christchurch Sale (pacers only) Aggregate $6,471,500 Average $40,959 Median $30,500 Clearance 85% Catalogued 206 Sold 158 Top Price $170,000 Lot 267 The Shard (Blk.C.) Bettor's Delight – Pemberton Shard Top Lots Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Location Price 267 BL.C Bettor's Delight / Pemberton Shard Shard Farm E & M Stride New South Wales $170,000 369 BL.C Bettor's Delight / Beaudiene Maja Babe Beaudiene Breeding Mrs JL Feiss Victoria $170,000 381 B.C Bettor's Delight / Champagne Princess Smolenski Stables Kentuckiana Lodge Ltd Canterbury $155,000 277 BR.C Mach Three / Nicaea Franco Spreydon Lodge Ltd Lincoln Farms Bloodstock Auckland $140,000 274 B.F Art Major / Kashana Broadfield Lodge Lincoln Farms Bloodstock Auckland $130,000 360 B.C Captaintreacherous / Arden Caviar Price Bloodstock Lincoln Farms Bloodstock Auckland $110,000 377 B.F Bettor's Delight / Anvil On Fire Broadfield Lodge Kentuckiana Lodge Ltd Canterbury $105,000 280 B.C Bettor's Delight / Priscilla Shard Shard Farm PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock Ltd Canterbury $100,000 326 B.C Bettor's Delight / Surprise Party Price Bloodstock Mrs JL Feiss Victoria $100,000 342 BL.C Bettor's Delight / Simply Devine Studholme Bloodstock Ltd Mr R Reddy Fiji $100,000 Leading Purchasers Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Lincoln Farms Bloodstock (Auckland) 8 $593,000 $74,125 $140,000 277 PI & GJ Kennard Bloodstock (Canterbury) 6 $400,000 $66,667 $100,000 280 All Stars Racing Stables (Canterbury) 6 $357,000 $59,500 $80,000 401 Kentuckiana Lodge (Canterbury) 3 $332,500 $110,833 $155,000 381 Mrs JL Feiss (Victoria) 3 $300,000 $100,000 $170,000 369 Mr NR McGrath (Canterbury) 6 $253,000 $42,167 $75,000 382 E & M Stride (New South Wales) 2 $252,500 $126,250 $170,000 267 Stonewall Stud (Auckland) 6 $250,500 $41,750 $65,000 331 Mr BM Mangos (Auckland) 3 $200,000 $66,667 $90,000 210 Mr G Payne (Canterbury) 8 $182,500 $22,813 $31,000 305 Leading Vendors by Aggregate Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Broadfield Lodge 17 $845,000 $49,706 $130,000 274 Studholme Bloodstock 13 $589,500 $45,346 $100,000 342 Spreydon Lodge 8 $500,500 $62,563 $140,000 277 Rosedale Farm 14 $485,000 $34,643 $90,000 265 Shard Farm 7 $448,500 $64,071 $170,000 267 Ripple Creek 12 $356,000 $29,667 $85,000 365 Arden Lodge 8 $341,000 $42,625 $90,000 335 Beaudiene Breeding 4 $262,000 $65,500 $170,000 369 L. Smith 6 $222,000 $37,000 $65,000 331 Price Bloodstock 2 $210,000 $105,000 $110,000 360 Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold) Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Beaudiene Breeding 4 $65,500 $262,000 $170,000 369 Shard Farm 7 $64,071 $448,500 $170,000 267 Spreydon Lodge 8 $62,563 $500,500 $140,000 277 Broadfield Lodge 17 $49,706 $845,000 $130,000 274 Studholme Bloodstock 13 $45,346 $589,500 $100,000 342 Arden Lodge 8 $42,625 $341,000 $90,000 335 Barron Bloodstock 4 $39,000 $156,000 $65,000 199 L. Smith 6 $37,000 $222,000 $65,000 331 Rosedale Farm 14 $34,643 $485,000 $90,000 265 Norwegian Wood Breeding 3 $30,833 $92,500 $50,000 212 Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Captaintreacherous 8 $59,438 $475,500 $110,000 360 Roll With Joe 5 $54,800 $274,000 $70,000 396 Bettor's Delight 68 $51,412 $3,496,000 $170,000 267 Mach Three 7 $46,143 $323,000 $140,000 277 Art Major 21 $41,905 $880,000 $130,000 274 Sweet Lou 4 $39,625 $158,500 $85,000 365 American Ideal 12 $24,083 $289,000 $38,000 291 Somebeachsomewhere 10 $22,600 $226,000 $40,000 204 Sportswriter 4 $22,250 $89,000 $35,000 249 A Rocknroll Dance 7 $16,143 $113,000 $26,000 243     by NZB Standardbred  

Devine Miss Em,harness racing

Montana Park pays $170,000 for yearlings

Queensland’s Montana Park paid $170,000 for two colts and two fillies at the New Zealand Bloodstock Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka south of Auckland on Monday. It was the first time NZBS had conducted the Sales after taking over from long-time Sales hosts – Wrightson Pyne Gould Guiness’, and they were delighted with what they termed a “strong sale”. So was Fernvale trainer, Darrel Graham. “It was a good sale and we are pleased with what we bought. We didn’t go there with any one or two horses in mind, but we are delighted with what we picked up,” said Graham. Graham who has worked for the Maleny-based Stud Farm for just over two decades, travelled to Auckland with proprietor, Dean Shannon, last Saturday and they returned on Tuesday.  Montana Park now owns: Lot 123: A Somebeachsomewhere – Carabella (Bettor’s Delight) bay colt named Jersey Boy, who was sold by Dancingonmoonlight Farm in Kaiapoi for $62,500 Lot 3: A Sweet Lou - Emeli Maguire (Rocknroll Hanover) bay filly named Divine Miss Em, who was sold by Woodlands Stud in Clevedon for $37,500. Lot 102: A Bettor’s Delight – Uptown Attitude (Christian Cullen) brown filly sold by Hollis and Robertson Equine Serves in Pukekohe for $35,000. Lot 32: A Bettor’s Delight- Good On Top (Art Major) bay colt, who was sold by Hollis and Robertson Equine Services in Pukekohe for $35,000. “We’ve bought some nice ones over the years and really enjoy coming to New Zealand to try and pick up a bit of quality. It seems to have worked in the past,” Graham said. Montana Park has indeed purchased some nice babies from New Zealand yearling sales over the years. “There’s been a few who have gone on to do well and we are hoping the 2019 yearlings can do the same,” said Graham. Included in some of their purchases in recent years Montana Park paid $93,000 for Star Of Montana two years ago; $40,000 for Belle Of Montana also in 2017; $18,000 of Lanercost in 2008; and $6,000 for Courageous Annie in 2009. ‘We’ve had a few Group winners over the years who have gone on to do very well and make some nice money. Belle Of Montana for example is the leading 3-year-old filly in New Zealand having won five of her six starts, including a Group One for Barry Purdon," he said. "I'm not sure if she will be coming over here for our Winter Carnival because she has a few big races to get through before then like the Oaks and the Jewels. "Star Of Montana is here now and will more than likely take part in the Winter Carnival. Hopefully Belle Of Montana will too but Dean owns her and he will make his mind up regarding that a bit later in the season." Meanwhile 13 yearlings were sold for $100,000 or more yesterday, topped by the $190,000 for Lot 18, an Art Major colt from Goodlookinggirl - a half-sister to top mare Elle Mac. Named Billion Dollar Boy, the colt was bought by "dual-coder" Graeme Rogerson from Breckon Farms in the Waikato. by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Frost En Ice,Harness racing

Frost really likes the Hurrikane Kingcoles

What legendary Sleepy Hollow horseman Vic Frost doesn't know about 2-year-olds isn't worth knowing. And one thing the spritely 78-year-old certainly does know is that he's got a nice Hurrikane Kingcole filly named Frost En Ice in his stable. "I like her a lot. Her mother, Frostiness, won 12 and his grandfather was an absolute freak and superstar. The best I have ever had anything to do with in my long career," Frost said. Of course the New South Wales horseman (Tweed Heads) was referring to the mighty Westburn Grant (1:55.6), who won 38 of his 67 starts and placed in 18 others for $2,074,916 in stakes between July 1988 and March 1993. "He's just walked around the corner now as we speak. He's still in good condition and has always had free-run of our place. He's an absolute gentleman who we will cherish forever," Frost said. But Westburn Grant's grand-daughter does have one thing over the legendary 34-year-old. "I've driven thousands of horses over the years and she's the first one that doesn't wear any form of knee boots," Frost said. "She's a big filly and has a lovely big pacing stride on her. I really like the Hurrikane Kingcoles. They have a lovely gait on them and he seems to be able to produce good horses that go early. “Economically that is a big plus for owners who don’t have to wait until their horse is say four or five to race. Unlike other stallions this fella’s first crop seem to be really firing early. I like him. I’m working about eight to 10 horses on my property, and have nine foals by him." After finishing a five-metre second behind Xaviers Hurrikane (Nathan Dawson) at Albion Park on February 12, Frost En Ice and Kylie Rasmussen yesterday (Feb 19) won their first TAB race at Albion Park. The $1.50 favourite flew the gate and led all the way pacing the 1660m mobile in 2:02.3. The bay filly's sectionals for the Burwood Stud 2yo Pace were: 29.6, 31.3, 29.7, and 28.2. Her winning mile rate was 1:58.6. Will The Wind and Chantal Turpin were 8.4 metres back in second. Three of the five starters in the first event yesterday were by Hurrikane Kingcole. "They are very clean going animals and I have high expectations of this big girl without getting too carried away too soon. She doesn’t cross-fire like most, which is a huge bonus," Frost said. "I think she is good enough to race inter-state, but for now I just want to monitor her progress and see how she develops before throwing her in the deep end with premature plans." Frost said because of her early development he believed Frost En Ice would not only make a good racehorse, but also a nice broodmare one day. “She had two to three preps before her first trial and I couldn’t be happier with the way she is going. If she just shows glimpses of what her freakish grandfather did, then I will be one very happy man,” Frost said. Frost En Ice is trained, owned and bred by Frost and his wife and Gail Geeson.   by Duane Ranger for Racing Queensland

Bendigo based farrier John McDermott

John enjoying his craft

Bendigo-based harness racing farrier John McDermott can still remember the day he borrowed shoeing gear belonging to his father in what would be the pathway to a busy career. “It’s rather funny to look back on it now – I was only about 10 years old and decided I would put shoes on my old pony,” John said. “Dad (Henry) was leaving for a trots meeting and saw what I was up to and said he’d see me when he got home.   I think he had a fair idea that I would be at it for some time,” he said. “He wasn’t wrong – it took me half a day just to put the front shoes on!” Needless-to-say John is far more accomplished and a lot quicker these days.  His expertise sees him travel thousands of kilometres each month to clients near his hometown of Bendigo as well as a vast “shoeing run” that takes him as far afield as Echuca, Shepparton, Sea Lake, Ouyen, Robinvale and Mildura. “I was asked by a few trainers up in north-west Victoria if I would travel that far because one guy quit and another was forced to give it away,” John said. “So, the number of clients just grew by word of mouth and now I have a regular gig.” John said he loved watching horses that he shod perform well. “I get a real kick out of it.  I’m rapt if I can help out because there’s certainly a shortage of people in my profession,” John said. “Dad had a very good reputation as a farrier so that’s why I’ve always wanted to do it,” he said. “Probably my biggest highlight is that I can say I re-shod Sydney superstar Tiger Tara before he triumphed in the recent Inter-Dominion final in Melbourne. And I did it under a fair bit of pressure, I can tell you!” John still has a trainer-driver licence but admits that it wouldn’t be possible to keep his small team going without the invaluable help of his mum Shirley. “I do as much as I can, but mum is an amazing back-up. She’s always there to do the jog work and feeds the horses in the mornings and at night,” he said. The mother-son combination had reward for their efforts with a Shepparton win last week in the C1 only race, with five-year-old gelding Whata Challenge (Falcon Seelster-Scarlett Finn NZ (In The Pocket). To watch the video replay click on this link. Astute reinswoman Lisa Miles zipped the pacer to the front from the wide six alley and cruised to a 13m win over Pushinupdaisies. Blazing Orion was a further 10metres back. “He ran a nice second at his first run back but was off his game a little at his next few,” John said. “It was awesome for Lisa to get the win as back in the day Dad was one of the main drivers for her grandfather, the great Alf Simons. “Alf was also fantastic to me because as a young fellow he gave me many race driving opportunities.  I’ve never forgotten that, so it was nice to repay the favour for Lisa.” The McDermott family, comprising parents Henry and Shirley, and siblings Graham, John and Kerry moved from Parkes, NSW, to Bendigo in the late 1970s to concentrate on full-time horse training. “Dad had been farming and doing the horses as well, so it was a big decision,” John said. However, it didn’t take Henry McDermott long to show his outstanding knowledge and talent with horses and over the next decade there was a steady stream of success. Classy winners that come to mind include Waikare Gold, Quambys Pride, Gosh, Springfield Rajah, Bondi Pride and Thor On.  While Quambys Pride was huge in defeating Gammalite in the 1980 Queensland Derby, Gosh was a superstar in the same era winning 36 races and over $320,000. But a horrific fall at Moonee Valley in the late 1980s changed Henry’s life forever. Henry suffered a cracked skull and broke nearly every bone on the left-hand side of his body. He was in a coma for a week and doctors doubted he would drive again. Unbelievably he did return to the racetrack and at Shepparton on August 1, 1990, saluted with Waikare Royal at his first drive back. He died in early 2007 after battling a long illness. Henry was known far and wide for his work ethic, selfless attitude, love for horses and a cold beer. And perhaps fittingly, his last win at Bendigo was on the appropriately named trotter Frosty Vee Bee! Hoofnote: Local reinswoman Ellen Tormey took out the Henry McDermott Memorial 3yo pace at Bendigo last Sunday when successful with Prosecco Boy (Betterthancheddar-Rosalee Hanover (Walton Hanover) trained by Mark Watson. The pacer was impressive in winning in 1.58 for the 1650m trip. To watch the video replay click on this link. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Winton breeder Michelle Caig has felt this is going to be her year. Having prepared horses for the national yearling sales for the past twenty two years, this year she felt that her Love You colt All Heart, had qualities that would attract good money at the NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sale in Christchurch and she was right. At the Sale today, the colt was knocked down to New South Wales buyers Emilio and Mary Rosati for $90,000 after a spirited bidding battle between Barry Purdon and the Rosatis. The price was the second highest in the trotters section. “He looked a picture and he was the nicest colt at the sale. Peter Lagan (Standardbred Manager) actually said that. Everybody that came around to look at him said he was very hard to fault, including Barry Purdon.” It was strange not seeing Caig lead All Heart into the ring but there was a good reason. “He nicked me in the nose yesterday and I’ve got a swollen and very sore face. He was just being a dick. I was feeling tired today but Debbie Smith and her girls have been a wonderful help. Just this last month he’s got a wee bit colty so he’s spent a lot of time on the jogger.” However that’s about to change. “Mary said in front of him, that he was going to be gelded. And he walked away in disgust. He seemed to know he was going to have a little operation.” All Heart, which was named after his second dam Merinai due to the courage she showed on the race track, carried a reserve of $60,000. “I got $60,000 for the Angus Hall (yearling colt) last year and I thought he (All Heart) was worth more purely because he was by Love You. The Angus Hall was a lovely colt but being by Love You this horse had that French X factor.” “He will miss me because I’ve had him since he was a few months old and he’s been pretty spoilt really.” All Heart’s dam Sun Mist has done an exceptional job at stud producing seven foals all of which have been winners, including Pretty Sunday the winner of fifteen races,  and Son Of Earl which won twenty three. “I’ve now had her (Sun Mist) for ten years. Every one of her foals has won. You cannot fault her. She’s a beautiful broodmare who does her foals well. She never raced and sometimes I think they’re the best broodmares. I believe some of those top mares have strong male genes and they don’t breed on until perhaps the second or third generation.” Sun Mist’s latest winner She’s Like The Wind looks very talented, and won her only start at Omakau in track record time. “I’ve also got a Pres filly which I love. She’s just a baby and Sun Mist is in foal to Pegasus Spur. I’ll probably go back to Love You this year.” Caig has sent her mares to cheaper stallions in the past but now feels it’s not the best way to go. “Once upon a time you just went to the cheaper stallions but you learn you can’t if you want to survive in the world of commercial breeding. Those bigger operators have loads of money and to compete you just need to have quality mares.” Other southern news to come out of the trotters sale today; Branxholme owners Lindsay and Ian Thomson paid  $42,000 for a half-brother to their quality three year old trotter Get Lucky, whilst neighbour Nathan Williamson sold his Father Patrick colt out of Kylie Ree for $42,000. He was bought by Barry Purdon. A good day for Southern Bred Southern Reared yearlings on day one of the National Sale and more good prices are expected tomorrow when the pacers take centre stage.   Bruce Stewart

The owner of Australasian stud Alabar Alan Galloway, was in Southland last week on the SBSR bus trip. He was also here on other harness racing business in particular to secure the down under breeding rights to kiwi bred stallion Lazarus. Southland was his first port of call and I suspect possibly the easiest part of his journey to New Zealand. Galloway was last in Southland over twenty years ago when he came here with John Coffey to conduct breeding seminars. “The place is beautiful. I’ve just sent some pictures of the big round bales to my son and said ‘you have to lift your game,” he said when I spoke to him at Dave and Dawn Kennedy’s Bayswater property in Western Southland. Alabar was founded in Adelaide in the 1950s by Alan’s parents Alan senior and his wife Barbara. The name is derived from the letters of their first names. The main breeding operation is based on 2000 acres in the Echuca area, but plans are afoot to move into the New South Wales market. “When we do, we’ll be eligible for their stakes races there. You have to look at the states in Australia as individual countries because they’re individually funded. To get access to the money you’ve got to have a stallion base in that particular state so that means buying a property and setting up a base and moving stallions there.” Galloway says he was born into the business.  “I knew what I wanted to do when I was six years old.” Before taking up the reins from his father, who is 92, he travelled the world expanding his knowledge and experience, but he still likes to be hands on.  “At one point we bred three thousand foals in four months. I think that would be a record. I like to be hands on. I’ve got scars all over my wrists and teeth marks where horses have had me on the ground trying to kill me.” Bloodstock agent John Curtin, who was travelling with Galloway, says the Australian is world renowned for his technical knowledge of breeding and semen transportation. But perhaps the most important business for the Alabar boss is to meet Duncan Taylor one of the brothers that bought and raced New Zealand champion racehorse Lazarus. “We’re trying to negotiate a deal as are all the other big farms. We’ve been interested in him since his three year old days.” The process has been going on for a while but Curtin, who is helping to broker the deal says it should be done once the yearling sales are over. During the process Galloway has gained a lot of respect for the way in which Taylor Made Stallions do business. “Not many school me on the breeding industry but the Taylor boys have. They took him (Lazarus) up there, raced him, and syndicated him for about four million American. So they’re out already. They won a million up there with him and now they’re bringing him back here and they’re going to sell him for another four million. He’s one of those horses you see every decade.” Lazarus which won 37 of his 51 starts and amassed $4,125,988 is currently standing in the State of New Jersey which New Zealand Bloodstock agent John Curtin described as being dead in the water until they got a big cash injection from the government. Lazarus is the only stallion standing in the State and has a full book of mares in this first visit to the breeding barn. Galloway is hopeful that Alabar can win the down under breeding rights but says it may have to be in partnership. “You can’t give him to anyone because you need the infrastructure to manage a horse like that. I feel as though we’ve got the advantage with location here and in Australia and we’ve got sixty percent of the market.” Alabar has certainly grown since the early days when they stood Kentucky, Windshield Wiper, Whats Next and Golden Greek. In recent years Art Major has been on their books and in 2011 they merged their stallion operation with The Stallion Station which meant Mach Three and Courage Under Fire were added to the Alabar roster. Their quality breeding bloodstock now includes A Rocknroll Dance, He’s Watching, Rock N Roll Heaven, Roll With Joe and Sportswriter. More recently Always Be Miki joined the breeding barn in a deal struck with Nevele R Stud. Galloway says Alabar Australia now wants to venture into the syndicate of racehorses and copy the model Graeme Henley from Alabar New Zealand has used with success through the deeds of Chase Auckland. “We’re copying Graeme. We need to promote that. I kind of dropped the ball there. We left that to private enterprise. We’ll be going to the public with the colt and the filly we bought in Melbourne, we want new people coming into the game.” Galloway is excited about the new venture and sees the syndicate attracting new faces to the harness industry. “It’s the first time it’s been done in Australia for a while. You need a dealer’s licence which are hard to get these days. Too many crooks in the past have given it (syndication) a bad name and the government have made it very very difficult. We’ve got industry backing with HRA and Harness Racing Victoria because they know Alabar is a blue chip company which stands by it’s name.”   The filly Alabar purchased for $42,000 is by Art Major out of Mint Julep. Mint Julep is a daughter of Jadah Rose the winner of thirty one races including the 2005 Vicbred Super Series for two year old fillies and the 2006 Vicbred Super Series for three year old fillies. So there’s a nice pedigree there. The colt which will be syndicated is by Bettor’s Delight out of Rye Hanover which was purchased for $65,000. “We thought he was way undervalued. We thought he was a hundred to a hundred and twenty thousand dollar colt.” Rye Hanover was initially bred from in America leaving four foals before she was bought to New Zealand where she left Blazin N Cullen the winner of twenty six races and Rockin Roll Lad which won nine. Rye Hanover was one mare bought here in a package deal organised by Curtin.  “She was one of the best bred mares and cost $300,000 US which was big money back then,” he said. The syndicates will be managed in Australia by Brett Coffey.   Alabar is also upgrading its broodmare band and this week purchased Nike Franco which won thirty two races, paced a mile in 1-48.0 and was the fastest mare in North America in 2017. “We spent a million bucks in the last twelve months just on mares in the Australian and New Zealand market but we’re looking at the US market as well. We’re seriously making some bids on some well-known mares at the moment.” So exciting times ahead as Alabar continues to expand its business and who knows, Lazarus could be part of that.   Bruce Stewart

New Zealand punters are set to have more options as to how they watch their racing which could start as soon as next week.  Because while Trackside will continue as normal with two channels on Sky after the two companies resigned their agreement, there is one major change which could be the first step toward major meetings having exclusive, uninterrupted coverage. The continuation of the TAB’s agreement with Sky means the two Trackside channels will continue but Sky’s contract is now non-exclusive, meaning the TAB can use the vision on other platforms.  The first of those is likely to be a YouTube channel they are hoping to have broadcasting for part of Vodafone Derby Day at Ellerslie as a test case on how premier meetings could be shown in the future.  At present New Zealand’s major meetings are extremely well served with their lead-in times and amount of coverage but because most are on Saturdays the Trackside coverage gets congested once the major Australian meetings in Victoria and NSW kick in.  That means sometimes a major, even group one New Zealand race, can be run and Trackside have little choice but to cut away quickly to Melbourne or Sydney meetings not only because of the turnover they generate but the enormous interest in high-end Australian racing.  But because the new contract with Sky means New Zealand racing can now be shown on other platforms, the TAB are investigating non-stop coverage of premier meetings, including potentially the Harness Jewels,  That would mean racing fans who want to watch all the post-race interviews from an Ellerslie or Addington, along with race reviews, presentations and then have extended previews and parade ring coverage will be able to do so on a digital platform.  Those who prefer the back to back racing bouncing around between the meetings on both sides of the Tasman can still watch Trackside whereas the extended coverage will be on what industry insiders term “second screen.”  Some punters may choose to watch the YouTube channel on their phones, tablets or computers but the more tech savvy will be able to run it through their television. Some may want to watch both screens at once and jump between the two.  TAB general manager of content and distribution Andy Kydd says Derby Day was a natural fit for a trial of the new online coverage, although that may not be for the entire meeting.  “Obviously Derby Day is coming around pretty quickly so while we would like to do it for that meeting we still have some things to iron out,” says Kydd.  “But we would like to be able to give viewers and punters the option to stick with one meeting, particularly the premier Saturday meeting if they want.  “We also have to be mindful though of ensuring Trackside’s channels cover all the usual racing because it is a key turnover driver and that is how the industry makes its money.”  Successful trials of using a YouTube platform for premier coverage could see all major NZ meetings eventually covered in that way and opens up the option for it to be shown on other websites or even code-specific separate digital channels.  That is already being touted for the NZ thoroughbred racing website and and could be streamed on HRNZ.CO.NZ in the future,  And depending on when the Racefields legislation is finally signed, NZ racing could even be shown on other bookmaking sites to drive their turnover, which New Zealand racing will clip the ticket for in the future.  The new deal will also allow broader coverage of New Zealand racing in highlight form on platforms like Facebook and Twitter for those who can’t watch the races live. The next major hurdle punters will be wanting the TAB to negotiate is making live racing available via digital services anywhere in the world. It is a common complaint of Kiwi race fans travelling that they can’t watch New Zealand racing live unless they have their phone on roaming and use that data, rather than on overseas computers or using wifi.  Those rights are tied up in the agreement the TAB has with Tabcorp in Australia, who currently hold their international vision rights, an agreement that runs until later this year. The dream scenario for punters would be being able to access New Zealand racing from anywhere in the world via one website, which the new YouTube channel wouldn’t provide as it would be geo-blocked because of the Tabcorp agreement. Michael Guerin

The lift in demand for the straight-out trotter has been reflected in the results achieved on Day 1 of selling at NZB’s National Yearling Sale in Christchurch, with the aggregate, average and median figures exceeding that of last year’s result. “There has been a tremendous development of the stand-alone trotter and for the turnover to break the million-dollar mark is a great achievement,” commented NZB Standardbred Manager Peter Lagan. “It’s been great to experience another lift with the average reaching over $30,000, reinforcing that the trotter has really become quite a commercial product.” With 40 lots sold this afternoon, the aggregate surpassed the seven-figure mark to close at $1,203,500 (up 26% on 2018). The average rose to $30,088 (up 16% on 2018), the median settled at $21,500, while the clearance rate was a strong 83%. Seven lots sold for $50,000 or more with the highest-priced yearling fetching $105,000. The Love You colt, King of Love, was offered by Mansfield Farm as Lot 192 with local trainer Greg Hope the winning bidder. “We’ve got a Love You filly at home that we are in raptures about and we couldn’t resist having a full blood brother to that,” commented leading buyer Hope who spent an aggregate of $140,000 for two lots. Champion European sire Love You topped both the leading sire table by aggregate and average (three or more sold) having sold 10 lots for $403,500 in receipts, and a healthy average of $40,350. Jim Connelly was active at the Christchurch Sale after making his presence felt in Auckland. Purchasing under his KPC Racing banner, Connelly secured two trotting yearlings today for a total spend of $130,000. Selling six lots for a total trade of $163,000, Ripple Creek were the leading vendors by aggregate with their results bolstered by a Father Patrick colt (Lot 156) who sold for $50,000. Studholme Bloodstock were the leading sire by average (three or more sold) having sold three lots at an average of $42,333, including a Muscle Hill filly (Lot 158) who made $65,000. “It was a wonderful result for the farm,” commented Studholme Bloodstock’s Brian West. “I’ve been in and out of the trotters for nearly three decades, and once I had spent some time in Europe, I came home convinced that we should start investing in good trotting blood – simply because we can access the best trotting sires in the world.” The Christchurch Sale continues tomorrow with Lot 196 to Lot 401 going under the hammer from 11.00am. All horses purchased at the National Yearling Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199. Read more....   Reprinted with permission of NZB Standardbred

THE Bathurst Harness Racing Club played host to coaching staff and players from the Panthers and St Pats Rugby League Football Clubs on Sunday afternoon. Formerly known as Group 10 Day, the meeting was very entertaining both on and off the race track with the highlight on the 10-race program being the Group 10 Rugby League Cup. Run over the 2260 metre journey, the small field didn’t disappoint as the fireworks went on from the outset. Bernie Hewitt was able to fire royally bred mare Make Mine Heaven ($2.50) out of gate three to cross the second elect Coolie Kid ($4.60) who was the likely leader as he had drawn inside the favourite. But after just 500 metres, driver Mitch Turnbull was having no part in allowing Hewitt to dictate terms and he came off the pegs to challenge strongly and take up the running. From there, Turnbull was taking no prisoners as he reeled off sub 30 second quarters. Leaving the back, Hewitt moved off Coolie Kid’s back to challenge and it was clearly evident that the leader was a spent force. Coolie Kid tried in vain to raise another effort but at the top of the lane, Make Mine Heaven sailed on by and Hewitt surged the mare to the line, scoring convincingly by almost 16 metres to post a 1.55-mile rate. Stablemate, Royal Story ($5, Scott Hewitt) who had sat back at the tail of the field for most of the trip got to the line strongly to finish second while Karloo Damajor ($15, Mat Rue) was aided by a soft run on the pegs and snuck into third just ahead of the tiring Coolie Kid. In his post-race interview, Bernie Hewitt said he was pleased with where the daughter of champion racemare Make Mine Cullen and Rock N Roll Heaven was at in her preparation and said that he would head back to Menangle with her on Saturday night. Make Mine Heaven has now raced on 28 occasions, winning eight races and placing six times, amassing more than $73,000 along the way. Sydney trainer, driver Michael Muscat took the honours on Sunday with a double aboard Ferdinand in the Ben Flick Memorial and Delilaah in the Bathurst Panthers Under 18’s League Tag Pace. Ferdinand ($1.85) was brave in his win as he worked forward early from his wide draw to eventually find the death chair and he simply proved far superior, going on the score by almost five metres in a 1.55.7-mile rating. Delilaah was returning to Bathurst for the first time since taking out the Star Trek Final back in November and the $2.25 favourite didn’t let her supporters down, leading throughout and cruising to victory with five and a half metres to spare. She posted a smart time of 1.55.2 in defeating Im Cool Harry (Nathan Xuereb). Third placed Misterfreeze (Tom Pay) was having his first run for the Gemma and Mat Rue camp and is one to put down in the black book as he flooded home from near last and appeared to be a touch unlucky. Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s next meeting is a midweek (Wednesday) fixture on February 27 where the feature race will be the $10,000 HRNSW Rewards Series Final. Craig Dumesny

Want to walk the Red Carpet at the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla. on Sunday night, Feb. 24? An expected crowd of more than 300 will have the chance, but so too do those who can't make the trip. For the second year in row, well-known harness racing personalities Heather Vitale and Heather Wilder will be walking the Red Carpet, sponsored by Southwind Frank Partners, and broadcasting live on their Facebook pages. The Facebook Live shows will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m., when the awards dinner will commence. "If you can't make the banquet we are going to bring the party to you!" said Wilder. "And it's going to be some party!" Heather Vitale's Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/PacinHeather. Heather Wilder's Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/heather.k.wilder. Vitale has hosted two popular television shows: Post Time and PA Harness Week. In addition to her local weekly productions, the charismatic personality has covered the sport nationally on espn2, CBSSN and MAV-TV. Vitale loves communicating with Standardbred enthusiasts around the world via social media and her unconventional interviews with a "when in doubt, add glitter" attitude has brought a unique sparkle to the sport and grabbed the attention of new fans. Wilder is currently known for her handling talent management for the Delaware County Fair during the live TV broadcast of the Little Brown Jug. While working as public relations and marketing director for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association she became a pioneer of reporting on racing on Facebook Live and coordinated the promotion of countless on-track events. She was the 2013 recipient of USHWA's Lew Barasch Memorial Breakthrough Award. Sponsored by Crawford Farms and Crazy Wow, the entire awards dinner, hosted by Roger Huston and Jason Settlemoir, will be broadcast live on the USHWA Facebook page and available on the U.S. Trotting Association's YouTube page the following day, Monday, Feb. 25. From the United States Harness Writers Association  

With the 2019 National Yearling Sale kicking off, we take a look at the strength of the New Zealand standardbred and their performance in the elite harness racing races throughout Australasia. Like any sport, the end goal is to take top honours, and these powerful pacers and trotters that hail from New Zealand are doing just that for their breeders, trainers and owners alike. Like any sport, the end goal is to take top honours, and these powerful pacers and trotters that hail from New Zealand are doing just that for their breeders, trainers and owners alike.      

The lift in demand for the straight-out trotter has been reflected in the results achieved on Day 1 of selling at the harness racing NZB’s National Yearling Sale in Christchurch, with the aggregate, average and median figures exceeding that of last year’s result. “There has been a tremendous development of the stand-alone trotter and for the turnover to break the million-dollar mark is a great achievement,” commented NZB Standardbred Manager Peter Lagan. “It’s been great to experience another lift with the average reaching over $30,000, reinforcing that the trotter has really become quite a commercial product.” With 40 lots sold this afternoon, the aggregate surpassed the seven-figure mark to close at $1,203,500 (up 26% on 2018). The average rose to $30,088 (up 16% on 2018), the median settled at $21,500, while the clearance rate was a strong 83%. Seven lots sold for $50,000 or more with the highest-priced yearling fetching $105,000. The Love You colt, King of Love, was offered by Mansfield Farm as Lot 192 with local trainer Greg Hope the winning bidder. “We’ve got a Love You filly at home that we are in raptures about and we couldn’t resist having a full blood brother to that,” commented leading buyer Hope who spent an aggregate of $140,000 for two lots. Champion European sire Love You topped both the leading sire table by aggregate and average (three or more sold) having sold 10 lots for $403,500 in receipts, and a healthy average of $40,350. Jim Connelly was active at the Christchurch Sale after making his presence felt in Auckland. Purchasing under his KPC Racing banner, Connelly secured two trotting yearlings today for a total spend of $130,000. Selling six lots for a total trade of $163,000, Ripple Creek were the leading vendors by aggregate with their results bolstered by a Father Patrick colt (Lot 156) who sold for $50,000. Studholme Bloodstock were the leading sire by average (three or more sold) having sold three lots at an average of $42,333, including a Muscle Hill filly (Lot 158) who made $65,000. “It was a wonderful result for the farm,” commented Studholme Bloodstock’s Brian West. “I’ve been in and out of the trotters for nearly three decades, and once I had spent some time in Europe, I came home convinced that we should start investing in good trotting blood – simply because we can access the best trotting sires in the world.” The Christchurch Sale continues tomorrow with Lot 196 to Lot 401 going under the hammer from 11.00am. All horses purchased at the National Yearling Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates. To make enquiries about any Passed Lots, contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199.   2019 National Yearling Sale Statistics - Christchurch Sale Day 1   2019 Trotting Sale Aggregate $1,203,500 Average $30,088 Median $21,500 Clearance 83% Catalogued 50 Sold 40 Top Price $105,000 Lot 192 Sassy And Sweet (B.C.) Love You - Diedre's Jewel   Top Lots Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Location Price 192 B.C Love You / Diedre's Jewel Mansfield Farm Mr G Hope Canterbury $105,000 176 Ch.C Love You / Sun Mist M. Caig E & M Stride New South Wales $90,000 173 B.C Muscle Mass / Nice One Kenny Ardgowan Lodge KPC Racing Victoria $80,000 158 B.F Muscle Hill / Margaritaville Studholme Bloodstock Mr AG Herlihy Auckland $65,000 189 B.C Orlando Vici / Belle Galleon A. D. Edmonds Mr CW Lang Victoria $51,000 156 B.C Father Patrick / Hot Pants Ripple Creek Mr NR McGrath Cambridge $50,000 168 B.C Muscle Mass / U Dream Rosedale Farm KPC Racing Victoria $50,000 160 B.C Father Patrick / Kylie Ree N. P. Williamson Mr B Purdon Auckland $45,000 172 BR.F Love You / Sierra Roydon Lindenny Lodge Mr BM Williamson Otago $42,000 191 B.C Andover Hall / Bree Studholme Bloodstock IG & LF Thomson Southland $42,000   Leading Purchasers Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Mr G Hope (Canterbury) 2 $140,000 $70,000 $105,000 192 KPC Racing (Victoria) 2 $130,000 $65,000 $80,000 173 E & M Stride (New South Wales) 1 $90,000 $90,000 $90,000 176 Mr B Purdon (Auckland) 2 $70,000 $35,000 $45,000 160 Mr AG Herlihy (Auckland) 1 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 158 Mr GL Clarke (Otago) 3 $64,500 $21,500 $32,000 182 Mr GD Smith (Canterbury) 2 $56,500 $28,250 $37,500 159 Mr BM Williamson (Otago) 2 $52,000 $26,000 $42,000 172 Mr CW Lang (Victoria) 1 $51,000 $51,000 $51,000 189 Mr NR McGrath (Cambridge) 1 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 156   Leading Vendors by Aggregate Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Ripple Creek           Ripple Creek 6 $163,000 $27,167 $50,000 156 Studholme Bloodstock 3 $127,000 $42,333 $65,000 158 Rosedale Farm 5 $116,000 $23,200 $50,000 168 Mansfield Farm 1 $105,000 $105,000 $105,000 192 M. Caig 1 $90,000 $90,000 $90,000 176 Ardgowan Lodge 1 $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 173 M. Baird 2 $69,500 $34,750 $37,500 159 A. D. Edmonds 2 $66,000 $33,000 $51,000 189 G. M. Murray 3 $49,500 $16,500 $20,000 169 N. P. Williamson 1 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 160   Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold) Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Studholme Bloodstock 3 $42,333 $127,000 $65,000 158 Ripple Creek 6 $27,167 $163,000 $50,000 156 Rosedale Farm 5 $23,200 $116,000 $50,000 168 G. M. Murray 3 $16,500 $49,500 $20,000 169 Dancingonmoonlight 3 $14,833 $44,500 $19,000 185   Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Love You 10 $40,350 $403,500 $105,000 192 Father Patrick 6 $34,917 $209,500 $50,000 156 Muscle Mass 9 $28,389 $255,500 $80,000 173 Majestic Son 5 $14,600 $73,000 $20,000 162  

The Brian Loney harness racing stable sent nine horses to post on Monday (Feb 18) at Northfield Park. Those nine starters resulted in seven trips to the Winner's Circle. Loney's triumphs were with Always'syourway ($4.60) in race three, Twin B Stingray ($14.60) in race four, Montana Pablo A ($5.20) in race six, Bully Pulpit ($5.00) in race nine, Dante Ivy ($5.80) in race 10, Man He Can Skoot ($7.60) in race 11 and Hunch Man ($3.00) in race 14. Loney won his first race in 1996, a $3,000 claiming race at Fairmount Park with Stealth Fighter for a purse of $1,600. Since breaking his maiden, Brian has won nearly 1,800 more times with purse earnings in excess of $6 million.  

Three of New Zealand’s best pacers will miss their biggest targets of the season after shock errors ruled them out of Menangle features over the next fortnight. Star Galleria misses his shot at qualifying for next week’s A$1 million Miracle Mile and Utmost Delight and Elle Mac the Ladyship Mile after all missed the nomination cut off yesterday morning for the preludes at Menangle this Saturday.  Star Galleria needed to contest a $100,00 prelude of the Miracle Mile to have any chance of qualifying for the great race, while his stablemate Utmost Delight and the All Stars-trained Elle Mac had to start in a mares race this week and finish top four to qualify for the A$200,000 Ladyship Mile.  Trainer Steven Reid missed the nomination time for both Star Galleria and Utmost Delight by two minutes.  “I was buying a horse at the sales and thought I had plenty of time but when I went to nominate the free calling number you use doesn’t work from New Zealand,” explained Reid.  “By the time I googled the office number and then rang them, got through to the racing office via reception I was too late. “I tried to explain what happened but their boss John Dumesny told me he would check the phone records and if I was late they couldn’t bend the rules.  “He checked the phone log and I was two minutes later and they won’t let them start. So they are coming home.”  While Reid was disappointed, the owners of Utmost Delight, Paul and Mary Kenny, were pragmatic about the error.  “It is disappointing but people make mistakes,” said Kenny, who still has Dream About Me in the race.   Elle Mac was being nominated online but because she had never raced in Australia she was not already in their system so that couldn’t be completed and by the time the phone call was made to try and rectify that problem it was too late.  That leaves New Zealand with six potential Miracle Mile contenders, all from the All Stars, contesting preludes on Saturday while Dream About Me (Ladyship Mile), Princess Tiffany (NSW Oaks) and I’m Anothermasterpiece (NSW Derby) will contest preludes of those races. Michael Guerin

Harness racing’s yearling sales got the turbo boost they needed with a dramatic first entry into the industry by New Zealand Bloodstock at Karaka yesterday.  The National Standardbred Yearling Sale, held for the first time since thoroughbred powerhouse New Zealand Bloodstock opened their standardbred division last year (NZBS) could only be termed a huge success, with a record average for a harness racing sale in this part of the world.  And with the promise that things are likely to get better.  Right from parade day on Sunday the sales ground had more hype and confidence than in years and it resulted in 13 yearlings being sold for $100,000 or more, topped by the $190,000 for Lot 18, a Art Major colt from Goodlookinggirl, a half sister to top mare Elle Mac.  Fittingly on a day when the thoroughbred theme was so strongly in evidence he was purchased by one of New Zealand’s most successful ever galloping trainers in Graeme Rogerson.  Rogerson became heavily involved in harness racing a decade ago and even finished second on the trainers premiership but that side of his dual-code operation had quietened right down until some recent success.  But he was aggressive early yesterday in purchasing the top lot and a $120,000 Bettors Delight filly, the latter sold by a group of owners including former Black Caps bowling star Kyle Mills and All Black halfback Ant Strachan. But Rogerson wasn’t the only one bidding up big early as Lincoln Farms went to $140,000 for a Bettors Delight colt early while later in the sale traditional big names like buyers Jean Feiss, Emilio and Mary Rosati, Mark Purdon and Phil and Glenys Kennard purchased $100,000 or higher lots. But there was also new blood in Auckland-based owner Ross Dallimore, who spent $320,000 on four lots, including $110,000 for a Mach Three colt and $105,000 for a son of Bettors Delight, all four likely to be trained by John and Josh Dickie.  While most of the Australian interest was focussed at the middle market, four of the $100,000 plus lots were purchased by Australian-based owners but most are likely to be trained, at least early in their careers, in New Zealand.  Once the dust had settled on a rapid-fire day of selling the average of $46,750 will have left harness racing regulars stunned, up enormously on the $33,850 average price last year.  That came as 100 lots were sold for a total of $4,675,000, a clearance rate of 73 per cent that should bump up slightly after post-sale deals but still one NZBS will be keen to see improve.  NZBS managing director Andrew Seabrook was beaming as he left the sales ground bound for Christchurch, where the next two days of the sales will be held. “We are thrilled with that as a start for our business in harness racing but also for the industry as a whole,” said Seabrook.  “We had a great top end and a lot of happy vendors and some plenty of strong interest from Australia, some of which will flow on to Christchurch.  “But this is also a start for us and we want the sales to get bigger and better.”  He wasn’t the only New Zealand Bloodstock boss smiling as the company’s supremo Sir Peter Vela was chuffed to pick up a Bettors Delight colt for a bargain $40,000, with the famous Pencarrow colours to be worn by the colt for trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. Other highlights were the strong money for top-end trotters, with two topping $100,000, both sold by Breckon Bloodstock, while second season sire Sweet Lou had a big day of the office.  Both of the heavyweight vendors, Breckon Bloodstock and Woodlands Stud, were enthused by the new dawn of harness racing sales. How the momentum carries to today’s Christchurch sale without their firepower will be interesting.   Michael Guerin

« Article Archive
USA
Canada
Australia
New Zealand
Europe
LEBANON, OH. - John Jay reigns as "King of the Hill" after capturing the Tuesday (Feb. 19) $15,000 final of the Survivor Series for $5000 male harness racing pacers at Miami Valley Raceway. The 6-year-old altered son of Dali was claimed from the first elimination leg where he finished third, then copped both a division of the second elimination leg and the lucrative final for new owner Lases Racing of Sheridan, Michigan. Driver Brett Miller and John Jay didn't have an easy time of it in the championship tilt. After getting away fourth in the early going, Miller was forced to swing his charge first-up into the outer flow well before the half. Sandwiched between rivals vying for the lead at the three-quarters, Miller was able to keep John Jay's mind on the task at hand and eventually cleared to the front in midstretch and waltzed to the wire. Despite an off track, John Jay paced the mile in 1:54.2 to his 25th career triumph. Swift Shark (Dan Noble) finished second for the second straight week after a win in first week of Survival Series action. Lady's Man (Brady Galliers) got the show dough on the merits of his third consecutive show finish in the tournament-style series. From the Miami Valley Media Department
The recent passage of legislation providing $20 Million in assistance for New Jersey horse racing-both standardbred and thoroughbred-will mean a significant boost to the purse structure for the New Jersey Sire Stakes over the next five years. "This legislation will supply the New Jersey Sire Stakes with an additional $1.2 million that will be applied to purses for both the Premier Division and the Standardbred Development Fund," noted Sire Stakes executive director Chris Castens. "This will allow us to increase our total purse distribution by an estimated 75% over the amount distributed in 2018. There will be across the board increases for each division." Mr. Castens added that "Final purses for divisions in each program will be established later this year." The New Jersey Sire Stakes operates a two-tiered program for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers. In the spring and early summer the Premier Division, which is limited to horses sired by New Jersey-based stallions, is contested at the Meadowlands. During the late summer and fall attention shifts to Freehold Raceway where the Standardbred Development Fund (SDF) races are contested. SDF races are open to horses sired by New Jersey-based stallions as well as the offspring of any stallion whose dam spends at least 150 days in New Jersey, inclusive of foaling. For further information: contact NJSS at 609-292-8830. From the New Jersey Sire Stakes  
Cream Ridge, NJ - 2/19/19 - Trial Victory, the 27-year-old son of Valley Victory, has only a few years left to grace this earth as his life hangs in the balance. He is in need of a place to call home.   Just 15.1 hands, small, very quiet and mannerly, there isn't a thing about him that would make anyone believe he is still intact. Without a home to go to, the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) must return the donations received to pay his fee to be released from the kill pen in Tennessee, and he will ship for slaughter.   Not one person has offered a patch of grass for him since he was noted to the industry and the public. His life is nearing its end, how many more years might he live, now nearing 30 years of age. He has funds to be released and a place to quarantine nearby, he just needs a home.   SRF must inform the kill pen of its plans by Wednesday, February 20th, when they will list him on the manifest to ship to Mexico. Trial Victory is in a desperate situation, the only other option is if he has a sponsor or a few sponsors to accommodate his life needs at a facility in Virginia at $400 monthly, which is a tax-deductible.   To offer him a home, or to be a sponsor so he can live his last few years, please contact Nicolette at 609-738-3255 or email at SRF.SocialMedia@gmail.com.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation
In 2016 the publisher of Roosevelt Raceway Where It All Began, Meadow Skipper The Untold Story, Murray Brown Book Full and Closed, and Rose Runners the Chronicles of the Kentucky Derby Winners, closed their doors and went out business. Due to their business practices on May 4, 2017 this publisher was arrested for multiple felonies and on December 18, 2018 they plea-bargained and plead guilty to 38 felonies. There was a record of over 2,200 criminal complaints filed against them with the Oklahoma State Attorney Generals office. During this time the above mentioned books were all in limbo, still showing on Amazon but all out of print. With the combined efforts of Bob Marks, Vicki Howard, Murray Brown, Billy Haughton and Freddie Hudson the books were able to be republished through Freddie Hudson's Amazon Author account. The newly republished books (Murray Brown, Roosevelt Raceway and Meadow Skipper) have all made it to Amazons best sellers list in the category of Horse Racing. We expect Rose Runners to be on that list shorty, it;s release date was today. All of the books can be viewed and redirected to their Amazon pages at the link below. https://rrtrotting.com/books   From the United States Harness Racing Alumni Association
Loader
Loader
Loader
Loader

Additional Articles