There is an old saying in harness racing that the best will always stand up on the big occasion.
Thats how it was over the weekend for the super sire Art Major with his sons and daughters in both hemispheres dominating their opposition.
In the Breeders Crown semi finals at Ballarat, Art Major sired horses won five of the eight semi finals for the two and three year olds.
The fields were incredibly strong but that didn't stop Art Major from making it a one sire show.
Both of the 3 year old fillies semi finals fell to Art Majors with the recent Kiwi import Just Cala winning her semi final in a 1:57 mile rate while in the other semi final Quick Draft defeated Nike Franco and Barynya in a 1:57.5 mile rate and in a manner that left few excuses for the beaten division.
The Art Major 2 year old colt Follow The Stars showed why he is rated the best juvenile in Australasia with a powerhouse performance in his semi final, running away over the last 400 meters to win by over four lengths with the last half in a brilliant 55.5
To wrap up the night both the 3 year old colt/geldings semi finals were won by sons of Art Major.
First up Major Crocker showed his class with an all the way win in a mile rate of 1:58, with closing sectionals of 55.5 and 26.9 which suggest he is a serious chance in the final.
In the second semi final, the race was seen as a match race between Bling It On and Sky Major and thats how it turned out.
Bling It On got away with some cheap sectionals mid race in front and sprinted home in 26.4 from the 400 meters but still got nailed late by Art Major's son Sky Major with the overall mile rate being 1:59.8.
At Mohawk in Canada on Saturday night was one of the first stakes races for the season that were open to all comers with divisions of the Eternal Camnation for fillies.
Easily the most impressive of the Eternal Camnation divisional winners was the Art Major filly Jk Shesalady who made it four from four for the season with a huge win by seven lengths in 1:53.4
Jk Shesalady now looms as one of the early favourites for the $450,000 Shes A Great Lady final on August 30th.
Another highlight for Art Major recently has been his achievement in topping the $100,000,000 mark in stake earnings worldwide.
The 15 year old son of Artsplace has $72.6 million in North America, $23.6 million in Australia and $4.6 million in New Zealand which are great figures for a sire with so many years still in front of him.
Alabar Stud must be smiling 24/7 at the moment with the results that their premier stallion is churning out week after week.