Day At The Track

Hungarian Trotting Derby field set for August 4

10:28 AM 31 Jul 2013 NZST
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Hungarian Trotting Derby poster
Harness racing has been in Hungary since the early 1960's
Radihaza farm area in West Hungary

Sunday August 4th the 99th Hungarian Trotting Derby field faces the starter at Kincsem Park, Budapest. Vying for a purse of 9 million HUf (forints), 11
three year-old HU bred trotters will face the starter going 1900 meters. The widely promoted race and accompanying trotting card is expected to fill the
modern 10,000 capacity facility.

The well balanced field includes eight offspring of the well-traveled Wall Street Banker (1998, Baltic Speed-Valley Victoria-Bonefish). The full-brother to legendary Valley Victory was bred by Valley High Stables and successfully campaigned by Doug Ackerman before stud duty in Michigan, export to Sweden in 1999 and various stallion travels throughout Europe. In Hungary he stood at the fine commercial breeding establishment Kabala Menes Ltd., breeder of five Derby starters.

Radium Boy, colt, Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady, Kabela Menes Kft, 1.16.5kr
Royal Flash, colt, Wall Street Banker-Tameways Sweet L, AMMA Rt,1.17kr
Racing Athlete, colt, Wall Street Banker-Atletano, Kabala Menmes Kft, 1.18.2kr
Remeny Sugar, filly, Wall Street Banker-Flamma, Kabala Menes Kft, 1.18,.2kr
Reine Fille, filly, Wall Street Banker-Jungfrau, AMMA Rt, 1.18.4kr
Rubin Lady, filly, Wall Street Banker-Vas Lady, Kabala Menes Kft, 1.18.4kr
Raffaello, colt, Superior Dream-Inzulin, Kulik Ferenc, 1.18.7kr
Rozsakert, filly, Wall Street Banker-Viragos, Kabala Menes Kft, 1.19kr
Rimella, filly, Fantastique-Ulla, Kulik Ferens, 1.19.1kr
Rubino TIM, colt, Wall Street Banker-Pamira, Milan Tisma 1.19.4kr
Red Stone, colt, Wall Street Banker-Astalavista, AMMA Rt, 1.19.2kr

Wall Street Banker is no fluke as a stallion and for good reason. His dam produced only five foals, all colts by Baltic Speed, all stallions that produced winning trotters and that pedigree carries on today through their broodmares.

Valley Victory, 1986, 3,1:55.3, $485,307
Bostonian, 1987, 6, 1:59.2, $2,492
Wall Street Banker, 1988, 3,1:57.4, $322,471
Valley Boss Bi, 1989, 3,1:56.3, 163,122
Valley Valiant, 1991, stallion at Pickwick Farm

Kabala Menes was established as a horse breeder in 1912, as profiled below.

 Rádiháza - Kabala Ménes Kft.

Rádiháza is located in South-West Hungary, in county Zala, 50 km far from Lake Balaton, 26 km far from Zalaegerszeg, between the villages Tófej and
Gutorfölde. The pastures surrounded by forests and gently sloping hills are exquisitely adequate for keeping and breeding horses.Horse breeding was started here by László Bartha in 1912 with 7 mares, and Kabala Ménes Ltd follows this tradition.

KabalaThe name of the company was taken from the black trotter Kabala (Uli-Babona), who was born in Rádiháza in 1960. He had excellent talents and success at the time. He made 58 starts and won 30 times.

The HU Trotting Derby can be viewed through the Kincsem Park live simulcast feed at It’s always a race worth watching.

by Thomas H. Hicks


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