Dream Vacation - Frozen semen superstar

05:10 AM 19 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Dream Vacation

Just as an announcement that a shipment of Dream Vacation frozen semen has become available once again to Australasian harness racing breeders we thought it is timely to look at the background of this son of Pine Chip.

Dream Vacation achieved international recognition finishing second to the world champion Varenne in a then all time record 1:51 Breeders Crown encounter at The Meadowlands. Dream Vacation personifies the term “stallions pedigree” being a son of the World Champion Pine Chip from a full sister to Valley Victory’s brilliant son Victory Dream sire of the all time fastest Hambletonian champion Self Possessed.

Pine Chip (1:51) was available in Australasia for six seasons but only covered 21 mares in NZ and just four in Australia. He did produce the champion Somrthingaboutmaori ($461,000) in Australia but nothing else of real class.

So when Dream Vacation a son of Pine Chip was offered to Australasian breeders via frozen semen the response was very low key to put it mildly.

Taking a time of 1:52 and winning stake money of $616,000, Dream Vacation was not in the same class as his sire as a racehorse but was a quality individual nonetheless.

His record at stud in North America shows he was a talented sire and makes good reading remembering that Dream Vacation only stood at stud for five seasons in the US as he was exported to Sweden in 2007. 

US stakes won - $25,495,000    Winners - 265     Sub 1:55 winners - 43    Sub 1;53 winners - 7 

As a broodmare sire Dream Vacation has achieved a rarity having already produced the 2012 "Horse Of The Year" in Chapter Seven (now at stud) the equal fastest trotter on the Planet at 1:50.1 ($1,954,966).

Okay, Dream Vacation was made available to Australasian breeders for over 10 years, but numbers of mares served were never very large.

In New Zealand Dream Vacation has only 84 registered foals, three- year-old or older. The statistics for those 84 are nothing short of amazing.

Starters - 66 which is 78% of his live foals.  Winners - 52  which is 62% of his live foals   Stakes won - $2,451,000

Winners include such stars as Stent $242,000, Leighton Hest $205,000, Cyclone U Bolt $192,000,   Real Deal Yankee $175,000, Dream Merchant $159,000, Boizel $148,000 and Great Getaway $117,000.

In Australia he has just 29 foals three years or older for 21 winners including such handy trotters such as Dougie $89,000, King Kong Cooma $89,000, Likeaplayboy $88,000, Alderbaran Maori $74,000 and Maori Vacation $74,000 

Right from the start , Dream Vacation has excelled at stud in Australasia. A lot of stallions have issues with their frozen semen not being as productive as their fresh semen. Not Dream Vacation. He has become the flag bearer for frozen semen in Australasia.

As noted his frozen semen has just become available again at Nevele R stud and as a result Dream Vacation should serve books of mares more in keeping with his outstanding stud record to date in Australasia.

JC

This is a series of stallion reviews that Harnesslink are doing with a view to sheading some light on some of  the "forgotten"sires in Australasia.

Elsu - Redemption awaits

McArdle - The quiet achiever

Santanna Blue Chip - On the up and up!

Major In Art - Big and fast

Mr Feelgood - Dual hemisphere champion

Pay Me Christian - Blistering speed

Monkey Bones - All class

Tinted Cloud - Still going strong

Real Desire - The real deal

Washington VC - Continuing excellence

Wetern Ideal - A superstar sire

Bacardy Lindy - Blue blood

Monarchy - Out of Sundons shadow

Artiscape - Frozen semen blues?

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